Take a vacation in Vermont, the birthplace of skiing in America! Over a century ago, Norwegians who had settled in Stowe used skis to get around in winter on the impassable roads. Stowe, which is home to the highest mountain in the state, Mt Mansfield, was the venue of the first ski race held in 1934. Today with nearly 300 inches of fresh snow each winter, Vermont is the most popular ski vacation area in the east. The heights may not match the Rockies, but the mountains and glades of Vermont have a charm and ambience all of their own.
Glade skiing at Vermont resorts is some of the best in the country, with majestic mountainous terrain and plentiful snow. Many Vermont ski vacation resorts offer guided tours and lessons for the glades. Vermont has something for beginners, experts and everthing in between, as it offers every sort of terrain. Snowboarders and free riders will always find something new on each vacation as more super pipes, parks, half pipes and rails are added every year. Learner’s parks have small rollers, spines, rails and mini pipes while experts will revel in the big hips and tables.
Vermont winter vacation resorts are family friendly with many freebies for kids. The Vermont 5th Grade Passport gives fifth graders free skiing or riding three times each at participating Vermont Alpine and Nordic ski areas. Most resorts are the perfect place for children to make new friends, learn a new skill or improve an existing skill. Most offer full and half-day lessons as well as alternative activities during the day and off-slope activities for teens in the evening.
Killington is the region’s largest resort and offers everything you could want on a winter vacation. There are now seven distinct peaks to explore and each offers a specific type of terrain for a particular level of skier. Experts flock to Bear Mountain, Skye Peak and The Canyon. Intermediates love Needle’s Eye and Snowdon and the novice area is at Snowshed. Now neighboring Pico is also accessible and has added more areas to conquer.