I can’t think of a better way to enjoy skiing the east than Vermont’s most easterly ski resort, Burke Mountain.  I love the long steep blue runs like Willoughby and Powderhorn and challenging myself on my favorite black runs–Lew’s Leap and Lower Doug’s Drop.  The ski resort is divided into two areas:  the lower mountain is primarily green runs and is a great area for young families and beginner skiers.  The upper mountain, which is served by one high-speed quad and a poma for the Burke Mountain Academy, is suited for intermediate and expert skiers.  The thing I like best about skiing Burke is you can develop a flow to your skiing because you never wait more than a minute in line on the busiest of days and the high-speed quad takes a skier to the top of the mountain in a few minutes.  The views from the top are fantastic!  To the north skiers can’t miss the beauty of the sheer cliffs (Mount Pisgah and Mount Hor) that surround Lake Willoughby in the distance.  If you ski the East Bowl trail, you will be rewarded with views of the entire Northeast Kingdom.  The Northeast Kingdom, referred by Vermonters as simply “The Kingdom” because of its heavenly beauty and splendor.  The area comprises of one-fifth of the state’s land and is considered the most beautiful and undisturbed region.

It is refreshing to see the Burke Mountain Academy skiers racing and perfecting their turns on the trail next to the chair lift.  They know they too could become the next Mikaela Shiffrin to grace these slopes.  Shiffrin, a Burke Mountain Academy graduate went onto becoming the youngest Olympic Gold medalist in women’s Slalom at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Thanks, Burke Mountain for another great season of skiing in The Kingdom!

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