Burke may be New England's best kept ski secret. Picture a monadnock in the incredibly
scenic North East Kingdom of Vermont. Burke Mountain is easily reached despite
its remote quiet location, just off I91 above St Johnsbury. For decades Burke
has been legendary for churning out Olympic caliber racers, you’ll pass Burke
Mountain Academy on your way up the mountain road. With just over 2,000'
vertical, Burke Mountain's ski terrain is impressive for a ski vacation too,
un-crowded and family friendly with high speed lifts, a brand new on mountain
Burke Mountain Hotel, but a homey vibe and very scenic setting in Vermont’s
top right corner.
All of Burke’s ski terrain is served by two overlapping high speed quad chairlifts, the
Sherburne Express on the lower mountain, and the Mid-Burke Express quad to
the 3,267' summit. Burke has 2,011' vertical, 270 acres of trails with over 100
acres of natural glades. Burke's lower mountain is a family and beginners
paradise, with half a dozen meandering mellow Green Circle
trails, appropriately named Bunny Lane and Meadow Pass, served by the
Sherburne Express Quad, a magic carpet and JBar. Parents can watch proudly from
the 2nd floor Tamarack Pub with Vermont-crafted IPA in hand as their kids learn
to turn in Burke Snow Sports camp or on special sledding nights. Meanwhile Burke’s summit terrain is steeper
with some narrow fun runs like Shoot, great cruisers Willoughby, Dipper and
Warren’s Way, and a 100 acres of punchy tree lined runs like Dixiland, Birches and Jungle. The
Bear Den in the rustic Mid-Burke Lodge serves up authentic Vermont après ski
amid vintage ski swag and a real fireplace, where you will meet the natives and
the ski racer parents who pour their heart soul, and wallet into this mountain.
Staying right at the base of the lifts is sweet, in suite lodging at the new
Burke Mountain Hotel. Every room has a view of the ski slope or
The Willoughby Gap to the North. No expense was spared in building this
slopeside hotel, opened in 2016. Tile, stone, and wood adorn the lobby,
hallways, common rooms and suites – most of which have fireplaces and decks.
The Burke Mountain Hotel has everything you need before and after a day of
skiing, ski lockers, a decadent outdoor pool and hot tub, the Vertical Drop
retail shop with ski stuff and Vermont food items, an arcade for kids, a café, plus après ski
with casual tavern
fare at the View Pub, and more formal dining in Willoughby’s Restaurant.
Burke Mountain Hotel makes our Top Ski
Hotels in the East list!
If you decide to drive to East Burke, you’ll find a quaint Vermont town with a
few fun Vermont craft shops and the North East Kingdom General Store – a
classic. As part of your Burke ski vacation, you can take the kids sledding, dog
sledding, snowmobiling or ice fishing to add to the winter fun in the beautiful
part of Vermont, even take a side trip to ski sister resort
Jay Peak just an
hour away. Burke is a fun mountain.
Burke Mountain is currently under receivership, following an SCC investigation
for misuse of EB5 funds here and at sister resort Jay Peak by owners Bill
Stenger and Ariel Quiros (who renamed the mountain QBurke), a veritable ski
ponzi scheme was unearthed with $250 mill funds unallocated. Locals and
employees are happy to be Q-less now, and hopeful for a new beginning and
return of Burke. If for several years, every day was like Christmas with
investment rolling in, now its more like April 15. Still its ski biz as usual,
lifts are spinning, snow guns are blowing and the skiing is exceptional.
Go ski beautiful Burke, this winter, while you can, because you can, and check
it out in summer for its mountain biking trails on Burke Mountain Bike Park and
nearby Kingdom Trails Association.