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Old 11-15-2007, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Western views of Mansfield/Camels Hump!
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The younger they are the easier it is and the faster they learn!!! We put my 3 1/2 year old niece on snowboards a few years ago and she had no fear...she was amazing. Just make sure he's properly outfitted (helmet). My cousins were practically born on skis. Me, not so much. I have only been skiing once and I was not so good, but I picked up snowboarding very quickly (at the age of 30) and love it...
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Old 11-15-2007, 09:10 PM
 
Location: New England
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I learned how to ski at Smuggs, and was almost run over by a chain of toddlers! It's a great place to learn.... I love to go halfway up Morse and get off there rather than the top. It's a nice pace down to the bottom, and a good place to practice your moves. Totally not scary! For those of you who are more professional, there's a variety of trails. The person who taught me how to ski did so by taking me to the very top and making me ski down. I had never been on skis before, mind you, so I basically skootched the whole way on my butt! I sent her on her way, and stuck to half of Morse, where I became pretty good by the end of the day. Within an hour or so any direction from that point, there are a number of places, some already mentioned. There's also Jay Peak, which is nice, too, and further south are Okemo and Killington, not too far away.
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Old 11-16-2007, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Snowstorm is looking like a bust in the immediate Burlington area. There was some pretty good snow coming down at my house in Addison County this morning on my way into work. Any updates from those of you in Vermont somewhere?
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Old 11-19-2007, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Burlington VT
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I learned how to ski at Smuggs, and was almost run over by a chain of toddlers! It's a great place to learn.... I love to go halfway up Morse and get off there rather than the top. It's a nice pace down to the bottom, and a good place to practice your moves. Totally not scary! For those of you who are more professional, there's a variety of trails. The person who taught me how to ski did so by taking me to the very top and making me ski down. I had never been on skis before, mind you, so I basically skootched the whole way on my butt! I sent her on her way, and stuck to half of Morse, where I became pretty good by the end of the day. Within an hour or so any direction from that point, there are a number of places, some already mentioned. There's also Jay Peak, which is nice, too, and further south are Okemo and Killington, not too far away.
Yes - The bottom of Morse is excellent teaching/learning terrain! The top of Morse is not though, ... I've rescued more than a few people and taken them down where it's manageable. It's funny how people who can ski take thier friends who can't where they shouldn't be, and tell them stuff like "TURN!" and ..."STOP" when they haven't been shown where the steering wheel and the brakes are. I swear that experienced skiers just no longer remember how it is not to be able to turn and stop.

Imagine taking somebody who didn't know how to drive - and encouraging them to just roar off into traffic.
It makes no sense. You learn to drive in an abandoned parking lot, not on a city street. Why not learn to make turns on the flat part of the slope, instead of by jumping right on a lift?
Similarly, the best person to spend the first hour with you may well NOT be a family member. We used to call a husband or wife trying to teach a husband or wife a D.I.P. (divorce in progress). When I was teaching skiing professionally, I'd get a lot of spouses coming for lessons after a tough time, and we knew we had to save the day by showing them where the fun was...or the vacation was ruined. It was fun to show people it didn't have to be frustrating at all...
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Old 11-19-2007, 07:01 PM
 
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HI im jess and as a hunter the snow was great! I watched a doe for 40 mins and it was amazing.I love vt and all it has to offer.hiking fishing cooking out.it truely is a state that you can kick back and have a couple cold ones with your friends and not have anywhere to be.Alaskas nice too!!
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Old 11-20-2007, 02:53 PM
 
Location: hinesburg, vt
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Sounds like this mornings little bit of snow and slush caused some traffic issues, at least on I89 between Waterbury and Richmond with the road being closed a spell due to a jack knifed rig. Up my way we had high winds and about 5 inches of wet snow. I was amazed that we never lost power. Went up Camel's Hump Rd in Huntington to see how deep it was for possible snowshoeing and a plow/sander of all things was in the ditch. Lesson for all here is watch that right shoulder as it will suck you in. Have to wait awhile until the ground and eventual plowed berms freeze and harden up. Arel, if you're reading I thought of you due to a story the other day. I guess I can now say that I have finally heard of someone (other than people intentionally driving on frozen lakes and falling through) running off a road into water. I guess down in Sunderland which is north of Bennington, a vehicle with five occupants went into a creek. I would venture speed and/or carelessness factor in. Other than no injuries I don't know details, but will check the VSP website for the Shaftsbury barracks and see if they report it for public information.
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