Vermont is known for its charm and scenery, and a ski vacation in the Green
Mountains is no exception. Like Vermont cheddar cheese, each resort has its own
flavor, and you’ll find a range of fine lodging from
Vermont ski homes for rent,
to Vermont ski lodges and ski hotels, to Vermont country Inns – where you slide
out of your ski boots and into fluffy slippers by the fireplace. There are
beautiful ski towns offering bed and breakfasts with in room fireplaces, wake from under
your down duvet for pancakes and fresh Vermont maple syrup before hitting the
slopes. Vermont also has top ski resort lodges with concierge, spa and ski
Vermont ski trips are luxurious if you find that cozy Vermont inn for après ski,
or a full service resort hotel. Sugarbush, Stowe, Killington and Okemo are home
to some lovely Vermont accommodations in ski country. Vermont has a private
ski club Hermitage Club, and is also home to
more rustic, retro ski areas like Magic, Mad River Glen, Pico and Smugglers Notch.
In northern Vermont, ski resorts Burke and Jay Peak get plenty of snow, and have
modern mountain hotels at the base, plus beautiful views.
Opened in 2011, Hermitage is offering 1500 memberships at their private Club for
exclusive skiing on Haystack Mountain, access to a magnificent Clubhouse,
concierge service and ski valet. Like the Yellowstone Club of the East, this
ski resort offers the well-heeled in ski boots a place to play and belong with
out lift lines or crowded base lodges.
Club skiing is for members only.
If you picture in your mind a grand Alps hotel in ski country – the kind you see
out west or in Europe with huge timbers and an alpine design, then a Stowe ski
vacation is your lift ticket. Skiers and snowboarders are treated like royalty
with valet ski service and an alpine concierge at the Stowe Mountain Lodge
and Spa at Spruce Peak Village is
steps to the lifts and steps above New England “grand ski hotels.” This green
hotel in snow country ushers in a new era for upscale ski lodging in
Vermont with suite accommodations, an on site spa and gourmet mountain cuisine
featuring local farm raised products prepared by executive chefs, surrounded by
ski village with ice rink at the base of Spruce - a gondola ride to Mt Mansfield’s
legendary Front Four terrain. There are other top shelf lodging option in Stowe,
if you forego the slopeside hotel – the flipside is you are closer to the
charming town of Stowe and all the Mountain Road shopping, dining and charm of
Stowe Village – which dates back three centuries. Closest to the mountain, after
you pass the popular Matterhorn après ski bar, is Topnotch Resort and Spa.
Topnotch, like its name, offers classy accommodations and a beautiful spa. On the Mountain Road near Stowe Village is the modern eclectic
Field Guide for luxury lodging with whimsy.
Sugarbush is a legendary ski resort, with a colorful past of celebrity skiers and some of the first extreme ski film stars. This Vermont
ski valley is still starry at night, if you take a cat to Allyn's lodge for
dinner and ski down. Sugarbush's on mountain lodging in the
Clay Brook Hotel
offers ski in ski out suites, you can walk to the lifts, ski back to the slopeside pool
or stop by Timbers restaurant for
après ski drinks in your ski boots.
The Relais and Chateaux Pitcher Inn
in nearby Warren has beautifully decorated suites – each with its own
personality just minutes from skiing - but worlds away. We recommend the
Ski Room to inspire your special ski trip – of course you may not want to leave
your room, except to head downstairs for a four diamond meal in the dining room,
or to the Alta Spa. The Inn and Sugarbush ski
resort share the same owner - former Wall Street tycoon Winn Smith, whom you
will see out skiing, taking first tracks with guests via his Lincoln Limo
snowcat perhaps. While you
are visiting the Mad River Valley, be sure to save time for the fine ski shops (Sportiv
is our favorite for elegant European ski clothes), Vermont country stores and
some of the best ski country restaurants.
Okemo Okemo Mountain Resort is the best Vermont ski resort for
families and fall line foodies – with New England’s
best on mountain food and service. This ski resort in central Vermont has well
groomed trails like World Cup and lovely views of Ludlow Valley …but it’s the on
mountain cuisine that puts Okemo in the top ten ski resorts in New England. Okemo slopeside condos and home rentals are abundant, or you can stay at the
massive mountain hotel – The Jackson Gore Inn features hotel suites for
skiers. Resort amenities include covered ice skating in the Ice House, and
indoor swimming all winter in the Spring House.
If you can forego mountainside accommodations at Okemo, you will be rewarded at
the Castle Hill Inn and Spa, lodging in an authentic Vermont Castle with
stunning views of Okemo’s ski trails from your luxurious suite.
Killington is huge, with 155 trails and 22
lifts on sixe peaks, hence the Beast of the East title. Often the first ski
resort to open and close in the East, the Big K rocks with big snowmaking, ski
events and a bustling Access Road lined with bars and eateries, and lots of
lodging options from ski in ski out condos and a slopeside hotels at
Killington, to off
mountain hotels, motels and a few charming
BnBs like the Red Clover Inn.
Killington's sister resort and neighbor is Pico
Mountain - a pleasant ski mountain valid on the same Killington lift ticket.
Mount Snow in southern Vermont is
easy to reach from Connecticut and NY, and has beautiful well-groomed terrain on
the front side, a little steeper pitch on the North, sunny slopes with big
spring bumps on the south, and a huge Carinthia terrain pack on its own
mountain. Mount Snow has a plethora of condos, and lodging including the
slopeside Grand Summit, great après ski and some of the best snowmaking in
southern Vermont. Since 1955 Mount Snow has been a popular spot for skiing and
après ski partying.
Stratton Mountain Resortis elegant, but edgy
- high speed lifts and a well designed slopeside village make this a
sophisticated ski spot. Private dining at the Stratton Mountain Club, and a
gorgeous Green Mountain Vermont setting add relaxation and a touch of regal to
your luxury ski vacation.
Smugglers Notch in Vermont is the best
choice for families with young kids just learning to ski or ride. Smuggs' ski
and snowboard camps are among the best in ski country, with all day supervision,
and award winning instruction, plus fun family activities for après ski.
Woodstockis a postcard perfect town, stay at the Rockefeller’s Woodstock Inn
for four diamond lodging, a great location in Woodstock Center just steps from
covered bridges, and the quaint historic village. From the lovely
you can ski Suicide Six or Killington, then return for spa treatments, an
elegant dinner in the formal dining room, then a nightcap and dancing in the Pub
which dates back to 1793.
Burke Mountain has a long tradition
of raising Olympians, home of 1970 Burke Mountain Academy and Mikaela Shiffrin,
Erik Schlopy and 30+ ski medalists. Today Burke has a new on mountain
Burke Mountain Hotel, a bit of luxe in this
otherwise quiet, pristine ski resort in the North East Kingdom of Vermont. If
you like un-crowded trails, served by two high speed quads, interesting trails
and glades, picturesque Vermont scenery, and amiable locals, you will love
Burke. Ski and stay packages are a deal at Burke, and the lower mountain
learning area is ideal for families.
Jay Peak gets lots of snow, they call it the Jay Cloud Effect,
and has tons of glades for tree skiers. Recent improvements to Jay include a new
Hotel Jay and Tram Haus Lodge with a Tower Bar and spa, an indoor waterpark called
The Pumphouse and
an indoor ice rink Ice Haus. Jay has great eastern trail skiing off the Aerial
Tram, where you will find scenic dining in the summit Sky Haus. The Stateside
areas sports an affordable hotel, plus a quad and triple lift and Learning Center for beginners. Jay Peak
is sister resort to Burke Mountain - there's
quite a story about the two ski resorts' evolution under EB5.
If you like the excitement of a city along with your ski trip, then stay at a
Burlington Hilton Hotel and day trip to nearby downhill skiing by day at Smuggs,
Jay Peak, Bolton Valley or Stowe, and save energy for downtown dining, dancing,
even bar hopping at night. You can stay at the Hilton overlooking Lake Champlain
for the best of Burlington and you’re a half hour to an hour’s drive to some of
the best Vermont skiing.