President’s week is a popular one for ski and ride vacations, with tons of folk coming from out of state to enjoy the snow in our region, and this year is no exception.
The mountains have been packed with people getting a taste of some of the best skiing in years, while also providing a mid-winter boost to the local economy.
For the Bernstein brothers, it’s a constant battle as to which is better, skiing or snowboarding?
“Snowboarding is better! Skiing is superior! Stop it move! No skiing is better,” argued David, Noah and Sam Bernstein.
These Long Islanders have spent the past few February breaks in the Green Mountain State, skiing and riding at Smugglers Notch.
The family of 5 was kicking off their vacation Monday Afternoon, by picking up their rental gear at Triple Diamond Ski Shop, a business that has been bustling this President’s Day weekend.
“It’s been great. We’re up probably close to 20% over last year. Our business really is tied to the fortunes of Smuggler’s [Notch Resort] and when Smuggler’s has a lot of customers we have a lot of customers, when we have a lot of snow, we all have a lot of customers,” said shop owner Danny White.
David, Noah and Sam say they come to Triple Diamond Ski Shop every year for their vacation gear.
And like the Bernstein’s, many folks travel for hours to come to the area.
“We got a lot of people from the East Coast, obviously northern, New York City, Connecticut, Boston, but then we have a ton of people from Florida right now too,” said Mike Chait, with Smuggler’s Notch Resort.
The added influx of people is benefiting not only the ski resorts, but also the small mom and pop stores that surround them.
“The local businesses in the evening are packed and it’s always nice when we can help out our partners around the road, the mountain road, and Jeffersonville community as well,” said Chait.
This year visitors are treated to some of the best conditions Smugg’s has seen in nearly 20 years.
“Absolutely a robust season this has been one of our deepest seasons to date,” according to Chait.
The Bernstein boy’s couldn’t be more pumped to race each other down the slopes.
Smuggler’s Notch Resort along with Ski Vermont will also be highlighting 18 local businesses on Tuesday through Vermont Specialty Food Tour Day, with the hope of bringing some of Vermont’s most unique products to folks visiting the area.