Tip 1: Ski midweek in Vermont.
The lift tickets can be cheaper midweek, plus you typically won't be skiing in a big crowd. Yes, it takes some planning to get midweek time off, but it is worth it.
Tip 2: Expand your horizons.
Try something new this winter (ever try cross-country skiing or snowboarding?). Or try someplace new this season (smaller ski areas + public lands have their own charm, just waiting to be discovered!).
Tip 3: Dress for success.
Wear layers so you can add and remove as needed, and wear a water-resistant layer on the outside. Bring a balaclava — a hooded neckwarmer that fits under your helmet — and stash extra mittens and socks in your bag at the base lodge so you can change into them if you get damp.
Tip 4: Pack your lunch.
Whether you make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (my favorite) or pick up a bagel on the way to the hill, pack your own lunch. Make sure it can fit in the pocket of your ski jacket, or in your pack if you wear one. Then you are ready to eat lunch whenever the spirit moves you and for a lot less money than you'd pay at the resort. Plus, on nice days you can discover some lovely outdoor lunch spots!
Tip 5: Immerse yourself in winter!
Get out on the snow and into nature. Skiing allows you to explore trails through the woods, which are magically transformed into a world of white in winter. It's gorgeous out there, people! When venturing out onto trails in the woods, bring maps, a compass and emergency gear. Know where you are going and tell someone where you will be. You can hire a guide if you're new to an area. Resource: Follow this link to see the 10 essential items everyone should carry in their pack (at the bottom of the page), and also a suggested winter outing packing list.
Tip 6: Ski like a kid.
Embrace the joy of skiing — regardless of the weather, or the conditions! Let's face it: It won't be "epic" every time you hit the mountain. Kids know that sliding on snow is fun no matter what, so go ahead and ski like a kid!
We unveiled these Vermont skiing tips on six consecutive Tuesdays.
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