Winter is here! Fresh snowfall is on the ground, and chairlifts have begun to spin at ski resorts around the region. As you get those edges sharpened, here is your guide to northern Vermont ski areas:
Known for receiving some of the most snow in the nation, Jay Peak is worth the drive up from Burlington.
Prices: Full day: 64$ Half day: 54$
Distance from downtown Burlington: 68.3 miles or 1hr 25 mins driving
Number of trails: 78
Number of Lifts: 9 1 Tram, 4 Quads, 1 triple, 1 double and 2 surface lifts
Cost per Lift: Full Day: 7.11$ Half Day: 6$
Cost Per Trail: Full Day: .82$ Half Day: .69$
Northern Vermont’s most expensive resort is known for its multitude of amenities and high-elevation location on Mt. Mansfield.
Prices: Full Day: 124$ Half Day: 92$
Distance from downtown Burlington: 42.8 miles or 54 mins driving
Number of trails: 115
Number of lifts: 11: 2 doubles, 2 triples, 4 quads, 1 Gondola, 2 Carpet Lifts
Cost per Lift: Full Day: 11.27$ Half Day: 8.36$
Cost Per Trail: Full Day: 1.08$ Half Day: .80$
Located in Vermont’s Mad River Valley, Sugarbush is home to over 100 trails and hundreds of acres of pristine woods. The resort also offers lift-served backcountry skiing.
Prices: Full Day: 64$ Half Day: N/A
Distance from Burlington: 43.4 miles or 56 minutes driving
Number of trails: 111
Number of lifts: 16: 3 Doubles, 2 Triples, 3 Fixed-Grip Quads, 5 High-Speed Quad
Cost per Lift: Full Day: 4$
Cost Per Trail: Full Day: .58$
The closest major ski resort to Burlington, Bolton Valley is known for being affordable and family-friendly. The ski area is home to plenty of beginner and intermediate trails, in addition to some of the best backcountry terrain in the region. Bolton Valley is also the only resort to offer night skiing in the area.
Prices: Full Day (Weekends): 59$ Half: 54$
Distance from Burlington: 24.2 miles or 36 minutes driving
Number of trails: 71
Number of lifts: 6: 3 Doubles, 2 Quads, 1 Rope Tow
Cost per Lift: Full Day: 9.83$ Half Day: 9$
Cost Per Trail: Full Day: .83$ Half Day: .76$
Smugglers’ Notch prides itself on being family-friendly and has a whole mountain area dedicated to beginners. The resort combines affordability with high-elevation and close proximity to Burlington.
Prices: Full Day: 54$ Half Day: 44$
Distance from Burlington: 41.1 miles or 54 minutes driving
Number of trails: 92
Number of lifts: 7: 1 Quad, 6 Doubles
Cost per Lift: Full Day: 7.71$ Half Day: 6.29$
Cost Per Trail: Full Day: .59$ Half Day: .48$
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