Four Season of Fun at Vermont Ski and Snowboard Resorts
While Vermont seems to attract more than 4 million visitors in the winter months, there are millions of other visitors who come to the Green Mountain state to experience spring, summer and fall. In order to entertain the leaf peepers and lake lovers, Vermont resorts have significantly increased their four season offerings in recent years.
Learn about the all season fun below:
Burke Mountain Resort
At Burke Mountain, visitors spend the warmer months chasing sunshine atop mountain bikes through hundreds of miles of trails. Some are content to watch its rays dance from the surface of the lake during a day of sailing or kayaking. Most are happy hiking up the Red Trail and enjoying the breathtaking view of the Willoughby Gap. Summer is a necessity of soul and the talented adventure concierge at Burke never leads visitors astray. Visit skiBurke.com to plan a getaway.
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
At Smugglers’ Notch Resort, there are opportunities year-round for families to play, create, explore and relax together. During summer Smugglers' offers eight pools and four water slides, two recreational reservoirs, mountain biking, hiking, mini golf, health and wellness workshops, and artists’ classes. Kids flock to the resort’s daily camps for ages 3-17 and specialty camps focusing on high adventure, tennis, wilderness survival skills and mountain biking for ages 9 - 17. Fall is the perfect time to enjoy the countryside during Vermont’s renowned foliage season with guided walking and hiking on nature-themed outings and day trips, while children age 7 and younger enjoy their own nursery-based program of activities. Year-round, the ArborTrek canopy tour offers a thrilling descent of the wooded hillside adjoining the resort on ziplines, suspension bridges and rappels. The three season Treetop Obstacle Course features more than 80 elements like cargo nets, tire swings and more to challenge kids as young as 4 as well as adults.
Stowe Mountain Resort
Visit the Stowe Zip Tour Adventure to see and experience the mountain canopy in ways never imagined before now. Ride the Summit Gondola to the launching point near the top of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak. Then enjoy the thrill of flying down three of the world’s longest zip-spans, both above and through the Green Mountain State Forest.
Stowe’s TreeTop Adventure offers 6 different levels of courses consisting of aerial tree-to-tree connections with 68 various challenge/game elements intertwined in the experience. First visitors will learn to use the state-of- the-art safety cable system, giving them the knowledge and skill to achieve feats on our Adventure Courses. To learn more visit http://www.stowe.com/activities/summer/
Bolton Valley is home to the Hop Jam beer and music festival held every August. Also in August, hearty athletes compete in a 12 hour adventure race which takes them on a trek through the surrounding wilderness. Bolton is also open to host other events and conferences in the compact base village and can assist in planning.
Mad River Glen
Every summer, General Stark's Pub opens the doors and serves up tasty vittles, a huge selection of local brews and that famous Mad River Glen conviviality Thursday through Sunday throughout the summer and on through the fall foliage season. The Pub’s growing popularity in the off-season has encouraged Mad River Glen to expand the hours of operation, enhance the Pub Menu selections and create some great new specials.
Mountain biking at Sugarbush and in the Mad River Valley continues to expand. Sugarbush recently hosted the Vermont Mountain Bike Festival, showcasing both its lift-served mountain bike terrain and the Valley’s cross-country terrain including the beginner-friendly Blueberry Lake trail system.
Sugarbush also offers a year-round health and fitness facility, offering outdoor pools and hot tubs, a fitness center, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a climbing gym, massage, sauna and fitness classes. In summer, the resort offers golf, disc golf, zip line, summer camps, hiking, scenic lift rides and bungee trampoline. Year-round lodging and dining available.
From summer days mountain biking on the expanded, Gravity Logic-designed Killington Bike Park and hiking to Vermont’s second tallest peak for autumn leaf peeping, to craft beer festivals and the chill of winter that gets the snowmakers’ blood pumping, The Beast officially has no off-season. Search #beast365 on social media and see how much fun guests have at The Beast of the East, where friends ski from October to Memorial Day and immediately get on bikes until the snow flies again.
Suicide Six Ski Area/ Woodstock Inn
The spirit of adventure is alive and well at the Woodstock Inn & Resort, and guests will find new things to do at every turn. Here, they can wander miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, play golf, take fly-fishing lessons, rejuvenate at the Spa, go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, carve turns at the resort’s downhill alpine ski area, or work on their backhand at the racquet and fitness club.
The Quechee Club
Spring, summer and fall pursuits at Quechee Lakes include tennis, kayaking and casting a line into the Connecticut River, one of New England’s largest waterways bordering 27 Vermont towns. Hikers and bikers have access to an extensive wilderness trail system that spans more than 75 miles, beginning in Quechee Lakes and ending at the Rockefeller National Historic Park located in Woodstock, Vermont. Quechee’s Lake Pinneo offers a beach and bathhouse, picnic area, playground, volleyball nets, horseshoe pits, boat rentals, paddleboards and canoes.
The two championship golf courses, Highland and Lakeland, were designed by New England legend Geoffrey Cornish and were completely renovated by his partner Brian Silva in 2012.
Okemo Mountain Resort
Okemo is a four-season playground that built its reputation for quality and superior guest service as a winter retreat for skiers and snowboarders. In addition to its winter lineup of family fun, Okemo offers a variety of warm-weather activities with two 18-hole championship golf courses, a lift-served mountain bike park, scenic chairlift rides and Okemo’s Adventure Zone that includes a mountain coaster, zipline tours, miniature golf, disc golf, trampoline bungee jumping, a climbing wall, the Amp Energy Big Air Bag, Segway Personal Transport tours, a self-guided treetop challenge course, bouncy houses and more. Okemo is the ideal hub from which to launch a family adventure at any time of the year.
Bromley Mountain Resort
With super south facing skiing from November to April, Sun Mountain skiers have enjoyed winter fun for over 75 years. The addition of the Alpine Slides in 1976 added another dimension to mountain fun with new lift serviced summer options. Visitors Memorial Day through Columbus Day find summer fun on the Triple Track Alpine Slides, the Big Splash Waterslide, the Giant Swing, half mile-long Sun Mountain Flyer Ziprider, and the 65 element Aerial Adventure Park. Bromley also has a dedicated Kidzone with bumper boats and bouncy things for visitors under 4 feet tall, plus a classic 18-hole mini golf course, trampolines and more
Look for TimberQuest high trees ropes and obstacle courses to re-open summer/fall 2017 with the addition of championship Disc Golf and beer festivals.
Stratton Mountain Resort
The fun doesn’t stop when the snow melts. Each June, the largest yoga festival in the world, Wanderlust, consumes Stratton for four spectacular days of yoga, live music, art and fresh fare. The whole family can enjoy live music at the base of the mountain each month throughout the summer accompanied by lawn games and a fresh barbeque. Explore the tallest peak in southern Vermont with guided hikes, yoga classes at the summit or on a stand up paddle board, and fitness classes and tennis at the Stratton Training and Fitness Center.
Mount Snow Resort
Mount Snow has been reworking their downhill mountain biking trails this summer, which now include a totally revamped flow trail Evolver and the longest beginner downhill trail in the state. For fall 2016, Mount Snow has the 22nd Annual Brewers Festival over Labor Day Weekend followed by the ever-popular 19th Annual Oktoberfest (complete with the Gulp and Gallup 5K) over Columbus Day Weekend. Plus for all the leaf peepers, they’ll be running the Bluebird Lift daily to the summit for the peak foliage season to allow for prime viewing out over the Deerfield Valley while to enjoy a bite to eat and a craft beer at The Bullwheel.