The Vermont Ski Village: Amenities and Activities 2015-16
Skiing and snowboarding in Vermont are incredibly rewarding by themselves, but pair them with cozy lodges, charming villages, relaxing spas, wonderful food and drink, other exhilarating activities and you have the perfect vacation. Whether taking a day off, or just an afternoon break, families can revel in a range of kid-friendly activities from ziplines to waterparks, couples can enjoy an intimate fireside diner or unwind in the spa, and friends can access world class shopping, concerts and more. Explore what each Vermont resort can offer for nearby activities, amenities, and fabulous dining and out-on-the-town experiences.
Woodstock Inn & Resort / Suicide Six Ski Area
Experience Vermont and all of its splendor at either the Suicide Six Ski Area or Nordic Center. After an invigorating day outdoors, return to the resort for a little pampering at the spa. Greeted by a roaring fire in a 10 foot hearth, find warm comfortable accommodations to recharge. Each of the guest rooms offers luxurious bathrooms, pillow-top mattresses, high-speed internet access and comfortable sitting areas. Spend the evening in the 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 is one of New England's favorite family winter destinations.
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.
Stratton Mountain Resort
There’s no car needed at the Stratton Mountain Village, where you can indulge in retail therapy with a variety of Village shops ranging from technical hiking gear to every fashionista’s dream, all just steps from the slopes.Savor the flavors of Vermont fresh fare throughout the resort where this season you will enjoy tasty new options in mountain dining created with locally sourced ingredients and crafted by Stratton’s culinary team. The well-equipped Sports Center and Nordic trail system are close at hand. Kids will love the lift served tubing park, Ice Castle and mini-snowmobile tours!
Stowe Mountain Resort
This winter Stowe Mountain Resort unveils their new Outdoor Ice Skating Rink and Children’s Adventure Center in the Spruce Peak Plaza; the newest, most convenient and luxurious mountainside hamlet east of the Rocky Mountains. As the hub of skier and rider services in Stowe, Spruce Peak offers a variety of boutique shopping venues, farm-to-table restaurants, gourmet food & coffee shops, children’s activity centers, a private members club, underground parking, an ice rink, performing arts center, Spruce Camp Base Lodge, Stowe Mountain Lodge & Spa and a number of custom-built homes, townhomes and village residences. Spruce Peak at Stowe is seamlessly connected to Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, by an intermountain transfer Gondola called Over Easy. Visit http://www.sprucepeak.com/
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Abundant off-slope activities at Smugglers’ Notch Resort provide 24/7 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 artists 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)
The Quechee Club
The village of Quechee Lakes is the epitome of a traditional Vermont wonderland. Nestled between the hills of the Upper Valley, visitors find serene winter beauty with activities for families of all ages. From the Quechee Ski Area with 13 trails and 3 lifts, to the more than 10 miles of groomed cross country trails, the Club is also host to a well maintained ice skating pond and sledding area. Guests enjoy horse drawn sleigh rides from the Base Lodge to the Quadzilla chair lift complementing the nostalgic Vermont winter experience.
Q Burke Mountain
For aspiring racers, families, and authenticity-enamored skiers and riders of every stripe and size, Q Burke has something for everybody. The 36 trails, 11 glades, and 3 terrain parks provides a variety of terrain for every level to experience. Notably, Q Burke is one of the resorts who allow uphill travel during operating hours. With three official routes to travel, they even have options for those who choose to still earn their turns. For a more casual pace, the Q Burke Nordic Center offers nearly 10 miles of groomed terrain for snowshoes, cross-country ski, or fat biking through a quilted landscape of old logging lanes, forgotten country roads, and rolling Vermont farmland.
Okemo Mountain Resort
Serving as a gateway to Okemo Mountain Resort, the unassuming village of Ludlow invites visitors to enjoy shopping with eclectic specialty stores, boutiques, galleries and even a Main Street hardware store. Ludlow is an authentic Vermont village with many top-rated dining options, après ski settings, plus cultural and community events. At the Resort, visitors will find so much more than downhill skiing and riding. Family fun includes ice skating, snow tubing, a mountain coaster, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing, fatbike riding, plus swimming pools and a game arcade. Indulgences include spa services, snowcat excursions and fine dining.
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 Resort Hotel, offers a full menu of spa treatments in addition to guided snowshoe tours.
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
Killington Resort & Pico Mountain
The Killington Access Road is one of a kind, and definitely isn’t the typical ski village. With 5 miles of bars, restaurants, nightclubs and inns, the Access Road is Killington’s main artery, and where visitors will want to spend hours off the snow. Whether looking for new softgoods, a professional boot fitting, a latte or a martini, the Access Road has what guests are looking for.
Jay Peak Resort
Jay Peak doesn’t have the traditional ski village. In fact, there’s nothing really “traditional” at all at the resort, so far as that word is traditionally defined. As opposed to a shopping district, there’s a 60,000-square foot indoor waterpark that offers shots of adrenaline along with the more spirituous variety from the Drink, the largest bar at the resort. There’s the Ice Haus where guests can let out some frustration during daily Stick and Puck sessions, or just channel their inner Tonya Harding with some figure skating. And when all that makes you ravenous, there are seven restaurants to sate your hunger.
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. Manchester is also home to a wonderful variety of both family friendly and high end restaurants. For guided snowmobile rides, there’s Equinox Snow Tours nearby and Alpine Tours on Stratton Mountain. More listings and all the contact info for these activities are on Bromley’s family ski vacations activities webpage, or visit the Manchester and the Mountains Chamber of Commerce website for loads of info!
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. Choose from a traditional hotel room, a studio, or a one or two bedroom suite all conveniently located in the main base building. Several condominiums, located just a short walk to the main base area, are also an option for guests. The base area offers two restaurants; The James Moore Tavern and Fireside Flatbread. Other food and beverage options include a cafeteria and the BV Deli which is open for breakfast and lunch and features the Craft Beer Corner. The Sports Center comes complete with pool, hot tub, sauna, plenty of games for the kids and the new Poolside Lounge.