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Glen Ellen circa the late 1960s or early 1970s
Glen Ellen
Warren, Vermont
Status: Merged
First Season:1963-64
Last Season:
Vertical Drop:2600 feet
Standing Lifts:
Past Lifts:
Left: Glen Ellen circa the late 1960s or early 1970s
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Located on the highpoint of Lincoln Mountain, between Sugarbush's Lincoln Peak and Mad River Glen, Sugarbush North was originally developed as a standalone area known as Glen Ellen.

Early Years

The lower portion of Glen Ellen was opened by Walton Elliott in 1963, initially with an advertised vertical drop of 1,600 feet.

For its second season, the summit double chairlift was installed, with the Glen House constructed near its base. Six new trails were added as a result of the expansion. With neighbor Sugarbush advertising "greatest vertical rise in east" courtesy its top to bottom gondola, Glen Ellen carried the "greatest vertical descent in east" slogan with its tiered chairlifts.

The 1964-65 season was deemed a success, with second year revenues surpassing the first's on February 25. Bold expansion plans were announced, including the construction of two chairlifts to General Stark Mountain.

A bad snow year in 1964-65 slowed development, however Lower FIS and the Inverness lift line were cut and the Golden Thistle Base Lodge expanded.

Five new trails were added for the 1965-66 season.

In early 1967, Glen Ellen was named as a possible downhill skiing venue for a potential Waterbury 1976 Olympics bid, thanks to its large continuous vertical drop.

A snowmaking system was installed for the 1968-69 season, covering the novice double chairlift area.

The Inverness area received its chairlift for the 1971-72 season, dramatically improving access to the terrain in the "West Bowl."

Woes

Glen Ellen circa the early 1970s
Glen Ellen circa the early 1970s

On March 11, 1972, a chairlift rollback occurred, resulting in five injuries. Shortly thereafter, Glen Ellen also hosted the Northern American Alpine Junior Championships, receiving bad ink in publications as far away as The Desert News. A racing division president was quoted as saying, "[i]t was probably one of the sorriest races of the season. The weather, broken chairlifts and snow conditions didn't help any."

In the fall of 1972, real estate agent Gina van Loon and energy consultant Ken Brown purchased the assets of Glen Ellen Corp. for a reported $2 million. Sno Engineering was hired to help fix the problematic lifts.

The energy crisis combined with back to back rough winters resulted in Glen Ellen going bankrupt in 1974. Walt Elliott was then brought in by the banks to operate the area for the 1974-75 season.

Former Stratton General Manager and Canadian Olympian Harvey Clifford took over Glen Ellen in 1975, purchasing it in 1976. Clifford's tenure would be brief, however, as Solon Automated Services purchased Sugarbush in November of 1977 and had its eyes set on at least one more ski area.

Glen Ellen Becomes Sugarbush North

In 1978, Solon Automated Services acquired Glen Ellen, renaming it Sugarbush North. The two ski areas would only be connected by shuttle service until the installation of the Slide Brook Express chairlift in 1995.

The ski area was part of the LBO Resort Enterprises Corp. and American Skiing Company empire from October of 1994 through September of 2001.

Expansion History
Project
Season
General Stark Mountain
Cancelled
1960s

Image Gallery
1964-65 Eastern Ski Map1965-66 Eastern Ski Map1966-67 Eastern Ski Map1967-68 Eastern Ski Map1970-71 Eastern Ski Map1971-72 Eastern Ski Map
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Lifts
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Standing Lifts
Installed
The bottom terminal (2015)
Sunshine Double
Stadeli
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1963-64

Past Lifts
Seasons
Beginner T-Bar
Stadeli
T-Bar
1963-64
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1988-89
Inverness Double
Mueller
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1971-72
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1989-90
The Mountain Double circa the 1960s
Mountain Double
Stadeli
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1963-64
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1989-90
The Summit Double circa the mid 1970s
Summit Double
Stadeli-Mueller
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1964-65
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1989-90

Maps
1964-65 Glen Ellen Trail Map1967-68 Glen Ellen Trail Map1969-70 Glen Ellen trail map1976-77 Glen Ellen Trail Map
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1978-79$13.001978-79 Ticket Price Graph1978-79 Season Pass Price Graph1978-79 Skier Visit Graph
1976-77$12.001976-77 Ticket Price Graph$275.001976-77 Season Pass Price Graph22.9 days1976-77 Skier Visit Graph
1975-76$11.001975-76 Ticket Price Graph1975-76 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 221975-76 Skier Visit Graph
1972-73$9.001972-73 Ticket Price Graph1972-73 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 161972-73 Skier Visit Graph
1970-71$9.501970-71 Ticket Price Graph$180.001970-71 Season Pass Price Graph18.9 days1970-71 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$9.001969-70 Ticket Price Graph$170.001969-70 Season Pass Price Graph18.9 days1969-70 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1968-69$9.001968-69 Ticket Price Graph$150.001968-69 Season Pass Price Graph16.7 days1968-69 Skier Visit Graph
1967-68$8.001967-68 Ticket Price Graph$135.001967-68 Season Pass Price Graph16.9 daysNovember 231967-68 Skier Visit Graph
1966-67$8.001966-67 Ticket Price Graph$135.001966-67 Season Pass Price Graph16.9 days1966-67 Skier Visit Graph
1965-661965-66 Ticket Price Graph1965-66 Season Pass Price GraphMay 11965-66 Skier Visit Graph
1964-65$6.501964-65 Ticket Price Graph$110.001964-65 Season Pass Price Graph16.9 days1964-65 Skier Visit Graph

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External Links
  • Sugarbush Resort - official site
  • Mt. Ellen - FranklinSites.com Hiking Guide
  • Last updated: December 26, 2016

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