For some reason, Mother Nature decided to take it easy on us for most of 2012.
This year, she's doing no such thing, and it is frickin' freezing. Head for the hills (er, slopes) of Warren, Vermont during MLK weekend.
TAKE A POWDER
Vermont beats the ski-pants off its neighbors in the slopes department. Of all its resorts, Sugarbush is probably the best. It's got the most snow, the softest bunnies, and the sharpest (double) black diamonds. And Sugarbush's range of accommodations is also unmatched. The lodges are already filled up, but every beautiful B&B and inn in the area is Sugarbush-affiliated. Cozy up at a 19th century inn like the Featherbed in nearby Waitsfield or dip into the outdoor hot tub at the AGA.
Sugarbush 1840 Sugarbush Access Rd., Warren
AGA, 2440 Sugarbush Access Rd. (Upper Pines Rd.)
The Featherbed Inn, 5864 Main St. (Rte. 100), Waitsfield
THE PEAKS OF DINING
Since you traveled all this way, you might as well experience destination eats. The Pitcher Inn is a Relais & Chateaux property with superior pub food at its in-house lodge, Tracks.
275 Main St. (Flat Iron Rd.)
If you don't feel like cramming a dinner jacket into your suitcase, The Common Man has you covered, with parsnip soup and a house-made lamb sausage that will make you want to move in.
3209 German Flats Rd. (Drumley S. Rd.)
CHEESY DOES IT
Maybe one day (of falling down) on the slopes is enough. Head to Montpelier's Morse Farm, which has enough maple syrup and cheese to undo all the fine cardio you've done on the snow.
1168 Country Rd. (Barnes Rd.), Montpellier