SPOT TO SKI: DUTCH HILL
Elevation 1,900 to 2,470 feet; average snow depth 20-30 inches; yearly snowfall 12 feet; skiers last year 40,000; usual season Dec. 15-April 15
If you like to ski Vermont and want to save the hour it takes to drive north to the larger resorts, Dutch Hill in Heartwellville, Vt., 39 miles from Pittsfield, Mass., offers worthwhile terrain. The 2,000-foot T bar has a 570-foot vertical drop down to State Highway 8. Trails from the top vary in character from a leisurely one-mile course down Dyke Trail to a couple of sporty half-mile runs over the minor headwalls on Windmill and Christiana. To take either trail in a reasonably polished style is considered good going for any expert. For the novice there is a completely separate 1,400-foot open slope with two ropes. For the intermediate, Dutchman's Holiday (above) has 1� miles of easy going, ending in a 400-yard pitch that will shoot a skier over to the Dutch Boot cafeteria 50 yards away. Tips: from New York, 192 miles away, take the Taconic Parkway, then 44 to Canan, Conn. Bostonians, 141 miles away, take Route 2 to North Adams, Mass. Heartwellville Motel & Lodge serves fine food and is within walking distance of the slope. Several inns offer a five-day package with lifts, instruction, lodging and meals for $50.
AS OF FEBRUARY 17
Nothing is as changeable as the weather, so be sure to telephone resorts for latest reports
TD—top slopes, depth in inches; BD—bottom slopes, depth in inches; CR—ski crowd last weekend; SN—inches of snowfall last weekend
Dutch Hill, Vt.: Area had good skiing after weekend storm. Christie and Windmill being held for crowd on Washington's Birthday weekend. Kaestle skis with long thong Marker safety bindings frequent. TD 25, BD 12, CR 1,000, SN 12.
Stowe, Vt.: First major snowstorm of year gave area weekend of powder skiing, opened all trails except National. TD 30, BD 20, CR 1,500, SN 12.
Mad River Glen, Vt.: Mountain had powder skiing. Cold weather has put Norwegian net T shirts in demand at ski shop. TD 34, BD 18, SN 12.