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Top 3 Ski/Board Rental Shops near Mount Snow

If you're an occasional skier or snowboarder and can't justify purchasing all that expensive equipment (and you appreciate discount lift tickets, to boot), you'll probably be renting skis or a snowboard when you arrive in the Mount Snow valley. A Mount Snow ski rental experience can be daunting, however, as the on-hill rental facility is typically mobbed on weekends and holidays. It can be frustrating when all you want to do is get out on the hill.

Your Mount Snow ski rental (or snowboard rental, of course) experience doesn't have to be so frantic, though. Fortunately, there are dozens of shops that rent equipment, mostly along Rte. 100 on the way to Mount Snow. These shops are less crowded and are typically staffed with much more knowledgeable employees. Still, some of these shops can be a hit-or-miss situation, so we're presenting to you our favorite shops along Rte. 100 to rent skis and snowboards.

1. The Great Outdoors - Joe Jones Ski and Sports Located at the corner of Rte. 100 and Stugger (pronounced Stew-ger) Rd., this is a full-service shop with a huge selection of outerwear and equipment. But they also have a full-service rental and repair shop (just take a right when you enter the building). They have a solid selection of equipment from beginner to advanced. The staff is helpful and friendly and the rental prices are very competitive.

2. Mountain Riders. Located at the base of Mount Snow across from the Snow Barn, Mountain Riders specializes in snowboard gear and telemark skis. When you get inside, head down stairs to the rental shop, where you'll find the newest gear available for rent or demo. If you're looking for a quality snowboard rental, this is the place to go.

3. Alpine Rentals If Mountain Riders is the snowboard equipment specialist, Alpine Rentals is the Mount Snow ski rental king. They have an extremely reasonable starting price for their shaped skis at $14.95/day, but they also have skis for all ability levels. The employees here are boot-fitting gurus and will make sure you have the proper boots on your feet before you head up to the slopes. Located at 113 Rte. 100, they are just a few miles south of Mount Snow.

Now you're armed and ready to hit the slopes, while avoiding the long lines and hassle of on-mountain Mount Snow ski rental. Be safe and have fun.

And while we're on the topic of rentals, if you're looking for a house rental near Mount Snow, either for the weekend or long-term, check out our complete list of rental homes at Chimney Hill.

*photo compliments of Alpine Rentals

Discount Lift Tickets at Mount Snow

Lift tickets are expensive. We all know that. In fact, full-day adult lift tickets for a Saturday or Sunday at Mount Snow are up to $79. Stowe, up north, still takes the cake, though, at $84 for a full-day lift ticket.

But if you know where to look and you plan accordingly, there are plenty of ways to get your hands on Mount Snow discount lift tickets, especially if you're a family with young children.

I Don't Wanna Grow Up The only thing better than a discount is absolutely free. And every single day, children under the age of 5 ski free at Snow. Youth Pay Their Age Day (13 years old? Pay 13 bucks) is another hugely popular way to save big - this year it's January 9, 2011. Plan accordingly.

Holiday Savings On Valentines Day, February 14, 2011, score a couples-only 2-lift ticket special for $49. On St. Patrick's Day, Marcy 17, 2011, anyone and everyone can buy a lift ticket for $17.

College Student Mount Snow discount lift tickets Mount Snow is hosting two separate College Weeks this season. January 3 - 7 and January 10 - 14, all college students simply need to present their ID at the ticket window and they're receive $29 tickets.January 3-7 & 10-14, 2011

Buy Online and Save If you purchase lift tickets online directly through mountsnow.com, you can save 5%. One caveat, though, you must purchase at least a 2-day ticket.

Craigslist Craigslist is great for buying a used lawnmower, but it's also a great place to find discount lift tickets. Search in your area first, but then remember that you can simply type "craigslist 'mount snow' lift ticket" into a Google search and get results for all regions at once, rather than having to check each region within Craigslist.org.

And if you're coming up to ski or ride at Mount Snow, you might as well get a great deal on a place to stay. Check out our listings of long and short-term southern Vermont real estate rentals, available all winter long. We're located just 10 - 15 minutes from the base of Mount Snow.

Save big, go big. Have fun on the slopes and be safe.


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    Mount Snow Film Festival Schedule and Lineup

    A film festival in little 'ol West Dover, VT? Yup. The first annual Mount Snow Film Festival is swooping onto silver screens in the valley and VermontSnowRentals got a hold of the schedule and lineup. We have to say, it looks like a lot of fun.

    WHAT: The Mount Snow Winter Film Festival WHEN: December 3 and 4, 2010 WHERE: Mount Snow Valley (Snow Barn, Memorial Hall and Mountain Park Cinema)

    The festival will feature skiing and snowboarding films, plus some "winter-themed" flicks.

    The Mount Snow Winter Film Festival Schedule

    Friday, December 3, 2010

    Flow Snowboarding's "Witness the Sickness" Where: The Snow Barn at the base of Mount Snow When: 7pm

    Transworld Snowboarding's "In Color" Where: The Snow Barn at the base of Mount Snow When: immediately following "Witness the Sickness", approximately 7:45pm

    Teton Gravity Research's "Light the Wick" Where: The Snow Barn at the base of Mount Snow When: immediately following "In Color", approximately 8:45pm

    Family Feature Film -- "Cheap Ski Movie", a Jack Turner Production Where: Memorial Hall in Wilmington, VT When: 8pm

    Saturday, December 4, 2010

    Teton Gravity Research's "Light the Wick" Where: The Snow Barn at the base of Mount Snow When: 4pm

    3 films for the price of one at Mountain Park Cinema! Where: Mountain Park Cinema, Rte. 100 just south of Mount Snow

    Theater #1, shows beginning at 2pm and 7pm 1. Matchstick Productions "The Way I See It" 2. Level 1 "I Trip" 2. Meathead Films "Work it Out"

    Theater #2, shows beginning at 2pm and 7pm 1. Resourceful Gnome "Respect Your Elders" 2. Wildcard Movies "The Saturday Night Ride" 3. Standard Films "The Storming"

    We're excited to see the first-ever Mount Snow Winter Film Festival come to the valley and can't wait to check out some of these movies. Coming up for the fest and looking for a place to stay? We have short-term house rentals for the weekend near Mount Snow - we're just 10 minutes from the Mountain Park Cinema! We'd love to have you. Have fun at the festival and keep your fingers crossed for snow.

    Preview "Witness the Sickness" below...

    Checklist for Winterizing Your Home in Vermont

    Winterizing your home -- don't forget! As winter approaches, it's easy to get caught up in apple picking, holiday planning and foliage tours in Vermont and ignore the important steps of winterizing your home. If you're a second homeowner with a condo or house in Vermont, it's even more important to winterize your home -- prolonged absence coupled with brutal winter temperatures and precipitation can cause big problems if proper cautions are not taken.

    Compliments of Chimney Hill and our experienced staff, here is our checklist for winterizing your home, vacant or otherwise:

    tips for winterizing your home 1.) Close all vents in your crawlspace and turn on any heat sources. Ventilation is important during summer months, but you should remember to close up any sources where outside air can make its way in. Use custom-cut rigid foam or fiberglass batt insulation for extra protection against frigid outside temps.

    2.) Set your heat at 45-50 degrees in any areas where there are water pipes, including bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room. It may seem silly to leave the heat on when you're away from home, but the cost of that heat is much much less than the cost of repairs when your pipes burst and flood surrounding areas. If there are particular problem areas that the home's heating system can't handle alone, look into "heat tape," an electric blanket of sorts that can be wrapped around pipes to prevent freezing.

    3.) Have your chimney professionally cleaned for the upcoming winter. Often overlooked but extremely important, cleaning your chimney not only improves efficiency, it's also a safety matter: buildup of creosote can cause chimney fires that may spread to the house.

    4.) Give your furnace a checkup. Call your oil or gas provider and schedule a checkup and cleaning. Just like your chimney, a well-tuned, clean furnace not only improves efficiency but makes your home safer. Oil-burning furnaces should get a checkup annually while gas-burning furnaces need it every two years.

    5.) Rid your house of the autumn onslaught of mice by contacting an exterminator. Mice seek refuge from the oncoming winter by heading inside, so bring a professional to prevent infestation.

    6.) Install storm windows. If you have a newer home with double-paned windows, you may not have storm windows. But you can pick up special "window film" that is stretched over the interior of windows as an added air barrier. You can pick up window film at most hardware stores.

    Good luck winterizing your home. And if you're looking for a long-term rental house or second home near Mount Snow, we have a wide selection available for perusing on our website.


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      When is Opening Day at Mount Snow?

      I wish we had the answer for you, but in all the years we've been waiting for the lifts to start turning for the season, we've learned that it depends on three factors: snow, temperature and passion. And we usually don't find out an exact opening date until a week before it happens.

      Looking at the past 5 years, though, it's safe to say that Mount Snow will open as soon as weather allows. Count on the lifts spinning by Thanksgiving weekend, unless ridiculously unseasonable weather inhibits snowmaking (This happened in 2009. The mountain did not officially open until early December).

      Here's what really matters when it comes to answering the question "when is opening day at Mount Snow?"

      Opening Day at Mount Snow?Snow No surprise here. If we get early snowfall in the Deerfield Valley (and hopefully lots of it), it's an easy decision for Mount Snow's management to drop the ropes. The top of the mountain already received 4" of fresh on October 15, 2010 (see photo, right) -- if that's any indication we could be looking at an early to mid-November opening.

      Temperature Thanks to some of the best snowmaking infrastructure in North America, Mount Snow is not necessarily reliant on natural snowfall. They can make their own snow. Of course, this depends on temperatures cold enough to turn that spray of water into ice crystals, which float down to the trail as snow. Keep in mind, just because it's 31 degrees out doesn't mean the snow guns can be turned on. Sustained temperatures in the mid-20s with low humidity are typically the minimum requirement to make quality snow.

      Passion The past few years, we've seen Mount Snow open for a day or two in October with a small terrain park on Launchpad, a beginner's trail near the bottom of the mountain. Management wouldn't put in the effort to open a small patch of snow without the people, though. Passionate skiers and riders come out of the woodwork, and that gets everyone excited. In 2008, Launchpad opened for a single day on October 20, with nearly 100 diehard skiers and riders showing up (see video below for proof). If the enthusiasm carries through November, management is more likely to get a top-to-bottom run open early.

      So keep your fingers crossed that all the three factors combine and Mount Snow gets an early opening. And as always, if you're looking for a weekend house rental near Mount Snow, you can check out our listings at Chimney Hill -- we're just 15 minutes from the mountain.

      Posted on 2010-10-04 17:59:55

      House for Sale, Wilmington, VT in Chimney HillFamily & friends can spread out with plenty of room in this well-kept 4 BR, 3 bath home. This bright and sunny home features lots of light, a living room fireplace, wood stove in family room, and is sold mostly furnished. Property includes direct access to VAST snowmobile trails with a common land border to the south.


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      Top 3 Fall Foliage Trips in Southern Vermont

      Vermont foliage attracts thousands and thousands of tourists each year on leaf tours. And that's no coincidence. The yellows, oranges, reds and browns that paint the rolling mountains of Southern Vermont are worth the drive up - as attested by the legions of out-of-state plates that cruise its roadways every year.

      Looking for the best fall foliage trips in southern Vermont? You've come to the right place. Throw out that GPS and let the maples, birch, oak, beech and elm trees be your guide. Here are our Top 3 Vermont Foliage Tours in and around the area.

      1. The Quickie (Rte. 9, Rte. 8, Rte. 100 loop)

      Approximate Drive Time: 50 Minutes

      Start in the center of Wilmington, Vermont, heading west on Rte. 9. If it's early, grab yourself a cup of fresh roasted coffee at Bean Head's - best coffee in town. After about 7 miles, turn left onto Rte. 8. By now, you're well into the Green Mountain National Forest -- prime Fall foliage trips territory. This stretch is arguably the most colorful so keep your eyes peeled (if you're driving, please be careful, of course). Residences and commercial buildings are all but nonexistent - it's just you and the road. Turn left onto Rte. 100 North (if it feels like you're actually going south, that's because you are. Don't worry, the road curves northward in a bit). You'll have a fabulous view of Lake Whitingham on your left and Sadawga Lake to your right at one point - stay alert. Continue on 100 until you come back out onto Rte. 9. Take a left and you'll be back in Wilmington, just in time for a bite to eat at Maple Leaf Brewing.

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      2. The Moose Hunter

      Approximate Drive Time: 3 hours (small portion of route is unpaved).

      Beebe Pond, Stratton, Vermont This Vermont foliage tour passes Beebe Pond on Kelley Stand Rd.

      "The Moose Hunter" will take you down historic state roads, through quaint Vermont villages, over breathtaking mountain ridges and past ponds and streams teeming with wildlife. From Wilmington, head east on Rte. 9. In Brattleboro (a stop at Amy's Bakery on Main St. is highly recommended for fresh baked desserts, a sandwich, soup or hot drinks), head North on Rte. 30. After about 20 minutes, you'll pass through Newfane, VT, a quintessential New England village that seems straight out of a "Fall Foliage in Vermont" postcard. With a centuries-old courthouse, church, inn and general store, this hamlet is pretty much MADE for fall foliage pictures. Continue on 30, soaking in the view of Stratton and Bromley's colorful slopes along the way, to Manchester, a great place to stop and score some deals at various shopping outlets. In the center of town, turn left onto Rte. 7A. In Arlington, you'll need to make a few turns (see map for turn-by-turn directions) before getting to the main attraction: Kelley Stand Rd. Closed to traffic during the harsh winter months, this dirt and gravel road is a true nature lover's paradise. Don't be surprised if you spot a moose tramping through Beebe Pond [pictured above] on your right. Residencies are all but nonexistent on this 9-mile stretch, with only a few cabin-like camps here and there. The road eventually turns to asphalt again when it turns to Stratton-Arlington Rd. Follow this until you reach Rte. 100. Take a right and you'll cruise the remaining Vermont foliage tour miles in style, past Mount Snow and back to Wilmington.

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      3. The Mass(achusetts) Attack

      Approximate Drive Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

      We'll depart slightly from a strict regiment of Vermont foliage tours, taking you briefly into Massachusetts. But we promise it will be worth it for the bright colors, winding roads and pit stop at one of Greenfield, MA's best food stops. Start by getting south on Rte. 100 out of Wilmington. In 15 minutes, you'll arrive in Jacksonville, VT, where you'll jump onto Rte. 112. Here to Greenfield is probably the best stretch of the ride for picture-perfect Vermont foliage, so keep your camera at hand. Once you've reached the thriving metropolis of Greenfield (it will feel like a metropolis after the peaceful solitude of Rte. 112), get yourself to People's Pint, a brewery and restaurant that serves its own fresh-brewed ales and locally-sourced dishes (try the pulled pork sandwich). When you're good and full, head north on Rte. 5 to Brattleboro. You can jump onto I-91 if you want to speed things up.

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      Drive safely and enjoy Vermont's foliage and natural surroundings. If you're visiting the area for an extended stay, we'd love to host you in one of our short-term rental houses in Wilmington, Vermont.

      Grout Pond, Stratton, Vermont Grout Pond near Stratton, Vermont


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        [...] Don’t worry if you take a wrong turn or lose cell phone service while searching out covered bridges – asking locals for recommendations on which bridges to visit is perhaps the best way to do a covered bridge tour. Vermonters are very proud of the bridges, so you’re sure to get lots of advice and probably learn a bit of local history. If touring in spring and summer, you’ll see the Green Mountains in their glory, while the fall provides a backdrop of fantastic Vermont fall foliage. [...]

        Oktoberfest at Mount Snow is Wunderbar!

        There are only a few days left in summer. As the crisp night air begins to bite the tip of the nose and fallen leaves swirl around like tornadoes behind cars on Vermont's back roads, we look forward to one of the Mount Snow Valley's greatest events: Oktoberfest.

        The combination of Vermont's mid-October foliage, pleasant weather and the German tradition of beer, food and fun make October 9 and 10th, 2010, a not-to-be-missed occasion.

        Most of the Oktoberfest fun is happening at the base area of Mount Snow. Their 13th Annual Oktoberfest and Craft Show has been growing steadily over the years, attracting visitors from all over New England. A live German polka band typically plays on Saturday afternoon under the tent, and more live music and entertainment runs throughout the weekend.

        Over a dozen breweries show up, tapping into their fresh autumn lineup of beers. Traditional German food (think lots of sausage and sauerkraut) is always hot and ready.

        Don't forget that this is a true family-friendly event. Face painting, pumpkin painting, arts and crafts, a hay pile, apple launching and the now famous "schnitzel toss" will keep the kiddies entertained all weekend.

        Of course, the adults will have their fun with the keg toss, one-man saw competition and stein holding contest.

        Fall in Vermont -- there's nothing like it. We hope you're around to enjoy the foliage and the spirit of Oktoberfest. And of course if you need a place to stay during the festivities, you can search our short term rentals near Mount Snow. We're in Wilmington, just 10 minutes from Mount Snow.


        WHAT: 13th Annual Oktoberfest and Craft Show at Mount Snow WHEN: October 9 & 10, 2010 WHERE: Mount Snow base area, West Dover, VT


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          Get Your Bib On - It's Taste of the Valley Time

          Start dieting. Right now. You'll need all the spare room you can spare in your belly this weekend when the Taste of the Deerfield Valley takes over the Rte. 100 corridor.

          WHAT: The 5th annual Taste of the Deerfield Valley WHEN: September 10 - 12, 2010 WHERE: Stretching from Mount Snow to the center of Wilmington along Rte. 100 WHAT: FOOD!, tastings, live music, local wine and beer, shopping, celebrity cooking demonstrations, much more WHY: Good food and friends - what else do you need?

          Talk around town is that Celebrity Chef Myron Mixon's cooking demonstration is going to be a highlight. Judging by the video below, this guy is serious about BBQ, and looking mean while glaring down at cameras with his arms crossed. We've also heard he has a BBQ "Battlewagon" trailer that will be in town. Any man who does battle with his food, well we have to see this to believe it.

          Restaurants all along Rte. 100 will have their doors open, offering special menus and beer and wine pairings. Hermitage Inn, Maple Leaf Brewery, River Valley Market, The Roadhouse, Sitzmark and many other restaurants will be serving up one-of-a-kind dishes like "herbed risotto cake with local highland beef short ribs" (from Wilmington Inn and Tavern).

          For a full schedule of events and admission prices, visit Celebrate the Valley's website. You can even purchase tickets online.

          Of course, if you need a place to stay, we have several houses for rent at Chimney Hill. And believe us, you'll need some deep sleep after all the great food you'll be enjoying this weekend.

          Bon appetit!

          Mount Snow Brewers Festival is coming.

          Few days of the year are dedicated solely to drinking beer. Well, you could probably count Labor Day. Maybe New Year's too. In some families, Christmas Eve might be included.

          But we're talking about craft beer here. We're talking about an entire weekend set aside in honor of the art of brewing and appreciating really... good... beer. We're talking about the annual Mount Snow Brewer's Festival.

          WHAT: The Mount Snow Brewers Festival WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, September 4 and 5, 2010 WHERE: Mount Snow base area, West Dover, Vermont WHY: Beer. Why else?

          The Mount Snow Brewers Festival attracts  some of the region's best craft breweries (and some national breweries as well). Some of the breweries are large and well known, while others are tiny mom-and-pop shops that brew only a few recipes. Either way, there's something for everyone's preference. Woodchuck Cider even shows up to provide an apple-based alternative.

          Beer makers scheduled to show up are: Brooklyn Brewery Sam Adams Harpoon Long Trail Peak Organic Rock Art Smuttynose Stone (rumor has it they'll have Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale on tap - you never see that on the East Coast!) Sierra Nevada North Coast Rogue BBC Flying Dog and a whole bunch more!

          Everyone who enters receives a souvenir pint glass and one free beer. Tokens for each 8 oz. sample are $2.

          One Day: $25 - 21+ Adults /$12 - Under 21 / Kids 5 & Under Free Two Day: $35 - 21+ Adults / $20 - Under 21 / Kids 5 & Under Free

          Public transportation is available on the MOOver line. Everyone please be safe and take advantage of this free service or designate a driver.

          All the information you need about food, live music lineups, parking and more can be found here.

          Need a place to stay during the festival? We have plenty of rental houses available at Chimney Hill, just 10 miles down the road from the festivities.

          Have fun. Be safe. To beer!

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