Preparing for Fall and Winter Tourism in Vermont

COLCHESTER, Vt. - As the temperatures slowly drop, and the leaves start to change, Vermont’s busiest tourist season is almost here. 

Adams Apple Orchard in Williston is busy getting ready for its busiest season. 

“Apple season is a short period of time for us, it’s about six weeks, but it’s probably our busiest six weeks of the season,” Kim Antonioli of Adam’s Apple Orchard said. 

Antonioli says the apples this year are huge thanks to all the rain earlier this summer. 

“The trees are really full this year, it’s a beautiful crop, and the apples are sizing up really nicely. We have macs out there that are already good size apples so we’re really happy with the crop this year,” Antonioli said. 

According the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, tourists spent $110 million on lodging during the fall of 2013. 

While some are excited for fall, others are also gearing up for winter. 

This weekend the Burton Sale in Burlington attracted hundreds with its great deals. Snowboards, winter jackets, goggles and hats were all sold with deep discounts. 

For Victor Knox the sale meant restocking on some essential items. 

“I’ve been getting awesome deals for t-shirts. I spent $3 on a t-shirt and bought 14. This place is amazing, it’s awesome,” Knox said. 

People from Vermont ski resorts were lined up outside of the warehouse talking to those itching to hit the slopes. 

“The Burton Summer Sale is the first opportunity for us to talk about winter,” Mike Garceau of the Killington Ski Resort said. 

Killington is planning for a big season this year with the return of the FIS Ski World Cup. 

“That’s a huge deal for us and a huge deal for the state. It had been a really long time, like 25 years since it had returned so we are excited about that,” Garceau said. 

Killington is planning on firing up the snow maker in October. 

 

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