- Ski resort
“After a generous snowfall covers the north-eastern U.S. in a blanket of gorgeous white snow, who needs to head out West? Vermont’s enormous ski resorts are clearly the next best thing!
JAY PEAK: Just ask anyone who has been skiing Jay Peak for years. This immense playground, 25% of which is back country terrain, is the closest you can get to skiing the Rockies. Steep, narrow glades, and some of the most impressive snowfall quantities in the eastern portion of the continent— combined, these two elements make this legendary northern Vermont mountain a leading destination for hard-core skiers. Plus, when your legs have had enough for the day, the indoor pool and water slides are a fun option. The best part is that it is all offered at par, including accommodations, when you reserve with Gendron Travel.
STOWE: A second great option in this neck of the woods is Stowe. This fabulous resort, traced down the slopes of the highest peak in Vermont, is a real leg and thigh burner. Here, you’ll descend a vertical drop of 650 metres, non-stop, with practically no false flats. Over 80% of the terrain is intended for experienced skiers, and even the so-called beginner runs, located on the Spruce Peak side, are a treat for powder hounds on stormy days. Other than the extreme nature of this resort, another great thing about Stowe is the variety of accommodations available—from budgetfriendly
to luxurious—and the incredible selection of restaurants in the surrounding area. It is truly one of the most complete ski resorts in Vermont.
BURKE: In Lyndonville, the Burke resort is the place to be. This mountain, with a vertical drop of nearly 600 metres, introduced a brand-new hotel last fall, making it another slopeside accommodation option in Vermont. That’s great news for skiers and boarders who frequent this resort where 80% of the runs are considered of advanced or expert calibre.
KILLINGTON: Killington Resort, nicknamed “The Beast”, is the largest ski resort in Eastern North America! They start their season earlier than anyone else in the East, typically in October, and run later than any other ski resort East of the Rockies. Adrenaline junkies can get their fill of consistent conditions and tons of open terrain, all season long, thanks to over 1,700 snow guns. There are endless locally owned shops, cafes and apres-ski options up and down the main access road and a vast choice of restaurants, bars and shopping in nearby Rutland or Waitsfield, a short 25-minute ride. In case Killington’s 6-peaks, 155 trails, 21-lifts, 6 terrain parks, 2-hafpipes and over 1500 skiable acres are not enough, you can also ski at nearby Pico mountain on the same lift ticket! You can easily spend a week and enjoy all that Central Vermont has to offer with Killington Mountain as your comfortable home base. Come out and make some memorable turns this Winter; you are sure to have some great stories to share by the fire or while soaking in the hot pools.”
Vermont and Maine – Killington, Stowe, Jay Peak, Sugarloaf and Sugarbush
Author: Alain Bisson