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Fresh Vermont snow; all you can eat!

Fresh Vermont snow; all you can eat!With all this snow falling here in Vermont, kids of all ages grab their sleds and head for the hills. What could be more fun after some skiing, or better yet, on a snow day from school?

Seven Days newspaper has created a handy little <link http: aux locales sleddingmap.html external-link-new-window external link in new>map of sledding hills in northern Vermont. Is your favorite hill on this list?

In the Mad River Valley, some people have elevated sledding to a science. Mad River Rockets in Warren, Vt., makes high-speed sleds with names like Killer B and Stinger.

These things have lap belts and kneepads! According to the company, the kneeling position allows you to see ahead, lean for balance and control steering. Wow. I need to try one of these.

An added bonus: the plastic shells are made in America of recycled plastic. Check them out at Vermont sports shops such as Alpine Shop, Clearwater Sports, Outdoor Gear Exchange and Onion River Sports. Or, just grab your $4 plastic platter and have a ball.

<link internal-link internal link in current>Vermont ski resorts are reporting significant new snow over the last week. On my commute home at 5 p.m., a very white Mount Mansfield had a tinge of pink from the setting sun. It was beautiful.

I'm excited for a long weekend of skiing in the Northeast Kingdom — at Burke and Craftsbury. Burke reports: "Over 3 feet has dumped on us here at Burke Mountain in the month of February alone!" Vermonters get a special $39 rate every day except Saturday and holiday weeks. Maybe I'll see you out there tomorrow?

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