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Ski Stowe for $39 on Woodchuck Day

Posted by Heather Burke  February 1, 2011 07:57 AM

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I am feeling all kinds of powder flu symptoms, you?

I looked at the weather and there is another snow storm on cue, then I consulted my calendar and I saw Groundhog Day is Wednesday. Normally I don't put a great deal of stock in the goofy groundhog and his shadow. I always plan to ski well into April regardless of Punxsatawny Phil's foreshadowing of six more weeks of winter. But Stowe has me stoked for its Vermont version of Groundhog Day called "Woodchuck Day." In honor of more winter, Stowe is offering $39 lift tickets on Wednesday. That's serious savings, considering the usual rate of $84, and reason enough to call in sick. Just don't actually call it powder flu.

Stowe is one of my favorite ski resorts, there is nothing like the terrain of the Front Four. If you haven't been since the Spruce Peak revitalization, you owe Stowe a visit. For après ski, I suggest you hit the Hour Glass Lounge in the spectacular Stowe Mountain Lodge, they have the best burger made with Vermont cheddar in the swank bar of the best ski hotel in New England. I think Bill Murray would agree, this is one Groundhog Day deal worth repeating, if you can go to Stowe. 

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Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.

Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at and


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