By Ilona Kauremszky
Snow’s a really big deal in Vermont so on the eve of the blockbuster Toronto Snow Show, the US Consulate office hosted a media reception for the Vermont Ski Areas Association, who were keen to celebrate winter sports from select resorts and announce the latest big news in snowmaking for the state.
Vermont has invested $15-million statewide in a snowmaking upgrade program to replace old snow guns with new low-energy, high-efficiency ones.
According to Parker Riehle, president of the Vermont Ski Areas Association (Ski Vermont), some 15 resorts have adapted this new technology: “Efficiency Vermont set up a rebate program which is an incentive deal for the resorts to save energy and make snow more efficiently,” he said.
In addition Ski Vermont has partnered with a local waste company to recycle scrap metal with funds going toward the organization’s learning programs, such as the $29 “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month” special in January. Price includes lift, lesson and equipment rental for the day.
Now in its fourth year Porter Airlines resumes its seasonal service between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Burlington, Vermont, starting on December 14 until April 5, 2015, with two to four flights per week and five flights during the March Break. Its tour operator Porter Escapes offers various Vermont snow packages.
“The Canadian market is very important to us,” said Sarah Wojcik, director of public affairs with Ski Vermont, who added that partner Porter Airlines has offered greater accessibility and ease of travel from the Greater Toronto Area. “We have seen an increase,” she noted on the growing Canadian arrivals and the significance of the GTA market for the upcoming winter season.
Vermont is America’s number one ski destination in the east and the third largest in the US behind Colorado and California.