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Slopeside with Nick Borelli: Sugarbush

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No, it's not the 1960s, but prices are. The $6.50 lift tickets Thursday were to help Sugarbush celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mount Ellen. Lift tickets were the same price as opening day in 1963.

"I think that's fantastic," said Ken Pearson of East Montpelier.

The affordable ticket tempted many skiers like Pearson to the slopes.

"I didn't know whether I was gonna ski this year at all or not and for $6.50 I can go down there, make one run and not care about the money," Pearson said.

Sugarbush purchased what was then known as Glen Ellen back in 1979. To this day, Mount Ellen still has more of an old-school, no frills feel. This atmosphere, coupled with the throwback pricing, is attracting both locals and tourists. These gals from Connecticut drove up to kick off a long girls' weekend.

"We like to have fun and it's a nice bonding time," said Lisa Langwell of West Hartford, Conn.

"We just bought a little condo and we're here. This is an awesome spot for us. Kids love it. We love it and we're here to stay," said Teresa Switzer of West Hartford, Conn.

Like a lot of us, Teresa and her girlfriends are hooked on skiing. They'll be on the slopes regardless of what the weather has in store.

In recent weeks, Mother Nature has given us quite a few weather challenges, but area mountains are doing a pretty good job of dealing with it, between grooming and snowmaking. That being said, on the mountain you still have to be careful because there are some icy patches; You can see the shine there.

"It's a beautiful day out. A little icy out there today, but at $6.50 you can't beat the price," said Danny Beutler of Stamford, Conn.

Even though the conditions are firm and fast, skiers know it's a lot better than it would have been 50 years ago.

"If you look at today compared to 50 years ago when Mount Ellen opened, the snowmaking and grooming have come such a long way that it makes a huge difference. You can keep terrain open for all abilities," said John Bleh of Sugarbush.

"It's just fun," Beutler said.

And that means more people will keep having a good time on the slopes, even if you can't score a lift ticket for $6.50 every day.

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