From the SKIING Ticker



The Vermont Ski Museum

, which used to be on Route 4 near Killington, has pulled up stakes for Stowe, where local innkeepers are now seeking a downtown site with free admission. Currently in storage are 5,000 ski artifacts.


Breaking from their tradition

of no discounts, Attitash and Sunday River have teamed up to offer a $399 midweek "Ultimate Combo Pass," available until December 5. The two resorts, about an hour apart, are owned by American Skiing Company.


We can't wait

for Okemo's new Jackson Gore area to open (tentatively, winter '01-'02), if only to help ease traffic. Last season, after taking a few runs at 3:45 p.m. one holiday weekday, we found ourselves stuck in endless traffic, from all the parking lots to Vermont Route 100. Picture N.Y.C. on a bad day.


Ascutney's Advantage Pass

, valid Sunday through Friday, including holidays, costs a mere $229 if you buy it by September 30; a great deal, considering there's a new detachable quad. (After that, it pops to $429, so hurry.)


Speaking of Ascutney

, we found an amusing typo in The Rutland Herald about the new chairlift. Wrote the reporter: "The lift will raise the vertical drop of the resort to 18,000 feet." That would make it the highest lift-served vertical in the world. We wonder if Ascutney will supply skiers with complimentary oxygen masks. (The actual new vertical drop is 1,800 feet.)


Cash-flow problems

have put Burke Mountain up for sale. Burke was in the middle of a major overhaul to increase skiable terrain by 50 percent and make improvements. Now, barring any buyers, the Northern Vermont gem may be shuttered this winter.