Burke Mountain, as is true of Mad River Glen, is one of the most classic ski resorts in Vermont. This is perhaps best evidenced in the traditional terrain that can be found in the intermediate-level East Bowl. In this bowl, the runs are long, narrow, and winding. A total of 45 trails are spread out over two different mountains at the Burke Mountain Ski Area, with the total skiable terrain covering 250 acres. It's not the largest ski resort in the state, though visitors should find that between the two mountains, there is plenty in the way of variety.
Burke Mountain Vermont skiing and snowboarding caters to novice, intermediate, and advanced visitors, with the bulk of the trails being of the intermediate level. The majority of the novice trails are found on the Lower Mountain, as you might expect, and they include a very easy bunny slope with a surface lift. For intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders, the Upper Mountain is the place to be. Tree runs mix with groomed runs and steep runs that are not groomed on the Upper Mountain. The base elevation of Burke Mountain is 1,256 feet. As for the top elevation on the Upper Mountain, it is 3,267 feet. This makes for a relatively impressive vertical drop of 2,011 feet.
A day of Burke Mountain Vermont skiing or snowboarding doesn't have to see you sticking to the trails. Working on your tricks at one of four terrain parks is also an option. You don't have to go big in the terrain parks, though you can if you want to. Numerous jumps, boxes, and rails of all sizes are found in the different terrain parks. Regardless of where your choose to explore, there will be a lodge close by when it comes time to take a break. Both mountains offer their own lodge. The main lodge on the Lower Mountain features retail shops, a rental equipment shop, a cafeteria, a restaurant, and a bar. At the lodge on the Upper Mountain, there is a full-service bar that serves up food and drinks and a cafeteria.
The Burke Mountain Ski Area is home to a high-quality ski and snowboard school that features several Olympians on its staff. This helps to make it an excellent ski vacation destination for those who need some tips. Add in the beautiful views, the average annual snowfall total of around 220 inches, and the snowshoeing opportunities, and it only becomes more evident that a Burke Mountain Vermont skiing or snowboarding escape can be very rewarding. Vermont vacation packages that include Burke Mountain lift tickets and area accommodations are available to take advantage of, so you might keep that in mind when planning your visit.
On the lodging side of things, the Burke Mountain Ski Area features some vacation rentals that are right by the slopes. These vacation rentals include condos and private homes to fit a range of budgets, with the luxury slopeside townhomes being among the most tantalizing accommodations. These townhomes are equipped with hot tubs, fireplaces, heated garages, and a bunch of other delightful perks. Affordable hotels, discount motels, and budget-friendly motor lodges are found in the general area if you want to add to your Burke Mountain lodging options.
The Burke Mountain Ski Area is found in the northwestern part of the state, or the Northeast Kingdom region, as it is also known. The New Hampshire border is less than 20 miles away to the east, while the Vermont capital of Montpelier is approximately 40 miles southwest.