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Stellar Snowmaking and Beginner Packages in Vermont this January: The Fall Line, 1/8/15

 Bluebird day at Mount Snow Resort - January 8, 2015

The first week of the New Year has been off to a great start here in Vermont thanks to our excellent base leftover from early season storms, top notch snowmaking, and the fresh snow that fell on Saturday and Wednesday. As we enter the second week, prepare to take a roller coaster ride with Ma’ Nature. Remember that pesky Polar Vortex from last season? Well, it’s back. The chilliest air since last January 2014 has settled into the region once again. This means you’ll see snowmaking guns ablaze throughout the Green Mountains. Colder temperatures can also bring sunny, bluebird skies.

While there are some positive aspects about the weather this week, the biggest concern is safety. Be sure to dress in moisture wicking layers to keep perspiration off of skin (yes, you can sweat when you’re cold) and keep all skin protected from exposure. Read more tips for staying warm and happy on the slopes from the All Mountain Mamas. Then check the up-to-the-minute conditions report from around the state before you hit the slopes.
Despite the chilly air, we love January because beginner skiers and snowboarders get the best deal going. January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and, for just $29, beginners to either sport get rentals, professional instruction and a lift ticket for beginner terrain. Learn to love sliding on snow for the very first time or try a new discipline if you’re a seasoned pro. This program is open to kids and adults. Find participating resorts and availability at Limit one per person.
If skinny skis are more your thing, check out Winter Trails Day this Saturday, January 10, 2015. Now in its 20th year, Winter Trails Day offers kids and adults new to winter sports the opportunity to try cross country skiing and snowshoeing for free at a variety of locations around Vermont. Visit Winter Trails Day online for more information and participating locations.

Many Vermont resorts participate in the program, but with the help of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the celebrated day is expanded to accommodate every body. The Northeast Disabled Athletic Association and Rikert Nordic Center acquired a collection of adaptive sit-skis and trained instructors will be available throughout the day. Five sit-skis will be available along with instruction at Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, Vermont from 11am – 1pm. Space and equipment is limited so reservations are preferred. Call NDAA at 802-862-NDAA (6322) or email Patrick Standen of the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association at to reserve space.

It’s more fun to ski and ride with friends and Vermont offers lots of programs to keep you motivated while having fun learning to slide on snow. Introduce a friend or family member to a new sport in Vermont and you can enter to win a two night ski and stay package for participating in the Bring a Friend Challenge. Participants who share photos and stories of friends learning to ski or snowboard on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and tag it #BringaFriendVT will be entered to win.
Vermont resorts also offer additional lessons and clinics for those looking to stick with it and expand their skills:
Stratton Mountain Resort presents Women on Snow, or WoW, a multi-day camp designed to supercharge skiing skills in an atmosphere of fun, fitness and camaraderie, and offered January 23-25, Feb. 6-8 and again March 4-6. For snowboarders, Girl’s Time Out is a women-only camp designed to make fearless riders of every woman with personalized instruction on everything from laying down turns to advanced technique and conquering new types of terrain, offered January 30-February 1. Visit for all the details.

Okemo Mountain Resort’s First Tracks and Double Tracks learning packages, designed for first-time skiers and riders, include group lessons with a professional instructor and specialized equipment to make learning easier. First Tracks is a one-day program that provides the basic building blocks for enjoying the sport. Double Tracks builds on the skills learned the first day and adds a second morning of instruction, more time on the slopes and more opportunities to improve. Learn more at

At Killington Resort, the Ministars 4-day Discovery Camp will offer a full four days of lessons for little learners, a FREE 4-day lift ticket for mom or dad, and brand new skis, boots and bindings to keep. Space is limited; be sure to book ahead at

At Sugarbush Resort, participants of the $29 learn to ski and ride lesson have the option to upgrade their package in the First Timer to Life Timer Program. A three-day program, the $29 lesson will count as the first day, with the next two days coming at a discounted price of $156. The total price is a savings of over 25% from the regular program. Upon completion of the third lesson, participants will receive a season pass good for the rest of the season. Details at

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