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The attractive college town of Middlebury is well named, lying between the Green Mountains and the lower reaches of Lake Champlain, in one of Vermont's loveliest regions. Middlebury College keeps the town feeling young and imbues it with a cultural scene far beyond its size. The college's own ski area, Middlebury Snow Bowl, is one of the sweetest in the state, a low-key place where you can be comfortable without the latest fashion skiwear that's de rigeur at Killington. Poet Robert Frost's cabin at nearby Bread Loaf can be visited on snowshoes by a walking trail, and the mountains are webbed with cross-country ski trails. The Carroll and ...

The attractive college town of Middlebury is well named, lying between the Green Mountains and the lower reaches of Lake Champlain, in one of Vermont's loveliest regions. Middlebury College keeps the town feeling young and imbues it with a cultural scene far beyond its size. The college's own ski area, Middlebury Snow Bowl, is one of the sweetest in the state, a low-key place where you can be comfortable without the latest fashion skiwear that's de rigeur at Killington. Poet Robert Frost's cabin at nearby Bread Loaf can be visited on snowshoes by a walking trail, and the mountains are webbed with cross-country ski trails. The Carroll and Jane Rikert Ski Touring Center is located at the Bread Loaf, with rentals and other facilities. An excellent historical museum, a Morgan horse farm, a brewery and miles of scenic back roads keep visitors busy. Not far from Middlebury is Lake Dunmore, with a state park. Above its shore rises the Moosalamo Recreation Area, miles of wilderness with hiking trails that are popular with skiers and snowshoers in the winter.

Lura Seavey
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Lura Seavey is the author of Fun with the Family in Vermont and New Hampshire and she has contributed to several Thomas Cook guidebooks, including Drive Around Catalonia, Travellers Mallorca, and Travellers Barcelona.

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    Ski season is December-March