Vermont ski resorts offer a bit of something for everyone. If you live in the northeastern United States and like to snowboard or ski Vermont is the place to go. Vermont ski resorts are among the best and biggest in the nation and several are truly world-class.
Even before it absorbed nearby Pico Mountain, Killington Resort was the largest of all Vermont ski resorts. In the winter
months, Killington becomes
one of the largest cities in the state with over 2,000
people work at the resort alone. Killington has over 90
miles of trails, with an impressive 60 miles of trails
covered using artificial snowmakers, more than all other
Vermont ski resorts. With all these trails, Killington
has terrain for every level of skier.
Stowe Mountain is the quintessential place to ski Vermont. Known as the "Ski Capital of the East," Stowe was the first of all Vermont ski areas when it opened in the 1930s. Stowe is characterized by its long, winding trails, the longest of which is over three and one half miles. Stowe is situated on the side of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s largest mountain, and its 2,360-feet vertical drop is one of the longest of all Vermont ski areas. Stowe is a good resort for serious intermediate and advanced skiers.
Families looking to ski Vermont should head to Okemo Mountain, the most child-friendly of Vermont ski areas. Over 97% of Okemo’s are covered by snowmaking, more than any other ski resorts in Vermont. The trails at Okemo are mostly designed for novice and intermediate skiers, while the well-maintained terrain parks and half-pipes are popular with snowboarders. Okemo offers Vermont ski packages with reduced or free ski passes for children. Bolton Valley, Burke Mountain, and Smuggler’s Notch are also renowned as family-friendly ski resorts in Vermont.
Other good ski resorts in Vermont include Stratton Mountain, which is popular with young professionals from New York and Connecticut. In recent years, Stratton has gained a reputation as a snowboard-friendly resort. The half-pipe in front of the base lodge is the site of the annual U.S. Open Snowboard Championships.
The southernmost ski resorts in Vermont are Mt. Snow and Haystack. These areas offer Vermont ski packages, so a ticket at one resort is good for the other (and also for Killington). The mountains are smaller than some of the mega-size Vermont ski areas, but both offer a good selection of intermediate terrain.
Two central Vermont ski areas, Mad River Glen and Sugarbush, have reputations as good resorts for advanced and expert skiers. Mad River is characterized by steep, rugged terrain. Sugarbush is known for its formidable steep runs near the top and in front of the main base, but its north mountain also has some good beginner trails.
Prices at Vermont ski areas seem to rise every year, but there are still some good Vermont ski packages available. Many hotels, especially those associated with resorts, offer Vermont ski packages that combine accommodation and lift tickets. Multi-day tickets at most Vermont ski areas are discounted, and reduced-price single day tickets are sold at many stores and hotels close to the big resorts. It is also worth checking the websites of ski resorts in Vermont for special discounts.
One of the best things about skiing is the stunning natural beauty that can be seen from the top of mountains or on ski lifts. Because many Vermont ski resorts double as golf resorts in the summer and others have hiking paths, mountain biking trails, or horse riding tracks, this natural beauty is often accessible to non-skiers in the summer months. Visit one of the many Vermont ski resorts and discover why so many people love to ski Vermont.