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Vermont Skiing 2020-21: Breathtaking and fun for all ages

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.

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Ski Areas in VT
Winter Ski Lift - Northeast Kingdom VT Travel and Tourism Association - Get NEKed
Vermont's Northeast Kingdom

Lots of opportunities for scenic cross-country and alpine skiing in northern Vermont

What’s your pleasure: exploring the natural world as you glide along cross-country trails, or zipping down a mountain on skis or a snowboard? Luckily, you don’t have to choose when you come to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom because there are plenty of places to enjoy alpine and Nordic skiing. See why the Jay Peak Resort is a favorite with skiers and snowboarders with the best trails in New England because of its steep terrain and superior snowfall and conditions. Check out the Craftsbury Outdoor Center or the Lyndon State Forest for Nordic skiing trails. Ski Burke Mountain or the Kingdom Trails. After skiing, visit one of the area’s many restaurants, pubs, inns or breweries, or shop along the streets of quaint downtowns.
Skiing Girls - Woodstock Inn & Resort - Woodstock, VT
Saskadena Six Ski Area

247 Stage Road South Pomfret, VT, 05067 Phone: 802-457-6661 Toll-Free: 888-338-2745

Great skiing means winter is a welcome visitor

Winter is always welcome at the Woodstock Inn & Resort. That’s because the Saskadena Six Ski Area, with its family-friendly terrain (beginners need not worry), means the inn’s guests can enjoy a classic winter ski day in the mountains, then return to the inn to relax in their spacious room or suite, enjoy a farm-fresh meal at the Red Rooster restaurant, book a massage at the on-site spa or head to the Athletic Club to unwind in the pool, sauna or steam room. Or, grab a bowl of soup or a local brew at Pearly’s Pourhouse, the inn’s seasonal restaurant and lounge, perfect for apres-ski gatherings with family and friends. There’s also cross-country skiing on 45 kilometers of trails at the inn’s Woodstock Nordic Center.
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

Skiing -- Mad River Glen, opened in 1948, prides itself on its old-fashioned values: the sport of skiing is king, and all other activities (like spas and parties and slope side condos) are secondary or just not to be found here. (Mad River has the last in-use single chair lift in the country.) The ski area’s famous motto is, "Mad River Glen Ski It If You Can." Despite this motto, the mountain’s 46 trails include beginning and intermediate trails. Nonetheless, Mad River Glen is home to some of the most difficult skiing in the East, with natural snow, plenty of bumps, and narrow gladed trails. Snowboarders are banned from lift, but they may hike up to slopes if they wish.
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
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

Skiing & Snowboarding--This is a 50-year-old small, local Vermont ski area with real connection to the local people and community. In other words, not a big, corporate ski mill. Trails for all abilities are available, but Magic is know for its expert trails and off-piste glades -- true black diamonds with real obstacles. The Red Chair offers accessibility to woods and unmarked skiing. Snow tubing offered.
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.
Trust for Public Land - Protecting Vermont's cherished trails one step at a time
Downhill Skiing - Mount Snow Ski Area - West Dover, VT
Mount Snow Ski Area

39 Mount Snow Road West Dover, VT, 05356 Phone: Toll-Free: 800-245-7669

Skiing & Snowboarding - Mount Snow is an easy weekend drive from cities like New York City, Hartford, and Boston. This ski area is a big one and has lots of skiing and riding, along with snow tubing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and snowshoeing.
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, whirlpool tub, restaurant, and retail store, Mount Snow Sports. Snow Lake Lodge has condos. Plenty of restaurants on the property.
Jay Peak Resort - Jay, VT
Jay Peak Ski Area

830 Jay Peak Road Jay, VT, 05859 Phone: 802-988-2611

Skiing & Snowboarding: Way up near the Vermont/Canada border (or “just a bit south” if you’re reading this in Quebec) is Jay Peak, a big, vast beauty of a ski area with fantastic slopes and trails, excellent glades (not only for advanced skiers), and lots of natural snowfall. Jay has an aerial tramway and seven more lifts to 76 trails. This ski area has the most beginning and intermediate skiing in tree-lined glades in the East. The Zone learning area features 80 acres of wide terrain and glades for newcomers.
Everything Else: Fantastic, big, and modern Pump House Indoor Water Park open year-round; also child care; spa; ice skating; sleigh rides
Killington Ski Area - Killington, VT
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

Skiing & Snowboarding -- Killington’s nickname in parts of the skiing world is The Beast of the East. It is the biggest ski resort in New England, and it encompasses seven peaks, 200 trails, and five terrain parks. Vertical drop is 3,050 feet. Natural snow averages 250 inches a year, and artificial snowmaking covers 600 acres of skiable area. Naturally, with such vast spaces and resources, Killington offers a big variety of ski trails, from easy learning areas to steep gladed trails and everything in between.
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.
Middlebury College Snow Bowl

Route 125 Middlebury, VT, 05753 Phone: 802-388-4356

The Middlebury College Snow Bowl is conveniently located on the newly rebuilt Route 125 midway between Route 7 to the west and Route 100 to the east. The Snow Bowl offers skiing and snowboarding to all ability levels in a friendly, family atmosphere. Although owned and operated by Middlebury College and home to the nationally competitive Panther ski team, the Bowl is open on a daily basis [except Christmas day] to the general public.
Gondolas - Stowe Mountain Resort - Stowe, VT
Stowe Mountain Resort

5781 Mountain Road Stowe, VT, 05672 Phone: 802-253-3000

Skiing & Snowboarding: This is a high-luxury ski area, with plenty of trails, glades, snowboarding, and Nordic skiing for people of all abilities. Among its other lifts, a gondola transports guests between Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak, creating lots of interchange between these ski areas. This standing gondola spans Route 108. Stowe Mountain Lodge is a luxury hotel and spa, with all the finest amenities.
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.
Stratton Mountain Ski Area - Stratton Mountain, VT
Stratton Mountain Ski Area

5 Village Lodge Road Stratton Mountain, VT, 05155 Phone: 802-297-4000

Skiing & Snowboarding - Located on the highest peak in southern Vermont, Stratton offers a Great Snow Guarantee: credit toward another day if you are not happy with your first hour of skiing or riding. Eleven lifts include a gondola to the summit and four high-speed chairs; this is considered the fastest fleet of lifts in New England. Readers of Ski magazine rate Stratton in the Top 10 for every aspect of the sport that you can name.
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.
Sugarbush Ski Area - Warren, VT
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

Skiing & Snowboarding -- This sweetheart of a ski area has many fans. Its centerpiece is Lincoln Peak, with many trails leading to Lincoln Peak Village. The village has a hotel and other residences aside the slopes, a store, various restaurants, children’s day programs, and a ski and snowboard school.
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.
Okemo Mountain Resort

77 Okemo Ridge Road Ludlow, VT Phone: 802-228-5222

121 trails and glades; 46 miles of trails; 667 acres of terrain; 2,200-foot vertical drop; 20 lifts, including quads, chairs, and surface lifts; annual snowfall 200 inches; 98% snowmaking

Skiing & Snowboarding  Located in southern Vermont, Okemo Mountain Resort is a family-operated, four-season, playground. Owners Tim and Diane Mueller also operate Crested Butte Mountain Resort, in Colorado, and Mount Sunapee Resort in N.H. Winter sports enthusiasts love southern Vermont's highest vertical drop and vast trail network over five alpine areas. Terrain features include Okemo Superpipe, The Zone, Tomahawk Park, Hot Dog Hill Terrain Park, OMS Crazy Train Progression Park, Robbins' Nest, Bounder Park, Broken Arrow, and NASTAR Race Arena. There also is Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, a mountain coaster attraction and snow tubing.
Everything Else  Accommodations include slope-side condos, the Jackson Gore Inn, Adams House, Bixby House and other area lodging. The mountain has six places to dine. There is a Ski + Ride School and racing programs.