The Vermont Ski Village: Where to Stay, What to Do
Whether it’s following a perfect ski day, or during a day of rest, no one can resist the charm of a Vermont ski village. Each mountain resort and town has its own irresistible appeal, and plenty of non-ski specific activities to keep anyone and everyone entertained. Interested in exploring other snow related activities? Don’t miss moonlight snow-shoe tours, horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice skating, snowmobiling, or even ziplining through a twinkling winter forest. Looking for something warmer? How about an indoor waterpark adventure, world class shopping, concert going, or relaxing fireside at a cozy slopeside condo? After all of this activity, visitors should be sure to book a session at a soothing spa to melt the work of the day away!
Mount Snow Resort
A variety of lodging options are located right near the base of the mountain including the slopeside Grand Summit Resort Hotel, the affordable Snow Lake Lodge, and hundreds of condo units. Plus, the Mount Snow Valley is home to numerous inns and lodges. Off the slopes, families can enjoy an all-thrills-no-skills adventure at Mount Snow’s tubing park or take a guided snowmobile tour starting right from the base area with Snowmobile Vermont. Naturespa, located in the Grand Summit, offers a full menu of spa treatments in addition to guided snowshoe tours.
Stratton Mountain Resort
From first tracks to moonlight snowshoe tours, ice skating under the stars, snowtubing, dogsledding, snowmobiling, swimming in the saltwater pool, spin class at the Training and Fitness Center or a Spa session, there’s always something happening at Stratton. This season, Stratton Village boasts new shops and restaurants including the 802 Bar serving a collection of craft brews. And when it’s time to settle in for the night, guests will find a range of accommodations all at the heart of the resort from convenient hotel rooms to spacious mountain homes including the five-bedroom, five bath Long Trail penthouse with private elevator.
Bromley is the epicenter for a host of off-slope activities. If carving figure eights is your thing, check out the ice at Riley Rink at Hunter Park in Manchester. Horse-drawn sleigh rides depart from the Taylor Farm on Route 11, Karl Pfister in Landgrove and Horses for Hire in Rawsonville. Cross-country skiers can check out Wild Wings in Peru, Hildene in Manchester, and Tater Hill in Windham. For guided snowmobile rides, there’s Equinox Snow Tours nearby and Alpine Tours on Stratton Mountain. More listings and all the contact information for these activities are on Bromley’s family ski vacations activities webpage.
For great ski & stay vacations, Bromley Village Condominiums offer ski in/ski out convenience, or the Village Shuttle Service to the Bromley Base Lodge. Visitors are free to spend the entire stay right where you'd like to be...out on the slopes. Enjoy a romantic getaway in a cozy one bedroom, or bring the whole family and stay in a spacious four-bedroom on-mountain condominium.
The hub of Magic’s nightlife is The Black Line Tavern on the top floor of its base lodge. It is home to one of southern Vermont’s most relaxed and spirited Après-ski, live music and dinner scenes. It’s a throwback to the original spirit of the 1960s skiing lifestyle—where fun was more important than fashion, and making friends preempted making statements. Just a short walk away is the Upper Pass Lodge which also offers up a warm fireplace and relaxing setting for cocktails. Both the Upper Pass Lodge and Blue Gentian Inn offer convenient walk-to-Magic lodging for guests.
The town of Londonderry is a short drive featuring The Mill for fine dining along with the American Grill and Jake’s. The Vermont Country Store is up the road on Route 100 in Weston and a 20 minute drive takes you down into Manchester with the area’s biggest variety of restaurants and shopping.
Between Magic, Bromley and Stratton, which form Vermont’s “Golden Triangle”, there is an unbelievable variety of winter skiing, cross country, snowshoeing, scenic, entertainment and dining experiences—all within a short 10 miles of each other!
The Hermitage Club at Haystack
The Hermitage is an elegant four-star country inn, complete with its own covered bridge, fine dining restaurant, upscale pub, art collection and nationally renowned wine cellar. For onsite activities, this unique property also provides over 12 miles hiking and cross-country ski trail, mountain biking, snow tubing, snowmobiling, ice-skating and fly-fishing.
With the spectacular views outside and breathtaking décor inside, guests find themselves completely surrounded by the utmost in Vermont beauty and serenity. The Hermitage’s establishment as a charming, all-encompassing property combined with its commitment for service and luxury make it a perfect base lodge for the Hermitage Club community.
Okemo Mountain Resort
Okemo offers one of New England’s largest selections of slopeside and mountainside lodging options. A favorite among skiers and riders is the Jackson Gore Inn and Village. At-your-doorstep amenities include shopping, a pool and fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool and hot tubs, spa services, a mountain coaster, snow tubing, ice skating, concierge, après ski, dining and more. Step out your door and into your bindings for ski-in, ski-out convenience. Situated at the base of Okemo’s access road is Ludlow, a real Vermont village with Main Street charm that offers shopping, dining and other services.
Killington Resort & Pico Mountain
Killington’s only full-service mountainside hotel, the Killington Grand Resort Hotel, features convenient ski-bridge access to the slopes from December-March and in the summer, the first tee of the Killington Golf Course is only 200 yards from the front door. Enjoy our heated outdoor pool open year-round, lounge by the fire pit and take in the natural beauty of the Green Mountains. For all lodging options, including condominiums, visit http://www.killington.com/site/plan/managed/managed.
Quechee Ski Area
The Quechee Club is pleased to offer to the public a brand new paddle tennis facility. They also have ice skating, cross country skiing and snowshoeing all available to the public. A simple call to the clubhouse will get you the information you need (802) 295-9356.
One of the east’s premiere resorts, Sugarbush offers adventures for the whole family including sunset groomer rides, fireside dining at Allyn’s Lodge via cabin cat, guided evening mountain hikes, bounce house, tennis, snowshoe tours, and more. For overnight guests, Clay Brook Hotel and Residences is absolute winter vacation convenience. Ski and gear valet, concierge services, outdoor pool and hot tubs accompany studio to five-bedroom suites just steps away from the lift. Guests are within walking distance of multiple dining choices, a general store, and ski and ride schools. For more affordable options, check out the Sugarbush Inn and resort condominiums.
Mad River Glen
Have you 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? Perhaps you have encountered Moose tracks and pondered how they can survive the winters. You 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
The Mountain Top Inn & Resort
The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, 11 miles from Killington, offers traditional lodge rooms and suites, newly constructed 1-bedroom luxury cabins & 2-3 bedroom luxury cottages, as well as spacious and beautiful vacation homes. All accommodations are available for booking-by-the-night and perfect for groups of all sizes. Situated on 350 acres with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and lake, we offer 4-seasons of activities from Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and snowmobiling, to our (new in 2014/15) snow tubing park, horse drawn sleigh rides, horseback riding, boating, swimming, tennis, archery, clay bird shooting, disc golf, game room, fitness center, fire pit and hot tub. Our on-site restaurant and tavern serve delicious fare. For more information visit www.mountaintopinn.com or call 802.483.2311.
Woodstock Inn & Resorts / Suicide Six
Experience Vermont and all of its splendor at either our Suicide Six Ski Area or our Nordic Center. After your invigorating day outdoors, return to The Resort for a little pampering at our Spa. Greeted by a roaring fire in our 10 foot hearth, you will find warm comfortable accommodations to recharge. Each of our guest rooms offers luxurious bathrooms, pillow-top mattresses, high-speed internet access and comfortable sitting areas. Spend the evening in our AAA Four-Diamond restaurant including The Red Rooster and Richardson's Tavern for some savory Vermont cooking. Experience the vision and discover why Woodstock and Suicide Six are New England's favorite family winter destinations.
Off the slopes, Bolton Valley offers a ski to your door lodging experience. The Inn at Bolton Valley is so close to the mountain you can put your boots on in your room and head straight to the lifts. You can choose from a traditional hotel room, a studio or a one or two bedroom suite all conveniently located in the main base area. Several condos located just a short walk to the main base area are also an option for guests. Bolton also offers two restaurants; The James Moore Tavern and Fireside Flatbread. Other food and beverage options include a cafeteria and a real Vermont country store complete with a deli that is always serving up tasty treats. Don’t forget about the sports center with pool, hot tub, sauna and plenty of games for the kids.
Stowe Mountain Resort
By nature, we all aspire to be healthy. At The Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge, we encourage guests to discover new experiences by taking time to relax the mind, heal the body, refresh the soul, and reconnect. Through nature, we can obtain our wellness and begin our journey to better health. We push the limits on “healthy” to ensure our guests connect with nature and feel inspired.
Experience: a Rustic Furniture Class at a local furniture maker’s riverside studio; mountain meditation at sunrise and sunset; “Bach to Nature” boot camp; Spa Rituals created with the finest ingredients and practices inspired by ancient traditions; mountain bird watching; “Java Hike or Snowshoe”; “Stowega” - an on-snow yoga class, and more.
Topnotch Resort is a majestic mountainside destination in Stowe, Vermont that blends the contemporary charm of a ski lodge with the luxurious amenities of a world-class resort. After a multi-million dollar renovation, Topnotch has been thoughtfully re-imagined to include 68 rooms & suites, 23 resort homes, a lobby bar & restaurant, an award-winning bistro, a world-class Tennis Center and Spa, indoor & outdoor pools and a Nordic Barn adventure center. Topnotch Resort makes the ordinary, extraordinary.
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Abundant off-slope activities at Smugglers’ Notch Resort provide fun for all ages. Family activities include playing in the indoor FunZone featuring climbing inflatables; guided nature walks on snowshoes; ice skating; and 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. Two teen centers give ages 13 and older a home base with plenty of activities. Adults enjoy the Snowshoe Adventure Dinner, a late afternoon lift ride to the top of Sterling Mountain and a gourmet dinner in a candlelit cabin, with a guided snowshoe trek back to the base completing a companionable evening with other guests. A heated cabin groomer ride is a mountain adventure families won’t soon forget. For those seeking indoor pursuits, local artisans teach painting and sculpting classes, and massage services and yoga sessions provide soothing relaxation. Evening fun for adults in Bootlegger’s Lounge features magic shows, karaoke, dance parties and live music. (www.smuggs.com)
Jay Peak Resort
After building three hotels in four years, hundreds of condos, a 60,000-square foot indoor waterpark, and two concert venues, Jay Peak has invented a new kind of winter getaway. Start your day with a snorkel for the snow, grab a surf board for an afternoon on the Double Barrel standing wave, and wind down the day watching acts like Bruce Hornsby and Rusted Root in the Foeger Ballroom. Wake up and repeat.
Burke Mountain Resort
The Burke area offers a variety of lodging options ranging from quaint B&B’s, to slope side condominiums, rejuvenating spas and family-friendly hotels. Explore your options at www.skiburke.com Hungry? The quaint town of East Burke has (surprisingly to some) excellent options. From make your own waffles in the morning to a perfect rack of lamb finished in a wood oven, to a burger and craft beer at a pub, there’s something for every palate.
Located minutes away, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing are offered at the home of the best mountain bike trail network in North America, the Kingdom Trails Network. Explore these world famous trails in the winter too! www.kingdomtrails.org. Or, explore Vermont by snowmobile on VAST Snowmobile Trails. Burke is central to the miles of trails in the Vermont wilderness. Snowmobile rentals are available with free delivery to Burke Mountain. Or explore the local country stores, craft shops, art galleries, historic libraries and museums for that special gift or unique, locally-made collectible.