BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) After snow falls on the ground and cold temperatures ease up, many people across our region head to the slopes.
But skiing can get pricey. An adult ticket at Stowe goes for more than $130 online. Even Cochran's Ski Area with its $25 tickets, can end up costing a lot for a family headed out together.
Some people in Burlington are taking advantage of the city's free winter fun options.
Chris Charek and his son have been playing hockey on neighborhood rinks like the ones at Calahan Park for about four years.
The sticks and pucks are provided. Volunteers add water to smooth the ice over and shovel after a big snow storm.
"Whether it's us doing it or the volunteers from the community, it does take a lot of work to maintain the ice skating rinks," Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront's Diane Wood said.
Skating is just one of the many outdoor activities you can do in Burlington. The Greenway is plowed for bikers and people headed out for a stroll. The Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront plowers leave the east side of trail snow-covered for cross country skiing.
"It's so convenient. I think most people can access it almost through their backyards," Wood said.
Some say braving the chilly weather is worth it.
"It's much more healthy to be outside and meeting other people and socializing and physically active," Wood said.
"There's a lot of nice light on a day like today, so to get out and enjoy the light before it gets dark again," Charek said.