Jay Peak

Jay Peak is one of the best ski resorts that you can visit in the beautiful state of Vermont. This is especially true if you enjoy glades, or tree runs, as the resort offers a dazzling variety of them. The terrain at the Jay Peak Ski Resort in general is known for its overall quality, and it only gets better when you consider that the resort averages more annual snowfall than any other ski resort in eastern North America. Around 355 inches of the white stuff coat the slopes on an annual basis, and this often translates to some spectacular powder days.

The fact that it is found farther north than Smugglers' Notch makes the Jay Peak Ski Area the northernmost ski area in Vermont. This gem of a ski area is so far north that it is almost in Quebec. The border of this French Canadian province is only about five miles away, so many of its residents are known to hit the Jay Peak Ski Resort slopes. Jay Peak itself, which is the main peak that the resort can be found on, tops out at 3,861feet, with the base elevation of the resort being 1,815 feet. The result is a vertical drop of approximately 2,050 feet. The Jay Peak Ski Area, it should be noted, boasts two peaks, and plans to expand the skiing to a third peak have long been in the works.

Jay Peak visitors have more than 70 trails at their disposal, and they can also take to the glades and chutes if they are feeling particularly skillful. Surrounding the ski area is tons of backcountry terrain, and this is where the best glades can be found. The backcountry at the Jay Peak Ski Area rivals some of the best backcountry terrain in the world, and it's worth noting that it isn't all for the advanced skier or snowboarder. There are some relatively tame glade runs that can be ideal for those who are new to the tree-skiing experience. A variety of lessons are actually on offer at Jay Peak, thanks to the competent ski and ride school. The specialty clinics that the ski school offers include glades clinics. Should you need some help figuring out powder skiing, you can take a powder clinic after a snowstorm moves through.

Many improvements have been made to the Jay Peak Ski Resort ever since it opened in the 1950s. Things have gotten especially interesting in recent years. New lodging has been constructed, and it comes in the form of an attractive resort hotel and some tantalizing condos and townhomes. For those who are interested in the Jay Peak hotels, the Tram House Lodge is hard to beat. This 57-suite resort hotel offers what it calls "understated luxury" and can be found right near the main quad lifts. Among the facilities that can be found at the Tram House Lodge are an excellent restaurant, an inviting bar, and a café. You can also find a spa at the lodge, as well as a fitness studio.

The Jay Peak hotels also include a resort hotel and that is set to open in 2011. Among the facilities at this resort are a water park that can provide family park throughout the year. A skating arena and a Nordic center that doubles as a golf clubhouse are also among the new additions to the Jay Peak Ski Resort, so if you haven't been back in a while, you might be surprised at just how far the place has come. All the development doesn't mean that the Jay Peak Ski Area has lost its affordability factor. As is true of the hotels in the area, the lift tickets for this excellent resort are more affordable than you might think, in which case it might just be high time to hit the Jay Peak highlands.

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