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Killington offers discount to military personnel

Vermont’s Killington Resort will be offering members of the U.S. Armed Forces discounts on skiing throughout the season with the new Armed Forces Card. The card, which can be purchased for a one-time fee of $10 ($25 if purchased on-line), entitles the holder to $35 lift tickets valid for a day of skiing or riding at Killington or Pico. The card allows Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, or Retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces to purchase a lift ticket at any ticket window any day Sunday through Friday, nonholiday, at the reduced rate simply by presenting a valid military ID.

“We have created a number of money saving programs this season for various market segments,” explained Mike Clifford, bulk ticket coordinator at Killington (and a former Marine himself). “This card provides exceptional value for members of the Armed Forces who ski and snowboard.”

The card can be ordered in advance through a base recreation or MWR/ITT office or the Killington Group Sales office. To get a card order form, members of the Armed Forces are asked to contact the recreation or MWR/ITT departments at their current duty station. Or, the card can be purchased online for a $25 fee. For more information, contact Mike Clifford at (802) 422-6957 or send e-mail to

Hats off to Otto

For the second year in a row, Otto Matheke has won the “Ski Instructor of the Year” award at Liberty Mountain Resort - the first ever two-time, back-to-back winner. Otto is a popular instructor at Liberty and also a DCSki Columnist. To view articles written by Otto Matheke, click here. Congratulations Otto!

Teens to Go plans ski trips

Manish Shah, Chairman of Teens To Go, Inc., sent a note indicating that Teens to Go plans to host ski trips to local resorts this season. Teens To Go is an adventure program for youth based out of Montgomery County, Md. The organization offers adventure outings year round including ski trips in the winter and outings and travel camp programs in the summer. For more information, visit their web site at to help organize trips

Robert Flesher, a local web site developer, also sent a note announcing a new web site he is setting up, Robert, a skier from northern Virginia, decided to set up the site to help him and his friends organize local ski trips. Robert is making the site available to others who wish to organize public trips.

DCSki Events Calendar to be updated soon

We’ve been holding off on stocking the DCSki Event Calendar, since it wasn’t clear when resorts would be able to open, and since many resorts hadn’t yet published their event schedules. Now that temperatures have dropped and lifts are running, we’ll be making an effort in the next couple weeks to fill the DCSki Event Calendar with events at resorts across the region. Be sure to keep an eye on it.

About M. Scott Smith

M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.

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Reader Comments

John Sherwood
December 28, 2001
As a Navy Civilian, I see the hard work and dedication of my uniformed colleagues every day. Most of the people working over the Christmas holidays are wearing blue and khaki uniforms in my office. Inevitably, the most arduous work--moving furniture, flying out to dangerous combat areas for history interviews, working weekends, pulling extra guard duty on cold nights for homeland security purposes, etc.--ends up being assigned to those in uniform.

Furthermore, many of these men and women (especially junior enlisted) do not make enough money to ski. My compliments to Killington for offering these folks discounts. Given the strong military presence in Washington, I would hope some of the larger resorts in this area would consider similar programs, and perhaps even include police, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel.

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