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NASTAR Eastern Championships to Hit Okemo Mountain

Four-time Olympian AJ Kitt will be at Okemo as competitors battle to qualify for Nastar Nationals in Aspen, CO.

Think you’re faster than Ted Ligety? Of course you don't. But if you want to get a sense of how much faster he is, jump in the NASTAR course at your local hill. Ted won’t be there. But he raced against a guy who raced against a guy who will be there.

Mountains of Money

Jay Peak Resort | Jay Peak Vermont
Jay Peak Resort | Jay Peak Vermont
Jay Peak has long been loved for its above-average snowfall. Now a blizzard of foreign capital has transformed it into a four-season wonderland. And the bottom line? Jobs where they’re needed most.

Dribs and drabs. Some snow guns here, a new groomer there, fresh carpet for the base-lodge bar...

Life in an Orange Bubble

Okemo Mountain Bubble Chair
Life in an Orange Bubble
Okemo's new Sunburst enclosed sixpack has heated seats. Sign of the Apocalypse? Or just a sensible way to beat the Vermont winter cold?

Is this really how pampered we’ve become? Eastern skiers, after all, always prided themselves on being a little hardier than the rest. Rain, wind, frigid temps, and brutally cold lift rides—always just part of the experience.

Now Okemo and Leitner-Poma have teamed up to bring us…what…the ultimate high-speed sixpack for wussies, with heated seats to warm our buns and an orange-tinted bubble enclosure to keep out the wind, rain, and good old New England sleet.

Newbies Score Gear, Lift Deals During January

It's National Learn To Ski and Snowboard Month, and Vermont resorts lead the way with enticing discounts for newbies.

Got a friend who needs to learn how to ski? A spouse or significant other? A friend of your kid’s? Maybe it’s up to you to turn them on to the sport you love, and there’s no better time than January, National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.

The Soul of Stratton

Soul of Stratton
Soul of Stratton
Here’s the thing about those icy, flat slopes: They absolutely make you a better skier.

I’m about to talk about Stratton Mountain, the ski resort that’s just 10 minutes from where I grew up in Vermont, and I know what you’re thinking: Ice. Bitterly cold temperatures. Liftlines crowded with New Yorkers and Bostonians. Terrain that’s, well...the place is known as “Flatton.”

Yes, it’s all those things. But it’s also my home ski area, and here’s why I love it.

Ode to Vermont

Ode to Vermont
Ode to Vermont
I’d like to apologize to everyone in those liftlines whose skis I walked on.

I’d like to thank all the guys—students at Norwich University, all pushing retirement age by now—who gave me shoulder rides to the top of my local hill in central Vermont. I was five, too small to hold down the poma platter. They made a little boy with a runny nose very happy. Man, how I loved to ski when I was five.

A Rebirth for Burke

After transforming Jay Peak, the resort’s owners turn their sights on its sister-mountain. And again, foreign investors will pick up the tab.

Lovers of Burke Mountain, now Q Burke, can’t be blamed for being a little nervous about the transformation beginning to take place at their home hill.

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