The federal state of Vermont covers an area of 24,923 km² in the northeast of the United States of America. In the north, it borders the Canadian province of Québec, other neighboring states are New York, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. It is a smaller state located in the New England region. The name Vermont is said to be derived from the French word Mont Vert, meaning “Green Mountain”. This is how the local mountain range was named by the French explorer Samuel de Champlain, who drew it on a map in 1647.
The surface is very varied, in the area around Lake Champlain there are lowlands, but towards the east the Green Mountains rise, with the highest mountain, Mount Mansfield, measuring 1340 meters above sea level. Approximately 75% of Vermont is forested. The river flows through the state. Lawrence, West River, Otter River and Connecticut River.
The original inhabitants of this area were Indian tribes, especially the Iroquois. However, in the 18th century, the Iroquois were driven out by French colonists. The territory was the subject of a dispute between England and France, as both countries wanted it for themselves. In 1777, independence was declared in Vermont, and in 1779 it became a member state of the USA. According to TRACKAAH, around 600,000 people of various nationalities live in Vermont.
However, the majority of the population is of European origin, as is the case elsewhere in the New England area. The number of African-American and Hispanic residents is therefore very low. Caucasians make up almost 97% of the population, blacks 0.5%, Indians 0.4% and Asians almost 1%. The majority of the population is Christian, the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches predominate. There is approximately 22% of the population without a religious affiliation.
The state’s economy is dependent on the woodworking, paper, electrical, printing and food industries. Wood, mica, asbestos, building stone, marble and slate are mined here. The production of furniture and everything made of wood and paper is important. Agriculture is focused on the cultivation of corn, fruit, vegetables, cereals, cattle breeding and milk production.
According to COUNTRYAAH, the capital is Montpelier with about 8,000 inhabitants. The largest city is Burlington, where less than 40,000 people live. Other larger cities include Essex, Rutland, Colchester, South Burlington, Bennington, Brattleboro, Hartford, Milton and Barre.
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Killington is the largest, highest and lesser-known resort in the New England region of the eastern US. It offers its visitors an abundance of varied skiing and tobogganing entertainment throughout the day. Killington Resort is often referred to as “The Big K” and is about a three hour drive from Boston. The ski area is spread over seven forested hills of the Green Mountains mountain range. These mountains are quite similar in height to the Czech Šumava or Jeseníky Mountains. There are 200 downhill tracks available to skiers here, which are perfectly hidden in the forest. The tracks are interconnected and their difficulty could be divided into thirds between green, blue and black. All groups of skiers can find suitable skiing terrain here. Some tracks that are marked as black in Killington would have a maximum red (sometimes even blue) color in Europe. Some steep pistes are not groomed and are left bumpy. The most famous track is the steep mogul slope below the main chairlift called the Outer Limits. A system of 33 lifts transports skiers on the slopes, including two eight-seater heated gondolas. They try to shorten long queues at cable car boarding stations during weekend rushes. During holidays and weekends there are crowds of people in the area, but on weekdays it is quiet and the slopes are almost empty.
There are several sparsely vegetated areas designated as Fusion Zones in Killington for off-piste skiing. Snowboarders will appreciate several sound and lighted snow parks with their own lifts, super-pipes, skicross tracks and off-road obstacles. For fans of cross-country skiing, there are more than 50 km of groomed and marked trails near Killington, in Chittenden or Mountain Meadows. Killington is the pioneer in artificial snowmaking in America. Preston Smith was the first to come up with this idea in 1963. He opened an area with 7 slopes and two lifts and started making artificial snow – in America it is called “snow farming”. Today, the world’s most powerful snowmaking system with 1,850 snow cannons operates here. Thanks to them, the resort starts the season already in October, and skiing is usually done here until the end of May. The area also includes ski schools and kindergartens, which have a very high level of teaching. The Perfect Turn Ski School is one of the best in America. The instructors are trained and attend to each skier individually. She tries to ignore his faults but focus on his strengths. The school has great facilities in its own building with rental, video analysis, sofas and free coffee. Another service offered is babysitting for children from six months to six years of age. In the children’s center, they have an equipped snow playground, a magic carpet and the simplest children’s lifts. The school has great facilities in its own building with rental, video analysis, sofas and free coffee. Another service offered is babysitting for children from six months to six years of age. In the children’s center, they have an equipped snow playground, a magic carpet and the simplest children’s lifts. The school has great facilities in its own building with rental, video analysis, sofas and free coffee. Another service offered is babysitting for children from six months to six years of age. In the children’s center, they have an equipped snow playground, a magic carpet and the simplest children’s lifts.
There is no village in Killington that serves as a base for skiers. Only 8 km long Killington Road runs in the vicinity, where most of the accommodation facilities and après-ski entertainment are located. In addition to the number of hotels of various quality, restaurants, bars and clubs await you here. Some establishments are only tiny with five or six tables and you have to book in advance before visiting. You can also find restaurants at almost every cable car boarding station. They tend to be self-service and provide a wide range of everything you can think of, including vegetarian options. If you stay in a hotel or motel, expect to spend around $70 per night. At the beginning of the season, you can take advantage of the action and buy a night’s accommodation with a ski pass from $60. There are swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas in the hotels. A ski bus runs regularly along Killington Road, which takes you to the ski terrains. Once you’re done skiing, you can try a number of other recreational activities such as ice skating, sledding, snow tubing, dog sledding, snowmobiling and many more. The local spa and fitness center will help you relax.