Plenty to Do
It may seem like an odd reason to promote it as a skiing destination, but Vermont is a wonderful place to visit for your first ski vacation because there is so much more to do than simply ski! When you’re first learning to ski you may find that your legs ache and you aren’t able to spend as much time on the slopes as you expected: this is because you’re using muscles that everyday activities such as walking or running simply don’t use. During a seven day ski trip, most first time skiers will only actually spend three days on the slopes. You won’t be bored when you have your first ski vacation in Vermont though: in fact, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to other things to see and do! If skiing isn’t giving you your fill of outdoor pursuits then there are plenty of ice skating rinks available in Vermont: you’ll find huge Olympic sized indoor rinks in Stowe and Burlington and if you’re looking for outdoor skating then you can try your hand at Nordic Skating on both Lake Willoughby and Lake Champlain. Nordic Skater report that this kind of skating will help you avoid the cold toes and floppy ankles you tend to get with conventional ice skating. If spending time on ice is your idea of winter fun, then Vermont is also home to plentiful locations for ice fishing: the perfect way to spend an afternoon because snuggling up with a mug of delicious hot chocolate! Finally, ensure you make time for at least one leisurely dining experience in one of Vermont’s low key but delicious restaurants. After all, you’ll need to stock up on calories for all that skiing you’re sure to do!
A lot of people taking their first ski vacation (especially if you’re taking your first ski vacation as an adult) will be travelling with people that already know how to ski. However you shouldn’t let your experienced skiing friends become your skiing instructors: they may teach you poor technique, get bored of giving you lessons, or take you up to slopes beyond your abilities. Ultimate Ski report that for first time skiers, ski lessons are a must. The only way to really learn to ski is to enrol into a ski school. Luckily, there are a host of expert and affordable ski schools throughout Vermont. The lessons available from the school on Bromley Mountain in particular come highly recommended. One bonus of travelling with seasoned skiers though is that they can lend you plenty of the equipment you’ll need, or advise you on the best brands and styles to hire: this will save you a fortune when it comes to buying the gear you’ll need or want for your first ski trip!