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Ski it! Enjoy it! Participate in winter activities

January 9, 2017 by Peter MacLaren

As we look out the windows at West Hill House B&B during the winter months, we are thankful for the beautiful snowfalls, the ski areas and the great outdoor activities the local mountains and surrounding area offer.

While one man may not be able to move a mountain he surely can shape what happens on a mountain. Perry Merrill (1894-1993) is often called the “the father of Vermont’s State Parks and Alpine Ski Areas…Merrill was the Vermont State officer who could lease State land…”. (The History of Vermont Skiing by Jeremy Davis). It was Merrill who seems to have put Vermont on skis. With his help, Vermont received workers and money as part of  government project know as the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC). In the 1940s, the CCC was responsible for building ski rails in Vermont which were the foundation for much of today’s ski industry.

Perry Merrill

Vermont currently boasts some 15 major ski resorts as well as a number of smaller ski areas. Suicide Six, near Woodstock, VT., was the earliest resort opened in 1934. Others, including Mad River Glen- Ski It If You Can – and Sugarbush Resort – Be Better Here – both here in the Mad River Valley, were not far behind. Once night  temperatures fall to freezing, mountain resorts start snowmaking to provide base coverage then Mother Nature takes over. It is not unusual for Sugarbush to record 300″ (7.62m) or more of snow in a good winter.

Local area cross-country groomed trails can be found at Blueberry Lake Cross Country Center offering about 21 miles (35km) of trails for skiing and snowshoeing while Ole’s Cross Country Center offers 30 miles (48km). Both of these areas are but a few minutes from West Hill House B&B  which offers Ski & Stay packages.

Ski areas not only offer great outdoor activities for residents and guests alike, they are also the home of ski academies such as the Green Mountain Valley School just minutes from both Mad River Glen and Sugarbush and West Hill House B&B. These schools have produced national, olympic and world champions including Warren, Vermont, native Drew Duffy who stunned the ski world with a win in March 2015 when the 21 year old beat World Cup, World Champion and Olympic medalists to win the U.S. Alpine Super-G title at Sugarloaf in Maine.

Skiing, sledding, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, telemark skiing, adaptive skiing, fat-bike riding and hiking are all available in the beautiful wintery Mad River Valley.

So, with good snow conditions and activities for every skill level, the Mad River Valley is the place to be. Come enjoy it – you can!

Ski at Sugarbush

Ski at Sugarbush

Blueberry Lake X-country in the woods

X-country in the woods

Ole's cross-country fun

X-country fun

Mad River Glen - you can ski it

You can ski it

Ski Sugarbush During The Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend

December 30, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Come ski Vermont's Sugarbush Resort!Hoping to hit the slopes early in the New Year? Sugarbush Resort offers an exciting weekend of activities during the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend – January 14th, 2017!

Once the snow begins to fly here in Vermont’s Mad Rover Valley, skiing opportunities abound. One of the best resorts around just so happens to be our good neighbor, Sugarbush Resort!

Sugarbush remains the largest ski resort in New England, with six peaks, two mountain areas, and over 2,000 acres of backcountry. With 111 trails on 578 skiable acres, the resort is able to offer terrain for virtually any kind of skiing, boarding, snowshoeing, or sledding you can think of.

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Become A Ruff-Rider … With A Vermont Dog Sledding Adventure!

December 16, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Enjoy a Vermont Dog Sledding Adventure at West Hill House B&B!Go beyond the ordinary during your winter vacation this year with an exciting Vermont dog sledding adventure!

Vermont’s Mad River Valley offers a wide variety of excellent winter sports opportunities. From alpine and cross-country skiing to snowshoeing, snowboarding to rocket sledding, there’s something for everyone here.

One of the less common winter activities that you simply have got to experience is dog sledding. And yes: you can do that here, too!

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Improve Your Skiing Skills During Valley Ski And Ride Week!

November 28, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Improve Your Skills During Valley Ski And Ride Week!As this tumultuous year comes to a close, all anyone can really say is: it’s time to hit the slopes! Luckily, Sugarbush’s Valley Ski and Ride Week is scheduled for December 19th, 2016, so you can hone your skills for the new year! And we are offering discounted accommodation when you stay at the B&B—read on…

Valley Ski And Ride Week is a 50-year-old tradition in these parts and why not? Who among us could not benefit from five consecutive days of ski and ride lessons? I don’t care how accomplished you are, there’s always something old you could improve on – or something new to try!

Valley Ski and Ride Week is put on by Sugarbush, right here in Warren, VT. As a matter of fact, Sugarbush is just minutes away from West Hill House B&B’s front door.

So just what, exactly, does Valley Ski and Ride Week entail?

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Now Is The Time To Plan Your Mad River Valley Ski Vacation!

September 30, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Mad River Valley Ski VacationHard as it may be to believe, we’re already taking reservations for the upcoming, 2016-17 Mad River Valley Ski season! Consequently, now is the time to plan your Vermont ski getaway.

What better way to do so than by taking advantage of West Hill House B&B’s Ski & Stay Passports!

Vermont’s Mad River Valley offers so many opportunities to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, sled, or otherwise get out into the great, snowy outdoors.

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Moonlight Skiing at Sugarbush!

January 22, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Moonlight skiing at SugarbushImagine yourself moonlight skiing through deep powder that sparkles under the full moon’s glow. Well, hang on because you can do more than just imagine it – you can live it with Sugarbush’s Guided Moonlight Skinning and Snowshoe Tours!

Sugarbush resort’s guided moonlight skiing tours are a popular – and rare! – opportunity to enjoy an evening of skinning or snowshoeing on Vermont’s third highest peak, followed by a hearty dinner, drinks, and fun! This is a great opportunity to discover skinning or snowshoeing and connect with nature in Vermont’s Mad River Valley.

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Snowshoeing Mad River Valley

December 14, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Snowshoeing Mad River ValleyVermont’s Mad River Valley is known for its skiing – Mad River Glen, Sugarbush, Olé’s Cross Country, Blueberry Lake, we’ve got the best – but snowshoeing Mad River Valley is also a popular winter pastime.

Snowshoeing popularity is on the rise, with light, modern, aluminum and carbon fiber snowshoes designed to not just walk atop the snow with more ease than the old, wood and cat-gut kind, but to even run across it! Snowshoeing has come a long way …

And so, too, might you! People come from all over to enjoy the kind of skiing and snowshoeing Mad River Valley offers. Most of our ski resorts offer snowshoeing trails along with skiing and snowboarding, often snowshoeing gear rentals as well.

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Save On A Mad River Valley Ski Vacation!

October 30, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Mad River Valley Ski VacationDon’t be sad summer’s over – be glad ski-season is almost here! Now is the time to plan your Mad River Valley ski vacation with West Hill House B&B’s Ski & Stay Passports!

Vermont’s Mad River Valley ski areas are legend – Mad River Glen, Sugarbush, Olé’s Cross-Country Center, Blueberry Lake, our leg of the Catamount Trail – it simply doesn’t get much better than this, and our Ski & Stay Passports go a long way towards making your Mad River Valley ski vacation the best it can possibly be

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Meet The Mad River Rocket Sled

March 14, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Mad River Rocket

Catching air on a Mad River Rocket.

Born in Warren, Vermont, the Mad River Rocket Sled has gone from humble beginnings to becoming the foundation of a popular, new winter sport: back-country sledding.

The allure of the great outdoors – no matter the season – can be particularly hard to ignore when you live somewhere as beautiful and appealing as Vermont’s Mad River Valley and outdoor recreation is a great platform for creativity. It’s how so many of our favorite, outdoor pastimes came to be. That’s certainly true of the Mad River Rocket!

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Mad River Valley Cross Country Skiing

January 31, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Mad River Valley Cross Country SkiingWhen old man winter blows his snows, the only thing to do is grab your hat and mittens and head out into it and enjoy it while it lasts. Vermont is a winter-sports wonderland and the Mad River Valley cross country skiing options are excellent!

Take a look:

Ole’s Cross Country Ski Center
2355 Airport Road, Warren, VT
Ole’s Cross Country Center offers some of the best Mad River Valley cross country skiing and snowshoeing. With 30 miles of moderately rolling groomed trails, skiers of all abilities can comfortably ski and enjoy both panoramic views and the rare quiet of the deep woods.

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