What's New this Summer at Vermont Ski Resorts?
As the 2014-15 ski and snowboard season comes to a close Vermont resorts prepare for another great season while also touting new summer activities and offerings. Visitors to Vermont during the warmer months can expect new camps, ziplines and mountain bike programs, and will likely catch glimpses of improvements underway for the 2015-16 winter season.
New Improvements Underway for the 2015-16 Season:
Q Burke Mountain Resort
Q Burke Mountain Resort’s prepares the first ever slope side full service hotel complete with a new bar/restaurant, conference space, and front row access to the best skiing, riding, and mountain biking in New England. The 116 room boutique style lodge is scheduled to open in December 2015 with new career job openings posted daily to our website, www.qburke.com.
Jay Peak Resort
This summer Jay Peak is getting into the movie business. The northern Vermont resort will spend the warmer months building a 15,000-square foot recreational center that will include a 145-seat cinema draught house (READ: a movie theater that serves beer), 16 climbing walls, one ropes course, 30 arcade games, and a snack bar. And in case that wasn’t enough to keep the staff busy, Jay Peak will also build 84 more mountain cottages between the Tramside and Stateside areas of the resort.
Sugarbush has begun the installation of the new Valley House Quad in the Lincoln Peak base area for the 2015/16 winter season. The Doppelmayr Fixed-Grip Quad will increase the uphill capacity of the current lift from 748 to 1800 people per hour and cut the ride time to approximately 8 minutes. The lift should help eliminate any lift lines in the base area and provide a reliable back-up lift to the Super Bravo Express Quad.
New Activities and Offering for Summer 2015:
Killington Resort introduces eight new summer attractions thanks to $3.5 million in investments. The new summer energy center at Snowshed will feature Snowshed Express lift service increased from weekends to 7-days a week for access to expanded beginner and intermediate mountain biking, the Beast Coaster, a 4,800’ alpine mountain coaster, a 1,000’ Skyeride that lifts participants 200 feet above Snowshed Pond, a four-story ropes course loaded with obstacles, a 5,000 square foot maze, ATV and Segway tours and more. Snowshed will also be the new home of the Cooler in the Mountains concert series, beginning July 18.
The Peak Lodge and K-1 Express Gondola will continue to serve guests daily, along with new services in the Snowshed Lodge including an expanded retail and bike shop, the new BOGS Hiking Center and food court.
Stowe Mountain Resort
Stowe Mountain Resort will launch their newest summer mountain experiences this June, 2015.
The new experience based activities, built by the industry’s leading vendors, will include Zip Lines down Mount Mansfield and a Tree Top Adventure Course at the base of the mountain. Visit www.stowe.com
- Stowe ZipTour Adventure - Providing the Zip Line on Mount Mansfield is ZipTour, the leading manufacturer and installer of commercial zip lines. ZipTour is the world’s fastest and most exhilarating zip line experience and the ultimate point-to-point sky adventure.
- Stowe Tree Top Adventure - Courses themselves entail a series of aerial tree-to-tree connections with various challenge elements intertwined in the design. The guided activity is ideal for most ages and offers outstanding pre-programmed team-building facilities for groups.
Okemo Mountain Resort
Okemo’s big news this summer is the addition of lift-served mountain biking to its lineup of summer and fall amenities. The South Ridge Quad in the Clock Tower base area will provide access to several miles of trails in this first phase of development. The Evolution Bike Park at Okemo is slated to open July Fourth weekend. In addition to top-of-the-line mountain bike rentals, helmets and padding will be available for rent. There will be a mechanic on duty for all repair services. Daily maintenance will ensure the trails are in excellent shape and bike patrol will be riding the trails during operating hours. Call 802-228-1600.
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Smugglers’ Notch Resort continues to expand opportunities for families to play, learn, create and explore together in the resort’s Family Ties programs. New activities include a Creature Feature session with a naturalist, life-size foosball for all ages, and family arts and crafts. Flyboarding will be offered at Bootlegger’s Basin, a reservoir with swimming beach and new picnic and play area. Mountain biking at Smugglers’ continues to expand with the addition of a mountainside park with trail features designed for learning, adding to the pump track built last year. New instructional sessions include a family and women's clinics and a Strider bike session for ages 3-6 (these small bikes are designed without pedals to promote balance and coordination at an introductory level for this age group).
Woodstock Inn & Resort
The Woodstock Inn & Resort has partnered with New England Falconry to provide an exciting new guest experience at the resorts’ falconry center in Woodstock, Vermont. The staff includes professional falconers who provide guests with a wealth of knowledge of this ancient pastime and an interactive hands-on encounter with these magnificent birds of prey. This ancient sport of kings has been in existence for over 4,000 years, and it is both fascinating and exciting for individuals and the entire family. The content of the sessions will include detail about raptor adaptations, conservation, and history of falconry as well as free flying sessions with Harris’s hawks. www.woodstockinn.com
Stratton Mountain Resort
This summer, try the latest craze with the whole family. Fatbike the surrounding Stratton area with professional guided Ride Leaders for one amazing adventure. Rides cater to all ability levels. Adventure seekers must be 48” tall & able to sustain 45 minutes of light aerobic activity. Snacks and water are provided, all you need to bring is your helmet and a smile.
Mount Snow Resort
Mount Snow Golf Club welcomes a brand new fleet of electric golf carts, making the ride around southern Vermont’s most scenic course more peaceful and comfortable. Teen Camp welcomes young adults ages 13 to 15 for a summer of mountain biking, hiking, swimming and more. Great opportunity to explore the outdoors and have some adventures with friends.
This summer Sugarbush is expanding its summer camp offerings with weekly themed camps for ages 6-12. Themes include adventure, climbing, farm-to-plate, water and outdoor survival and are offered late June through mid-August.
The Quechee Club
The Quechee Club is a mecca for family fun in the summer months. Offering daily recreation programming for kids and families, the Recreation Department has upped the fun factor this year to include Teen Adventure programming, which offers zip-lining and indoor sky-diving, to Teen overnight adventures. Trips included Maine kayaking excursions, Six Flags Great Escape road trips and camping on Lake George.
Whether on or off-campus, children and families have a ton of options this season. Contact The Quechee Club for details at (802) 295-9356 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New Summer Dining:
New this summer, Bolton’s Bailey's restaurant will be open on Friday and Saturday evenings. The restaurant will be open for dinner and drinks on Friday evenings starting on May 29 and will feature a pub fair menu. Dinners will be able to soak in stunning sunsets from the western facing deck.
Mad River Glen
General Stark's Pub, America's favorite après-ski destination, will be open Summer Weekends starting on June 19th. There is nothing quite like a casual meal in the pub or on the deck while relaxing in the shadow of General Stark's Mountain. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday there is a Summer Pub Menu along with nightly specials including the Friday Night Fish Fry, which has become a must-do event for locals and tourists alike.
Q Burke Mountain Resort
The Tamarack Pub & Grill at Q Burke Mountain Resort is going through a serious facelift between seasons and is scheduled to re-open Thursday, May 21st with its new sports pub atmosphere and menu. The sports pub will include pool tables, foosball tables, darts, and a variety of gaming to keep all who enter entertained. The sports bar décor will highlight local milestones from BMA graduates, community school programs as well as New England favorites like the Patriots football, Boston Bruins Hockey and Boston Red Sox baseball.