It’s a wonder we didn’t end up with serious injuries to our wool-hat-clad heads.
Hunter Mountain, N.Y., isn’t where I actually learned to ski. But Hunter is indeed where I learned to ski. Chasing my older brother down icy black diamonds like Hell Gate and Minya Konka, yard-saling big-time on the double blacks at Hunter West—Westway, under the liftline, even. No matter how hard I skied—or rather how hard I bit it—my brother never let me win.
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.
No place does diners like the Northeast, and these ski-country classics keep the flame alive.
Dot’s Restaurant, Wilmington, Vt. » The beloved eatery was taken out by the Hurricane Irene floods but rebuilt in 2014, much to the region’s relief. The space may be new, but the food is exactly the same, with legendary pancakes (served with real Vermont maple syrup, natch) and eggs accompanied by homemade breads.