Skiing + Snowboarding in Southern Vermont
Concierge.com's insider take:
If you're looking to hit the slopes in the southern half of Vermont, drop down Route 100 from Stowe and you'll find Mad River Glen, one of only four American ski areas that still ban snowboards; it also pooh-poohs snowmaking and grooming (Rte. 17, Waitsfield; 802-496-3551; www.madriverglen.com). The result is a raw, refreshing, and highly rewarding ski experience, especially when you ride the famous single chair, which deposits only 450 skiers per hour on the narrow, vertiginous trails. If you can handle the moguls on Chute or the tight tree lines of Lynx, you can handle any run in the world. Nearby Sugarbush, which has 16 lifts and 508 skiable acres, welcomes boarders (1840 Sugarbush Access Rd., Warren; 800-537-8427; www.sugarbush.com). The southern peak, Lincoln, has a ritzy new base village but can be especially crowded on holiday weekends; for more solitude, try Sugarbush's Mount Ellen, also known as "North."
Further south in the Green Mountain Range lies the behemoth of Killington; go here for the steep moguls on Outer Limits, the sheer variety of terrain, and the après scene around town (4763 Killington Rd., Killington; 802-422-3333; www.killington.com). Okemo's 117 trails are known for their impeccable grooming and consistent snow (77 Okemo Ridge Rd., Ludlow; 802-228-4041; www.okemo.com). If you're staying at the Deerhill Inn, you'll ski Mount Snow, which has 107 trails and 590 acres (Mount Snow Rd., West Dover; 802-464-3333; www.mountsnow.com). And in the Manchester area sits the trio of Stratton, which hosts the snowboarding U.S. Open each March and has 90 well-maintained trails (Rte. 30, Bondville; 802-297-2200; www.stratton.com); Bromley, a sunny, southern-exposure resort (3984 VT Rte. 11, Peru; 800-865-4786; www.bromley.com); and Magic Mountain, which is a small but tough area that often has powder (Rte. 11, Londonderry; 802-624-5645; www.magicmtn.com).