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Get Your Ski & Snowboard ‘On’ in Vermont!

From November until almost May, skiing and snowboarding in Vermont is absolutely legendary. Yes, there are other states, mountains, slopes, and areas covered in snow during the winter season. However, with as much as 25-feet of natural snow each winter, Vermont still resides at the top of almost every list when it comes to awesome conditions and resorts that don’t even close until mid-April of every year.

Any day spent skiing or boarding the slopes of Vermont is considered a great day, with some being even greater than others. Often, not only is there a plentiful covering of snow under your chosen footgear, but you’re also surrounded by winter postcard weather, fantastic deals that include lift tickets and lodging, and so much more.

When you research the resorts nestled in the Vermont mountains, you will find lists catering to all sizes of bank accounts. From luxury lodging, fine dining, and spas; to more basic accommodations for winter lovers on a budget—no visitor’s needs are overlooked.

Although eastern skiing does not supply the high altitudes of the Rockies, the terrain is extensive and full of challenges for expert skiers and boarders to experience. Not only that, but the constant updating and renovating of on- and off-slope facilities give every visitor a high-quality stay that is unsurpassed by western states.

When speaking with the die-hard snowboarders and skiers about ‘special’ resorts they place high on their list, one name that always appears in conversation is Okemo Mountain Resort. For years, Okemo has earned top awards and ratings for snow quality, terrain parks, family packages and programs, and dining. Add all this with the fact that it is in an easy-to-reach location in south-central Vermont, and the appeal grows for everyone, from serious skiers to those setting up long weekend trips to enjoy the outdoors.

With 121 trails scattered across 655 acres of land, you are talking about an evenly divided area for all skiing and snowboarding abilities. There are even a dozen glades for experienced skiers who want to test their skills in a terrain studded with trees. Home to the East’s longest superpipe and seven of the most innovative terrain parks, Okemo has snowboarders coming back each and every chance they get.

Vermont is famous for having almost 85% of their state be skiable terrain and has won awards for combining natural snow with snowmaking and grooming in order to maintain some of the best conditions to be found in the eastern half of the U.S. In addition, Okemo leads resorts when it comes to being environmentally sound; it even installed the first bubble-covered six-seater lift with heated seats, the Sunburst Six, in the East. Energy-efficient, this ride to the Summit Lodge is faster and has minimal impact on energy resources.

Booking your visit at Okemo also gives you access to off-slope facilities, including a full-service luxury hotel, condos, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a tubing hill, the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster, snow-cat excursions, bike rentals and trails, and a covered skating rink with an NHL-grade cooling system.

Whatever happens, to excite your winter spirit, there is no shortage of things to choose from when it comes to enjoying the Vermont ski and snowboard season. To make even more memories, check out Stowe Mountain Resort, which receives an impressive average of 300” of snowfall every winter. Some of the deepest snowpack in the Northeast is here on Vermont’s highest peak, Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak. Check out all the events, as well as ski and stay packages that are available. At Mad River Glen, you will be able to find the best skiing and boarding from February through March, and Mad River has a calendar of events and activities for all skill levels.

Make sure this winter involves a visit to Vermont because, hands down, there’s no better place to get your ‘ski and snowboard on!’

Changes for the 2020/2021 Ski Season in Vermont: In light of recent public health and safety concerns, it’s important to check the latest updates on the Ski Vermont page before planning a trip and the websites of individual resorts to learn of any changes. These may include requiring advance ticketing online, physical distancing, and masks required at lifts and other areas. https://skivermont.com/the-best-times-to-ski-and-ride-in-vermont.

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