Not Just Skiing and Riding: Top Off-slope Activities at Vermont Resorts
There’s more to your favorite Vermont resort than skiing and snowboarding. From snowshoeing and ice skating, to dog sledding, rock climbing and more, there are plenty of après ski activities for everyone to enjoy (to find the adult beverage après ski activities click here).
Read all about the off-slope activities at Vermont resorts below:
When folks need a break from skiing and riding they head to Bolton Valley’s Sports Center. The Sports Center is located a short walk away from the base lodge and Inn at Bolton Valley. Guests gather in the Poolside Lounge for food and drinks. As the name implies, the lounge is located next to the pool, hot tub and sauna. There are arcade games for the kids as well as an open floor for basketball and other games. The Indoor Amusement Center offers bouncy houses for kids who just want to keep on moving. All this fun is conveniently located under one roof at the Sports Center.
Bromley Mountain Resort
Manchester and the mountains create a great neighborhood for family activities both on and off the slopes. If Bromley isn’t having a typically perfect Sun Mountain weather day, check out the great ice at the Riley Rink at Hunter Park, in Manchester. Manchester Designer Outlets are right downtown for great discount shopping. Prefer on snow activities? Sleigh rides are available at Taylor Farm in Londonderry, or at Horses for Hire in Peru. Really want to be on snow? The local cross country skiing is great -check out Wild Wings in Peru, or Hildene in Manchester. You can even try dogsledding nearby with Husky Works Mushing Company's team of friendly Siberian huskies.
Burke Mountain Resort
Not only is Burke Mountain home to some of the best “old-country” skiing and riding in the State of Vermont but they are also neighbors to Kingdom Trails, the famous single track biking that has received and continues to receive international attention. In the summer the trails are some of the best flow mountain biking trails Vermont has and in the winter, they transform to endless networks of fat biking and Nordic trails. Bike and Stay packages to Kingdom Trails are offered year-round by visiting skiBurke.com or calling (866) 966-4820.
Jay Peak Resort
If the 370 inches of snow and over 2,000 feet of vertical aren't enough to sleep folks soundly, playing some stick-and-puck in the Ice Haus skating arena, or surfing in the 60,000-square foot Pump House Indoor Waterpark ought to do the trick. And if they’re a real long-baller, they can check out musical acts like Rusted Root and Bruce Hornsby in the Foeger Ballroom.
Killington’s Adventure Center at Snowshed remains operational all year round, featuring zip lines, the Beast Mountain Coaster, Skyeride and more. Plus snow tubing, sleigh rides and dinner excursions to the Ledgewood Yurt to keep visitors busy off the slopes. Other area activities include Fat Bike Vermont and Snowmobile Vermont tours, Long Trail Brewing Company and great dining and nightlife up and down the infamous Killington Access Road. Whether it’s for live music during après ski, the world famous soup and salad bar at dinner time or dancing the night away, Killington’s Wobbly Barn is a must-visit spot.
Mad River Glen
Ever wondered why there are so many snowshoe hare tracks on the slopes? Or seen the bear bites and scratches on trees and questioned the meaning behind them? Visitors can learn more about these animals, mountains and forests of Vermont by taking part in one of Mad River Glen’s award-winning Naturalist Programs. These programs provide a window into the world of animals and a unique perspective on the woods. Learn more at www.madriverglen.com
Magic has one of the most convenient snow tubing parks in the area which can keep the kids going into the night while the parents relax at the Black Line Tavern. Good news for parents, the Black Line Tavern overlooks the tubing park so they can keep an eye on the kids. Skiers and non-skiers alike also love to strap on snowshoes and hike up the hill for a little extra exercise—it’s an aspect to Magic that has taken off in recent years and makes it a great destination for non-skiers and riders as well.
Mount Snow Resort
While Mount Snow is all about skiing and snowboarding, they realize there’s more to a vacation than shredding the slopes. Grab the kids and head over to the tubing park, or spend the day touring the woods of Vermont via, snowmobile, dog sled or horse drawn sleigh. For those into human-powered activities give the snowshoeing or cross-country skiing offerings a try. Not the outdoorsy type, or just want to relax? Naturespa, located in the Grand Summit Resort Hotel, offers pure, natural and organic spa treatments and massage. More information at http://www.mountsnow.com/the-mountain/activities/.
Okemo Mountain Resort
Known for its big-mountain skiing and snowboarding with superb snow and surface conditions, Okemo is also home to some of the East’s best off-mountain activities. Visitors can enjoy a mountain coaster, ice skating, snow tubing, fatbike riding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, indoor golf, swimming, racquetball, fitness classes, aerobic and weight training, massage, sauna, relaxing by a fire, or soaking in a hot tub. There is also great shopping and dining. Local points of interest and activities in the area include museums, historic sites, country stores, galleries, cheese factories, sugar houses, farm visits and more.
The Quechee Club
The Quechee Club, one of Vermont’s premier four-season communities, offers a variety of off-slope activities for all ages. The recreation department is host to on and off campus excursions and activities like fat biking, Twilight Nordic ski tours, off-campus excursions that include dog sledding, mobile laser tag, and Teen Adventure Programs that include indoor skydiving, indoor rock climbing and more. Younger kids can sign up for Kids Night Out which features fun, on campus activities like Flick n’ Float nights in our newly renovated indoor Aquatics Complex or other fun, themed activities. To learn more about our off-slope activities please visit QuecheeClub.com
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Abundant off-slope activities at Smugglers’ Notch Resort provide 24/7 fun for all ages. Family activities include guided nature walks on snowshoes; ice skating; and daytime and evening tube sliding. For ages 8 and older, the ArborTrek zip line canopy tour offers breathtaking views of the snowy mountains while flying from tree platform to tree platform. A teen center gives ages 13 and older a home base for hang out time and varied activities. Adults enjoy a weekly snowshoe summit gourmet dinner in a candlelit cabin, followed by a guided trek completing a companionable evening with other guests. Indoors, local artists teach painting and sculpting classes, and massage services and yoga sessions provide soothing relaxation. (www.smuggs.com)
Stowe Mountain Resort
Stowe Mountain Resort has a brand new outdoor ice skating rink and indoor climbing center located in the new Spruce Peak Village Center. Also located at Spruce Peak is The Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge. By nature, we all aspire to be healthy. At The Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge, they encourage guests to discover new experiences by taking time to relax their mind, heal their body, refresh their soul and reconnect with themselves. Through nature, we have the opportunity to maintain our best health and begin our journey to better well-being. Stowe pushes the limits on “healthy” to ensure guests connect with nature and feel inspired. http://www.sprucepeak.com/
Stratton Mountain Resort
Kick back and relax or stay active with Stratton’s off-slope winter activities. Race down the lift-served tubing park, explore the wilderness on snowshoes, Nordic skis, or fat bike on 12km of cross-country trails. Unwind with a massage from the Village Day Spa or enjoy a dog sled ride through Vermont’s wooded terrain. Stay active off the slopes at Stratton’s Training and Fitness Center – equipped with an Olympic size salt water swimming pool, hot tub, cardio and weight room and Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center.
There are still plenty of ways to enjoy the mountain even if visitors don’t intend to ski and ride. Snowshoeing at Sugarbush is a great way to experience the quiet, see signs of wildlife, and get some exercise. The resort offers both self-guided access and guided tours. Guided tours include photography tours, twilight tours, and the more endurance based outback tours in the Slide Brook Basin. Base Camp at Mt. Ellen on select Saturdays throughout the winter offer a place to enjoy uphill travel, pizza, games, and more.
Cabin Cat Adventures at Sugarbush also offer a great way to experience the mountain, whether it’s Allyn’s Lodge Fireside Dining at the top of Gadd Peak or Sunset Groomer Rides to the top of Lincoln Peak.
Suicide Six Ski Area/Woodstock Inn
Located on the Village Green in the heart of Woodstock, Vermont, The Woodstock Inn & Resort, a Preferred Hotel & Resort, offers warm New England hospitality amidst an atmosphere of rustic yet country elegance and year-round recreation. The AAA Four Diamond facility offers award-winning dining, 142 luxurious guest rooms and suites, and 30+ activities, indoors and out. Resort facilities include a 10,000 square-foot full service Spa, 18 hole Robert Trent Jones, Sr. golf course, Suicide Six downhill ski area, a Nordic Ski Center, the 40,000 sq. ft. Athletic Club, and Billings Farm and Museum. Just outside the front door, The Village is comprised of tasteful art galleries and antique shops as well as very unique boutiques and a variety of restaurants and bars.