Fall foliage with Sugarbush in the background. Photo: Jeff Knight

Sugarbush and Mad River Glen are firing up the chairlifts for fall foliage rides and gearing up for their annual autumnal celebrations.



This weekend, September 23 and 24, will be the first of three fall foliage weekends at Mad River Glen with the Single chair spinning and folks hand mowing Lift Line. Tickets are free for season passholders. Stark's Pub, The General Store and Ticket Booth will all be open during all three foliage weekends. Green and Gold weekend is September 30 and October 1 and features the Mad River Glen homeowner’s weekend meeting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, the Mad River Glen shareholder’s Town Meeting at 5 p.m. and the Allen Clark Hill Climb at 10 a.m. on October 1.

Mad River Glen season passes are still available, but are expected to sell out quickly according to resort general manager Matt Lillard. This season Mad River Glen is offering a season pass exclusive to full-time college students. The college pass will be on sale beginning October 1.

At Sugarbush, the lifts are spinning for foliage viewing and hiking weekends through Sugarbush Community Weekend, October 7 and 8. Community weekend includes a pancake breakfast presented by the Warren Volunteer Fire Department, mountain activities, music, food and more. At 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sugarbush president John Hammond will provide a ‘state of the resort’ presentation. Sugarbush’s Fresh Hops Festival takes place Sunday, October 8. Tickets can be purchased at www.sugarbush.com.

Sugarbush season passes are on sale and have been since last spring. In addition to its regular pass offerings, Sugarbush is offering a new pass, the Sugarbush Last Chair pass. This pass gives people access to the lifts after 1 p.m. and there are no blackout dates.