Skiing in Sugarbush
January was supposed to start with a bang travel wise with a trip to New York City on January 3rd to reunite with my college roommates. Winter Storm Hercules had different plans though and dumped enough snow on both cities to cause challenges in transportation and the need to reschedule the trip later in the year. A bad cold, a stomach bug and a grueling work project were enough to potentially derail traveling for the rest of January, but I was determined to keep my Take 12 Trips going (I could not disappoint Clare so early into the challenge). Luckily for me, another opportunity to travel somewhere new presented itself when our friends invited us up to their ski house in Warren, Vermont to ski at Sugarbush Ski Resort. Excited for an opportunity to travel a few states over and get back on skis for the first time since the 90s (1999 to be exact), I thought it would be a great way to visit one of my favorite New England states.
Warren, Vermont is about a 190 mile ride from Boston, taking us just over 3 hours to complete. As the second least populous of the fifty states, you will not find an inch of Vermont that is overcrowded or too busy. Instead you will find a laid-back state that is focused on the outdoors, with some of best skiing and snowboarding on the East Coast, great hiking and biking trails in the warmer months and impressive fall foliage. All year round though you will find quaint towns with striking old architecture, superior maple syrup and a thriving beer scene.
Taking in all that Vermont had to offer was easy, but how did I do skiing? Well the first mountain was a challenge as it was steeper than I was prepared for and regaining my ski legs most definitely took until I got to the bottom (and what good does it do you then?). However, after that I consistently got more comfortable and improved a little in my technique, gliding (almost) gracefully down the mountain. It was a great way to challenge myself to improve an old skill that I had been meaning to pick back up as well as travel with great friends (and advanced skiers).
I will admit I was pretty bummed when my first trip of the year got cancelled, but refusing to be defeated as well as challenging myself to continually see new things and have diverse experiences was a great first travel lesson of 2014.
February’s trip will involve reuniting with my college roommates (whom I was supposed to see in New York), except this time in Washington DC, our home away from home where we spent our four years in college. As one of my favorite cities in the US, it is always great to go back and mix some of our favorite experiences with new things to see in the Capitol.