Travel Tips: Skiing in Vermont
By Bruce A. Tucker

I have been skiing for sixteen years. I would
hardly call myself  a great a skier, but then again
I would say that I can hold my own on a variety of runs including the
treacherous double black diamonds.

Okay, they are not treacherous unless you have never been skiing before, in
which case you would probably kill yourself if you went down one. They are
very challenging though and Vermont ski resorts have some pretty good ones.

Although I really enjoy skiing at Stowe, which is located in northern central part
of Vermont, my favorite double black diamond run is in Killington, called the
Outer Limits. It is a very wide run, with nice moguls and if you hit the run early
enough in the morning you can get some nice fresh snow.

However I tend to stay away from moguls these days as I ski more for relaxation
and to be in the open crisp air of the Green Mountain State. I will do some black
diamonds but mostly limit myself to blue square runs. I find my knees,
quadriceps and hamstrings will last longer throughout the day.

Ski During the Week

With that said I have do have some tips if you are planning a ski trip to Vermont.
Regardless of which ski resort you go to, Okemo, Killington, Stowe, Sugarbush
and the list goes on and on,
try and ski during the week. Monday through
Thursday and the occasional Friday have very light traffic on the slopes. Which
makes sense as most people are working or in my case, should be working.

Ask for Discount Ski Tickets

If you are staying at a hotel, bed & breakfast, motel or lodge ask the front desk
or inn keeper if they have discount tickets.
Most if not all the resorts in Vermont
offer some type of discount off lift tickets. So unless you really want to pay full
price ask for the discount. Usually it is about $5 to $10, but you may get lucky
when they run special promotions and receive a larger discount.

Ski Smaller Resorts on Weekends

If you have to ski on the weekends try some of the smaller ski resorts. What I
found out is that most locals stay away from the bigger resorts on the weekends
to avoid the crowds (they do not know what crowds are until they ski the
Poconos in the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania on a Saturday). The smaller
resorts are normally cheaper and although they do not boast as many runs as the
bigger guys, the runs they do offer are challenging to even the most astute skier.
You can google Vermont's division of travel and tourism and they should be
able to send you an entire list of every ski resort in their state.

Ski During Off-Peak Hours

As with most ski resort, and Vermont being no different, ski when everyone is at
lunch and go to lunch when everyone is on the slopes. The normal lunchtime is
from eleven forty-five to about two in the afternoon. That is when the lodges
have the most people sitting down to eat.

I recommend getting to the slopes as soon as they open (usually around 8:00am),
and then taking your lunch starting at eleven and finishing up at eleven
forty-five. As everyone is heading in you are heading out.

Even with all the best tips in the world you will run into occasional crowds. Just
do not let it bother you and remember you are in Vermont, on vacation skiing
some of the finest mountains in the world.

About the Author: Bruce Tucker is the senior editor for Vacation Nation,   an online
vacation resource where you can learn about various destinations and travel tips.
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