The 10 Best Ski Resorts in Vermont

Sugarbush is one of the top ski resorts in Vermont
Sugarbush is one of the top ski resorts in Vermont | © John Lazenby / Alamy Stock Photo
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14 September 2020

Up in the northeastern United States lies some of the best skiing country in the world. Mountains and hills are nestled along the Eastern Seaboard here all the way to Canada, inviting yearly hordes of ski buffs. Vermont is a fantastic place to ski in this region, boasting such famous slopes as Mount Snow and Jay Peak. Here are the top 10 ski resorts in the state.

Bromley Mountain Resort

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The home of ski-season passes and snow entertainment for more than six decades, Bromley Mountain Resort is located in the small village of Peru, Vermont. The site is particularly family-friendly, with a variety of both gentle and steep slopes suitable for all levels of experience. The slopes funnel to the central area, where the vibrant base of the resort is. Slope-side lodging is available, allowing for easy slope access, and there are kid-specific programs to delight young skiers.

Okemo Mountain Resort

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Located over the village of Ludlow in Windsor County, Vermont, Okemo Mountain Resort boasts some of the highest vertical drops of an incredible 2,000ft (610m). The resort has spectacular terrain parks and 655 accessible acres (265ha) with ski trails of varying difficulty levels. The expert trails account for about 31 percent of the total, with the rest consisting (in about equal numbers) of beginner and intermediate pathways. The resort has many family-friendly programs and some of the most open trails available.

Jay Peak

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Ski slope, Jay Peak, Vermont
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Located in the Green Mountains in Northern Vermont, the Jay Peak Resort is home to some of the best all-mountain terrain in the East. The site features all-season access, an indoor water park and a 3mi (5km) ski run, along with a variety of ski runs and slopes. Jay Peak receives the most snowfall of any skiing peak in the eastern US. With its 78 trails, Jay Peak covers almost 360 acres (146ha) of skiable area. With numerous ski lifts, tramways and magic carpets, Jay Peak makes for a memorable ski adventure in Vermont.

Stowe Mountain Resort

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Top of Nose Dive ski trail, Stowe Mountain Resort, Stowe, VT, USA, New England . "Chin" peak, highest point in VT, in distance.
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Stowe Mountain Resort has transformed from a small ski lodge into a famous resort and spa with luxury accommodation available all year. Set on the peaks of Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak, it boasts the fifth-largest lift-served drop in New England and more than 400 acres (162ha) of skiable terrain. Stowe Mountain also boasts some 116 ski trails, as well as many golf courses and a fantastic spa and wellness center. Picturesque huts, hotels and other accommodation are available year round.

Stratton Mountain Resort

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Stratton Mountain Resort has a reputation for its after-ski activities and entertainment options. Located on Stratton Mountain, the resort has a plentiful array of golf courses, dining venues, clubs and night spots, as well as numerous trails. With 40 percent of their trails being suitable for beginners, Stratton is welcoming to inexperienced skiers and snowboarders. For the more accustomed skiers, the highest peak in Southern Vermont welcomes you to a 3,875ft (1,181m) ski drop here. Indoor entertainment options include a spa, fitness facility and swimming pool.

Smuggler's Notch Resort

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4 year old ski school class at Smuggler's Notch, VT.
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A skier’s favorite for its family-friendly activities and slopes, Smuggler’s Notch makes for an entertaining outing. It boasts large amounts of mountain terrain and 18mi (29km) of cross-country trails. Though it has a reputation for its family-friendliness, Smuggs, as it is popularly known, also has some of New England’s most challenging ski slopes. The most famous of these is probably the Black Hole. Smuggs has three mountain peaks, more than 1,000 acres (405ha) of skiable terrain, and great mountainside lodging to boot.

Killington Resort

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The “Beast of the East” boasts some of the best skiing slopes and experiences not just in the East, but countrywide. Killington Resort has the steepest vertical drop available to skiers in New England, a fall of 3,05ft (930m), and its highest peak towers at a huge 4,241ft (1293m). It is a very popular destination throughout the year, with spectacular golf courses, a grand spa, a mountain bike park and a thrilling adventure park. A great spot for adventurous skiers, Killington offers the largest skiable area in New England, including plenty of challenging terrain.

Sugarbush Resort

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One of the largest ski resorts in New England, Sugarbush is located in the Mad River Valley in Warren, Vermont. Sugarbush is very festive and has numerous activities going on at any time of the year. In the summer, guests can play golf on scenic courses, play tennis and enjoy the luxury dining options in this pristine location. In the wintertime, Sugarbush brings its many six-storied peaks into the spotlight, with Lincoln Peak being the most renowned of these, a mountain with a summit elevation of 3,975ft (1,212m).

Mount Snow Resort

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Set in the Green Mountains, Mount Snow is the closest big ski area to most of the North East’s major metropolitan areas, including Boston and New York. With beautiful mountain peaks, Mount Snow is an attractive resort area in which to explore the outdoors, and it features a luxurious outdoor hot tub, top-notch dining spots, a health club and many other amenities. Its blue run trails are a favorite for seasoned skiers in the winter, and it boasts some very challenging terrain. It has one of the best snow-making systems in the North East and a mountain face dedicated to terrain parks.

Bolton Valley Resort

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With plenty of options for family lessons and gear rentals, Bolton Valley is particularly well fitted to families. Set amidst 5,000 acres (2,023ha) of slopes and stunning scenery, the resort offers picturesque Nordic vistas and 62mi (100km) of snowy trails. When not skiing, you can relax in the saunas and hot tubs here, or you can try your hand at the first-rate fitness facility. The resort is welcoming to novice skiers as it boasts soft snow along with its more challenging peaks. Bolton Valley also receives very high levels of snowfall, ensuring a very long ski season every year!
These recommendations were updated on September 14, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.