Sugarbush Resort and Mad River Glen Co-host The Big Kicker at The Big Picture

By AlpineZone News |
Nov 14 2012 - 10:40 AM

Warren, VT (November 13, 2012) – Arguably two of the East’s best ski areas situated side by side in Vermont’s Mad River Valley are kicking off the 2012/2013 season with an event at the Big Picture Theater and Café in Waitsfield on Saturday, November 17th at 5 PM.

Celebrating ski and ride culture in the Mad River Valley, The Big Kicker features giveaways, a film premier, photography exhibits, presentations, live music and fun for the whole family.

“The Mad River Valley is a special place, not only because of the incredible skiing and riding, but also because of the winter community the Valley attracts,” said Sugarbush President Win Smith. “The Big Kicker is a way for Sugarbush and Mad River Glen to invite the community to come together and celebrate what we hope to be an incredible winter season.”

The Big Kicker gets underway at 5 PM with a Rail Jam exposition by the Mad River Glen and Sugarbush freestyle teams. A photography exhibit and slideshow begin at 5:30. Meatheads Films is premiering their new film No Matter What at 6 PM and 8 PM. Presentations by the High Fives Foundation and the Flyin’ Ryan Hawks Foundation will be made at 7 PM. Live music from the Big Basin Band begins at 9 PM. Long Trail Brewery is sponsoring a beer garden and Triple Eight Vodka of Nantucket will provide an ice luge for cocktails. Sugarbush and Mad River Glen representatives will be on-hand to raffle off a free season pass to each resort. Proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets will benefit the High Fives Foundation. The raffle will take place at 9 pm and winners must be present to win.

ABOUT SUGARBUSH RESORT: With 2600′ of vertical, 111 trails, and more than 20 wooded areas on the trail map, Sugarbush Resort’s two mountains of Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen offer a true alpine experience for all levels of winter adventurers.

Sugarbush’s terrain variety includes gentle groomers, quiet glades, backcountry adventures in the Slide Brook Basin, and the extreme tests of Castlerock. Sugarbush also hosts a full-feature terrain park at Mt. Ellen, which was just named “Top 5 Parks in the East” by Transworld Snowboarding. Sugarbush legendary Ski & Ride School is offered at both mountains.

Sugarbush was rated by as having the “Best Terrain in the Northeast” and as “Best Overall Resort in the Northeast” (2012), Ski Magazine said Sugarbush is “Vermont skiing at its best” (2011). and Outside Magazine called the area the “Best Ski Town in the East” (2010). For a more information on Sugarbush, please visit or find us on Facebook at