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Powder and Presidents: February Fun At Vermont Resorts


Just in time for Presidents' Week, Killington Resort received 16" of snow Monday, Feb. 5. (Ski Vermont)

Pair extensive snowmaking coverage at Vermont resorts with several significant storms from Mother Nature this week, and the slopes will be in top condition for one of the most popular vacation periods of the season. Off-slope activities will be equally exciting during Presidents week with plenty of free live music, great food, parades, games and family activities.

It’s a full week of events at Sugarbush with culinary events like Firkin Fridays and Raw Bar, Mad River Distillers tastings at Castlerock Pub, s’mores cookouts, kids’ cooking classes, kids’ pizza and movie night and paint and sip. Adventurers will enjoy a photography outback tour, dog-friendly guided snowshoe tour, Tesla tour and torchlight parade and fireworks. Holiday race camps, Essential Elements programs and more events await.

Reserve a unique dining experience at Stratton beginning with a snowcat ride to mid-mountain lodge. (Stratton)

Presidents week is prime time at Stratton for skiing, snowboarding and enjoying a full menu of live music, winter adventure and culinary experiences beginning with a wine pairing dinner Feb. 16. For a special treat, board a snowcat for mid-mountain and a three-course dinner that highlights the finest in Vermont farm-to-table cuisine Feb. 17, 18 and 23. Live music plays throughout the resort for après and evening entertainment, with Roots of Creation wrapping up the week Feb. 24 at Grizzly’s. There’s also the stargazer snowshoe tour Feb. 16, snowshoe hike to mid-mountain for a birds-eye view of the torchlight parade and fireworks Feb. 17, and fireside Vinyasa yoga with live music and drumming Feb. 18.

Stay five nights or more at Smugglers’ Notch Feb. 9-25 and get the next night free. Families can join The Smuggs Winter Games in celebration of the global spirit that accompanies this special time of winter, and compete for special gold medals in games like Smuggs Tubing Iditarod, Ski Boot Toss, Winter Games Trivia, the famous Snowball Frenzy and more.

For a different apres ski, try the Timber Ripper at Okemo. (Okemo)

When they’re not skiing and snowboarding at Okemo, families will enjoy ice skating, snow tubing, snowshoeing and swimming. There are even some unexpected activities like riding Okemo's Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster, Vermont Institute of Natural Science’s Raptor Encounter or kids' guided snowmobile tours on pint-sized Polaris sleds. Calvin the Catamount, Okemo’s mascot named for a U.S. president from Vermont (Calvin Coolidge), will be on the prowl and visiting Snow Stars Ski + Ride School groups during their lessons all week.

With everything from torchlight parades and fireworks, to live music at The Snow Barn, Olympic-level ski jump competition at Harris Hill Ski Jump, Grommet Jam Finals, and of course Bruce at Cuzzins, Presidents Week Winterfest at Mount Snow has fun for the whole family. Deals on lifts and lodging are also available.

Stay at Killington for at least four nights and ski at least three days anytime during the Presidents vacation week for package savings: up to 20 percent off lodging and an extra 5 percent off already discounted Killington lift tickets. Add on rental equipment, lessons, spa treatments and more for a complete vacation experience.

Join Bromley Saturday, Feb. 17 to kick off February Festival with a torchlight parade and fireworks. Then it's on to the base lodge for live music by the Mike McMann Band and dancing. Evening also includes good eats, a raffle, a live auction and other activities. Proceeds to benefit the Bromley Outing Club.

New snow at Bolton Valley has allowed the resort to more than double its open trail count. (Bolton Valley)

The compact base village at Bolton Valley, where every room, condo and suite is ski-in/ski-out, makes a vacation convenient for families of all sizes. In addition to skiing and riding, families will find a week filled with free activities. Kick off the week Monday around a slopeside campfire while sipping hot chocolate. Tuesday is filled with magic and comedy as Magician Tom Joyce entertains children of all ages. Wednesday features a kids' movie and ice cream social. Thursday Dux the Balloon Man will twist up animals and more.

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