Ski Vermont resorts don’t hibernate over the summer. Expect even more active summer options in 2015 as new ziplines, lodges and mountain bike options open for the first time.
Whether seeking adventurous thrills, a family get-away, or a gorgeous game of golf, Vermont ski and snowboard resorts have something for everyone in spring, summer, and fall.
Downhill Thrills Continue in Vermont Post Ski Season
Whether going up, down or both, the Green Mountains are just epic in the summer, as they give way to beautiful views of Vermont’s bucolic landscape.Hiking trails are abundant from ski resort base areas. Visit Bolton Valley for access to over 100km of nordic trails connecting to Vermont’s Long Trail, or Mad River Glen to access the Monroe skyline and grab a bite at the renowned General Stark’s Pub.
Mountain biking continues to be a point of growth at Vermont resorts. Okemo Mountain Resort adds The Evolution Bike Park, lift served mountain biking which is slated to open July Fourth weekend. Stratton introduces fatbiking, catering to all levels, and Mount Snow, Smugglers’ Notch and Killington expand their mountain biking services. Riders can also start descending on Q Burke’s famous terrain on June 6, 2015. Learn more at skivermont.com.
Unplugged Family Vacations Reign Supreme at Vermont Resorts
For families planning an active, unplugged getaway for the summer, Vermont can’t be beat. Not only is lodging discounted in the “off season,” but deals are plentiful, like Jay Peak’s Splash and Stay packages or Smuggs’ Father’s Day package.
Kids, and even whole families, can enroll in camp at Vermont ski resorts this season. Sugarbush has expanded their camp options with special weekly themed camps for children ages 6-12. Themes include adventure, climbing, farm-to-plate, water and outdoor survival. Mount Snow continues their Unplugged Family Camp this summer and adds a Teen Camp for 13-15 year olds, focusing on the outdoors.
Adventure Parks are also a-plenty at Vermont resorts. Combining fresh air and a physical challenge, thrill seekers explore the tree tops via a series of bridges, rope structures, ziplines and more. Stowe Mountain Resort will introduce a new zipline and Tree Top Adventure in June 2015. With 23 rides and attractions, Bromley’s adventure parks features a classic triple track Alpine Slide, The Sun Mountain Flyer, a ZipRider®, and the Aerial Adventure Park. Killington will also open a summer energy center this June in the Snowshed base area, featuring the Beast Coaster and ATV and Segway tours.
Relaxing in the Green Mountains
Sometime vacations are about leisure activities and simply enjoying all Vermont has to offer in beautiful scenery, delicious local food and great music. A full list of events at Vermont ski resorts, including concerts and farmer’s markets, are available at skivermont.com.
Pampering on vacation is a must. A hot stone massage at Okemo’s Spring House or a deep tissue massage at Jay Peaks’ Taiga spa will soothe all tensions. Yoga is a great option at Stowe Mountain Lodge and Stratton Mountain Resort. Enjoy outdoor yoga or “Stowega” after hiking to a waterfall, or practice Mountain Pose on the tallest peak in southern Vermont. For more rejuvenation ideas, visit thewellness listings online.
If golf is the desired activity when traveling, don’t miss out on Vermont’s famous greens. Tee off at one of Golf Advisor’s Top 25 Friendliest Courses in the U.S. in 2014 at Woodstock Country Club or try golfing for the first time at The Quechee Club, with SNAG (Starting New at Golf), the first-touch program that effectively teaches the game of golf to people of all ages.
Ski Vermont (Vermont Ski Areas Association) is a proud ambassador of the thriving winter tourism industry in Vermont, where the legislature has designated skiing and snowboarding as the official state sports. Vermont is not only the #1 ski state in the east and third in the US, but also reigns supreme in snowmaking quality and coverage, variety of terrain and historical impact on the sports of skiing and snowboarding – making it one of the most significant ski and ride destinations in the world. Ski Vermont’s mission is to help create a legislative, economic and social environment in which the state’s ski areas can grow and prosper. It serves its 20 Alpine and 29 Nordic member resorts in three major areas: Governmental Affairs, Marketing and Public Affairs.