Year-Round Adaptive Facility at Sugarbush Resort

New Permanent Home in Central Vermont, Sugarbush Resort, Warren/Waitsfield

In this next phase of Vermont Adaptive’s Home Sweet Home campaign, we are excited to capitalize on our experiences from building the Andrea Mead Lawrence Lodge at Pico Mountain in 2013 — the first phase of the organization’s permanent homes campaign.

The new 4,000+ sq. ft. facility at Sugarbush Resort will be a permanent year-round hub serving people with disabilities in the greater Mad River Valley region. This $1M project is part of a much larger multi-year campaign that also includes building a new facility on the Burlington Waterfront and establishing an endowment.


The new facility is specifically designed with the Vermont Adaptive participants, volunteers, staff, and community in mind in order to bring year-round accessible sports and recreation to the entire mountain community.

Main Level – The main level of the new facility will include 1,800 sq. ft. dedicated to our athletes, volunteers and staff. The program area serves as the gateway to checking in and prepping for the slopes, and includes accessible restrooms, space for working on and maintaining year-round equipment, participant cubbies, space for equipment storage and more. Summer camps, wellness programs and retreats, social events, training seminars and classwork will be offered through- out the year. This main level will have plenty of “room to breathe” for everyone to enjoy their entire recreational experience—whether in winter, spring, summer, or fall.

Upper Level – The upper level of the facility will include approximately 1,300 sq. ft. for volunteers to prepare and organize for their lessons, discuss client needs amongst teaching teams and prepare for the day’s schedule. Quiet space will be used for yoga classes and retreats, wellness programs and other indoor learning opportunities. Service animals will have a special place to relax or play while their “people” are out recreating. A quiet sensory room will offer a break from over-stimulation for those who need it. A lending library will be available with year-round teaching and training materials, teaching aids, and health and wellness resources speci c to the medical needs of a variety of disabilities.  More storage is available on the upper level.

Lower Level – The lower level will include more space for equipment storage, locker-type storage and room for the mechanical equipment needed for the building itself.

All three levels will be connected by an access-for-all elevator. The main level will connect with the existing Mt. Ellen base lodge, providing complete access to the food court and main base lodge level. The Upper Level will connect to the Mt. Ellen third floor bar. The Lower Level will connect to the rental shop, lockers and Ski Patrol. Several handicap parking spots will be available at the main entrance to the facility as well as increased parking in the upper tier parking lot.

Giving and Naming Opportunities  – Gifts of all sizes are appreciated for Vermont Adaptive’s new facility, including gifts in-kind for services and materials or building endowment funds. Special recognition is available for significant gifts if you are interested in naming opportunities in your family’s name, to honor an individual or recognize a corporation. Please contact Maggie Burke at or 802.786.4991 ext. 30.

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