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Blog :: 12-2011

Skiing and Snowboarding in Southern Vermont

When Old Man Winter arrives in New England, the place to be is on the slopes during the ski season. Vermont offers a handful of legendary ski resorts all within a short distance of the New York and Massachusetts borders. Whether you're a first time skier or snowboarder, or a seasoned pro, Vermont ski resorts offer a variety of terrain for all abilities. Use this guide to find your way to some of the best sliding on snow the Green Mountains have to offer.

Vermont ski resorts have world-class grooming. Photo: Mount Snow.

Mount Snow, West Dover, VT Getting there: Mount Snow is located just north of the town of Wilmington on Route 100.

What to expect: Extensive and constantly upgraded snowmaking, featuring the latest in fan gun technology. The only all terrain park mountain face on the east coast, Carinthia Parks and a high-speed six-person bubble chair lift -- one of only two in the country.

Stratton Mountain, Stratton, VTGetting there: The Stratton Mountain access road is located off of Route 30 in Bondville, VT.

What to expect: High-end amenities at a challenging mountain. Known for a long history in the snowboarding world, Stratton is home to the annual US Open Snowboarding Championship. Stratton Village has a variety of winter gear, food and craft shopping.

Vermont ski resorts have world-class grooming. Photo: Mount Snow.

Magic Mountain, Londonderry, VT Getting there: Magic Mountain is settled just a few miles east of Londonderry proper on Route 11.

What to expect: A rugged little "no frills" mountain with a friendly vibe that's a throwback to the essence of skiing the east. Challenging terrain that can't be beaten on a powder day.

Bromley Mountain, Peru, VT Getting there: Head east out of Manchester, VT on Route 11/30. Continue straight on 11 and you can't miss it.

What to expect: Gorgeous southern exposure at Vermont's "sun" mountain. Smaller than nearby Stratton, which means less crowds and better conditions throughout "busy" days. Anyone up for Zip-lining?

Vermont ski resorts have world-class grooming. Photo: Mount Snow.

Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow, VT Getting there: Take exit 6 off I-91 and follow Route 103 North to the town of Ludlow, VT. The access road is in the center of the village.

What to expect: The most vertical drop in southern Vermont (2,200 ft.) and a great place to bring the family. Accessible terrain for all abilities with luxurious amenities and Vermont's only alpine roller coaster at Jackson Gore.

After a long day of skiing and snowboarding on the slopes, warm up in one of our many winter rental homes, located just a few miles from the base of Mount Snow.


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      5 Tips to Survive the Tough Mudder at Mount Snow

      One look at the competitors from Tough Mudder New England and it's no surprise the event is hailed as 'probably the toughest event on the planet'. After 10 miles of crawling through mud, swimming in icy water and conquering obstacles who wouldn't be wearied, battered and well, mud-covered? But despite the promise of cold, discomfort and certain electrocution, every year more and more competitors flock to this event when it visits the slopes of Mount Snow.

      It is by no means easy, but it can be done. The question is how do you survive?

      For an insider's perspective we consulted three brothers, and veteran Mount Snow Tough Mudders, to get their tips for how to prepare both mentally and physically for this grueling event. Here are their five tips for surviving the Tough Mudder at Mount Snow.

      1. Squats are your friend. Mt. Snow's terrain is the quad-burning-calf-tearing type that makes you want to chop your legs off. It's all about muscle fatigue, not brute strength.

      2. If you want to be "competitive" you'll need an iron core. You need stamina, good legs and great company. Follow the Tough Mudder exercise plan with your team and work as one.

      3. Train outdoors. Spending long on the treadmill or pumping iron in the gym won't prepare you for running up a mountain -- running up a mountain will. Training in the city? Run up a lot of hills. Once that gets easy run up even more hills with some weight on your back.

      4. Get used to the cold. Take frigid showers, ice baths or run in the snow naked. Whatever it takes to make wading through icy mud pools feel refreshing.

      5. Have some fun. Don't worry about time. The Tough Mudder is about helping your friends, teammates and other participants finish, oh yeah and drinking beer!

      Thanks guys, and good luck in the next challenge.

      Spectators can take up a spot on the sidelines to watch the competitors and cheer them on. After all, they need all the support they can get.

      Even tough guys and gals need a soft place to lay their weary bodies after this greuling event. Lucky for Mudders, we have a great selection of short-term rentals located just a short, mud-free hike from the course.


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        Chimney Hill Owners Raise Money for Deerfield Valley

        Tom and Susan Byrne have been Chimney Hill owners for over ten years. Throughout the years they have enjoyed sharing the "Vermont experience" with friends and family. When they heard news of the Irene flood and it's devastating impact on our area, they started a fundraiser to help raise money for the rebuilding efforts in Wilmington and the Mount Snow Valley. We are so thankful to have such an awesome community here on the Hill.

        Susan and John Byrne of A1 Howe's Loop at the "donation table."

        "On November 19th, thirty of our family and friends gathered at our home in Edison to enjoy dinner, share Vermont stories and raise money for Wilmington. Over the ten years that John and I have been Chimney Hill owners, many friends have joined us to enjoy ski weekends, leaf peeping, hiking, swimming, kayaking, the fresh air, starlit skies and beautiful mountains. Of course, these visits always included some shopping time in Wilmington and some excellent dinners in restaurants throughout the valley.

        When the flooding caused by Irene devastated Wilmington, we were heartsick. We watched the news, checked the Wilmington website regularly and followed updates provided by CHOA. John and I wanted to do something to help. One night over dinner, an idea for a fundraiser grew.

        Our guest list included anyone that had visited our home in Chimney Hill. A minimum donation for couples or families was recommended. We had a poster listing three charities and we ran a continuous slide show of flood pictures next to the donation envelopes. That was very motivating! I bought some T shirts at Down in the Valley (and they donated a blanket) and I asked a nephew to sell raffle tickets. By evening's end, we had raised $1,012.00 which was distributed to the Town of Wilmington, to the Deerfield Valley Fund and to the Deerfield Valley Human Web.

        Bill Walker of Point Pleasant,N.J., won a Vermont T shirt in the raffle.

        The party was great. Our friends brought food, their checkbooks, their good spirits and Vermont stories. It's always fun to talk about a cold winter weekend with no power when it's a distant memory. We all had lots of fun and felt good giving back to the places and people that have given us so much pleasure and such good times."

        Article and Photos by Susan Byrne.

        Thanks Susan, we couldn't have put it better ourselves.

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