Thursday, February 28, 2013

Skiing in Stowe Vermont

  I recently returned from a ski vacation in Stowe Vermont, this was my second trip back having last skied there in March of last year. 
  Stowe offers up some great skiing and snowboarding for persons of all levels so I can highly recommend it as an ideal family destination for various ski and snowboarding abilities.  The resort is nestled at the base of Mt Mansfield which at 4,395' is the highest peak in Vermont.  Vermont in itself is a beautiful state with the "Green Mountains" stretching as far as the eye can see.  The entire state has a population of just over 625,000 according to the last U.S. census making Vermont 45th out of the 50 states in terms of area and is 49th in terms of population.  Wyoming is the only state with fewer people.
  Seemingly, one of the more notable runs at Stowe and rated as one of the best ski runs in the U.S. is called "Nosedive."  Frequently when riding up the gondola, fellow passengers would ask "have you skied Nosedive today?"  As the name implies, Nosedive which first opened in 1935 has a fairly steep pitch which then flattens out part way down to an intermediate rated slope.  The tricky part is near the top where a steep narrow chute takes you down to the main part of the hill.  My first run down Nosedive last year found the chute portion to be glare ice with a couple of inches of powder snow on top requiring some deft edging of the skis to navigate your way down. This year despite yet another below average amount of snow in Vermont this winter, conditions were vastly improved with 6" or 8" of fresh powder to enjoy on the first day.
  One of the many great attractions in the village of Stowe is a fabulous ski museum.  It features an outstanding array of ski gear, clothing and even lifts from years gone by.  How we skied and survived using some of that equipment is almost beyond comprehension.
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Rick relocated to Collingwood from Toronto in 1985 through a transfer with Goodyear Canada. In 1987 Rick was recruited by a major client of Goodyear’s, managing their Canadian business based in Barrie before moving to Chicago in 1992 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Upon returning to Canada in 1996, Rick ran an industrial products manufacturing company in Stratford, Ontario. In 1998 Rick returned to Collingwood with his two children. Rick is a licensed real estate Broker with Royal LePAGE Locations North in Collingwood and holds his MVA designation (Market Value Appraiser-Residential). He is an active volunteer in the community serving several years on the Board of Directors with the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce as Treasurer, 6 years on the Board of Directors for the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® of which he is the Past President (2008) and currently serves on a committee with the Ontario Real Estate Association. Rick is a diverse executive manager with extensive experience in strategic planning, manufacturing, finance, human resources and quality assurance management.