Saturday, February 23, 2008

Solo Mission, 4 Resorts in one Day

Woke up this morning to find a fresh coating of snow on the ground.  Nice!  After a few mouse clicks I found a forecast promising sunny skies.  Hum?  What the heck, I hit the road.  My goal?  To ski 4 resorts within a 30 mile radius of my front door. 

First stop, Okemo.  One of the classic family resorts in the state with some of the newest trails, lifts, and lodges.  When I pulled into the parking lot the fog and clouds had yet to give way to the promised sunshine.  I skied over to the newest addition to the resort, Jackson Gore.  If you haven't skied Jackson Gore yet I highly recommend it. 
a little socked in.
Jackson Gore

Next Stop, one of the smallest resorts in the state.  A little area called Bear Creek located in Plymouth.  Plymouth, Vermont is situated between Ludlow(Okemo) and Killington and is the birthplace of President Calvin Coolidge.  This little resort is not quite a full blown "ski area" but run more like a country club for the few who own houses in the area.  Bear Creek was awesome.  On one of the busiest days of the year there might have been thirty people skiing total.  Perfect.

Bear Creeks one lift.
Bear Creeks lift line....a killer.
The parking lot and lodge...I was lucky to get a spot.

The next stop was the Beast of the East, Killington.  Killington is a long time client of mine and one of the great ski areas in the East.  With so many lifts and so much terrain its possible to spend multiple days here and never ski the same thing twice.  As I pulled into the lower gondola area the skies started to brighten and the sun started to shine.

The clouds burning off over Killington.
Cool view from the peak.
Some of Killington's parking lot's...not quite Bear Creek.

Now it was time for some lunch.  Between Killington and my final area is the Long Trail brewery.  A perfect spot for lunch.

Lunch...a pint of stout and popcorn.

By this point the sun was shinning, the temperatures were warming up and I was pulling into the final parking lot of the day.  Suicide Six.  One of the oldest and most classic resorts in the whole state.  Sure it only offers 650 feet of vertical and 81 annual inches, but what it lacks in muscle it more than makes up for in character.

All six hundred and fifty feet of it.

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