The author experiences an ecstatic moment with the white stuff at the top of Stowe Mountain which claims more snow this year than anywhere else in Vermont.

Kristina von Trapp, who lives on the property, is an accomplished ski instructor, avid runner, mother to two girls, and general bon vivant who enjoys meeting guests from around the world.

Maria, her husband Baron von Trapp, and several of the children are buried in a bucolic private cemetery overlooking the Trapp Family Lodge near Stowe, Vermont.

Along with a new high-speed quad, this year Stowe inaugurated electronic tickets that can be read from inside your pocket -- that means faster, or non-existent, lift lines

Some suites at Trapp Family Lodge come with wood-burning fireplaces, fully outfitted kitchenettes, two bathrooms and a sweeping view of the Green Mountains.

Accessible by cross-country skis or snowshoes in winter, the Slayton Pasture Cabin is three miles from the Trapp Family Lodge but lightyears away from city life.

 Stowe Mountain's 116 trails with 90% snowmaking coverage means skiers can access every type of run from beginner to double-black diamond that are spread across 39 miles.