EASTER IN VERMONT
by Paul Maraschiello

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Easter is a great holiday to spend in the mountains of Vermont skiing. I decided to drive up to Vermont and stayed at The Vermont Inn. This charming B&B was decorated for Easter and is located on Rt. 4, just a few miles from Rutland in Killington, VT. From this centrally located inn, you can ski Pico Peak, Killington, Okemo, and Sugarbush. I had a large room with a fireplace, king-size bed and private bath. This deluxe suite has an elegant gas fireplace in the seating area with a convertible love seat and coffee table in front of the flat-screen TV. This room has a lovely bay window that has views of the mountains, woods, and serene back yard.

Each morning, I was treated to a complimentary breakfast featuring specials including omelets, French toast, special pancakes and a variety of eggs, bacon, sausage, oatmeal, dry cereal, juice, etc. with Irish music playing softly in the background.

Every room is individually decorated in this charming classic New England inn. This inn was rated one of the top 50 inns in America by the "Inn Times". For Easter, they staged an Easter egg hunt for all the children who dined with their families and it was a pleasure to see the smiles on their faces when they returned to the diningroom with their basket of Easter eggs. I had a great Easter dinner of leg of lamb topped off by a large slice of cheesecake. The sumptuous Easter feast was prepared by an award-winning chief who has been with the inn for over 25 years. They have a small bar and a nice selection of fine wine to accompany the gourmet menu. If you are interested in staying at a classic New England country inn, I can recommend the Vermont Inn. If you are a large group or single visitor, this charming inn will suit your needs. Prices begin at $90 for a small double room and range up to $345 for a family suite during the ski season, including breakfast. Call (800) 541-7795 or click relax@vermontinn.com and tell them that the "Ski Bum News" sent you.



SKIING
The skiing in Vermont over the Easter holidays can offer anywhere from winter conditions to spring conditions, depending on how early Easter falls. This year, I was treated to excellent spring conditions. It was warm and sunny with excellent corn snow. There was a sunrise Easter service for those who were interested in seeing the sun come up from the top of a mountain. All the ski areas have Easter egg hunts for the children and many have other festivities on this holiday but I was there for the skiing.

If you have never skied in Vermont in the spring time, you will have a good time. Days tend to be warm and sunny, crowds small and the people are laid-back. Slopes tend to bump up and the snow is very forgiving BUT skiing can be a lot of work because the snow tends to be heavy. I love spring skiing and usually spend a week or more logging the last vertical miles of the season. Skiing in the spring is a little different than skiing during the winter season. I like to seek out slopes that don't get the morning sun and have a firmer surface. I skied some of my favorite mogul runs and was humbled by the mountain at times. On other runs, the snow was quite forgiving and I looked good in the bumps. In spring conditions, you need to be aggressive and ski a little bit faster than you usually do. You can skid your turns in the troughs and knock your speed off on the uphill side of the moguls or turn on the tops of the bumps.

Easter is a great time to shop for bargains on skis, clothing and other equipment. All the ski shops are trying to reduce their inventories and you can get great deals. Demo skis are sold for a fraction of their retail price and you will find that Easter is a better holiday to buy skis than Christmas. Often you can pick up a pair of demo skis with bindings for less than the normal price of a set of bindings.



If you have never done any spring skiing, head up to Vermont. They still have plenty of snow and you and your family will have a great time.

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