A Four-Season Destination: Vermont Ski and Snowboard Resorts Offer Year-Round Activities
Nowadays, Vermont attracts visitors year round with beautiful mountains and changing seasons. Millions of visitors come in the winter to experience the joys of skiing and snowboarding, and many return during other seasons in search of fall foliage and cool autumn activities, or warm days by the lake and scenic summit hikes. In the spring, some come to soak up the sun and enjoy maple syrup sugaring season while still seeing snow beneath their feet (or more so, their skis and snowboards). It’s because of these year-round pursuits that Vermont’s resorts have ramped up their activity offerings during the “off season”, and now pride themselves on truly being four season destinations that everyone can enjoy.
With Outdoor Exploration Camp offering more green time and less screen time for kids, to Mount Snow's Family Camp giving families the chance to unplug and unwind, summer at Mount Snow is meant for getting outside. Whether hiking, biking, horseback riding, paddleboarding, or just simply enjoying the view on a scenic lift ride, there's something for everyone. Come fall, it's time for Mount Snow’s famous events, including the 23rd Annual Brewers Festival over Labor Day Weekend and the ever-popular 20th Annual Oktoberfest over Columbus Day Weekend. And for all you leaf peepers, the Bluebird Lift will be running daily to the summit during peak foliage.
Stratton Mountain Resort
The fun doesn’t stop when the snow melts. Each June, the largest yoga festival in the world, Wanderlust, consumes Stratton for four spectacular days of yoga, live music, art and fresh fare. The whole family can enjoy live music at the base of the mountain throughout the summer featuring world-renowned acts like Three Dog Night, Greensky Bluegrass and The Machine, accompanied by lawn games and a fresh barbeque. Explore the tallest peak in southern Vermont with guided hikes, yoga classes at the summit or on a stand-up paddle board, and fitness classes or tennis at the Stratton Training and Fitness Center.
Magic launched its Magic Mountain Disc Golf Course on August 18th and the course is open Thursdays through Saturdays during the fall, spring and summer. Enjoy the Vermont autumn leaves and mountain views while competing with friends at the fast-growing sport.
With south facing skiing from November to April, Sun Mountain skiers and snowboarders have enjoyed winter fun for over 75 years. The addition of the Alpine Slides in 1976 added another dimension to mountain fun with new lift serviced summer options. Visitors Memorial Day through Columbus Day find summer fun on the Triple Track Alpine Slides, the Big Splash Waterslide, the Giant Swing, half mile-long Sun Mountain Flyer Ziprider and the 65 element Aerial Adventure Park. Bromley also has a dedicated Kidzone, with bumper boats and bouncy things for visitors under 4 feet tall, plus a classic 18-hole mini golf course, trampolines and more.
Okemo Mountain Resort
Okemo is a four-season playground that built its reputation for quality and superior guest service as a winter destination for skiers and snowboarders. Okemo also offers a variety of warm-weather activities with two 18-hole championship golf courses, a lift-served mountain bike park, scenic chairlift rides and Okemo’s Adventure Zone that includes a mountain coaster, zipline tours, miniature golf, disc golf, trampoline bungee jumping, a climbing wall, a Big Air Bag, Segway Personal Transport tours, a self-guided treetop challenge course, inflatable bounce features and more. Okemo is the ideal hub from which to launch a family adventure at any time of the year.
The Quechee Club
Spring, summer and fall pursuits at Quechee Lakes include tennis, kayaking and casting a line into the Connecticut River, one of New England’s largest waterways bordering 27 Vermont towns. Hikers and bikers have access to an extensive wilderness trail system that spans more than 75 miles, beginning in Quechee Lakes and ending at the Rockefeller National Historic Park located in Woodstock, Vermont. Quechee’s Lake Pinneo offers a beach and bathhouse, picnic area, playground, volleyball nets, horseshoe pits, boat rentals, paddleboards and canoes.
The two championship golf courses, Highland and Lakeland, were designed by New England legend Geoffrey Cornish and were completely renovated by his partner Brian Silva in 2012.
The Woodstock Inn and Suicide Six Ski Area
Woodstock Inn and Resort is a year-round destination in the village of Woodstock, Vermont that embraces the vision of Laurance and Mary Rockefeller. With a legacy that’s deeply rooted in the Woodstock community, the Inn is cherished for its preservation of New England history, heritage and elegance. The Woodstock Inn and Resort offers four restaurants and bars, a game room lounge, Suicide Six ski area, Nordic center, full service Spa, 18-hole golf course, a falconry center, indoor and outdoor tennis, Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing, fitness facility and classes, Billings Farm and Museum and hiking at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park.
Mountain Top Inn and Resort
Mountain Top Inn and Resort offers an abundance of year-round activities including cold weather activities like 60km of cross country ski and snowshoe trails, equipment rentals and lessons, horse drawn sleigh rides and ice skating, to warm weather activities like fishing, paddle boarding, tennis, disc golf, horseback riding and much more!
From summer days mountain biking on the expanded Gravity Logic-designed Killington Bike Park and family fun at the Snowshed Adventure Center featuring a mountain coaster, zip lines, ropes course and more, to craft beer festivals and the chill of winter that gets the snowmakers’ blood pumping, The Beast officially has no off-season. Search #beast365 on social media and see how much fun guests have at The Beast of the East, where they often offer skiing, biking and golfing on the same day each spring and fall.
Mountain biking at Sugarbush and in the Mad River Valley continues to expand. Sugarbush recently hosted the Vermont Mountain Bike Festival for the second year in a row, showcasing both its lift-served mountain bike terrain and the Valley’s cross-country terrain including a beginner-friendly Blueberry Lake trail system. Sugarbush also offers a year-round health and fitness facility, offering outdoor pools and hot tubs, a fitness center, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a climbing gym, massage, sauna and fitness classes. In summer, the resort offers a Robert Trent Sr. designed golf course, New England Tennis Holidays tennis camps, disc golf, zip line, kids summer camps, hiking, scenic lift rides and a bungee trampoline.
The Bolton Valley neighborhood stays vibrant throughout the summer. The activities feature an 18-hole disc golf course, an indoor pool, inflatable bounce houses for the kids as well as many other family oriented games and activities. Located in the midst of thousands of acres of forest, the hiking opportunities are seemingly endless. The resort is also planning several events for the 2018 summer including a disc golf tournament, a brew fest with live music and more.
Stowe Mountain Resort
In addition to skiing and snowboarding, Stowe offers plenty of year-round activities. The Stowe Zip Tour Adventure is one of the world’s fastest and most exhilarating zip line experience. Ride the Summit Gondola to the launching point near the top of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak. Then enjoy the thrill of flying down three of the world’s longest zip-spans, both above and through the Green Mountain State Forest. Stowe also offers the Treetop Adventure with 6 different levels of courses consisting of aerial tree-to-tree connections with 68 various Challenge/Game elements intertwined in the experience. Suitable for most ages, the courses are designed to progressively build confidence.
Trapp Family Lodge
Do everything or nothing at all – it’s up to you. At Trapp Family Lodge the question isn’t what to do, but rather, where to start? This year Trapp’s is celebrating the 50th anniversary of offering some of the greatest cross-country ski trails in the country. Enjoy access to more than 60 miles of trails with terrain suitable for every level cross-country skier or snowshoer. In warmer months, visitors can walk or hike to enjoy the solitude of the trails that wind their way through meadows and woodlands. And no matter the time of year, enjoy the Bierhall and brewery, tours of the property or a relaxing massage.
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
At Smugglers’ Notch Resort, there are opportunities year-round for families to play, create, explore and relax together. During summer, Smugglers' offers eight pools and four water slides, two recreational freshwater reservoirs, 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 mountain biking 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 age 7 and younger enjoy their own nursery-based program of activities. Year-round, the ArborTrek canopy tour offers a thrilling descent of the wooded hillside adjoining the resort on ziplines, suspension bridges and rappels. The three season Treetop Obstacle Course features more than 80 elements like cargo nets, tire swings and more to challenge kids as young as 4 as well as adults.
In the summer we change our gear, not our lifestyle. At Burke Mountain, spend the warmer months chasing sunshine atop mountain bikes through hundreds of miles of trails. Some are content to watch its rays dance from the surface of the lake during a day of sailing or kayaking. Most though are just happy hiking up the red trail and enjoying the breathtaking view of the Willoughby Gap. The story is yours to create. Make Burke Mountain a part of your summer vacation.
Jay Peak Resort
Fifty weeks of hosting hockey tournaments keeps Jay Peak humming. Then there’s the glass-ensconced Pump House indoor waterpark with its retractable roof along with an outdoor pool to let guests soak up the mountain sun. And in the summer of 2018, the resort will get into the soccer, lacrosse and field hockey business when it opens two synthetic-turf athletic fields designed to host multi-team, multi-day tournaments.