Snowboarder carving through the new powder snow. Photo: John Atkinson/Sugarbush

An intense nor’easter left The Valley with over a foot of new snow on Sunday and Monday, February 12 and 13, covering local ski slopes with fresh powder for Valentine’s Day and the coming weekend.

Both Sugarbush and Mad River Glen offered $14 lift tickets for Valentine’s Day. High winds kept Sugarbush closed (except for the Castlerock chair for those who wanted to hike up) on Monday, February 13, but Mad River Glen was able to open and its parking lot was completely full.

Both ski resorts have special holiday events planned for the weekend and the following week.

Sugarbush Resort

Sugarbush Resort has daily s’more cookouts from February 18 to 26 starting at 4 p.m. at Lincoln Peak. Mt. Ellen s’mores cookouts start at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and next Saturday.

On February 19, Mt. Ellen hosts a Never Summer Industries Snowboard Demo. At 10 a.m., guests can bring their dogs on a dog-friendly guided snowshoe tour around the Lockwood Loop Trail.

Over at Lincoln Peak, the Blizzard Boogie will get started around 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 19, followed by the Kids’ Torchlight Parade at 4:30 p.m. and then Kids Pizza and Movie Night at 5 p.m.

Starting around 4 p.m. on February 23, the VINS Raptor Encounter will feature live falcons, hawks and owls. At 6 p.m., the Cabin Cat will take interested guests up to Allyn’s Lodge for a Lawson’s Beer Dinner.

Saturday night, February 25, kicks off with the annual Cowbell Champagne Party at 3 p.m. at Green Mountain Lounge. Parents can drop off kids at Kids Pizza & Movie Night Saturday at 5 p.m.

Guests will wrap up their vacations on Sunday, February 26, but before they drive home, they can enjoy a free ski with John Egan from 9 to 10 a.m. Reservations are required.

A full calendar of events can be found at


Mad River Glen kicks off the festivities on Friday, February 17, with music by Dojo in General Stark’s Pub at 5 p.m. On February 18, the first leg of the Triple Crown Competition gets underway with registration from 8 to 9 a.m. and the competition starting at11 a.m.

Mad River Glen will also offer a daily naturalist snowshoe program at the mountain starting at 10:30 a.m.

The Mad River Glen family tournament takes place February 20 starting at 10 a.m. Registration is from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Live music by Kelly Ravin will be offered in General Stark’s Pub on February 23.

For a full list of events at Mad River Glen, visit