I decided to take a visit to Vermont and do some skiing. The breathtaking scenery that fills the state will undoubtedly amaze you, including the notorious Green Mountains. The luscious forests in Vermont dominate the state by covering 75% of the entire land acreage. Vermont boasts a yearly temperature average of just 43 degrees, including mild summers and vicious winters. As autumn peaks, the prodigious gold vegetation combined with enchanting red and orange leaves give signal that winter is fast approaching.
Vermont thrives on tourism with its tall mountains, wide valleys, breathtaking lakes, and rolling hills. In addition to being a known for decadent skiing spots, tourist come to indulge in other cold weather sports, such as ice fishing and snowboarding.
Though typically a humid state, it has been known to occasionally reach temperatures that are even too cold and dry for precipitation to occur.
There are numerous impressive skiing spots within Vermont; however, these are the best spots for maximizing your trip.
- Killington Resort
This versatile resort is centrally located in the Green Mountains. The 20 ski lifts and 146 ski trails span across six different mountains. It gets the nickname “Beast of the East” due to the extraordinary 4,241-foot peak.
Do not let the word ‘beast’ scare you away! Though Killington is a desired spot for many expert level skiers, it also is home to a large amount of beginner level trails. In addition to their diverse ski trails, they also offer snowboarding, dog sledding, sleigh rides, and snow tubing for those who are interested in something a little different.
There is no shortage of snow at Killington with the high average of yearly snowfall and the 600-acre snowmaking machine.
If you are looking for an unforgettable adventure, visit Okemo and try out the 2,200 feet vertical drop, known as the largest drop in southern Vermont. In addition to the adventurous attraction, Okemo is a family friendly resort. Its 122 trails are divided evenly among skill level with approximately one third for beginners, intermediate, and advanced/expert skiers. Okemo makes 96% of their snow to compliment the average 200 inches of snowfall per year. This family operated resort values providing a family friendly atmosphere to its many tourists.
- Jay Peak Resort
Just south of Canada, Jay Peak resort is located in the Green Mountains. This resort is the place to be for incredible terrain with long groomed trails and vivacious tree glades. The glade skiing is typically for more advanced skiers, however, this resort offers glade skiing on even some of their beginner slopes. Additionally, beginners are welcomed into “The Zone”, an 80-acre introductory practice area with small glades. If you’re an advanced skier, you are in for a special treat. This resort is known for allowing experts to venture out to ski or ride in the undeveloped areas for some unforgettable backwoods skiing—‘a la natural’. It is essential that ‘out of bounds’ skiing be done with extreme caution and appropriate gear, as it is an exceedingly dangerous adventure. This year-round resort offers an ice arena, indoor water park, and golf courses, along with many restaurants and lodging nearby. The city is known for heavy snowfall, though the resort adds to nature’s best with snow making machines that cover the property.
- Stratton Mountain Resort
On southern Vermont’s highest peak, you will find the Stratton Mountain Resort. Similar to Okemo’s notorious vertical drop, Stratton Mountain proudly boasts about their 2,003 feet drop attracting many advanced skiers. Over six hundred acres of breath-taking land houses 97 trails, accessible by 11 lifts. The robust property comprises one hundred acres of scenic glades to challenge your skills. One of the best qualities of this resort is their “Great Snow Guarantee”. Since 95% of their property is covered with snow making machines, they guarantee that you will have awesome snowy slopes. If you are unsatisfied within the first hour of your arrival, they will credit your group for another full day of snowy fun.
- Smuggler’s Notch
This year-round 1,000 acre resort is home of the chilling triple black diamond, “Black Hole”. In addition to this super challenge, the resort has a variety of slopes for all levels. It is known as one of the nation’s best family vacation destinations. The village includes lounges, restaurants, crafts, a spa, childcare, adult and family entertainment, ‘teenager hot spots’, an indoor family “FunZone”, a grocery store, shopping, a Nordic center, repair and rental shops and an indoor swimming pool! Don’t forget to stop by the “Welcome Reception” after checking in to your one to three bedroom condominium.