Fly Vermont, Bring Your Boots
Mountains commonly found around and under Vermont, airports have been known to intimidate pilots flying in from the “flatlands,” but flight instructor and ski industry veteran Charlie Rockwell says the nearby peaks are really no big deal. The terrain, while rugged in places, is certainly no reason to shy away from sampling some of the fine alpine skiing that Rockwell knows even better than the airports in his Green Mountain home.
Skiing is a way of life for many Vermonters, who live in a “brave little state” known for mountains and maple syrup. Vermont is also known for Mad River Glen, and its internationally famous “ski it if you can” tagline. Whatever your preferred speed, alpine and cross-country trails can be found from the southern “shires” to the Northeast Kingdom, a mix of small mountain treasures run by independent operators and cooperatives, and sprawling big-name resorts with the latest amenities (including Killington, branded “Beast of the East” for good reason).
Virtually all Vermont ski resorts are within a reasonable rental car drive from one of several airports around the state that offer paved runways, fuel (avgas and Jet A), and other services. (Click the pins on the Google Map to view links to AOPA Airports and Destinations Directory listings and resort websites, and for driving directions.)