Find Quality Of Life At Vermont's Stay to Stay Ski Weekends
If you make the drive to Vermont every weekend, or several weekends during the winter, you may have thought that just staying in Vermont might have a lot of advantages. The state is now helping to make that decision a lot easier with their Stay to Stay Weekends, including three weekends specifically for skiers and riders.
The Stay to Stay Weekends are designed for people who have thought about living in Vermont, or who have come to Vermont to visit, and go home and say, “Oh, I wished I lived in Vermont,” helping them connect with people in local communities that can help them relocate.
In addition to the four weekends piloted last year, Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing is offering three Stay to Stay Ski Weekends this winter: Brattleboro and Mount Snow (Feb. 22-25) Bennington/Manchester and Bromley Mountain (Feb. 22-25) and Rutland and Killington Resort (March 1-4).
Vermont Tourism is partnering with young professional networks, chambers of commerce, and development corporations in communities like Bennington, Brattleboro, Rutland and Burlington. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk with community and business leaders to learn about everything from job opportunities to housing options to where to find the best local coffee shop.
“Many skiers have second homes or are weekend warriors and they are a target audience for us. We would like to entice those people to become full time residents - they’ve already embraced the snow,” Vermont Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Wendy Knight told SnoCountry.com.
Following a day on the slopes and time for apres activities, at the Stay to Stay Ski Weekends there’s a Saturday night welcome reception at the resort, where community members will be there to talk about the many great work and recreation opportunities in the area. Meet local employers, business owners, community leaders, realtors and others who can help facilitate a move to Vermont.
Monday morning, guests can meet with potential employers, visit co-working spaces or meet with a realtor. “If someone is interested in the healthcare sector, the local chamber will ensure there are representatives from the healthcare industry, or set up an interview or informational tour,” Knight told us.
For someone coming from a city like Boston or New York, Vermont can offer a less expensive cost of living, less traffic and less congestion. Telecommuting is an attractive option for taking advantage of Vermont’s quality of life. There’s even a $10,000 grant program to assist individuals who move to Vermont and work remotely.
Knight said many people come for Vermont’s easy access to exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities. “We have really cool downtowns and small villages with a sense of community.”
Knight said quality of life in Vermont has already drawn people to make the move after a Stay to Stay Weekend. Of the 140 guests who attended pilot weekends in 2018, seven of those have already relocated and 37 have indicated they are job hunting, house hunting, or planning to move within the next year. “They are saying the Stay to Stay Weekend was invaluable. It really helped them connect to a network of people and helped them find jobs. It gave them a support system that they can rely on when they first moved. They knew people who were highly motivated to help them,” Knight added.