Year Round Action at Vermont Ski and Snowboard Resorts
Vermont’s winter season is nice and long, often with snow falling on autumn foliage in October and die-hards hitting the slopes in May. And while we love to revel in our snowy mountains, there has been a huge surge in four season activities at Vermont resorts. There is no doubt that Vermont is a beautiful destination year-round and resorts welcome folks to visit during both the colder and warmer months for family-friendly fun, adventurous activities, festivals, or simply a relaxing stay the Green Mountain.
Mount Snow Resort
Mount Snow Golf Club is open from May into October, including Fairways Restaurant, which hosts monthly beer pairing dinners. Mount Snow Bike Park provides plenty of opportunities for adrenaline seekers, with downhill trails as well as cross country trails and a pump track. The Family Camp at Mount Snow offers all-inclusive fully customizable family vacations and is a great place for family reunions. Events include Tough Mudder New England, Eastern States Cup downhill mountain biking race, Hops for Hope 5K and Brewers Festival in September, Oktoberfest, and the Harvest Art and Craft Show.
Stratton Mountain Resort
The fun doesn’t stop when the snow melts at Stratton. Each June, the largest yoga festival in the world, Wanderlust, consumes Stratton for four spectacular days of yoga, live music, art and fresh fare. Every Saturday starting July 4, live music from the region’s top bands rocks the Stratton stage accompanied by a BBQ and lawn games for the Free Summer Concert Series. But that’s not all. Enjoy the great outdoors with guided hikes, yoga at the newly built deck at the summit and yoga on a stand up paddle board.
Bromley is a family-friendly summer resort. With 23 rides and attractions, there are loads of summer activities for everyone. At a full two thirds of a mile long, thrills await kids and adults alike on the classic triple track Alpine Slide. The Sun Mountain Flyer, a ZipRider®, zooms at speeds up to 50mph over half a mile with a 700 foot vertical drop. Rated Best Treetop Play in New England by the Boston Globe, the Aerial Adventure Park boasts 65 elements over 5 courses for the ultimate summer family fun. And there's so much more: mini golf, bungee trampolines, and the Giant Swing, just to name a few. With free family entertainment most weekends, and yummy Sun Deck eats from burgers to salmon BLTs, Bromley is Southern Vermont's complete family fun zone.
Okemo Mountain Resort
Okemo welcomes visitors all year round for family fun and adventure. New last summer, Okemo introduced lift-served mountain biking and there’s an Adventure Zone with a mountain coaster, zipline tour, a treetop challenge course and more. Okemo offers golf on two championship 18-hole courses, free outdoor concerts every Friday evening and lots of special events through the summer and fall. Coleman Brook Tavern is open for fine farm-to-table dining and Okemo is a perfect setting for weddings, family gatherings and conferences. It’s Okemo Time any time.
The Quechee Club
The Club’s two championship courses, Highland and Lakeland, were designed by New England legend Geoffrey Cornish and were totally renovated by his partner Brian Silva in 2012. Seven sets of tees allow each golfer to find their distance comfort zone. In addition, both courses are beautifully manicured and have large, subtly undulating bentgrass greens.
Other summertime pursuits at Quechee Lakes include boating, kayaking, fishing, swimming, and horseback riding. Hikers and bikers have access to 35 miles of trails. The Tennis Center features 11 tennis and two platform tennis courts. Murphy Farm is the home for Mini Crew and Q-Crew Kids’ Camps. Lake Pinneo offers a beach and bathhouse, picnic area, playground, volley ball nets, horseshoe pits, boat rentals, paddle boards, and canoes.
Regardless of the season, Quechee Lakes offers a full recreation calendar, including off-campus trips, with programs and instruction for all ages.
Woodstock Inn & Resort / Suicide Six Ski Area
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, you can wander miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, play golf, take fly-fishing lessons, rejuvenate at our Spa, go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, carve turns at our resort’s downhill alpine ski area, or work on your backhand at our racquet and fitness club.
Killington Resort & Pico Mountain
Killington just added the $3.5 million Snowshed Adventure Center, boasting a nearly mile-long Beast Mountain Coaster, soaring Skyeride over 100 feet above Snowshed Pond, a four-story Skye Ropes Course and much more that will operate in all four seasons – not just summer.
Mad River Glen
General Stark's Pub, a favorite après-ski destination, is open for dinner on weekends throughout the summer. 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 from 4 to 8 PM there is a Summer Pub Menu which now features the famous Fish Fry every night.
Sugarbush offers a year-round health and fitness facility, offering outdoor pools and hot tubs, a fitness center, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, squash, racquetball, rock gym, sauna and more. In the summer the resort offers golf, disc golf, zip line, mountain biking, summer camps, hiking, scenic lift rides, and bungee trampoline. Sugarbush also offers lodging year-round as well as various dining options throughout the year.
Throughout the year Sugarbush is hosting Food and Wine Samplers including December of 2015 and March and August of 2016. Each sampler consists of two events, with an afternoon of wine samplings, food pairings and culinary demonstrations, as well as an evening rustic Vermont family-style dinner at Allyn’s Lodge mid mountain. These events will lead into the first ever Sugarbush Food & Wine Festival September 30th – October 2nd, 2016, in partnership with Nantucket wine Festival.
Stowe Mountain Resort
The new experience based activities, built by the industry’s leading vendors, include an exhilarating ZipTour down Mt. Mansfield and a Treetop Adventure at the base of the mountain that provides fun, adventurous courses for most ages and abilities.
Stowe’s ZipTour Adventure consists of three spans that total over 10,000 feet in length (just under 2 miles) down Mount Mansfield. Billed as the ultimate point-to-point sky adventure, the trolley’s sophisticated braking system allows individuals to control their line speed, which can reach over 80 miles per hour.
Stowe’s Treetop Adventure consists of elevated obstacle courses securely suspended between trees and poles 10 to 50 feet above the ground. Some of the course features include Tyrolean Zip Lines, suspended bridges, swinging surprises, Tarzan swings, nets and much more. Visit http://www.stowe.com/activities/summer/
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Smugglers’ Notch Resort is a pioneer among ski resorts for its early development of summer recreational programming for families, beginning in the late 1970s. During summer Smugglers' offers family activities such as swimming and enjoying the resort's water slides, 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 skateboarding 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 younger than 7 enjoy their own program of activities. Year-round, the indoor FunZone with family games and climbing inflatables draws families, and the ArborTrek canopy tour offers a thrilling descent of the wooded hillside adjoining the resort on ziplines, suspension bridges and rappels. A three season treetop obstacle course features elements like cargo nets, tire swings and more on a wooded course. At Smugglers’, opportunities abound for families to play, create, explore and relax together.
Q Burke Mountain
In the summer we change our gear, not our lifestyle. At Q Burke Mountain Resort spend the warmer months chasing sunshine atop mountain bikes through hundreds of miles of trails. Some of us are content to watch its rays dance from the surface of the lake during a day of sailing or kayaking. Most of us though are just 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 Q Burke will never lead you astray. The story is yours to create. Endless adventure awaits.