Mike Valletta


What a kickoff to the new year it has been. My New Years eve was spent at my second home base of Killington Resort Vermont, a widely popular destination for many of us in the northeast who enjoy the adrenaline of some downhill action at the beast of a ski resort that it is, spreading its wings over six mountain summits. Its not named the Beast of the East for nothing. Killington… Read More

  Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. The lights. The music. The seasonal drinks. It’s really a great start to a season that is otherwise known as one of the most depressing in the northeast. Luckily, many years ago I have found a way to beat the seasonal depression that affects so many of us. Perhaps it’s more depressing on my wallet. When I was little, I was introduced to skiing,… Read More

In other news, can you believe it’s December?!!? I mean, where oh where has the time gone. It really just seems like the other day we were all celebrating New Years. As for me, it feels just like yesterday that I was skiing the slopes of Killington Mountain in Vermont. Oh wait, that WAS yesterday! Yes, in Vermont the ski season began quite early. Skiers and riders from all ability levels started… Read More

Another month. Another skier. It has been a tragic year for many of us involved in winter sports. Earlier in the season while I was on tour at The Dew Tour in Killington, news broke of Sarah Burke passing away from injuries she sustained from a nasty ski injury. Today, on my way up to Killington for the weekend, more horific news broke of Canadian skier Nick Zoricic getting killed from head… Read More

As a professional skier, I take great pride in having the ability to master some of the toughest courses in New England. Our icy slopes are very much for the brave! As a professional, I watch the ice slowly and study it throughout the day. In the morning, the snow is good. In the afternoon, the snow slowly turns to ice. By evening, the slopes are an ice skating rink! This is… Read More

If I had to sum up my weekend in one word, I don’t think I could. There’s just not one word to sum up the world of awesomeness. I spent the weekend in the northern Berkshires of western Massachusetts at one of my favorite mountain resorts; Jiminy Peak. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway up north, but don’t want to spend the high ticket prices of the ski resorts in northern… Read More

As of late, I’ve been staying at the local resorts. The past week or so has been pretty dry for the ski resorts in the north country, so I figured this would be the perfect opportunity for me to spend my hard earned money locally. After all, the folks at these resorts are my neighbors! Friday afternoon after I picked my skis up from the ski shop I spend time at up… Read More

If you’re a winter sports junkie like I am, your adrenaline is probably already fired up over the fact that The Dew Tour will be at Killington Resort in nearby Killington, VT from January 19th to the 22nd. The event features the top winter athletes in the world all competing for a cool $1.5 million in prize money at the end of the season. Thousands are expected to turn out to catch… Read More

Christmas eve, the bags were packed. Presents were all wrapped and tucked in a bag under the tree ready to depart in the morning for a Christmas vacation that was already shaping up to be one of the most memorable vacations in a very long time. Come Christmas morning, my mother and I embarked on our journey north to Killington Resort in nearby Killington, VT. We planned a Christmas unlike any other…. Read More

It really is the most wonderful time of year, isn’t it? Forget all the horns honking and that guy standing in line next to you wanting to beat you up for taking the last item on the shelf. Christmas is so much more than all that. Sure, it may be a stressful holiday for some, but for many it’s truly a magical season. When we stop to reflect on all the good… Read More