Luxury Hotel near Sugarbush Soaring
Staying with us here at the Pitcher Inn, you’ve got one of the all-around prettiest landscapes in New England at your doorstep: the Mad River Valley and its Green Mountain flanks. Whether cycling, horseback riding, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, or paddling, that scenery looks amazing from the ground level, but just a hop, skip, and a jump from our history-steeped hotel you’ve got the opportunity to take it all in from above.
You’re just minutes away from Sugarbush Soaring, which maintains a fleet of seven exquisite gliders over at Warren’s Sugarbush Airport to offer sightseeing flights, rentals, and lessons. We highly recommend checking out the options!
The motor-free flight of a glider is something to behold—and to experience firsthand! Sugarbush Soaring gives you that opportunity, whether you’re looking to get behind the wheel or simply soak up the bird’s-eye views. The sailplane fleet includes some fantastically elegant gliding machines, from the ASK-21 to the Grob 102.
The setting of Sugarbush Airport in the Mad River Valley gives gliders a variety of topnotch lift patterns, including the legendary Sugarbush Mountain Wave: a topography-induced standing airstream ideal for gliding. We’re approaching peak season for that coveted mountain wave, most prevalent from late September through October.
From introductory sessions to advanced training programs, Sugarbush Soaring provides glider instruction seven days a week. Here’s your chance to learn from FAA-certified instructors in the fine art of sailplane gliding!
Scenic Rides With Sugarbush Soaring
Cruising the clouds with Sugarbush Soaring—as high as 10,000 feet in a vigorous Sugarbush Mountain Wave—you’ve got an unforgettable vantage of our Mad River Valley countryside and beyond. When the weather’s clear, you can spot such stirring regional landmarks as Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks, Mount Mansfield and Camel’s Hump, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire, including Mount Washington and the rest of the high Presidential Range crest.
The outfit offers four scenic rides: the 15-minute-long Ridge Runner, 20-minute Mad River Valley, half-hour Top Gun, and 45-minute Mile High experiences.
Take to the Mad River Valley Skies at Sugarbush Soaring on Your Next Pitcher Inn Stay
Get a whole new perspective on the Green Mountain State’s one-of-a-kind beauty with a glider ride or lesson with Sugarbush Soaring during your getaway at the Pitcher Inn. And given the season of Vermont’s world-famous fall colors is unfolding as we speak, now’s an especially incredible time to take in the views!