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In like a lion or a lamb?

by Linda Warner

It’s hard to believe, but February is almost over with Friday the first of March.  Will the month come in like a lamb or a lion? A look ahead shows somewhat “lamblike” weather patterns, but still cold enough to assure great skiingSki resorts are operating at peak conditions thanks to lots of cold weather for snow making with additional help from Mother Nature. Whether you ski southern Vermont at Bromley or Stratton or head further north to Stowe/Smugglers’ Notch, you will not be disappointed.

Because there has been a steady supply of natural snow, those who enjoy cross country skiing are thrilled. Whether you head to one of the cross country ski areas or simply take advantage of the snow in state and local parks, you are bound to enjoy the day outdoors with moderate March temperatures.

Another group of enthusiasts who are having a great year are the snowmobilers. With a good base of natural snow and a continuous supply of small storms, the conditions are perfect for a trip through the woods. Never tried the sport? Resorts such as Smugglers’ Notch offer evening snowmobile tours.  So, give it a try.

For the kids, many of the resorts also offer tubing parks. Check out the Coca-Cola Tube Park at Stratton, or tubing at Magic Mountain. Resorts also offer a host of other activities for the kids, including indoor game rooms, ski or snowboard lessons, and even babysitting (so Mom and Dad can have some adult time.)

For an activity the whole family can enjoy, why not try fat biking? These bikes have extra wide tires to handle biking through snow! Rentals are available throughout the state. Check with your chosen resort or with Vermont.com listings.

And those are just a sampling of the activities you can try in March.  Vermont Maple Open  House is the weekend of March 23-24, but you will see smoke tendrils and detect  the sweet smell of sap being boiled down to syrup all month long.   Dutton Farmstand  in Manchester is especially convenient  to find and watch the syrup being made. Make sure to have a Maple Creemie while you are there. Naturally, there are always museums to explore, all kinds of shopping opportunities, and restaurants galore. Just because the calendar says March, and the weather is getting springlike where you live, don’t forget that it’s still winter in Vermont. Come visit and take advantage of all this wonderful snow.

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