Source: Luxury Ski Trips
The mountains of Vermont annually seduce thousands of people from all over the world to practise their favourite winter activities. The many ski resorts have high snow-capped peaks and slopes for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. However, we are not talking about simple ski resorts. These are real villages and many factors come into play in determining the ski destination for a getaway or winter holiday. In fact, you have to think about courses offered, après-ski entertainment, restaurants, where to stay and even the facilities available for relaxation. We present 5 of Vermont's finest ski centres with facilities for downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and more.
Source: Bolton Valley
Bolton Valley is an alpine village surrounded by over 5000 acres (about 20 square kilometres) of nature. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, you can go cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Bolton Valley offers 71 trails for downhill skiing and snowboarding as well as 100 km of trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Each year the mountain receives an average of 312 inches of snow. It is a family-friendly resort whose mission is to offer the best service to all its customers. The different accommodations, including hotel rooms, suites and condos, are "ski-in ski-out" or are a short walk from the ski lifts. Two restaurants, a cafeteria and a general store are located in the village at the bottom of the slopes. The main ski chalet and the rental centre are also "ski-in ski-out". After a good day of descents, you can go relax in the jacuzzi of the sports centre, in the heated pool or in the sauna. So, you can park your car and forget about it during your stay because everything you need is nearby.
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Jay Peak is one of Vermont's best-known ski resorts. The station is located between the villages of Jay and Montgomery Center in Vermont. Its elevation difference is 2.153 feet (656 metres) making it the eighth-largest elevation gain in New England and the fifth in Vermont. The mountain offers 78 tracks served by 8 lifts. It receives the most snow from all ski resorts in the northeastern United States. You can go to Jay Peak year round because it is a four-season resort. On site, there is an indoor water park open year-round, an arena for skating, a golf course and, of course, a mountain that will appeal to all lovers of skiing and snowboarding. In summer, you can bring the kids for a summer camp and you can attend the August West Music Festival. Many amenities, restaurants and pubs are here to welcome you and allow you a pleasant stay.
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The Killington station itself is called the "beast", which gives an idea of its magnitude. Killington is known for its variety of terrain and trails that cater to all types of skiers and boarders, from beginners to the most skilled. The Killington Ski Center is made up of seven mountains, connected by lifts. The summit is 1293 metres high and there are 155 ski slopes served by 22 lifts. The centre is also the number one resort to enjoy the après-ski with off-mountain activities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, more than 100 restaurants and bars and shops to discover in the region . During the summer months, Killington offers holidaymakers the opportunity to play golf and mountain biking.
Source: Daily News
Smugglers' Notch is the family ski resort par excellence. For the winter of 2014-2015, Smugglers' Notch received first place for the most family-friendly ski resort in the eastern United States from the readers of SKI magazine. Smugglers' Notch has what it takes to fill the whole family, from ski and snowboard school, to fun for the whole family at the foot of the slopes, through ski and board trails. From beginner to expert and spread over three mountains. There are many amenities at the base of the mountain such as restaurants and indoor pools, family areas and ice-skating areas. Bring your family to enjoy hot chocolate cups around a log fire, hitting the mountain or having fun during the evening parade or fireworks. These are some of the little things that make Smugglers' Notch a ski resort known for its friendly, family atmosphere.
Stowe is one of Vermont's oldest ski resorts and is known for the quality of downhill skiing and cross-country skiing. Its history and landscapes are legendary. They have recently invested to strengthen their brand internationally with improvements to the mountain and the amenities at the base of the mountain. Stowe's new amenities include new technologies for tickets and gates, a gondola that transfers between the Mansfield Mountains and Spruce Peak, a new ski chalet and gourmet restaurants. They also built the Stowe Mountain Lodge, a 312-room hotel and spa that has already been recognized as one of the most luxurious hotels on the mountainside.