Traveling from Point A to Point B: How to Get to Vermont
For those who reside outside of the Green Mountain state (sometimes referred to as flatlanders), traveling from Point A to Point B can require a train, plane, bus, car and even a passport. If you find yourself a part of that group, rest assured that Vermont resorts have listed all the tips and tricks needed for choosing the most affordable and efficient route so you can be on the hill in no time.
Vermont resorts are an easy, convenient drive from anywhere in the East . Starting off in Boston? Hop on Interstate 93. New York City? Choose between Interstates 87 and 91. Last but not least, Vermont’s closest metro area, Montreal- visitors who have the fortune of leaving from there should take Autoroad 35 S to Autoroad 89 and within one hour and one passport check later, they'll find themselves in Vermont.
Once in Vermont, Interstates 89, 91, and Vermont Route 100, the fabled skiers' highway, provide direct access to our mountains and villages. Vermont Transit, part of the Greyhound system, connects Vermont communities with Boston, Montreal and New York daily.
With excellent air service, Burlington International Airport is a convenient point of access to northern and central Vermont resorts. Major air carriers include JetBlue, United, American Airlines, Delta and Allegiant. Vermont resorts are again partnering with Porter Airlines for direct-flight winter getaways from Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport.
Visitors to central and southern resorts can easily fly into airports in Albany, NY; Boston, MA; Hartford, CT; Manchester, NH; and Rutland, VT. Gateway cities for international visitors include Boston, New York, Montreal, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Rental cars are available at all airports and many resorts offer ground transportation support.
Two Amtrak routes, the Vermonter and the Ethan Allen Express operate between Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City and Vermont, providing daily passenger service to many of Vermont's mountain communities. For information, log onto Amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL.
NORTHERN VERMONT SKI RESORTS
Bolton Valley Resort, Cochran’s Ski Area, Jay Peak Resort, Burke Mountain Resort, Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Stowe Mountain Resort, Topnotch Resort, and Trapp Family Lodge
- Driving: New York - 6 hours; Boston - 3 hours; Montreal – 2 hours
- Burlington International Airport, Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and Amtrak’s Waterbury or Essex train stops offer easy access to this region.
“The biggest challenge we see families facing when they go skiing is their proximity from their car to their lodging and then from the lodging to the lifts,” says Josh Arneson, vice president of sales and marketing at Bolton. “We completely eliminate both of those factors because of our ski-to-your-door lodging and walkable village. Those who stay with us literally park their car and forget about it. Once at Bolton, everything is within walking distance, making it convenient and easy for families to keep their brood corralled and still have fun at the same time.” Convenience also means just a short 10-minute drive from I-89 to the resort, and an easy 30-minute drive from Burlington and the airport. More information can be found here: http://www.boltonvalley.com/the-mountain/contact-us-directions.
Jay Peak Resort
Are you a fan of GPS? You might not be after using it to visit Jay Peak. The Google Map app on your phone will get you here provided you use 830 Jay Peak Road Jay, VT as the address. But if you have one of those systems that comes built-in to your car's console, you might wind up in a town that is not Jay Peak. This will make you sad because 1) it's not where you wanted to be, and 2) the person you flag down on the street will inform you that you have another 30-40 minutes to drive, at which point you may become angry. Use Google Maps.
Burke Mountain Resort
Spending a little extra time on the road will mean lots of extra time on the slopes. With 50 trails and glades located just seven miles off of Interstate 91, Burke Mountain is one of the quickest, easiest drives to a Vermont skiing experience. It’s an all-interstate 3-hour drive from the heart of Boston, 3.5 hours from Hartford, and only 2.5 hours from both Montreal, QC and Portsmouth, NH.
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Visitors will enjoy ease of access to Smugglers’ Notch Resort with convenient airline gateways in Burlington, VT; Montreal, QC; and Boston, MA and airport transfer arrangements from Burlington to the resort easily booked at the time of reservation. Transfers can also be arranged from the Amtrak train station in Essex Junction. For guests wishing to have a car accessible, Smugglers’ offers special rates with Thrifty Car Rental. At the resort, guests can easily go car-free: a complimentary on-call shuttle service operates within the Resort Village, while the Mountain Shuttle loops between the Village and the upper mountain base area.
For folks piloting their own vehicle from points south or east of the Resort, the optimal route involves taking Route 100 into Morrisville and heading west on Route 15, bypassing Route 108 that leads into Smugglers’ Notch Pass, a narrow winding pass that is closed in the winter. (www.smuggs.com)
Stowe Mountain Resort
It's not hard to find Stowe. Since the ski area shares its name with the town, there's no confusion about where you're headed and the “Ski capital of the East” is an easy, enjoyable trip from just about anywhere. Located in north-central Vermont, Stowe Mountain Resort is 40 minutes from Vermont's largest airport, 15 minutes from Interstate 89, and 15 minutes from the Amtrak train station.
By Train or Auto – Amtrak offers service to Waterbury, Vermont, just 8 miles from Stowe. Driving to Stowe from any eastern city is 90% state or interstate highway, more than any other resort in the east. Please visit http://www.stowe.com/vacation/getting_here/ for more travel info.
CENTRAL VERMONT SKI RESORTS
Killington Resort, Mad River Glen, Middlebury College Snow Bowl, Mountain Top Inn & Resort, Northeast Slopes, Pico Mountain, The Quechee Club, Sugarbush Resort, and Suicide Six Ski Area
- Driving: New York - 5 hours; Boston - 3 hours; Montreal – 3 hours
- Burlington International Airport, the Rutland Airport and Amtrak’s Rutland and Waterbury stops offer easy access to this region. Amtrak's Ethan Allen Express provides convenient daily service from New York City's Pennsylvania Station.
Killington Resort & Pico Mountain
Killington Resort is one of the largest regional destination resorts in the Northeast and is easily accessible by plane, train and automobile. JetBlue expanded its marketing partnership with Cape Air at Boston's Logan International Airport to include new service to Rutland, Vermont - a 30-minute drive from the slopes of Killington Resort. Through the JetBlue-Cape Air alliance, customers can book travel on a single itinerary to Rutland from top domestic destinations that connect through Boston including New York/JFK, Washington/Dulles, Pittsburgh, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.
Around Killington, Vermont's largest mass-transit network, The Bus, provides convenient and comfortable transportation to lodging properties, restaurants and businesses on Killington's popular access road. In addition, The Bus provides regional service to Rutland and the dining and shopping opportunities Vermont's second largest city has to offer.
For those driving from points south and east of Killington, the Skyeship Gondola offers quick access to the slopes from Route 4 daily, while eliminating the 12-mile round trip to the Killington basin access points.
Sugarbush and Mad River Glen
Located in the heart of Vermont minutes from Montpelier and just under an hour from Burlington, Sugarbush is easily accessible from any direction. Sugarbush is exactly 3 hours from downtown Boston, 5 hours from New York City and 2.5 hours from Montreal. Air service is available into Burlington International Airport from major metropolitan areas and resort staff can arrange transport to and from the airport. Tradewind Aviation began offering flights last season Friday - Monday from White Plains, NY to Morrisville, VT (one hour away). Special lodging packages for passengers are available throughout the season and include shuttle transportation to and from the airport.
Middlebury College Snow Bowl
Located in central Vermont, just 13 miles south of the town of Middlebury (which is right off of Rt. 7), the Snow Bowl is easily accessible from the east and will be much improved for the coming season as Rt. 125 from Rt. 100 to the Middlebury gap is being completely rebuilt and repaved this summer.
Quechee Ski Area
The Quechee Club is conveniently located with nearby access to I-89 and I-91. Easy access to New Hampshire, Boston, Hartford, CT and Burlington, Vermont. Ski Quechee is a two hour drive from Boston’s Logan International Airport as well as Bradley International in Hartford, CT. National flights are also available from Lebanon N.H. , a short 15 drive to The Club from the Upper Valley of NH. Vermont Transit, located in White River Junction Vermont, provides bus routes to and from downtown White River Junction, VT daily. Amtrak also makes daily trips and stops in White River Junction, just nine miles from Quechee Village.
Suicide Six Ski Area/Woodstock Inn
Woodstock is a 20-minute drive from the airport at Lebanon, New Hampshire, which is served by a number of commuter airlines from Boston, New York and Burlington, Vermont. Interstates 89 (from the Boston area) and 91 (from Hartford, CT) intersect only 15 minutes from Woodstock. Amtrak stops daily at White River Junction, 14 miles from Woodstock. In addition, Dartmouth Coach offers daily bus service from Boston as well as Stamford, CT and New York City to Lebanon, NH.
SOUTHERN VERMONT SKI RESORTS
Bromley Mountain Resort, The Hermitage Club, Magic Mountain, Mount Snow Resort, Okemo Mountain Resort, and Stratton Mountain Resort
- Driving: New York - 4 hours; Boston - 2 hours; Montreal – 4 hours
- The Rutland Airport, Albany(ALB), Hartford/Springfield's Bradley International (BDL), and Manchester(MHT), airports are each within a one-two-hour drive. Amtrak’s Albany, Brattleboro, Rutland, & Windsor stops offer easy access to this region
Bromley Mountain Resort
Bromley Mountain is in the southwest corner of southern Vermont, making it one of the closest big mountain resorts to the New York metro area and, without question, the closest resort to New York's Capitol Region. Bromley is also just a 2.5-hour drive from Hartford and three hours from Boston.
With a mountain this challenging, it’s nice to know the drive there is easy. Magic’s legendary terrain and authentic Vermont ski experience are less than 200 miles from New York, Hartford, Boston, and Albany-just “take the road less traveled.”
Mount Snow Resort
If you’re traveling from the metro areas of Boston, MA; Providence, RI; Hartford, CT or New York Mount Snow has a very important reminder, “We’re Vermont’s closest big mountain resort.” Whoever said it’s about the journey and not the destination never drove Route 91 with a carload of over-eager kids ready to ski . Visit http://www.mountsnow.com/the-mountain/directions/ for more time saving tips.
Okemo Mountain Resort
The readers of SKI Magazine consistently rank Okemo Mountain Resort among the Top Resorts in the East for accessibility. Situated in south-central Vermont, Okemo is just a gas tank away for skiers and riders driving from the East’s major metropolitan areas. New this year, guests who book lodging with Okemo-managed lodging properties can arrange transportation to Okemo from regional transportation hubs: Rutland - Southern Vermont Regional Airport, Rutland Amtrak Station and Bellows Falls Amtrak Station. Guests may reserve shuttle transportation at the same time they reserve lodging. Visit okemo.com for more information.
Stratton Mountain Resort
Travel in style and comfort from NYC to Stratton in the Stratton Jitney. With 30 extra-wide plush seats, spacious legroom, overhead and underneath storage compartments, a ride on the Stratton Jitney will be one to remember. In addition to free Wi-Fi and electric power outlets, the Jitney offers a wide variety of complimentary refreshments, snacks and reading material on every trip. Visit by car, train, or plane - lodging, dining and shopping are steps away at the resort’s slope-side Village.