As I write this, I just realized that at 52 years old, I have spent exactly half my life in Vermont. Wow! That’s why this quote from former President, Calvin Coolidge of Vermont has so much meaning to me. I’ve always felt that one can accomplish anything with hard work and persistence. I reflect back at some of the goals that I have accomplished here in Vermont because of persistence: MBA from UVM, a career that led me to interesting environments and people, solo bike ride back home to Ohio, all “25 Bicycle Rides in Vermont” during summer of 2011, many hikes and treks all over the state, raising two beautiful outstanding daughters, and a happy marriage of 25 years. It has been a lovely adventure…
Today I had the opportunity to ski at Mad River Glen for a half-price lift ticket because I purchased a “Ski and Ride with the Point” button for $5 earlier in the season. This promotion allows skiers to ski for half price at participating ski resorts every Friday throughout the season. A different ski resort is chosen every Friday. I think this promotion is a great opportunity to try out different resorts.
The great thing about Mad River Glen is that they have a single chair lift. This may be the last of the single chairs in the world. It’s great when you are skiing alone because you don’t feel like the only person amongst strangers on the lifts. After you disembark the chair lift it’s you and the mountain–and the mountain at Mad River Glen is fantastic! I love the long runs that take you from the top to the bottom of the mountain. The terrain is steep enough on the intermediates to make life interesting. I’m sure the woods were full of powder today; but for me there are too many tree trunks to bang into.
I also love the small-town feel of this resort. That along with the music playing from “The Point” made for a perfect ski afternoon.