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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IMG_1304Today 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.

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