Winter Frolics in Vermont

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Winter Frolics in Vermont

PREVIEW

Amenity-laden resorts and New England charm lure ski and snowboard groups to the Green Mountain State

Mad River Glen

Mad River Glen

“Welcome to Vermont” reads the friendly sign. You just passed into the Green Mountain State and are driving along a two-lane road and are surrounded by snow-capped pines and outlines of wintery mountains backed by crisp blue skies. Something is different about Vermont, you notice. No flashy billboards blind you from the natural beauty and as you pass through a small town with an old-timey general store and tall church steeple at the center, you get the sense that life has slowed down and you’re far removed from your worries and work commitments. The charm of Vermont’s landscape, towns and people have pulled you in, just as the promise for great skiing and snowboarding led you there.

Steeped in ski and snowboard history, Vermont has something not all other winter destinations have: a deep sense of snowsports culture and community dating back to the early 1900s. Home to the first rope tow erected in 1934 at Gilbert’s Hill in Woodstock, the birthplace of the National Ski Patrol and the first Nordic Center started by the famous Trapp family, Vermont is a destination like no other. While the ski resorts dotting the Vermont map vary from luxurious to budget and from challenging to family-friendly, you’ll always find a smiling face and a friendly community ready to receive you.

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