The heated walkways circling from the parking lot into Lincoln Peak village at Sugarbush Resort don’t always keep up with the rate of snowfall … and those are the best mornings. With the mountain towering before you, those anticipatory steps through softened snow are an indicator of the piles of fun that await on nearly 600 skiable acres of classic New England terrain.
These also are the best mornings to take in your surroundings. The big red barn you first notice while driving up the access road maintains its vintage charm close up — not an easy feat considering it’s 159,000-square-feet of luxury residences, 61 rooms in all.
This is Clay Brook. Opened in 2007, its post and beam barn-style construction complete with towering silo harkens to Vermont’s agrarian past. It is both functional and picturesque. It is the crown jewel of Summit Ventures’ vision to develop a previously undistinguished base area village at the resort. Summit Ventures is a partnership of several individuals including majority owner Win Smith Jr., who serves as president of the resort.
The architectural style of Clay Brook is shared by the comfortably clustered buildings that also define the new base area landscape and enhance the beauty of this morning walk to the lifts, including the 12,500-square-foot Schoolhouse (children’s ski school, etc.), 14,500-square-foot Farmhouse (adult ski school, rental shop, ticket sales, café, etc.), and the 23,000-square-foot Gate House Lodge with vaulted ceilings, food court, Castlerock Pub and skier services.