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Welcome Back

by Meghann on February 3, 2012

Why, hello Vermont. It’s good to see you again.


It’s a lot different view than last year…


(pic from 2011)

Where’s all the snow? I guess that’s the trade off for all the warm temps up here. Still gorgeous though.





Can I keep that kitchen forever? I’m pretty sure that + the nook is the same size as my whole house back in Florida. Le sigh.

We left NYC pretty late last night. I grabbed a chopped salad from Pax before we left and ate it on the road.


I believe there was mixed greens, tomatoes, olives, and chicken in there. It was kinda cool the way they pile everything in the bowl then put it through the chopper machine, it concentrated all the flavors and really made everything pop. I need to find a place that does that back home!

We arrived safe and sound in Vermont just before midnight and popped open the first bottle of wine per our annual ski-vacation tradition.


It’s pretty amazing how quickly three bottles of red wine go between 8 or so people.


This morning I rose on the early side to sneak in a little work before the rest of the crew started moving. Ashley was kind enough to make a big pots of oats for everyone. I had a good size bowl with apple pieces, peanut butter,and granola.


The perfect ski-fuel.


It may not be terribly cold and there may not be a ton of snow on the mountain, but it’s a GORGEOUS cloudless day out there. I can not wait to hit the ski slopes (with extra sunscreen, of course 😉 ).

I may be a Florida girl, but I can ski the mountains with the best of ’em. Here goes nothin’. :)

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Random question:

What’s your favorite mountain to ski?

I grew up going to Breckenridge with my family annually, but I think Jackson Hole remains my favorite mountain of all time. It’s not a mountain for beginners (my twin brother actually broke his arm going down one slope and he’s a better skier than I am), but it’s an awesome challenge for skiers looking for an adventure.


{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Hillary February 3, 2012 at 9:01 am

Confession: I grew up in New England and have never been skiing or snowboarding. Ever. And I’ve only ice skated twice in my life. We were definitely summer people (beach every day!)


2 Christine February 3, 2012 at 9:14 am

Steamboat Springs, CO – my parents got me hooked on this place. But anytime I can ski something larger than whats available in Wisconsin and the U.P. I will take it!


3 Army Amy* February 3, 2012 at 9:16 am

I’ve never gone skiing, so I don’t have a favorite. Sure looks fun though!*
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4 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 3, 2012 at 9:18 am

Wow, what a gorgeous house!! Looks like some fun times ahead. When I was younger my parents would take my sister and I to Kananaskis, which is in Alberta (the province I was born in). We took some ski lessons there but I was really young at the time so would love to go back and enjoy it as an adult!
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5 Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 3, 2012 at 9:19 am

That house is beautiful!


6 Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life February 3, 2012 at 9:21 am

I’ve never been skiing before but I’ve always wanted to! I am nervous of getting hurt, but maybe the experience outweighs the dangers? Lol
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7 Faith @ For the Health of It February 3, 2012 at 9:23 am

I’ve never been skiing, but I would absolutely love to learn how! I’m really uncoordinated on my own two feet but I think in the event of a sport like skiing I could handle the balance on the skis!
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8 Silvia @ skinny jeans food February 3, 2012 at 9:27 am

Stay safe it is probably super icy (and fast!).
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9 Meg at February 3, 2012 at 9:27 am

My parents had us learn to ski as soon as we could walk! The first year I was skiing I could only turn left, so my mom would have to follow me, pick me up when I fit the left side of the slope and carry me back over to the right so I could start over.
My favorite mountain in the East Coast is WildCat Mountain, in Gorham NH (b/c that is where is my grandparents live) and my favorite mountain out West is Solitude, outside of Salt Lake City.
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10 Laura @ Backstage Balance February 3, 2012 at 9:33 am

I don’t ski or snowboard! I live in Southeastern Wisconsin and there are great ski hills a couple of hours away, but I just don’t really have the desire to go and learn. I’ve tried before… it’s just not really my thing. And so $$$!
I just visited my sister in Colorado Springs, which is far South enough that there aren’t really places to ski. On the bright side, the hiking trails were in great condition!
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11 Cait's Plate February 3, 2012 at 9:51 am

I just love your ski vacations!! They’re some of my favorite posts of yours to read :)

Have so much fun! I don’t think I’ve done enough good skiing to have a favorite mountain but hopefully that will change!
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12 Kristin @ FoodFash February 3, 2012 at 9:57 am

Looks like such a fun trip!! I’ve never been skiing, but it’s definitely on my list!
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13 Jordan@almondjay February 3, 2012 at 9:59 am

I’m actually heading to Tahoe in a few hours and like Vermont it is lacking in the snow department this year but it is so beautiful there! SO excited.
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14 Poptartyogini February 3, 2012 at 10:01 am

Yes. That kitchen is gorgeous. In fact, the whole house is insane. Have a great time but be careful. The very thought of skiing terrifies me!
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15 jena February 3, 2012 at 10:09 am

I’ve never actually been skiing. I went to Colorado (KeyStone in Summit County) for spring break when I was 16 – I tried snowboarding, but I was SOOOOO scared. — I had dislocated my shoulder 4 months earlier, and i was terrified of falling and re-dislocating again. Plus, I was with 2 guy friends and they wouldn’t let me ski.


16 Elizabeth February 3, 2012 at 10:15 am

At the mall of millenia in Orlando I know one of their food court places has a place that you can get your salad “chopped” I love it! The flavors are so much better like that!


17 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning February 3, 2012 at 10:31 am

I don’t ski- I’ve tried twice (both times on fake snow in PA) and hated it. I’d try again in Colorado. I LOVE going to Breckenridge, but just go in the summer. :)
Oh- and the chopped salads- I always say that I wish every salad came chopped! I spend so much time cutting up the salad ingredients when I order one at a restaurant. There’s nothing worse than having to cut up a big piece of cucumber or a cherry tomato!!
Have fun!!
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18 Julia February 3, 2012 at 10:56 am

Haha, I’m about an hour south of you right now at work. We haven’t had much snow this year. It is a beautiful day though, I’m jealous you get to spend it outside. Have fun!


19 Jenna @Eating Green, Staying Lean February 3, 2012 at 11:02 am

I love that you vacation in Vermont!! I grew up here (and recently moved back from DC)…it’s been a tough winter for skiing, but enjoy your time while you’re here!! Hopefully you’re near a mountain that has been able to make a little more snow than the rest of them :) If you need any suggestions for places to eat, feel free to email me!

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20 Kim M. February 3, 2012 at 11:23 am

My very favorit mountain to ski is Vail. Luckily I’ve lived in Colorado all my life and I get to go several times a year! (That was definitely bragging. Oh well.)


21 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 3, 2012 at 11:27 am

I always grew up skiing in Deer Valley, Utah so it’s definitely my favorite. Although I’ve only actually skiied there and in Big Sky, Montana! And that salad sounds so cool, I like that they chop it up like that! That’s my favorite way to eat salads!
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22 The Swim Diva February 3, 2012 at 11:43 am

I ride just about every weekend here in Colorado and by far the best place to shred in Beaver Creek….Vail’s not so bad either on a powder day!
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23 Megan February 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I have never been on skis! Maybe it’s time!

Love that kitchen!!!
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24 Sarah February 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm

My absolute favorite place to ski is Alta, Utah because there are no boarders allowed! Woo hoo!

I also really like going up north around the British Columbia/Alberta boarder. Sunshine and Kicking Horse are a lot of fun and Panorama has amazing accommodations with some decent skiing if you can hit it during a good storm.


25 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs February 3, 2012 at 12:13 pm

The weather looks gorgeous! Enjoy it!
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26 Lauren @ Sugar Coated Sisters February 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm

It’s all about Squaw Valley…. that is the best mountain on the West Coast for sure. Hands down.


27 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I love BReckenridge too!! Great skiing there :)
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28 Lena @Fit on the Rocks February 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Keystone is my mountain. Breck is an awesome town, but I’m not a fan of their short runs + long lines.
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29 Alana February 3, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Love skiing steamboat springs…it’s my favorite :)
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30 Emily February 3, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I grew up in Northern Ohio, so we were mostly Michigan skiiers, and I have only ever gone once. I am a little rotten at it. I would prefer to stick to the bunny trail! But I did think Nub’s Nob (where we went in MI) was BEAUTIFUL!
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31 Laura February 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I have only ever snowboarded on Mt. Hood, therefore it is the best ever.


32 Caitlin February 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Have you ever been skiing in Utah? It doesn’t say “Best Snow on Earth” on our license plates for no reason! :-)


33 Jessica February 3, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Deer Valley was pretty awesome for the Honeymoon :)
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34 Lindsay @ Running the Windy City February 3, 2012 at 1:47 pm

I used to go on ski trips with my family, but haven’t been in so long! One year we went to Big Sky in Montana. That was awesome!
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35 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon February 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I go to school in VT and the snow has been SO lacking this season! What mountain are you at?

As for my favorites, up here I love Jay Peak (lots and lots of glades!) and out west I love Deer Valley!
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36 Ricole Runs February 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Have fun skiing! That sounds like such a lovely weekend, I wish those were my weekend plans!
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37 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama February 3, 2012 at 7:51 pm

My favorite mountains? East Coast – Attitash in NH. Upper Midwest – Mount Bohemia in MI. West – Sun Valley ID.
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