syrup, spectacular Vermont fall foliage and old fashioned New England hospitality are what attract Vermont visitors throughout the of the travel year.
But in November, the Green Mountain state really starts to jump with millions more following the snow up to world famous Vermont ski
resorts for a full season of downhill, cross country and snowboarding adventures.
Just another deep powdery day at
Bromley Mountain, Vermont.
With an average of 225 inches of snow per year, Vermont is covered in superlatives throughout the season boasting 20 ski resorts
encompassing more than 6,000 skiable acres and more than 1,000 trails that beckon winter sports enthusiasts from New York to Maine.
New England's "ski central" also offers state-of-the-art snowmaking equipment that sometimes runs 24/7, so even in a snow
drought there's always lots of deep white powder to bolster the crowds that have come to expect nothing less than world class
Little wonder then that U.S. Olympic gold winner in Nordic skiing, Bill Koch, and Winter Olympics medal holders Kelly Clark, Hannah Teter, and Lindsey Jacobellis proudly call Vermont home.
Vermont ski areas by region & map of major Vermont ski resorts
Lake Champlain Valley - Burlington, Middlebury, Bolton Valley
North Central Vermont - Montpelier, Barre, Randolph, Waterbury, Stowe, Mad River Valley
Northeast Kingdom - St. Johnsbury, Newport, Barton, Lyndonville, Burke, Jay, Island Pond
South Central Vermont - Rutland, White River Junction, Woodstock, Quechee, Ludlow, Killington
Located in central Vermont, Killington is by far the largest of the state's world-reknowned ski resorts encompassing almost 90 miles of trails and terrain for every level of ability. Perhaps even more popular with snowboarders, Killington also features the longest terrain park on the East Coast.
High atop Mount Mansfield (the state's largest) in the north central part of the state, Stowe is also on the map of world class places to ski in Vermont with a total of 118 trails featuring Vermont's
longest vertical drop - 2,360 feet.
In general, serious skiers need only look to other challenging north central Vermont ski resorts, including Mad River Glen and Sugarbush, which are well known to advanced and intermediate skiers for steep drops and rugged terrain.
For newbies and family outings, try Okemo Mountain, Bolton Valley, Burke Mountain, and Smugglers Notch which - along with dedicating most of
their terrain to beginner and intermediate slopes - traditionally put out the white carpet every year with group rates and family-friendly vacation packages.
In the early 80's, Stratton was the first to welcome snowboarding to the state and its wicked half pipe has since become home to the annual U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships in March.
Along with top level snowboarding, southerly Stratton has also become a popular place for yuppies to gather for weekend getaways from New York City attracted to Stratton's 92 trails ranging from beginner to expert.
More about Vermont skiing & snowboarding around the Web:
Ski Vermont - The official Vermont Ski Association site has tons of information on ski resorts and snowboarding areas around the state including a trip planner, event calendar, information on vacation packages, current weather and snow conditions, photos & feature stories.
Vermont Ski Resorts - Here's a great resources offering statistical comparison of major resorts' features, elevations, trails and lifts, current weather and snow reports, visitor reviews and photos.