Winter News


by Craig Altschul

Vermonters are generous folk as citizens, communities, businesses, and families work to help one another. The Green Mountain State’s ski resorts give nearly 11,000 complementary lift tickets and passes and several thousand deeply discounted tickets to school children each year. The resorts also donate more than 9,000 tickets to volunteers and local rescue organizations. Members of the military and their families also receive special skiing and snowboarding benefits. The Ski Vermont Fifth Grade Passport enables all fifth grade children to ski and ride and the $10 fee goes to local farms. Some $8,500 was raised through the program last year and more than 2,400 kids used their passports. T’is the season.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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