Vermont Skiing: Breathtaking, fun for all ages and so easy to get to
The mountains of Vermont are home to dozens of Alpine (downhill skiing and snowboarding) and Nordic (cross-country) ski area. Green Mountain state ski areas have a wide range of personalities, from smaller, family-run, mellow areas to giant resorts with many trails, international visitors, extensive lodgings, and special events. Many resorts offer opportunities for ice skating, snow tubing, snowshoeing, and horse-drawn sleigh rides. Book a room at a mountain resort and stay awhile.
For additional information please contact Ski Vermont, the state’s ski marketing group.
Vermont Snow Conditions
Nordic (Cross-country) Skiing:
Cross-country skiing is a somewhat quieter and calmer way to enjoy the outdoors in winter, but also a terrific workout for the body and heart. Vermont has many Nordic ski resorts; Below is a sampling. Find more information on our Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing page.
Trapp Family Lodge -- Nordic Ski School offers daily lessons, equipment rentals and terrain for all abilities.
Topnotch Resort & Spa -- The Nordic Barn Recreational Center rents out gear and clothing for both downhill and cross country skiing.
Rikert Nordic Center -- Programs at Rikert allow parents of young kids to do cross-country skiing and to take the children along on Mom’s Monday and Toddler Tuesday.
Woodstock Inn and Resort -- The inn’s Nordic Center has two mapped trail systems of 37 miles around Woodstock for cross-country skiing and snow shoeing. Weekday inn guests receive passes to the Nordic Center.
Mountain Top Inn & Resort -- Trail grooming at the Nordic Center at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort offers ski trails that satisfy both first-timers and competitive skiers.
Alpine resorts with Nordic options include Bolton Valley, Burke Mountain Resort, Jay Peak Resort, Mad River Glen, Okemo Mountain Resort, Quechee Ski Area, Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Stowe Mountain Resort, and Stratton Mountain Resort.
Fourteen The Green Woodstock, VT, 05091 Phone: 802-457-1100 Toll-Free: 800-448-7900
Snow sports for every level and interest
Jay Peak Ski Area
4850 VT Route 242 Jay, VT, 05859 Phone: 802-988-2611
Downhill and Cross Country skiing; 76 trails; 24 glades; 4 terrain parks; 385 skiable acres; 2,153-foot drop; annual snowfall 31 feet; 75% snowmaking
Everything Else -- Fantastic, big, and modern Pump House Indoor Water Park open year-round; also child care; spa; ice skating; sleigh rides
Stowe Mountain Resort
5781 Mountain Road Stowe, VT, 05672 Phone:
116 trails; 6 glades; 3 terrain parks; 485 skiable acres; cross-country skiing; 2,160-foot drop; annual snowfall 28 feet; 80% snowmaking; night skiing
Everything Else -- Luxury lodgings; child care; lots of dining on the mountain and in town; shops; ski rentals and lessons; sleigh rides; dog sledding; ice and rock climbing. Live entertainment at the Performing Arts Center at Spruce Peak.
Sugarbush Ski Area
1840 Sugarbush Access Road Warren, VT, 05674 Phone: Toll-Free: 800-537-8427
111 trails; 21 glades; 3 terrain parks; 578 skiable acres; 2,600-foot drop; annual snowfall 22 feet; 70% snowmaking
Sugarbush is known for its great woods and back country with natural snow in the Slide Brook Wilderness Area. Terrain is rated 20 percent beginner, 45 percent intermediate, and 35 percent advanced. Sugarbush also includes Mount Ellen, a more casual site with an excellent terrain Park.
Everything Else--The large day lodge has a food court, the Castlerock Pub, an outdoor patio and barbeque area. Timbers serves upscale food year-round. Also: ski shops, rentals, lessons, child care, pool and hot tub, spa, ice and rock climbing.
Stratton Mountain Ski Area
Stratton Mountain Road Stratton Mountain, VT, 05155 Phone: 802-297-2200
97 trails; 15 glades; 5 terrain parks; 625 skiable acres; cross-country skiing; snowshoeing; 2,003-foot drop; annual snowfall 15 feet; 95% snowmaking
Everything Else -- Stratton Village has a variety of lodgings, including luxury condos; shops and restaurants; a remodeled lodge; child care; sports center with tennis and pool, fitness classes and massage. Lots of outlet shopping in the nearby town of Manchester.
Magic Mountain Ski Area
495 Magic Mountain Access Road Londonderry, VT, 05148 Phone: 802-824-5645
43 trails; 5 glades; 1 terrain parks; 190 skiable acres; snow tubing; 1,700-foot drop; annual snowfall 13 feet; 70% snowmaking
Everything Else-- Family atmosphere; local people are friendly and they pitch in to help clear and maintain trails. One restaurant and one bar on the property. Social life at Goniff’s Den.
Route 125 Middlebury, VT, 05753 Phone: 802-388-4356
Mount Snow Ski Area
Pisgah Road West Dover, VT Phone:
80 trails; 0 glades; 10 terrain parks; 588 skiable acres; snow tubing; snowshoeing; 1,700-foot drop; annual snowfall 13 feet; 80% snowmaking
The Main Face has intermediate terrain with wide open trails. The North Face offers difficult terrain on trails and glades. Sunbrook, facing south, is a great place to tackle the spring moguls. Carinthia is the top terrain park in the East.
Everything Else -- Lots of lodging, including the Grand Summit Resort Hotel & Conference Center, with a spa and health club, outdoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, restaurant, and retail store, Mount Snow Sports. Snow Lake Lodge has condos. Plenty of restaurants on the property.
Mad River Glen Ski Area
57 Schuss Pass Waitsfield, VT Phone: 802-496-3551
46 trails; glades; no snowboards allowed on lifts; annual snowfall 25 feet
Everything Else -- Base lodging covers basic needs, but the Mad River Valley generally has plenty of lodging and dining; ski area has lessons for all levels, child care; nature programs, rental shop, and a retail store. The ski area is a cooperative; people can own a share for an initial payment of $2,000
Killington Ski Area
4763 Killington Road Killington, VT, 05751 Phone: 802-422-6200
140 trails; 16 glades; 6 terrain parks; tubing trails; 752 skiable acres; 3,050-foot drop; annual snowfall 21 feet; 80% snowmaking
Everything Else -- Killington can be expensive. The resort has a village with skiing and boarding lessons and rentals; shops and a post office. Ice skating, sleigh rides, pool and hot tub, child care, dog sledding, spa, snow tubing. Full day care is available. The Killington area has scores of restaurants and bars, live entertainment at night, snowmobile tours and other winter fun.
Suicide Six Ski Area
14 The Green Woodstock, VT, 05091 Phone: 802-457-6674
24 trails; 1 glade; 1 terrain park; 100 skiable acres; 650-foot drop; annual snowfall 10 feet; 50% snowmaking
Everything Else -- The nearby Woodstock Inn & Resort is a sweet spot for lodgings and it has a health and fitness center for getting fit or recovering. Also: ice skating, sleigh rides, and spa. The town and area is filled with fine dining, arts, shopping, and seasonal events like its famous Wassail Weekend at Christmas, and many more.