Vermont can be said to be the Ski Capital of the Eastern United States. The iconic state is home to the Green mountains where New England skiers and snowboarders come to have fun in the snow. Each winter, Vermont experiences about 25 ft of snow which have made skiing in the state very legendary.
To this end, many resort complexes that match the skiing have risen around these mountains with fine dining, spas and luxury lodging. They also provide skiers with basic accommodations on budget. Here are 5 top-rated ski resorts in Vermont you need to know about.
One word of advice, the conditions can be treacherous so its a good idea for you wear a helmet and goggles to help you spot areas to avoid. If you are looking to upgrade, here are some snowboard helmets and ski/snowboard goggles.
Okemo Mountain Resort
This is a family-owned mountain resort that has consistently earned top awards and ratings for its customer service, resort dining, family programs, terrain parks, snow quality and grooming. It is highly reputed for the quality of its on- and off-slope facilities as well as its constant updating. With an addtional dozen glades for those professional skiers who prefer tree-studded terrain, Okemo Mountain Resort occupies 655 acres where 121 trails are evenly divided for varying abilities.
The consistent high quality of its snow and its fast lifts has made the highest peak in Southern Vermont, Stratton Mountain (3,875 feet) an attractive skiing spot. This popular ski resort has additional five terrain parks and 100 acres of glades to its 97 trails. Apart from skiing, Other winter outdoor activities are offered at Stratton including, sleigh rides, ice skating, tubing and tours on dogsled through the picturesque valley which last for 90 minutes. It offers access to a wide variety of diversions, dining, and lodging, thanks to its proximity to Manchester.
Stowe Mountain Resort
This is the heart of the Vermont’s snow belt where Spruce Peak and the state’s tallest peak, Mt. Mansfield are located. These alone have made Stowe comparable with New England Skiing. Since the installation of one of the world’s first chairlifts in 1937, Stowe has remained very popular. The resort has 116 trails of which more than half of them are for intermediates, with 19 for beginners and 29 for expert skiers.
Sugarbush has been in the A-list of serious skiers since the 1960s, courtesy of its 2,000 acres of backcountry and two mountains of trails. Although over 50 percent of its 111 trails are for skiers on the intermediate level, there are 36 trails and 21 glades for experts to test their skills while 24 trails are set apart for beginners. With both fine and casual dining, every skier will find a lively après-ski life in Sugarbush.
As the closest major ski resort for those residing in the metropolitan areas in the northeast, Mount Snow has risen to become one of the most popular ski areas in Vermont. The resort lies on 588 acres of snow space where 80 trails have been networked with about 20 lifts ranging from 5 surfaces. Intermediate skiers have an upper hand as they are free to choose from 54 trails, however, experts can test their skills on 14 trails and 12 trails are rated for beginners.