Today is the day I’ve been patiently waiting for all year, the opening day of Burke Mountain. After breaking my back earlier this year, I really was scared that I wouldn’t be able to ski this season. I didn’t even notice that I had an back issues while cruising down the mountain!

This season I bought the Judge Pass, which is a season pass for both Burke Mountain and Jay Peak. I started skiing on January 2nd, 2019 and skied 43 days at 21 resorts in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Quebec and New York last season. This year I want to hone my skills on my homes mountains and still visit some other mountains that I haven’t been to yet. I had an absolute blast today and know this winter will be something special for me.


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I’ve spent my entire life living in cities, where I was able to urban, distance and aggressive skate all year long. In December of 2017 I moved to rural Vermont and found myself in the dead of winter, with snow all around me. Winters in Vermont are long and harsh, making skating nearly impossible 4-5 months out of the year. I live 2.5 hours from the nearest city and an hour from the nearest trails, making skating even in the summer much less frequent then I was used to.

Something needed to supplement my skating during the off season, so I took up skiing on January 2nd of 2019. From the moment I put on skis, I was hooked! Skiing gives me the exact same feeling I get from urban skating. Through skiing I am able to replicate the feel of carving around on city streets and playing on whatever obstacles catch your eye. This blog chronicles my stoke on skiing during my skating off season.

– Jan Eric Welch (Founder of bigwheelblading.com)


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