When ski season hits, all eyes turn to Vermont. Serious ski enthusiasts know that you don't need to head west or book a flight to Europe to find some challenging slopes; all you need to do is plan a trip to Vermont. There are a few well-known ski resorts here, but there are also plenty of smaller options that are great for families or beginner skiers looking for lessons. Whether you bring your own equipment or rent on arrival, a driving trip to Vermont is sure to be a highlight of your winter. Keep reading to discover some of the top 10 Vermont ski resorts.
When most people think Vermont skiing, they think Killington
. This resort is the largest in the East Coast, and offers runs whether you are an experienced skier or just getting started. Rent a cozy cabin to top off your family getaway to Vermont and get warm by a crackling fireplace after a day of skiing. No list of the top 10 ski resorts in Vermont would be complete without Killington.
Another popular place for skiing and snowboarding in Vermont is Stowe Mountain Resort
. This resort offers 39 miles of runs for winter adventurers. With high-speed lifts, you will spend more time skiing and less time waiting to get to the top of the mountain.
3. Smuggler's Notch
Families can plan an incredible ski vacation at Smuggler's Notch Resort
. This resort has the only triple black diamond (translation: incredibly challenging) run in the entire east coast - but it also has plenty of friendlier runs for kids and beginner skiers.
4. Okemo The Okemo Resort
is known as a family-friendly resort that welcomes both skiers and snowboarders. If you're interested in cross country skiing or snowshoeing, these are both options at the Okemo Resort as well. During the winter, the resort also plans evening entertainment the whole family can enjoy.
Some resorts in Vermont aren't as well known as others, but that doesn't mean they don't offer quality skiing. Take Ascutney Mountain Resort
, for example; this resort offers 56 trails, 6 lifts, and 9 challenging double black diamond trails. For serious skiers or those looking to improve their skills, Ascutney is a great choice.
6. Bolton Valley
One reason travelers choose Vermont is that the resorts here generally have a very family-friendly attitude. The same can be said about Bolton Valley Resort
, where families will find 61 trails for skiing and plenty of options for lessons and equipment rental.
7. Jay Peak
Located in northern Vermont, Jay Peak
is almost at the Canada border. With an aerial tram and 76 trails, this resort is famous for having excellent natural snowfall - snowmaking isn't used as frequently here as at other resorts in Vermont.
8. Magic Mountain
Who could resist a Vermont ski destination called Magic Mountain? This resort is located in the southern section of the state (Londonberry
), offering 40 trails to skiers of all levels. Tell the kids they're going to Magic Mountain and watch their faces light up.
9. Pico Mountain
Everyone knows about Killington
, but have you heard of Pico Mountain? Pico is a neighbor of Killington, and is one of the largest mountains in the state. With over 50 trails, you won't have to ski the same run twice during a winter getaway to Pico Mountain.
Another of the top 10 Vermont ski resorts is Sugarbush
. Here there are two mountains and a variety of vacation rentals that put you right in the center of the action. Lessons are also available if you're trying to improve your ski skills with your Vermont trip this year.
Vermont Ski Rentals
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