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Road trip: Hit the slopesRoad trip: Hit the slopes

Fly to a ski resort

Road Trip

It’s finally cold enough to dig out the skis, and if you live on the East Coast you’re likely heading to Vermont for the best skiing and snowboarding in the region. But why put up with a long car ride or a cramped commercial flight when you can go by general aviation?

Plan a flight to Stowe, Vermont, for your ski weekend. Bed and breakfasts, inns, and full-on ski resorts and lodges are plentiful throughout the Green Mountains, and the Burlington, Vermont, area gets a mean average of 72 inches of snow yearly. Snowmaking machines supplement that which Mother Nature provides to keep slopes, trails, and terrain in good shape for everyone.

Burlington International (BTV) lies within Class C airspace, but the single FBO on site is said to be friendly and accommodating to smaller airplanes as well as the bigger ones. There’s a handling fee that’s waived for fuel purchases of more than 10 gallons. For cheaper 100LL, no control tower, and no landing fee, head about 24 nautical miles east to Morrisville-Stowe State Airport (MVL).

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Who wants to drag ski boots through security when you can toss them in the back of a Cessna 172?

Jill W. Tallman

Jill W. Tallman

AOPA Technical Editor
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who is part-owner of a Cessna 182Q.

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