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The 20/20 Challenge: Final Video

One Snowboarder's Quest to Hit 20 Vermont Resorts in 20 Weeks


Writer Lauren Ober set out in December to ski or snowboard at all 20 of Vermont's resorts. She managed to complete her quest at the end of March.

You might think that having to hit the slopes each week for work would be pure delight, but Ober says it was, well, work. Just getting to all of the mountains from Burlington took some time. "You really feel the distance," she says. "This is not a state where things are easy to get to."

Ober declines to pick a favorite resort, but says she most enjoyed learning to use the terrain park at Mt. Snow, riding with the adaptive ski program at Pico, and shredding with Burton's Donna Carpenter at Stowe.

She says she also saw firsthand that downhill sports are big business in Vermont. "When you look in the parking lot, and you see license plates from all over the Northeast," she says, "you see what a huge industry it is in the state."

Ober shot this video at Jay Peak, the final stop on her tour. It was edited by Seven Days intern Elizabeth Rossano.

Click here to see all of Ober's 20/20 columns.