When we first decided to move to Vermont, I had visions of hitting all of the state’s downhill skiing mountains during the first winter. After that initial exuberance, we realized that the budget (and probably our energy levels) wouldn’t support that much alpine skiing, so we modified the goal. One downhill skiing trip per month.

Then the arctic cold set in and brought another cold reality – we’ll have to play it by ear. In January, it didn’t work out. February wasn’t looking so hot, either. But we caught a break this weekend, with Sunday temps forecast for the low 30’s and not accompanied by a huge snowstorm. Continue reading



Aside from a great job opportunity, the biggest appeal to me of moving to Montpelier is the proximity to skiing. In Brunswick we were about one and a half hours from Mount Abram, which was the closest decent-sized downhill ski area. Here, I count at least eight within that drive, many much closer.

The closest of which is Bolton Valley, a short 35-minute drive from our front door. The mountain offered an early-season, $29 lift ticket special this week. We’re not usually “hit the slopes the day they open and ski on one trail” people, but the mountains received two feet of fresh snow during the week. The combination turned out to be too good to resist. So Saturday morning – later than we had expected (but who cares, it’s only a half-hour away!) – we packed up the Subaru and headed north for the short drive up I-89. Continue reading