The hills are alive … with the sounds of skiing. In this week’s Travel Report, Valarie D’Elia heads to the Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont to go cross-country skiing with a European flair.
If cross-country skiing is one of your favorite things or you just want to learn, then join me at the Trapp Family Lodge!
The hills are alive with the sounds of cross-country skiing, covering 65 kilometers of groomed trails on the 2, 500-acre grounds of the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont.
“The opposite of a generic place, it has a very special character,” said visitor Linda Novak of Manhattan.
Yes, that Trapp family.
Novak is a repeat visitor to the Trapp family Lodge, where the real von Trapp family eventually settled after leaving Austria, events immortalized in the beloved movie.
“Who could not be seduced by the whole ‘Sound of Music’ Trapp Family thing?” Novak said.
The Trapp family Lodge is as famous for its 1965 movie connection as its cross-country skiing —the family claiming it is the first commercial cross-country ski resort anywhere in the Americas, with a European flair.
“Years ago my father referred to it as being a little bit of Austria, a lot of Vermont,” said Sam von Trapp.
He is the grandson of Maria von Trapp, portrayed by Julie Andrews in the Academy Award-winning film. I had the chance to get a few pointers from Sam on a recent media visit to Stowe.
Guests of the lodge can cross-country for free, but the trails are open to visitors, who can get a package, including lift ticket, lesson and rentals for $55.
When it’s time to say so long, farewell, to a day on the trails, grab a traditional Austrian lager, brewed right on the grounds and sold all over Vermont. It goes well with the deli-bakery’s Austrian and Vermont specialties.
And that’s how you end the ski day at the Trapp Family Lodge.