From the Editor

A day on the ski slopes. A trek through the woods on snowshoes. Dinner by the fireplace at a cozy restaurant. A familiar movie — on a warm couch in a well-appointed living room.
In this edition of UpCountry, we’re taking you on an adventure outside and in.

Skiing and snowboarding are indeed big parts of this wintertime issue. Our look at the downhill skiing possibilities in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont is complemented by a rundown of the region’s serious snow-tubing opportunities.

We also pay visits to some of your Southern Vermont neighbors who have succeeded in great things thanks to this time of year. Ross Powers of Londonderry was the first American male to medal in a snowboarding competition in the Olympics. And Bob Dion of Bennington holds legendary status when it comes to snowshoe racing.

If indoor pursuits are more your speed this time of year, we spent time with interior designer Kate Morris whose design sensibilities stretch from the Berkshires to Manhattan to San Francisco. Kate even lent us some interior design tips if cabin fever compels you to undertake a living space makeover.

If you’re bored, we suggest a handful of hobbies — tying fishing flies, woodworking, home brewing, quilting, painting — that might spark some interest for you during a long winter. And if you really just want to do nothing but sack out on the couch and watch movies — well, we have you covered with a list of titles that have local connections to the Berkshires and Southern Vermont.
Whatever you choose to do, thank you for choosing to spend some of your time with UpCountry. Stay warm …

Kevin Moran, Editor

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