Winter In Its Original State


Not to put too fine a point on it, but Canada is big business for ski resorts in Vermont and by all accounts that business is growing. So it’s not too surprising that a healthy contingent of Vermont ski types were in Toronto this week letting Canadian skiers – particularly those in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) – know that in the next couple of weeks, the state’s ski resorts would be opening up for the 2014-2015 season.

“We’re excited to kick off the season,” Vermont Ski Areas Association’s Sarah Wojcik told a gathering in Toronto, observing that along with looking forward to “another amazing season,” the resort area was also investing $50 million in new snow-making equipment.

Observing that Vermont’s motto is “Winter in its original state,” Parker Riehle, president of the association, pointed out to his Toronto audience that Vermont is home to a good amount of skiing history, not to mention skiing firsts.

Along with representatives of the ski area association, the group also included representatives from 8 resorts – Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge, Sugarbush, Jay Peak, Mount Snow, Smuggler’s Notch, Okemo and Killington.

Also on hand – and the timing couldn’t have been better – were representatives from Porter Airlines and Porter Escapes. The airline and its tour company has just unveiled details of its fourth season operating flights and offering packages between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Burlington, Vermont.

The services starts on Dec. 14, 2014 and continues through to April 5, 2015.

Seen in the photo, from l to r, are Porter Airlines’ Adam Wilcox with the Vermont Ski Areas Association’s Parker Riehl, Kyle Lewis and Sarah Wojcik.

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