The state has well-developed facilities for any level of skiing. Accommodations typically feature beautiful cottages and practical amenities including conveniently located ski lifts and gondolas, so all you need to do is concentrate on having fun. There are also ski schools for all ages, for those who want to start to dabble in the sport, or try their hand at snowboarding.
Killington Peak is the second highest mountain in Vermont with an elevation of 4,229ft. The Killington Ski Resort is on top of this mountain. It is fondly called the “Beast of the East” by skiers, thanks to its nearly 200 trails distributed across seven alpine areas. It features a spectacular vertical drop which is the second largest on the East Coast. The Stash, which is the resort’s all natural terrain park, includes log rails and wall rides for a perfect winter playground experience. It also hosts the Slash and Berm Banked Slalom.
Scenic Mount Mansfeld, which is the state's highest peak, is part of this resort. The ski resort comprises two separate mountains: Spruce Peak and Mount Mansfield. The vertical drop of Mount Mansfield is 2,360ft, the fifth largest in New England. There are 116 trails on the resort covering 485 acres. The resort receives an annual snowfall of 333 inches. Although over 75% of the trails can be considered intermediate and advanced, beginners can start practicing on Spruce Peak or take the winding Toll Road from Mansfield.
Located on the northeast slopes of Stratton Mountain, the resort has 97 trails spread over 600 acres. Its vertical drop is measured at 2,000ft., served by 16 lifts to transport skiers. The resort also holds the distinction of opening the “first snowboard school in the world,” back in 1983. It has since produced some of the best snowboarders in the world, including Ross Powers, who was the Men’s Half Pipe Olympic gold medalist in 2002. For snowboard learners, there are five terrain parks where they can practice. There's also a tubing park and a Nordic center where you can rent equipment and take lessons.
For families planning a ski vacation in Vermont, there are several resorts that cater to the needs of children and their parents. Many of the lodges in the area offer ski-in ski-out facilities, enabling you to get to the slopes anytime. In addition, Vermont’s terrain is so varied, you’ll find it easy to introduce the little ones to skiing, or practice new maneuvers yourself. Plus, there are many options for non-skiers which your children can enjoy in addition to learning to ski in Vermont.
An advantage of Bolton Valley is that it is a mid-sized ski resort, so you typically don’t have to deal with huge crowds, especially if you are hoping for a quiet skiing trip in Vermont. It has 71 trails, two quads, three doubles, and one rope tow. The vertical drop is 1,704ft., while the skiable area is 165 acres. Snowboard and ski lessons are available from schools at the resort for everyone.
Located in Ludlow, Okemo Mountain was rated the “Top US Family Snow Resort” in 2010 by Parents Magazine. It also boasts the largest vertical drop in southern Vermont, at 2,200ft. The resort has 121 trails on 667 acres of skiable terrain and thirteen chairlifts.
Families will love Sugarbush, thanks to its 2,000 acres of skiing and 24 beginner trails ideal for novice skiers. It’s also the only place on the East Coast where cat skiing is offered. There is a licensed daycare center if you have tiny tots too young to go to ski school. Self-guided or group walks are also on offer as are indoor tennis lessons and snowshoe walks. There are plenty of activities to keep everyone on their toes and entertained, including the adults in your group!