February 11th was Amanda Pelkey day in Montpelier as the community celebrated her accomplishment as a member of the 2018 Olympic Women’s hockey team. The city of Montpelier is flying the Olympic flag in front of City Hall throughout the Olympic games to honor her. How cool is that? Amanda grew up in Montpelier and learned to play hockey at the BOR in Barre. She played in a number of youth hockey leagues before graduating from Montpelier High School and then went on to be a hockey star on the Division 1 women’s hockey team at the University of Vermont. Amanda’s exceptional talent, hard work and dedication has now brought her to the Olympics. Not every kid who plays hockey is going to the Olympics, but most kids in Central Vermont can take advantage of our winter sports paradise in some way. Families can lace up their skates and head to the BOR or the Civic Center in Montpelier, the town offices in Berlin, numerous ponds and lakes that have offer excellent access to skaters, and even the lawn of the State House in Montpelier where there is a postcard-worthy skating rink for all to enjoy.
Don’t like to skate? Grab a sled and find a sledding hill (Hubbard Park in Montpelier will do fine!). Cross country skiers can find numerous places to ski throughout East Montpelier and Calais, and a favorite of many is Morse Farm Ski Touring Center in East Montpelier which has gorgeous, groomed trails and their famous Maple Creemees for an apres ski treat.
Downhill enthusiasts can find world-renowned ski areas within an hour’s drive of most Central Vermont communities (Stowe and Sugarbush to name two). Putting on a pair of snowshoes after a fresh snowfall and heading to the woods somewhere is a delight. Whether on foot, one of those fat tire bikes, or snowmobiling on the VAST trail system, kids of all ages have seemingly endless ways to frolic in Vermont’s winter wonderland.
This may be the reason that Vermont has more Winter Olympians per capita than any other state in the Union (at least this year)! So as we celebrate Amanda Pelkey, Mikaela Shiffrin, and the spirit of the Olympics, let’s celebrate that we get to live here! Put on those warm clothes and head outside. I’m ready with my down parka to show you the perfect property!
Janel Johnson, Agent
Coldwell Banker Classic Properties