Snow How Weekend at Sugarbush with Ski Vermont and Cabot (and a Giveaway!)

In one word, this weekend was: AMAZING. We were invited to spend a few days at Vermont’s Sugarbush Ski Resort to participate in Ski Vermont and Cabot‘s Snow How weekend. The two of us were going to learn to snowboard in Sugarbush’s First Timer Learn Ski or Board program. And while we were incredibly excited, we were also both a bit nervous.Β Maybe you don’t understand if you grew up on the slopes, but neither of us did. And you could literally count the times either of us had been on skis or a snowboard in our lives (Chels had tried snowboarding twice and me, never!) It’s never really been our “scene.” But after this weekend, it just might be.

We had some details about the weekend ahead of time and knew we’d be staying at Sugarbush’s Clay Brook condos with some other fabulous ladies Barbara Jones and Robyn Moreno. Audrey McClellan was set to attend to, but sadly got sick at the last minute (we’re both big fans of Audrey and her website, so check it out!). Barbara brought her friends Chris and Shana and Robyn brought her sister Bianca, boyfriend Marin, and friend Izzy. It was an awesome group of ladies who were all perfect for the trip. Oh, and the lovely ladies who made this all possible for us was Candace Karu, also known as Cabot’s Lifestyle Commentator and Favorite Foodie (yes, that is her real job title!); her sister Roberta MacDonald, Cabot’s SVP/Marketing; Jen Neary of Cabot; and Kathy Murphy of Ski Vermont.

Sugarbush is located in the Mad River Valley, a little under 4 hours from Boston. And it’s quite a beautiful drive, especially if it’s snowing just a tiny bit near the end. It’s definitely a bit off the beaten path, but from the moment you enter the resort area, you feel like you’ve entered a whole different world.


(Clay Brook Condos)

Of course, when we arrived we spent some time exploring our beautiful accommodations. We stayed in a stunning suite, with lots of windows, a gourmet kitchen, individual bathrooms in each room, and the coziest beds. Leaving yesterday was definitely a battle.

The perfect kitchen for any wanna-be cook!


Our fridge was stocked with Cabot cheese, naturally πŸ™‚ And the most amazing Cabot vanilla Greek yogurt ever!




The living room had an awesome electric fireplace, too.




As we entered our room, we were pleasantly Β surprised with sweet Rossignol backpacks:


Packed to the brim with goodies, including warm socks (that we both very much needed for the weekend), HeatMax Hot Hands hand and boot warmers (totally necessary!), Green Mountain coffee, Ski Vermont magnets, Canus goat’s milk products, eucalyptus spray and other fun things!


Once we got settled, we headed downstairs to the “Snow How HQ” to meet the rest the rest of Team Snow How.


We were immediately welcomed by the rest of Team Snow How and more gifts were sprung upon us. Like Drop snowboard goggles, designed by Seth Neary of Driven Studio (who also happened to be our videographer for the weekend… Yes, there is tons of footage of us falling all over the slopes, which we’ll hopefully have in our hands soon!). We were also gifted with Drop snowboard gloves (which we got A LOT of use out of), a cute black and red Cabot plaid wool tote, and a beautiful Ski Vermont zip-up jacket. We were completely hooked up with everything we needed to have a successful day on the mountain!

We also got to enjoy dinner prepared especially for us by Chef Mark Molinaro, Executive Chef at the New England Culinary Institute and also a go-to chef for Cabot.


We started with some appetizers like individual chili-cheddar meat loaves, Cabot cheddar cheese crisps, and stuffed fingerling potatoes with horseradish cheddar, while we mingled.


Then we moved on to a bowl of Cabot cheddar butternut squash soup (This will be made again ASAP as it was SO SO good!).


We indulged in a hearty mixed winter green salad with cabot cheddar dressing.


And Cabot cheese and spinach cannelloni.


And, of course, dessert! It was quick apple cherry crunch with Cabot whipped cream.


I’m pretty sure we ranted and raved about the food for a good hour. It was the perfect pre-slope food!


We tried go to bed relatively early that night since we knew Saturday would be a long day. But we were sharing a room and ended up staying up kind of late chatting… What else is new with us? Plus, we were both a little bit nervous for what the morning would bring.


(Sues’s huge pile of clothing laid out the night before)

Bright and early the next morning, we headed down to the rental area to retrieve our boots and boards and to meet our instructors.


Dressed in about a million layers, of course. (and it must be said that though the temps were in the 20s and snow was falling, we were not cold at all. That’s a big YAY for long underwear, fleeces, warm jackets, warm socks, scarves, gloves, etc.). And only slightly nervous… Um, sure.


All geared up and board ready, we’re ready to go! Cracking open the hand warmers first thing!


We were so lucky that we had the best weekend weather-wise. The entire time we were at Sugarbush a light snow was falling, making for excellent skiing and boarding and an incredibly beautiful landscape.



Chris, Barbara, and Shana were already looking like naturals on the mountain (OK, maybe it was more like a hill).


We hadn’t even strapped our boards on yet, but were excited to get started!


And perhaps a bit apprehensive after strapping in the first foot!


But with instructor Meridith leading us, we started feeling totally comfortable.


Athletic stance! (possibly the most important thing we learned this weekend…)


Silly as it may sound, we were both kind of nervous to go up the hill on a rope-tow. But guess what? Sugarbush’s beginner hill has something called a “welcome mat.” You just stand on it and are moved up the mountain. SO much easier than being dragged by a rope.


We spent most of Saturday and Sunday going up the welcome mat and then attempting to snowboard down the hill. We were instructed on how to heel skid, toe skid, traverse, and link turns.


Yes, there was lots of falling and yes there were lots of sore muscles (still are!). But we expected that ahead of time.

It’s almost difficult to describe how amazing our snowboard instructors were. Meridith and Will were the most patient, supportive instructors and did their very best to make us feel comfortable on the mountain. They put no pressure on anyone and explained basic skills about a million times to each of us. They held our hands as we went down the mountain and encouraged us to take our time and get comfortable. These are most definitely the kinds of instructors you want if it’s your first time on a snowboard (especially if you’re feeling a bit nervous).



After a full day of snowboarding and hot tubbing, Saturday evening we enjoyed dinner at Timber’s, a restaurant right at the bottom of the mountain.


We didn’t sit next to each other at dinner but still somehow managed to order the exact same thing for all 3 courses. Clearly we’ve known each other for far too long (usually we try to order different dishes to enjoy more of the menu, but somehow always want the same things)!


But first, bread. And a roasted garlic tapenade of sorts with butter. Yum.


We started with the Vermont Farmhouse Potato Chowder. It had bits of sausage in it and was just what we needed to warm up after a day in the snow.


For our main course we ordered the Pork Cassoulet. It was a traditional cassoulet with pork in two styles. Lightly breaded pork flank and braised Vermont pork belly in white beans and slow-roasted tomatoes. This was definitely a dish you’d want to order after spending all day on the ski slopes. Warm, comforting, and delicious.


We were all so full after dinner but after dinner always comes dessert. Champlain Orchards Apple Pie a la mode. And to not make room in your stomach for this would be criminal.


We spent Sunday morning on the slopes again… We could lie and say we ended the weekend by attempting these slopes. But we most definitely did not. And can’t even imagine the horror we would have felt simply going up that ski lift.




We actually went back to Timbers for lunch and looked out the window while we were nice and warm and cozy and stared at the real mountains. Very us πŸ˜‰


Before we packed the car up and headed back to Boston, we wandered around, took some pictures, and grabbed a cup of hot chocolate to-go. It was just necessary to slowly take in the scene because it really is a wonderful mountain filled with some truly good people.


And it’s true. We asked several people how they felt Sugarbush was different than other resorts and pretty much everyone said the people are just SO nice. There was constantly a Sugarbush employee standing around asking if you needed help, offering to help lace up your boots, and even offering to carry your heavy board. For anyone feeling any apprehension at all about taking to the mountains, Sugarbush is definitely a place that will help bring back a sense of calm and confidence to you. Which is exactly what we needed.

Oh, and everyone said Sugarbush is absolutely beautiful, too.



See that pool? It’s 80 degrees. And there are two glorious hot tubs Β you can sit in… Even when the snow is falling around you.




We didn’t get to eat any waffles during our stay, but next time we’ll definitely be hitting the Waffle Cabin up!


And if we get our own snowboards some day, they might just have to be Cabot boards. Or maybe we could do a custom We are not Martha board? Hey Seth, wanna help us out? πŸ™‚


This trip was quite honestly the experience of a lifetime and though we’re nowhere near “good” at snowboarding just yet, we have the beginner’s knowledge we need to continue building our skills. And though just a week ago, we never would have looked at each other and said “let’s go snowboarding,” we will most likely be doing that now. And we’re in luck! Because we completed the First Timer Program, we’re now the lucky owners of season passes to Sugarbush!

Thank you so much to Cabot, Ski Vermont, Sugarbush Ski Resort, and Driven Studio for inviting us to be a part of this experience and to show us that really anyone can learn to snowboard and ski. No matter how afraid you might be. And, of course, it also helped to learn that a ski/snowboard vacation is about so much more than skiing and snowboarding. Because after you tire of the mountain, you can always head to the spa, hot tub, restaurants, or tennis courts with some good friends, family, and a bottle of wine.


And now it’s your turn to get in on the Sugarbush/Ski Vermont/Cabot fun! Because we’re so excited that one little weekend had such a big impact on us, we wanted to do something for you guys, too. So Candace is hooking us up with a sweet little prize pack for one of our readers to win. What will it include? Basically, everything you need to have a fabulous ski or snowboard weekend of your own… Not only will you be ready to hit the slopes, but you’ll look absolutely fantastic doing so!

Ski and Snowboard Prize Pack:

β€’Β A Rossignol Attraxion Backpack from Ski Vermont (just like ours!)
β€’ Eider Mira hot pink Soft Shell Thermostretch Fleece with Ski Vermont logo (just like ours!)
β€’ Ski/board gloves and Ski/board goggles from Drop (just like ours!)
β€’ 2 Sugarbush full-day Adult Lift tickets from Ski Vermont
β€’ Cheddar gift box from Cabot Cheese

All you have to do to win is leave a comment on this post letting us know if you are a skier or snowboarder… And if neither, which you want to learn! You have until Sunday, January 16, at 11:59 p.m. to enter! And you can get an extra entry by tweeting about the giveaway (and linking to ourΒ We are not Martha Twitter account).

Thanks again to everyone who made this weekend possible and the fabulous sponsors of this giveaway:

Good luck… And if you win, maybe we’ll meet you on the slopes!! πŸ™‚

[Sues and Chels]

(It should be noted that we didn’t pay for a thing on this trip from the snowboard lessons, rentals, and lift passes [not that we were good enough to even get on a lift!] to the meals, wine, gear, and accommodations. But all of the opinions in this post are our own. We loved everything about the trip and would gladly pay to go back again!)

222 Responses to "Snow How Weekend at Sugarbush with Ski Vermont and Cabot (and a Giveaway!)"

  1. Brie says:

    I’m a skier!

  2. Chris says:

    Pick me pick me! We should go up there again so you can teach me some snowboarding tricks.

  3. Chris says:

    One more thing. I’d still like a wheel of Cabot habanero cheese.

  4. I would have been terrified also because I have never even skied before! I’d love to try but would be so nervous because I have some very clutzy tendencies…

  5. Jen says:

    All Skiing for me, but I’ve always wanted to learn how to snowboard!

  6. ashley says:

    I would LOVE to win! I’ve been begging my boyfriend to go snowboarding with me because he’s never gone and I haven’t in years because I need a new board.

  7. Lizzie says:

    I ski—–and love it. Going to VT in a few weeks but would love to check out sugarbush!

  8. preppy in polka dots says:

    What a great weekend and giveaway!! I am a snowboarder!

  9. Ashley G. says:

    My husband and I have never been skiing and would LOVE to learn, especially now that we live in the northeast. And I’m a cheese fanatic! πŸ™‚

  10. kimz says:

    Can I call myself a skier if the last time I went skiing was in Boone, North Carolina? I used to love going to Sunday River when I was growing up, and I’d LOVE to give Sugarbush a try!

  11. Daisy says:

    Skiier!! And you know what else, Sugarbush is the first place i ever skiied, circa age 10. I grew up mainly on the slopes of VT mountains and Surgabush holds a special place in my heart. I haven’t been back in years. Seeing all these pictures and your awesome weekend made me so nostalgic.

  12. Daisy says:

    Tweeted. πŸ™‚

  13. What a FANTASTIC weekend! I’m a skiier but have tried snowboarding several times. I went to Sugarbush a few years ago during the fall to go ziplining when I was in the area for a wedding. SO fun!

  14. anth says:

    Snowboard? I don’t really know because I’ve never done it. But I just heard about snowshoe racing and want to try that this winter too!
    I guess I am not afraid to fall on my face if it means I learn something new and fun.

  15. Ana says:

    I’ve been wanting to learn to snowboard for years! My friend has just told me that her group goes snowboarding for a weekend every year and this time I can join. I WANT THIS SO BAD!

  16. anth says:

    I tweeted this too @ant5s

  17. Alyssa says:

    I have never tried either snowboarding or skiing, which may sound insane because I have gone to Vermont for vacations my whole life and went to college there too! If I had to pick, I would start with skiing, then go right back to the Cabot cheese.

  18. Lexi says:

    Wow, looks so gorgeous and the Waffle Cabin?! I’d be there for sure!

    I grew up in NH and there was never a shortage of mountains!

    I’ve skiied a few times, but am not good, at all! I’d love to take a few lessons to improve!

  19. Melissa says:

    Honestly, I’m neither, but if I had to pick I pick skiing, I’ve been skiing a total of 2 times and snow boarding 0. I had a ski lesson last year in Maine and while the lesson was great, I could still never stand up myself every time I fell, which happened a lot. I’d love another try though! I’d also love to check out that Waffle Cabin and 80 degree pool!

  20. Lara says:

    Very novice skier! Haven’t been in quite a while, but would like to try again!

  21. Regina says:

    I’m from Florida and have only seen snow once (in June, oddly enough, in Yellowstone) but skiing seems like so much fun and I’d love to give it a go.

  22. This weekend looks incredible. I can’t get over those kitchens!! I am a skier since 3 years of age… and a snowboarder wannabe. In all honest, my body can’t really handle the falling these so I usually stick to the skiing πŸ˜‰

  23. Amanda says:

    Looks like you guys had a perfect snowboard weekend! I’m a snowboarder, so I can relate to all the bumps, bruises and sore muscles of your first time out!

  24. Carol says:

    I’d like to learn both, I can’t do either!

  25. Kerri D. says:

    I’m a skier and love skiing at Sugarbush!

  26. tweeted about the giveaway also! @acambridgestory

  27. Total skier, all the way! My husband and I just got back from four days in Tahoe for a social media conference (Snowcial) and will be back in Tahoe in two weeks for a full week! We bought the Vail Resorts season pass so we want to take advantage of it, though I’d definitely be up for a return trip to Vermont =) I’ve only ever skied Killington on the East Coast!

  28. Weezie says:

    I’ve gone skiing a few times, but would LOVE to try snowboarding!

  29. Erica says:

    WOW! What a weekend! Your accommodations were gorgeous. I’ve been wanting to try their greek yogurt. The food looks delicious- especially the cheese and spinach cannelloni and the potato bisque. I am currently not a skier or snow boarder, but I’d love to learn how to snow board.

  30. Meesh says:

    I used to Ski when my family lived in New York when I was in Middle School, then we moved to maryland and the mountains were foothills in comparison so I stopped. I would love to start up again at some point now that I live in Boston!

  31. Monique says:

    just as i was about to say TAKE ME WITH YOU, you go and offer this amazing contest. Probably the best contest I have ever seen in my blogger life.

    I have never skiied or snow boarded… but snow boarding looks WAAAY cooler!
    pick me! pick me!

  32. Angie says:

    Great post! I am neither a skier or snowboarder. Not coordinated enough. :p

  33. Looks like an awesome time ladies! I just went skiing for the 2nd time ever (more like the 1st time since the only other time I went I was like 9 and don’t remember anything!)…definitely want to continue going now that I tried it again! And maybe even try snowboarding someday!

  34. Kelley says:

    I am a skier, through and through! I just had a weekend similar to this (minus all the super fabulous food). Vermont is a seriously magical state!

  35. Kristen says:

    Wow, an amazing weekend for first time boarders. I am a skier and food lover and would kill for a weekend like that.

  36. Noel says:

    That looks like an amazing weekend, what a rockin time. I’m a boarder, never been a skier. That snow looks epic!

  37. Melanie says:

    I went skiing for New Years and I didn’t wipe out ONCE! Though I did get nervous when snowboarders zoomed by…I’m definitely a skier.

  38. Kat says:

    I won’t lie, I looked at the pictures before I read the words and I kept thinking “wow that looks familiar…” well duh! My father in law lives basically at the base of Mt. Ellen, so we’re up there every few months! I snowboard, but more in the “take a run, stop for cocoa” kind of way. I’d probably be downing the cheese while hubby and FIL went skiing! πŸ˜€

  39. bex says:

    I have tried both and am most definitely a skier!

    I grew up in Vermont and have skied most of the mountains there, but never Sugarbush — looks amazing! Glad you guys loved my homestate! πŸ™‚

  40. Ann says:

    I’m a skier, although not a particularly good one! My skiing companions usually make fun of me for going down the mountain in big wide turns, regardless of what trail I’m on. All these goodies would definitely help me look the part – which is the most important part of any activity!

  41. Robby says:

    Sounds like a fantastic trip! I am a skier and would love a chance to get out more than once or twice this season.

    Thanks for the cool contest!

  42. Melissa says:

    I am not a skier or snowboarder so please don’t consider me for the prize – I just wanted to say that that entire meal of cheese would be my death row meal. Amazing.

  43. katie says:

    I would love to learn to ski!

  44. Chinye says:

    I’m neither an actual skier or snowboarder but I’d love to learn! I grew up on the Northeast and have taken some ski trips with friends, but never snowboarded. I would LOVE to try it!

  45. Lauren says:

    I would like to learn to snowboard, I tried skiing and was horrible so hopefully I’ll be better at snowboarding.

  46. Catherine says:

    I am a skier!! But my bf is neither, so he might need some lessons!

  47. Meredith says:

    I’m a skier! Looks like a festive weekend:)

  48. Val says:

    I love cheese.. and snowboarding.. sounds like a great weekend!

  49. emily @ the happy home says:

    i’d love to *learn* to snowboard. it would give me a reason to head up to big bear!

    that looks like SUCH a lovely weekend. and delicious.

  50. Amanda says:

    I am learning to snowboard this winter season! My first day I thought I broke my tail bone!

  51. Audra says:

    I’m a (beginner) snowboarder! Being originally from the great mountainous (except the opposite) state of Indiana, I’m just learning. Now that I’m moving to Boston in a few months, this would be a great trip for me and my fiance!

  52. Elizabeth says:

    Neither! Never been on the slopes once. I’ve always wanted to though. I used to really want to snowboard b/c it was the cool thing. But I think I’d like to try skiing first.

  53. Evan @swEEts says:

    Wow. We just got back from skiing in CO but your trip was way cooler than ares.. and not to mention free!! We would love to go SKIING in Vermont πŸ™‚ fingers crossed.

  54. Rachel says:

    I’ve skied a handful of times, but have always wanted to try snowboarding! What an amazing weekend it looked like you had – I’d love to be able to share the experience!

  55. JenniferC says:

    I really want to learn to ski – I’m so afraid to try it though! I have a feeling I would end up with a broken leg!

  56. Audrey says:

    I just got engaged this fall to an avid snowboarder, and even though I grew up in New Hampshire I can hardly get off a lift! Our wedding is next January, and for our honeymoon we’re thinking of taking a snowboarding vacation… I’d better learn before then huh? πŸ™‚ Glad you girls had fun!

  57. Beth says:

    I am a total snowboarder, I didn’t like it at first but once you learn it’s totally addictive. Cool trip, looks like a great time, Sugarbush has beautiful slopes (and scenery for the nonskiers)

  58. Di says:

    I am not a skier or a snowboarder, but I’d love to learn to ski! πŸ™‚

  59. Karen says:

    I would marginally saw I’m a skiier. I only go once a year and have to relearn the ropes annually.

  60. Karen says:

    Also Tweeted!

  61. Cyan says:

    I once tried snowboarding in college on winter break (unfortunately I badly sprained by ankle at the end of a day of lessons, coming off the rope tow). Needless to say I haven’t tried snowboarding since, but the “welcome mat” sounds and looks AWESOME! I soooo want to go to Sugarbush now to try to learn how to snowboard again. That “welcome mat” is really encouraging! Thxs for sharing your fantastic trip pics.

  62. I like to ski but I have always wanted to try snowboarding. The thing is, I only go skiing once every three years (if I’m lucky) and I hate to spend my precious time on the slopes all wet and cold on my bum in the snow learning to snowboard!

  63. That looks like an incredible weekend you two had. What an awesome mountain and staff. I’m a skier who wants to learn how to board, but I never do because I’d rather spend my time/money on the skiing that I already know how to do well. I keep talking about taking lessons. Maybe some day…

  64. Lucy says:

    Totally killer trip, I’m a skiier am super jealous!

  65. sarah says:

    i can do both, but am a skier at heart πŸ™‚

  66. Ruth says:

    Thanks for visiting Sugarbush. I’m the girl that processed Chels season pass. We expect to see all of you back to hone your skills.

    And… I’m a skier.

  67. Will says:

    I’m a novice skiier–i’m a way better chef than skiier, so that food looked AMAZING!

  68. Ang says:

    I am neither, but would love the chance to learn! Looks like you two had a great weekend…I am so jealous of all the cheese!

  69. Ricky says:

    This looks so awesome! Vermont is a great place for snowboarding. I’d love to visit sometime, only been to the slopes here in VA.

  70. alison says:

    How strange that a lifetime New Englander has never hit the slopes!! I was crazy jealous reading this post and gasped out loud when I hit the giveaway section! PLEASEEEEEE…HOOK A FRIEND UP!! I would be so grateful!!!

  71. Stephanie says:

    I have skied but I REALLY WANT TO LEARN TO SNOWBOARD OH SO VERY BADLY!! That trip looked like so much fun. (As did all the cheese you got to eat, YUM.)

  72. Jenelle says:

    I’m a skier and have been since the sixth grade (I won’t say how long ago that was) But I would recommend the next time you ladies go boarding, don’t use those handwarmers. When I was in high school both of my hands got 2nd degree burns from them while skiing.

  73. Shannon says:

    I’m a skier! I don’t get to go as much as I’d like. Looks like you had a fab trip!

  74. Simply Life says:

    wow! what an incredible weekend! I’ve always wanted to try either one but have never had the chance!

  75. Karen says:

    Skier for 22 years!! Cheese lover for 31!!

  76. kay says:

    i’ve only skied before but i’m dying to try snowboarding!

  77. Liza says:

    I’ve been snowboarding once, almost ten years ago. I’d love to try again and bring a partner-in-crime who also does not know what heck he or she is doing, either!

    Looks like you guys had a blast, I want to go! πŸ™‚

  78. tracey says:

    I am neither but my husband loves to ski and I would love to learn so I could some day enjoy a day on the slopes with him. Looks like a beautiful place!

  79. Jennie says:

    Skiing and cheese are two of my favorite things! Looks like a fabulous way to spend a weekend.

  80. Mickey says:

    The condo looks like an amazing place to stay! I’m a skier, but the Cabot snowboards make me want to try snowboarding….

  81. katierk says:

    Oh wow… i went skiing once…16 years ago. HAHA! I htink I would enjoy skiing but I’m sure either would be a blast! What a great trip you two had, I’m jealous!

  82. Julianne says:

    I’ve tried snowboarding, but I’m not very good at it. I would love to try skiing next time!

  83. Kori says:

    This looks so fun! I’m so jealous!

  84. NTE says:

    Yeah, I’m a neither. But the hot tub sounds nice. πŸ™‚

  85. Kori says:

    Also, I’m a skier. I hope I didn’t eff up the random giveaway with this second comment.

  86. Abby says:

    Hmmm….skiier. I think. Going for the first time in 15 years this weekend. Would loe to have the chance to practice what I re-remember again!

  87. Laura says:

    It looks like you had a fabulous weekend getaway! I like skiing, but it’s been a couple of years since I’ve been on a mountain. Wedding planning (and paying) was the first obstacle that did not allow me to justify spending money on lift tickets and then it was buying our house. I have never been to Sugarbush and would love to visit!

  88. Kalen says:

    I am so sad to see you were in Vermont! I live here and would have loved to meet you ladies! And I used to work at the Waffle Cabin on the mountains while I was in college. I’m so sorry you didn’t try one. It is the best 1 million calories you will ever eat in your life!! It took me years to work off that weight from working there a season! haha.

  89. Steph says:

    Skier, although I just learned last winter (and have barely mastered the bunny hill). Since I’m still a newbie, I’d love the chance to check out a new mountain!

  90. evelyn says:

    I have never been skiing or snowboarding, but my husband likes to snowboard, so it would be fun to learn!

  91. Lizzy says:

    OMG- What an amazing weekend!!! Everything looks like so much fun!! I am neither a skiier or a snowboarder but I wish to be. I would love (like you guys) to learn to snowboard!! My hubby is a great snowboarder and I would love to learn so we can go to the slopes together!

  92. Ann says:

    I’m a skier! What an awesome giveaway!

  93. What an incredible trip! I started skiing just a couple years ago, so I’m still a beginner. It’s hard to live in New England and not want to take advantage of ski trips with friends… which include lots of food and cocktails in the lodge afterward!

  94. Ros says:

    Skier, but would love to try snowboarding!

  95. This looks like such a fun wknd!! I am actually headed up to Vermont this weekend to ski and I can’t wait to get there – seeing your pics is getting me even more excited. Not sure what it is about Vermont but it really makes you feel like you’re far far away when in reality, it’s only a few hours from NYC or Boston.

  96. Btw…not sure how you resisted the waffles – is the smell of those places not completely intoxicating?? Especially when you’re post-ski/snowboard hunger kicks in πŸ™‚

  97. Ash Bear says:

    I was actually supposed to head up to VT for a ski weekend this holiday weekend. Unfortunately, it was cancelled today due to a double booking at my family’s place. Wouldn’t it be fun to go skiing in VT some other time this season!? PICK ME!

  98. Ash Bear says:

    I just tweeted!!

  99. Sana says:

    Oh wow! I have never been in the snow! And I would love to learn!!

  100. Amy says:

    I’ve never tried either, but I’d love to learn to snowboard!

  101. Sarah says:

    Skiing. And by skiing I mean the cheddar part of the trip!

  102. Annalisa says:

    Neither… YET, so I’ll pick snowboarding. Being from Ohio originally, I’m not much for sports that require mountains, but I’m very eager to learn. Thanks! Sugarbush looks like a great place.

  103. Ali says:

    I’m a skier through & through. But I’m thinking of taking up boarding too. You make it look fun!

  104. Jaimie says:

    I’m neither! But my husband has been trying to get my on the slopes for years to teach how to snowboard so it’d be fun to take him up on that offer finally!

  105. anna says:

    snowboarding!! but mmmm cheese

  106. Lindsay says:

    I’m a skier! I have always skied in the colorado rockies, so I would love to ski at a different resort! πŸ™‚

  107. Marcie says:

    I can’t do either but I love cheese!

  108. Danielle says:

    I am a skier, although not a confident one ha! I would love to learn how to snow board though.

  109. Lyndsay says:

    Skiier! And how awesome did those waffles smell while you were waiting in line for the lift??

  110. Erin says:

    Looks like a blast! I’m a skier!

  111. Joanne says:

    How crazy insane awesome is this! I am sitting here with my mouth hanging open…at the delicious food, at the awesome experience, at how adorable you guys look on snowboards…so cool.

  112. Debbie says:

    I am not a skier, but have always wanted to learn. Loved looking at your pictures and reading about your experience. The ski resort looks like a great place!! And the food looked really good, too!!! Love the cheese, especially the Habenero White Cheddar!!!

  113. Skier! I haven’t skied in many many years, but I was skiing before I could walk basically. I’d love to get back into it!

  114. Bridget says:

    So fun!!! I’m a skiier but its been a LONG time, so I could definitely use a brush up! Looks like such a fun weekend!!!

  115. Larry says:

    Only skied once, ages ago. Would love to learn how to snowboard, especially in such great surroundings. My wife and I are saving up for a honeymoon – how perfect would this be!?!

  116. Jen says:

    I’m an amateur snowboarder and would love to win this and head up to take some lessons!

  117. Barbara says:

    I’m a skier. I actually made the ski team when I was 8 (no idea how), but I didn’t make it the next year.

    I tried snowboarding once, but couldn’t do it. I have no balance. The board would start moving before I was fully upright. I actually took the lesson with my dad and ended up telling the instructor to just teach him while I lay in the snow.

  118. Caryn says:

    Skiier for sure. Not only that, I’d love to cook in that kitchen… Anything with Cabot cheese is always good. I just returned from a week at Mont Tremblant and all we ate for dinner was cheese (half dozen on the platter each night) and amazing breads along with the basic accompaniments. Perfect for a ski house in front of the fire!

  119. Maria says:

    I would love to learn to snowboard, for some reason I think it would be easier than skiing? I’m probably totally wrong. That cassoulet looks like heaven!

  120. Brooke says:

    Neither, but would love to learn.

  121. Kelly Anne says:

    I’ve only been skiing twice in my life but I really want to learn how to snowboard. And eat Cabot cheese while I learn πŸ™‚

  122. Lauren says:

    I neither ski no snowboard, but I can’t imagine a better way to start!

  123. Meg says:

    I haven’t been skiing in years and would LOVE to get my boyfriend on the slopes so he can enjoy the winter. I LoVermont!!

  124. Melissa says:

    Learned to ski at Sugarbush Mt Ellen from the greatest instructors anywhere. Still friends after 30 years & still skiing on 2 feet. My kids learned there as well. Many great trips from Richmond, Virginia and many great Vermont dinners while we stayed at Sugarbush. Mad Mountain Tavern, Sam Ruperts, The Den, Chez Henri, The Common Man served us some memorable meals – Cabot Cheese always included in the regional menus. YUM even on the burger at the High and Dri – anyone remember that place??

  125. Lauren says:

    I’m not sure I’m good enough to really be consider a “skier”, but I have attempted to ski a handful of times.

  126. This weekend would TERRIFY me. I went skiing once 13 years ago and seriously still can’t forget how horrible I was… and how much I wanted to cry the entire time. Sounds like they taught you a lot and you were able to have fun. How do I get invited to the next get-together? πŸ˜‰

  127. Leah says:

    I’m a skier but I haven’t gone in yet this season and would love an excuse to get out on the slopes again!

  128. Anne Marie says:

    I’m a skier-definitely not a snowboarder! I admire you both for staying with it all weekend. I tried a snowboarding lesson once…and found out that it is completely different than skiing and so much harder to try and switch! Stick with it! It is so nice being outside in the winter getting some fresh air!

  129. Kathy says:

    I’ve grew up skiing all the big mountains-not very good I might add-buit haven’t been for 15 years! At this point I’m terrified I’ll break a leg but i would love to try snowboarding with my kids! Who knows-i might just be the next Sean White–umm, no.

  130. Teresa says:

    I grew up in Michigan and have lived in Massachusetts for ten years, but I’ve NEVER been on skis or a snowboard. I’d love to learn snowboarding.

  131. Linda says:

    i’m a skier, though i haven’t been in a couple years!

  132. aj says:

    I used to ski avidly in high school and college, but I haven’t gone for almost a year now since I moved to New York City. It’s hard to get out of the city sometimes, especially without a car! I’d love to have an excuse to get out there again, though!

    On another note, what an ADORABLE hotel suite. It looked almost as good as that cassoulet! Actually, that’s a recipe that I’d love you guys to tackle. I’ve been too scared to do a traditional cassoulet myself because of the inclusion of like 4 or 5 different meats.. who has time for that?

  133. Elizabeth says:

    I’m a skier! I’ve been wanting to try out the Vermont ski resorts for a while as well, so this giveaway is perfect!

  134. Michelle says:

    I’m a born and raised skier. Have not tried snowboarding, only because I am too scared! πŸ™‚

  135. Alexis @ There She Goes says:

    I’m a snowboarder! I just went to Wisp at Deep Creek in MD this past weekend!

  136. Kelly says:

    I’m reluctant to call myself a snowboarder because in my mind that makes it feel more serious and seems to imply I am good (I’m not), but I definitely do enjoy doing it. That said I do love, love, love it. I would love to win the cabot gift basket because sadly the cheeses are not well distributed here in the Midwest. I was looking for the 50% cheddar to make a recipe the other day and no dice. πŸ™

  137. Kelly says:

    I skied when I was very young but can’t say I am a skier, I would LOVE to learn how to snowboard!

  138. Kelly says:

    I also tweeted (cupcakekellys)

  139. Kami says:

    Skiier… but I’ve tried snowboarding a few times and had a blast (the next day… not so much!). πŸ™‚

  140. Des says:

    what an amazing trip. I’m so inspired to try snowboarding now! I might have to hitch a ride with you girls back to VT!! awesome post!!

  141. Jaclyn says:

    I am neither…but I am goign for my first ski lesson next weekend! Hope to have as good of an experience as you guys!!! Hopefully I can call myself a skier soon!! πŸ™‚

  142. Andrea says:

    This looks like a fabulous trip! I am a skiier and totally missing it since I haven’t skiied in a couple of years. Good for you both for trying snowboarding! I hear its tough!

  143. Caitlin says:

    Im a beginner snowboarder.. This sounds like so much fun!

  144. Meredith says:

    I’ve tried skiing once when I was probably 8 and hated it. But, my fiance is always trying to get me to go with him and try it again since he loves it. This would be the perfect opportunity!

  145. Katrina says:

    Skier! (but not often…would love to go this winter!)

  146. D.S. says:

    Neither, but would love to learn to ski for my wife who grew up in the Poconos!

  147. Kim K says:

    i want to try snowboarding! i suck at skiing!

  148. Kimberly says:

    I want to learn how to ski! (Or sit in the lodge with a book and cocoa).

  149. Jennie says:

    I have been snow boarding twice and skiing about half a dozen times. I love them both – but have much more control when I ski (probably b.c I have been water skiing since I was seven). Also – being from Alabama – I don’t get a chance that much – but that is my new goal for this year – to get out of the south more often!
    I love you blog!

  150. Jessica says:

    Wow, what an awesome weekend! I’ve never been skiing at Sugarbush but would love to go!

  151. Jacquelyn says:

    A big thank you from the farmers and all of us at Cabot for coming up and hanging out for the weekend! I heard that it was a fabulous weekend and that everyone had a great time. Come back to Vermont soon πŸ™‚ Thank you for your support!

  152. MichellePC says:

    I learned to snowboard for the first time at Sugarbush! After 1 year, I’m still falling – but it’s definitely fun, and totally worth being outside and enjoying the snow!

  153. Allie says:

    Skier! It makes winter bearable!

  154. DebbieK says:

    I am a boarder and have always wanted to try out Sugarbush and I love Cabot. I may even take some to eat on the lift πŸ™‚

  155. Kayla says:

    I’m not really either, but I would LOVE to learn snowboarding! My fiance would, too! What a great package for someone looking for honeymoon ideas! Just sayin’. =)

  156. Julie R says:

    I am a skier. I have not skied since I had my kids but I can not wait to get back on the slopes (one day soon)

  157. Rae says:

    I’ve always wanted to learn both, but I think boarding would be more fun.

  158. StephyW says:

    I’m a rather rusty beginner skier from NZ and would love to try out the Sugarbush slopes, and the Cabot goodies – yum!

  159. Kerstin says:

    What a cool trip!! I love Cabot and I’m growing to love skiing so this would be so awesome! I’d like to try boarding at some point too.

  160. Kerstin says:

    I just tweeted too πŸ™‚

  161. Sharon Rooney says:

    I would love to learn how to snowboard. Looks like great fun.
    Your trip looked like you all had a great time.

  162. Christina says:

    I’m a “skier” – used to bomb down the slopes when I was little, but these days I’m a little more cautious :). Taking a lesson is a great idea! Looks like you had an awesome trip!

  163. Elizabeth says:

    This looks like the perfect New England weekend! I loved skiing as a kid, but haven’t been in ages– and have been itching to hit the slopes again. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the chance to enter, ladies!

  164. Shirley says:

    Looks like you had a lot of fun!! I am a wannabe snowboarder.

  165. Jessicaisbaking says:

    I need to learn!!!

  166. Christina says:

    Snowboarding is what I would love to learn! Yum, Cabot cheese!!

  167. jenna says:

    I’m a skier but have always wanted to learn to snowboard… I’m hoping 2011 is my year!

  168. Sharlene says:

    Wow your weekend is seriously jealousy-inducing! I’ve been learning how to snowboard. The Boy has been slowly teaching me and I can go down greens now without shedding a tear (a BIG step for me). I tried skiing once too and it was pretty easy to pick up but I love the look of snowboarders!

  169. Sharon says:

    Beautiful post!! What a fabulous weekend the two of you had. Hope you can get back there sometime this winter. I would love to win your Cabot basket so I can give it to a well deserved snowboarding couple.

  170. Katie says:

    Sounds like you guys had a great time! I’m a (lapsed) skier and cheese lover, so this is pretty much the best giveaway EVER!

  171. Lacy Lambert says:

    Whoa, what a great giveaway…I would LOVE to learn to ski!

  172. Lauren says:

    A snowboarder who hasn’t been in 10 years! I’d love to see if I’ve still “got it”.

  173. Reagan says:

    What a fun weekend. Even though I haven’t been since middle school, i”m a skier. I’m not sure if i could handle learning to snowboard in my 30’s!

  174. Jacki says:

    WOW your weekend was amazing! I snowboarded when I was younger but haven’t been in years. I have been wanting to go this season, and sugarbush sounds great!

  175. k8 says:

    a massachusetts girl like you, never skiied before???? I like to ski and I love sugarbush, your wonderful trip report gets me all revved up!

  176. Jessica says:

    I love snowboarding! I am so glad you two got the chance to go out and hit the slopes πŸ™‚ Looks like an awesome weekend! Hope I get the change to do the same!

  177. delia says:

    Never been, but I would love to try to ski!

  178. Katie says:

    well i learned to ski with sues, although it took a long time before i was decent! i would love to try snowboarding next!

  179. I used to love skiing when I was younger but haven’t done it since! I wold love to try it again!!!

  180. Aaron says:

    I’m from a long line of skiiers. My wife doesn’t know how and this would be a great opportunity to teach her.

  181. My husband and I are going to the Bill Hills to learn how to ski/snowboard. We are both newbies!

  182. Judith says:

    I am not a skiier but I would definitely be interested in snowboarding. Great blog post — looks like an a-mazing (and well-deserved) weekend away!

  183. Germaine says:

    I would love to try skiing.. something about snow boarding scares me.. having both feet strapped in I guess.. but most likely you would find me either in the Restaurant or the 80 degree pool!! Looks like you girls had fun… and I LOVE Cabot! Yum πŸ™‚

  184. Lindsay says:

    I’m a skiier!! Never tried snowboarding but LOVE to ski!

  185. Ashleigh says:

    I’ve never skiied or snowboarded (all my friends are experienced and never wanted me to go with them!). But I want to learn! And I’ve been to the Cabot factory, so if anything, yay for Cabot cheese!

  186. johanna says:

    So want to learn to board!!

    sultansmom at gmail dot com

  187. Lynda Del says:

    I like to do both but I am really more of a skier! Thanks for the chance!

  188. Andrea Watts says:

    Neither but I wouldn’t mind learning to snowboard. I’m not a big fan of having something strapped to my feet while sliding down a mountain.

  189. Robin says:

    Geez, what a fantastic giveaway! I’ve been skiing since I was little but I’ve always wanted to try snowboarding.

  190. Terra says:

    Love this!! Looks like you ladies had a great time!!! I’m a skier, but would love to learn how to snowboard to keep up with my 11 year old. Thanks so much for the info. Think I will look into a family ski/ snowboard weekend for the family!!

  191. Cary says:

    I love skiing! I haven’t been able to go the last few years but I am a skiier.

  192. kelly says:

    in our family we like to ski and snowboard!! what a great giveaway!!

  193. Megan says:

    I’m a skier! This definitely sounds like the weekend of a lifetime. What an amazing opportunity! I can’t believe how gorgeous those accommodations are. I may have to plan a ski weekend at Sugarbush. Also I am a huge fan of outdoor hot tubs in the snow!

  194. Meaghan says:

    I’m a skier! Talk about a great giveaway! Looks like you girls had so much fun!

  195. I have taken a snowboarding class and a ski class. I’m not really a fan of either one unfortunately! But Hubby loves snowboarding.

  196. Becky Z says:

    skiing all the way!

  197. Jennifer says:

    Sounds like a great weekend! I’d love to learn to snowboard.

  198. Staci A says:

    I’m a snowboarder, though I haven’t gone in quite awhile! I’d love to get back into it!

  199. Miss Magpie says:

    I am a skier, however the rest of the family is a mixed bag. My daughter even recently had her first snowboard lesson! Fearing a takeover from a bunch of converts, I think I am going to at least have to try riding. We Ski/Ride in Vermont all the time and LOVE it. But extra passes would help out when we have peeps come to visit as this sport ain’t the cheepest! Great blog post.

  200. lesley says:

    must learn to snowboard!!

  201. Andy F says:

    i’m a rider.

  202. Kristen S. says:

    I both ski and snowboard although not as often as I like. Have skied most of my life and started snowboarding back in the mid-80’s as a teenager – the early days!

  203. Martha says:

    I’m from Green Bay- land of cheese and snow! Even so, I’ve never snowboarded and I’ve always wanted to try!

  204. Diana says:

    I am a mediocre skier having already been surpassed by all 3 children. Loved the blog!

  205. kim says:

    I’m a wannabe snowboarder!!!!!

  206. Lesa says:

    It’s sad to say that I am from New England and only went skiing twice in my life! Now living in the Midwest I crave to see mounds of snow, and mountains (ok, hills would do!)….anything but more flat land. With that said….snowboarding is the next lesson I will be taking on the slopes!

  207. Jena says:

    I’m a skier married to a snowboarder… we see the slopes in very different ways! But we’re a devoted Cabot household and would love to win, so fingers crossed!

  208. Amanda says:

    I’m a skiier and would love to go more often- not great and definitely need more practice. This would be awesome.

  209. Caitlin says:

    im a to-be skier! looking forward to my first timer ski lesson at Sugarbush this afternoon!

  210. Jen says:

    I am not a skier or a snowboard YET but I will be πŸ™‚

  211. MB says:

    Great pics, looks like y’all had a blast. I can’t ski or snowboard, but I can sunbathe πŸ™‚ And Cabot Cheese is great, would love to win!

  212. Amanda M says:

    I am a skier, your weekend looked like so much fun!

  213. mark says:

    I ski but would love to win b/c we are thinking of hitting Sugarbush when we head up to Vt to visit friends next month!

  214. Rachel says:

    Just came back from a weekend at Breckenridge – I love snowboarding! (and I am a contributor at and would love to talk up the gear!)

  215. Anita says:

    I love to ski and your ski/board adventure in Vermont looks fabulous – I would love to try skiing in Vermont!

  216. Looks like a fun weekend! You girls look adorable in your snow-bunny gear!

  217. Blair Stover says:

    This seems like it was a great trip! I have going skiing in Vermont several times and each time try a new mountain. It is a great way to see new areas of the state and try out your skiing skills.

  218. David Bain says:

    I’m a skier.

    Quite the event, nice accommodations, seems like you were treated like a king (queen), Cabot, Sugarbush, Rossi treated you guys like ski and snowboard royalty. This pauper wouldn’t living in your ski boots for a weekend.

    Nice photos and blog …. I’m envious.



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