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Vermont Adaptive announces its new facility at Sugarbush’s Mt. Ellen is back on track, will break ground this spring

Sugarbush parks closing weekend. Photo: Brooke Geery

By Brooke Geery

In May 2020, Vermont Adaptive made the decision to delay the start of creating its new adaptive sports facility at Sugarbush’s Mt. Ellen due to the global pandemic.

“I am excited to announce that this project is back on track, and we will be breaking ground for the new building this spring — Our intent is to be in our new home next winter!” Executive Directory Erin Fernandez said.

To celebrate, Vermont Adaptive collaborated with Sugarbush and Ski Vermont on March 28 for a bit of socially-distanced music with DJ Dave, prizes, giveaways, and fun. Unfortunately, the weather on Sunday did not cooperate, but plenty of people still came out to ride the world-class Sugarbush Parks facilities at Mt. Ellen for the final time this season. There were also QR codes around the area to enable people to donate with ease.

The Sugarbush event raised over $7,000.

Although it was the final weekend for the trails on Mt. Ellen, Sugarbush’s Lincoln Peak remains open for skiing and riding as long as the snow lasts.

Vermont Adaptive still needs to raise the last $500,000 by September for its new $2 million facility.

“We look forward to keeping up the momentum because this facility is absolutely necessary for our growing programs and will make a difference for all our participants and the Vermont Adaptive community,” Fernandez said.

For more information, visit vermontadaptive.org.

By Brooke Geery

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