Ski season is just around the corner! In Vermont, ski country is located off exit 10 of I89. This is where you can find most of Vermont’s premier and famous resorts and mountains. From large mountain resorts like Stowe and Sugarbush to smaller favorites like Bolton and Mad River Glenn, we have it all.
Right in Waterbury's backyard is Bolton Valley Ski Area. This mountain is the meeting place for countless friends and families with a real community feel. Bolton provides the most extensive night skiing in Vermont with 10 trails and 4 lifts open Wednesday through Saturday night. This park offers trails ranging from a bunny slope to double black diamond with three terrain parks. Bolton resort also holds many events and offers an indoor sports center during the winter season so you can stay and play if you're done on the slopes for the day.
Stowe is known nationwide as one of the premier resorts in the country. It has all the amenities you would be looking for at a world-class ski resort. Located on Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, it’s skiing and riding is second to none. Stowe receives over 300 inches of snow annually which provides amazing conditions all season long. To get the early riding season kick started Stowe uses state of the art equipment to pump out some of the highest quality man-made snow. This resort is perfect for families and beginners while still having some challenging terrain for the more experienced. When visiting Vermont, you won't be disappointed by Stowe Mountain.
Just down the road in the next valley over, Sugarbush reigns supreme. In the last few years, Sugarbush has transformed from a great winter mountain to a year-round resort. But if you're coming during the winter, get ready for all six peaks, three terrain parks, almost thirty wooded areas, and sixteen lifts of awesome mountain adventures.
If the fancy lodging, high-speed chairs, and snowboarders aren’t quite your scene, yet you want to ride some of the most challenging terrain in the east, Mad River Glenn is for you. Mad River has always been a place where skiing is a sport, not an industry. In 1995 a group of skiers came together to form the Mad River Co-Op to make it truly a skier-owned mountain. Mad River functions on almost zero man-made snow, which is almost unheard of today on the east coast. Their single chair, which has been ridden by all the greats in the industry, is an experience every passionate skier should have. Mad River Glenn is truly one of the coolest places to ski on the east coast; there is nothing quite like it. Their slogan “Mad River Glenn Ski it if you can” really does it justice.
Vermont is the ski capital of the east, with these three mountains located less than an hour of each other at the helm. You can’t go wrong with any of these; each one will have something for you, it all just depends on what you are looking for.
Bolton Valley: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Stowe Mountain Resort: Saturday, November 23, 2016
Sugarbush Resort: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Mad River Glen: Friday, November 25, 2016, and on, weather permitting