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Cam and I enjoyed one great night mountainside, at Clay Brook at Sugarbush, and it really made skiing a breeze. Ski resort packages The well-appointed room, use of the outdoor hot tub and heated outdoor pool, and friendly staff made it feel like skiing out west in Deer Valley, Utah.

The Sugarbush motto—”Be Better Here”—makes it clear that they strive for perfection.

Wintergreen ski resort There are free tours with the “Meet the Mountain” ambassadors, professional ski patrollers assessing the trails daily, and even a clinic with University of Vermont orthopedic physicians. Massanutten ski resort weather With the ski valet, the quick access to the rooms (someone forget their goggles?) and the aprés ski hot tub and heated pool, we felt happily spoiled!

We stayed in a studio on the second floor, an elevator ride up from the parking lot, but ground level with the base of Sugarbush. Ski resort near snowbird crossword Timbers restaurant (also on this level) has a beautiful, round, barn-like atmosphere with windows everywhere. Alta ski resort lift tickets Chef Gerry Nooney has been creating wonderful meals for many years. Vail ski resort trail map My good friend had his mid-mountain birthday dinner at Allyn’s Lodge, with guests arriving by chairlift and catered to by Gerry before skiing down into the night with lights. Highest ski resort in colorado The ones who overindulged in the fine wine, well—they went down by snow cat.

Chez Henri is located in Sugarbush Village and for over 50 years has been transporting clientele back to France—and I have been going for nearly that long. Massanutten ski resort reviews It’s a classic French bistro that never disappoints. Ski resort holidays The romantic cave-like atmosphere, marble bar, and red-and-white-checked tablecloths enchant while sipping on a boule rouge and indulging in cheese fondue. Heavenly ski resort opening day 2015 People that having been going to this bistro for years consider Henri to be part of their family, and he feels the same way. The best ski resort in usa This summer he met us in Avignon, France, where he lives in the summer (the restaurant is closed in summer).

• Bundy Modern Art Gallery — The Bundy Modern is a classic mid-century modern gem in a spectacular setting that hosts exhibits several times a year. Breckenridge ski resort opening day 2015 One day I may be lucky enough to have a show there!

• Big Picture Cafe and Movie theater — Open everyday from 8 am to 9 pm, serving inspired casual cuisine, hosting bands and movie festivals, and showing movies daily. Kirkwood ski resort lodging Where else can you eat your dinner while watching a movie, or better yet, enjoy a quiet dinner while your kids are nextdoor at the movies?

• The Warren Store — Where the locals gather for coffee and the best breakfast sandwiches on shared farm tables, craft beers, boutique wines, and an upstairs with unique clothes and household items.

The Mad River Valley, right in the “heart” of the state, has a pulse that draws you in, and once you discover it, you will want to make it part of your own vacation story to create and recreate your wonderful memories like Cam and I have.

For more on the Mad River Valley, check out my past article on the Mad River Valley. Ski resort extreme For other places to ski in Vermont and to get ski passes early (and cheap), check out

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