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Ski Vermont Part 1: The Inn and the Mountain

Last week, The Boyfriend took me on a much-needed vacation. We took a mid-week ski trip to Killington, Vermont. We left Wednesday night from Boston and came home Saturday afternoon. Best. Vacation. Ever. I’ve been to Vermont once, but it was for work and in the summer, so I didn’t really get to experience anything at all. This trip was above and beyond anything that I could have expected.

There were a lot of contributing factors that made this vacation so great, so I’m going to break them up into three posts. I’m just trying to help you avoid getting carpal tunnel in your scrolling finger. Really.

The Inn

First, our lodging. Killington is a resort mountain, so there isn’t any shortage of places to stay. TB and I are pretty price-sensitive, though, so that affects any choice we make. Luckily, we didn’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get a great place to stay.

Photo from TripAdvisor.com

Mountain Sports Inn – Photo from TripAdvisor.com

He chose the Mountain Sports Inn, which is about 10 minutes down the road from the mountain. For $89 a night, we got a clean room and bathroom, breakfast every morning included, and access to a cozy common area, hot tub and sauna. It wasn’t anything fancy, but it was easily one of the most enjoyable hotel/inn experiences I’ve had. The staff there were all super friendly and helpful. We ended up getting in almost at 10pm on Wednesday night due to a storm we drove through, and the guy at the desk still took time to show us around and let us know when breakfast would be. They make amazing French toast.

It was also a very down-to-earth place. It didn’t have that corporate, plastic-smile feeling you sometimes get with huge resorts. They had posted quiet hours after 10pm. The common area (which had two oversized couches and a fireplace) was BYOB. All in all, the price was right and the people were friendly. What else can you ask for, really?

The Mountain

Before this trip, I was a snowboarder. Well, I thought I was. From what I remembered, the last time I went snowboarding (six years ago) I was pretty damn good at it. Slow, but good. So, when we got the advice from one of the Inn staff to try Snowshed first, we decided to give that a go.

We started waaaay over to the right.

We started waaaay over to the right.

Now, as I said, I haven’t been snowboarding in six years. So I decided the main green trail right down the middle of Snowshed would be my best bet. I got on and off the lift relatively okay (a first), and made my first run. It wasn’t bad. I was slow, but did okay. We tried a few more runs down the green, and then TB suggested “Let’s try a blue!” Worst idea. Ever.

I did my best on the blue, I really did. But I ended up eating it pretty hard a few times. There may have been some tears of frustration (and truthfully, pain) shed. After taking out a skier, and falling several more times, we got to the bottom and decided to get lunch while I regrouped.

We did a few more runs, but I was pretty much done for the day.

The next day, I decided to try skiing. The rental was only $49 for skis, poles and boots. We had free passes for the second day, so we decided if I wanted to quit I could. I did one run, and while I liked it better than snowboarding, my feet were numb and I was sore, so I called it a day.

I hung out in the Snowshed Lodge, which ended up being a great time. They had a plug for my phone charger, which was great. The food was good (albeit overpriced), and the Waffle Cabin was right outside, so I munched on a heavenly waffle while I drank my coffee and watched 5 year olds ski better than me.

Overall, out of the few ski resorts I’ve been to, Killington is the nicest. The people are friendly (it must be a Vermont thing), there’s enough miles of trails for everyone to enjoy what they like, no lift lines, and definitely affordable.

Stay tuned for part 2: The Food!

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