Thursday, January 22, 2009

Rainy Day? No Problem!

Vacation is vacation no matter what Mother Nature sends your way.  While any avid skier will tell you a little rain won't stop a day on the slopes sometimes you just want to stay dry.  Don't feel trapped in your hotel room sadly staring at the sky - go out and have some fun!

Ski Resorts like Smugglers' Notch, VT  caters to families; replacing kids' daylong ski lessons with other activities when skiing is not an option. Families can also frolic in an indoor play area with an inflatable obstacle course, a miniature golf course and table tennis. It also offers baby-sitting, and puts on family entertainment every night.

At Okemo Mountain, there's no shortage of options for days without skiing. Visitors can swim, skate or play racquetball, or tune up their summer games at a nine-hole putting green or virtual golf.

When there's rain or little snow in Stowe, VT, many skiers and snowboarders head to the shops and restaurants.  What trip to Vermont isn't complete with a souvenir bottle of fresh Maple syrup! 

In Maine's Sugarloaf USA , visitors can head to the Antigravity Complex owned by the Carrabassett Valley Academy and the town of Carrabassett Valley, which has a climbing wall, skate park and bowl, Olympic-quality trampolines, weight room and aerobics room. 

And, of course, there's always the bar.   Killington, VT, known for not only being the "Beast of the East", is also a popular spot for the ski hard - play hard crowds! 

Happy hours at bars and restaurants up and down the Killington Access Road take place rain, snow or shine! 

So book a spa day, chill with friends or hit the gym. Enjoy your vacation - you've earned it! And remember, the lifts will run tomorrow! 

-Sam Norberg

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