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February 2022 - Tackle the ski slopes in Vermont’s Green Mountains!
Vert Mont (French), the Green Mountain State, has some of the best skiing (and beer) on the East Coast. The Camp Life has our Big Three.
First up is Sugar Bush in the Mad River Valley may have some of the most breathtaking scenery in the state, and that is saying something. It is not the easiest to get to, but it is definitely worth the journey. It encompasses 4,000 acres across two mountain areas, including 2,000 backcountry acres Slide Brook Basin. It has some great, and varied, terrain to spend the day on, such as Castlerock, Black Diamond, Exterminator, Tumbler, and Hammerhead.
You will definitely want to stay at the Green Mountain Lodge, but book well in advance. To refuel, you may have a bit of a wait to eat at American Flat Bread, but it is well worth it. I recommend either the POWER TO THE PEOPLE flat bread, with Chicken, Buffalo Sauce, Red Onions, Carrots, Blue Cheese Dressing, Mozzarella, Grana Padano, and Fresh Herbs, or the PUNCTUATED EQUILIBRIUM, with Kalamata Olives, Roasted Red Peppers, Fresh Rosemary, Red Onions, Vermont Creamery Chevre, Mozzarella, Grana Padano, and Fresh Herbs. And for all you hop heads out there, try a Sip of Sunshine or the Big Hoppy Black IPA brewed locally and served at Lawson’s Finest taproom in town.
Next up, Stowe Vermont, where as Ski Magazine points out, it has earned Top 10 rankings in Terrain, Challenge, Après, Dining, Lodging, On-Mountain Dining, Nightlife, Down-Day Activities, Scenery, and Charm. What’s not to like?
If you really want to class it up, the Brass Lantern Inn is a cozy and quaint 1810 brick farmhouse renovated into a nine guest room Bed & Breakfast. If your style is go big or go home, we also like the Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa, which offers 50,000 square feet of world class accommodations and facilities. Hungry? Grab Canada’s favorite fattener - Poutine - hand cut fries with cheddar curds and sage gravy at The Bench, where you can also munch on some wood fired pizza and other Vermont comfort food favorites. Beer snob? Head to The Alchemist and try the Heady Topper IPA, or Pappy’s Secret Stash Porter.
Finally, "The Beast of the East" Killington Resort. It has the highest skiable terrain in Vermont (4,241 feet) and 155 trails accommodating all skill levels. And if you are looking to party, look no further.
You can stay at the Killington Mountain Lodge, which hosts the renowned Wobbly Barn Steakhouse. Also, checkout Casey’s Caboose, named after the famous engineer popularized by The Grateful Dead - Casey Jones. Try Casey’s Mountain Lobster Burger, featuring hand pressed Vemont beef topped with New England lobster and remoulade sauce. Want something more traditional? Try the All-American Casey Burger. My favorite brewery is Otter Creek, where you can enjoy the Bonus Stage IPA or if you are lucky their limited Copper Ale. Long Trail brewery is also top notch, where I love their limited edition Angry Gnome IPA and Ski the East. They also have CBD seltzers if you are looking for a different kind of buzz.