During the summer months we are replacing and installing new snowmaking pipe on a section of upper mountain trail that will increase our efficiency and effort to open top to bottom snowmaking trails. Additionally the 200+ foot magic carpet that currently sits slope side at the Burke Mountain Hotel will be moved to the lower mountain, expanding our learning area and supporting a larger terrain based Learn-to-ski/ride program.
The Craftsbury Outdoor Center’s summer programming offers something for everyone. The Center offers sculling, running, and mountain biking opportunities for visitors of all levels. For Nordic skiing and biathlon enthusiasts, summer training opportunities are readily available.
For families near and far, Hosmer Point offers a wide array of summer camp opportunities for kids, along with being an ideal venue for weddings and other events.
The Center runs fitness classes for all ages and abilities. Summer gym memberships are also for sale.
Visit Craftsbury.com for an up to date listing of all Center events including lectures and weekly community programing.
We are on a mission to transform the way our guest experience and enjoy Killington for years to come. One major improvement is the K-1 Base Lodge rebuild. Such a massive project will take two phases, the first beginning this spring. More improvements can be found at Killington.com.
New this summer, we offer intermediate and advanced level group and private lessons for downhill mountain biking in addition to adding multiple camps – some for adults only, kids only and ladies only. Combined with last year’s investment and new experiences, these upgrades and new camps set the tone for future generations to enjoy Killington resort. All mountain biking information can be found at Killington.com.
Magic is undertaking two substantial infrastructure projects this summer, spending over $1.5 million, to continue to make better Magic’s unique throwback ski experience. After finishing a new base-to mid-mountain double lift last winter, Magic is further expanding its uphill capacity by replacing its Black triple chair summit lift with a Poma fixed-grip Quad lift. Construction begins in June and the lift will be spinning for the 2019/20 season as a perfect complement to its iconic summit Red Chair. In addition, Magic is doubling the size of its snowmaking pond to provide more snowmaking capacity and trail coverage to insure a wide variety of great skiing throughout the season. All this work will take place while offering an 18-hole championship disc golf course and the best local dining and entertainment at the Black Line Tavern.
Snowmaking improvements continue to be a priority at Mount Snow, as this summer will see many changes to the Sunbrook Face, which will add snowmaking on three trails. Moon Walk, Little Dipper, and Moon Beam will soon be connected to the Northeast’s most powerful snowmaking system, drastically improving the coverage on this face of the mountain. Furthermore, the additional coverage will allow the operations team to change these trails to green circles, offering a new option for skiers who want to access the summit and then practice turns on wider, beginner-friendly terrain. This project wouldn’t be possible without the previous upgrades of the past few summers including a 120-million-gallon snowmaking reservoir, along with new pumphouses and pipes. Looking to the future, the next step is to push for 100% snowmaking coverage, which is a goal that could possibly be achieved within the next few years.
The Mount Snow Bike Park will receive a major upgrade this summer with new Triple EZ bike racks from Deason Built. Not only do these bike carriers make the loading process easier for the rider, but they will also increase the efficiency of uphill transportation from approximately 216 bikes per hour to 324 bikes per hour.
The theme around Smugglers’ Notch in all four seasons is fun. And when you have a place like this in such a beautiful setting, there is a myriad of directions for that to go. This summer, Smugglers’ is focusing on offering fun and healthy experiences with an underlying emphasis on learning. And there’s no better place for it. Family STEAM activities, proven to be a hit in seasons past, are now offered for children ages 7-17 in full-day camps. Typical days include field exploration, games, group projects and challenges, all centered around the day's given theme; and of course, swimming in a variety of the Resort’s pools and waterparks. Smugglers’ also continues to develop the popular Bootleggers’ Reservoir; arguably one of the most beautiful places for a dip in the state of Vermont. A variety of inflatable water structures, field activities, stand up paddleboarding (SUP), kayaking, giant slip and slides, and more ensure everyone in the family has the chance to play in this quintessential Green Mountain swimming location. www.smuggs.com; 855-581-5906
Stowe Mountain Resort has a state-of-the-art Adventure Center and ‘Stowe Rocks’ climbing gym, at the vibrant new Spruce Peak Village Center. Other newly added activities on the mountain include Zip Lines down Vermont’s highest peak and a Tree Top Adventure Course. Visit www.stowe.com
Stowe ZipTour Adventure - Take Stowe’s Gondola to the top and then Zip down three adrenaline charged spans to the bottom.
Stowe Tree Top Adventure - Courses themselves entail a series of over 60 aerial tree-to-tree connections with various challenge elements intertwined in the design. Ideal for most ages.
Once the trees go green and temperatures begin to heat up, southern Vermont’s highest peak turns into a playground of possibilities. This summer, Stratton will offer new ways to explore and take advantage of the season thanks to the introduction of lift serviced mountain biking and new tennis and golf offerings. Stratton brings a new line-up of live music starting with the Little River Band, as well as a signature events including the North American Obstacle Course Racing Championships.
Sugarbush is finishing renovations on the Lincoln Peak Courtyard, which will now include both gas and wood firepits, cobblestone walkways, and new central gardens, just in time for Sugarbush’s Brew-Grass Festival on June 8th. Additionally, the resort purchased a mini-excavator to help improve and build out the mountain bike terrain. In addition to new high end trail and downhill bikes in the rental fleet, Sugarbush is also getting several e-mountain bikes for use on the cross-country terrain at the mountain and in the Mad River Valley. The resort is also hosting the brand-new Bear North Festival at Mt. Ellen August 2nd and 3rd.
This year at our Suicide Six Bike Park we refined the programming and invite you and the whole family to experience our perfect blend of beginner-friendly tracks and expert level berms and jumps. The Bike Park not only offers custom crafted trails for all abilities, but also a strider park for kids, and a skills development area to build confidence. Lessons, rentals and camps are available. This summer we also designed a Tennis Academy at our Athletic Club offering fun for the whole family and individuals while honing skills and learning new strategies. The program allows for exciting, yet relaxed competitive action with some doubles matches and instruction from our pros.