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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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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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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
www.olesxc.com
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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Skiing at its best

December 20, 2014 by Peter MacLaren

Have you been reading “Top 10” lists over the last few weeks? If so you will have you see lists of almost everything under the sun, Top 10 Ugliest Cars, Top 10 Best Places to Live, Top 10 Best Companies to Work For, Top 10 Best Universities, and who knows, maybe even a list for the Top 10 Best Top 10 Lists!

Well…  here’s our “Top 4” list – Four Great Reasons to come Ski in the Mad River Valley this Winter.

1.  Mad River Glen Mad River Glen – Ski It If You Can. Seriously, don’t miss out on skiing this legendary co-op owned ski area. Ranked by Ski Magazine as one of the most challenging on the east coast of the US, Mad River Glen provides an opportunity for skiers of all levels to ski a variety of trails on natural snow though narrow trails which follow the terrain. Riding the Single Chair, chairlift is an absolute must! Lessons, ski shop and General Stark Pub are hillside amenities. Down hill, telemark, and cross country skiers will love MRG but be warned snowboarders… you will  have to look elsewhere for your downhill excitement as no snowboards are allowed.

Mad River Glen's unique single chair.

Don’t miss this ride to the top of Mad River Glen.

2. Sugarbush Ski ResortAs one of the largest ski areas in the northeastern US, and with two mountains to choose from, Lincoln Peak and Mount Ellen, snowboarders and skiers alike will enjoy the range of it’s 111 trails from beginner slopes to the more challenging black diamond runs. Sugarbush is locally owned and offers lessons, a variety of places for foodies, ski shop and accommodations.

3. Blueberry Lake Cross-Country CenterIs a cross country skiers’ delight. Designed for the average skiers,  outdoor enthusiast can enjoy the classic or skating style of skiing or can snowshoe on the 11 trails which includes 30km of groomed trails. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available as are lessons. Pre-skiing age children can also enjoy the outdoors in the comfort of a pulk which can also be rented. And for dog lovers, your well behaved dog is welcome and please, remember to clean up after your pooch.

Skiing at Olé's.

Skiers at Olé’s.

4. Olé’s Cross-Country CenterOffering about 40km of groomed trails, lessons, rentals of both skis and snowshoes, a deli and friendly staff, Olé’s beckons to cross-country skiers of all ages to come and enjoy winter. With relatively flat terrain skiers can explore the trails while getting great mountain views and if quiet woodland trails are your choice you’ll find them here too. There are about 15km reserved for snowshoeing only and today’s modern snowshoes are a lot easier to walk in that the old, oversized ‘tennis rackets’ and you don’t need special boots, your regular winter boots fit these snowshoes nicely.

Ready. Set. Visit!

The Mad River Valley offers skiing of all sorts, comfortable B&Bs and slope-side accommodations, friendly folks, great food, beautiful shops, gorgeous mountains, stately trees, as well as wonderful snow, more mountains, more trees, more snow and lots of fresh, crisp mountain air.

Get your mittens and scarf ready and consider this your invitation to visit Vermont, winter in its natural state. Come experience skiing at its best. We’re ready and waiting for you…what are you waiting for?

Dreaming of a White Christmas?

December 15, 2014 by Susan

MV5BMjA0Mzg0OTU0OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNTM4MjY5._V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_Dreaming of a White Christmas but live where there isn’t any snow? Stop dreaming and come live your dream. Come to Vermont!

The movie White Christmas is indeed a classic and a must see Christmas movie in our family and perhaps yours too. The holidays are not complete without a visit, via DVD, to the the Columbia Inn in Pine Tree, Vermont.

Starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as successful broadway producers, and Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen as a sister, singing act, a twist of fate brings the foursome to The Columbia Inn in Pine Tree, in late December. Dreaming of a white Christmas and that “Vermont should be beautiful this time of year, all that snow” the four arrive and find, to their great disappointment, that there is no snow at all. The sisters find, with few registered guests, their singing contract is to be cancelled. Meanwhile, the two men discover that the innkeeper is their former commanding general.

Despite the lack of guests and the challenge of the weather, the four decide to stay and the story develops as a light-hearted romance suitable for family viewing. With songs sung by Crosby and Clooney and beautiful dancing by Vera-Ellen and Kaye, the movie is a good way to spend a winter evening.

WHH_Winter_Logo

While there is no Columbia Inn, there is West Hill House B&B in Warren, Vermont, a place to enjoy a white Christmas and winter in all its glory.

We can predict with some degree of certainty that we will have a white Christmas and we most certainly have a copy of the movie for you to watch!

Ski Catamount Trail - the Length of VermontSkiing at  Mad River Glen  and Sugarbush will be in full swing with people from around the world enjoying the opportunity to ski some of New England’s best slopes. On the Sugarbush golf course just behind our Handsome Red Barn, is a perfect hill for sledding on one of the Mad River Rocket Sleds created here in Warren. If your pace is slower, there are miles of cross-country skiing at Olé’s and  Blueberry Lake only 10 minutes from West Hill House B&B. If skiing isn’t for you, our snowshoes are perfect for exploring around our property or farther afield.

If you’re not an outdoors type or your skiing days are past, there are numerous artisan shops, small stores and coffee shops to visit but that will have to wait for another blog.

If  a white Christmas to you means looking at snow through a window,  how about curling up in a big chair by the fireplace and losing yourself in a good book, or playing a board game with your special someone.

If you are dreaming of a white Christmas look no further than Vermont in winter. Winter in its natural state!

Sugarbush’s Tour de Moon!

December 13, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Sugarbush's Tour de MoonWhat do snowshoeing, skiing, Mad River Valley’s Sugarbush resort, and winter’s beautiful, moon-lit, night sky have in common? Tour de Moon, of course!

Tour De Moon is the brainchild of Sugarbush resort and involves a snowshoe hike up Mount Ellen to Glen House – the mid-mountain lodge – for a hearty, skier’s drinks and dinner, then strap on the skis and glide back down the mountain – and all of it under the beautiful, warm glow of winter’s full moon!

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