TRAVEL INFO TO VERMONT SKI RESORTS
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Vermont crews are hard at work and look forward to a smooth ride for foliage and ski season.
Direct flights, reliable trains, the open road or chartered bus service make traveling to Vermont's renowned ski areas easy and affordable. In fact, winter in Vermont welcomes six times the state's population; visitors seeking mountain vacations for adventure, relaxation and rejuvenation. Whichever mode travelers choose - less time en route means more time to enjoy the mountains. Choose from planes, trains and automobiles...fresh snow is near!
Vermont resorts are an easy, convenient drive from anywhere in the East. Interstates 89, 91, and Vermont Route 100, the fabled skiers' highway, provide direct access to our mountains and villages. Vermont Transit, part of the Greyhound system, connects Vermont communities with Boston, Montreal and New York daily.
With excellent air service, Burlington International Airport is a convenient point of access to northern and central Vermont resorts. Major air carriers include JetBlue, United, US Airways Continental and Delta. For those who prefer charter flights or have a personal aircraft, take advantage of the stellar service of Ski Vermont’s private aviation partner, Heritage Aviation in Burlington.
Visitors to central and southern resorts can easily fly to Albany, Boston, Hartford, Manchester NH and Rutland VT. Gateway cities for international visitors include Boston, New York, Montreal, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Jet Blue offers flights for from New York for as little as $50 each way. Rental cars are available at all airports and many resorts offer ground transportation.
Two Amtrak routes operate between Washington, D.C., New York City and Vermont, providing daily passenger service to many of Vermont's mountain communities. For information, log onto Amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL.
NORTHERN VERMONT SKI RESORTS
Bolton Valley Resort, Burke Mountain, Jay Peak Resort, Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Stowe Mountain Resort and Trapp Family Lodge
- Driving: New York - 6 hours; Boston - 3 hours; Montreal – 2 hours
- Burlington International Airport, Montréal-PierreElliott Trudeau International Airport and Amtrak’s Waterbury or Essex stops offer easy access to this region.
BOLTON VALLEY RESORT
“The biggest challenge we see families facing when they ski is their proximity from their car to where their lodging is and then from the lodging to the lifts,” said Josh Arneson, director of marketing at Bolton. “We completely eliminate both of those factors with our ski-to-your-door lodging and walkable village. Those who stay with us literally park their car and forget about it. Once at Bolton, everything is within walking distance, making it convenient and easy for families to keep their brood corralled and still have fun at the same time.” Convenience also means just a 10 minute drive from I-89 to the resort, and an easy 30-minute drive from Burlington and the airport.
Enjoy the beauty of the open road and the scenic wonders of the Northeast Kingdom. Burke Mountain, in the heart of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, is just seven miles off of Interstate 91. It’s an all-interstate 3-hour drive from the heart of Boston and only 2.5 hours from both Montreal and Portsmouth, Nh.
JAY PEAK RESORT
Visit Jay Peak’s extensive set of directions for travel to the resort via car, train, bus or air, from areas in Canada, New England and the tri-state area.
SMUGGLERS' NOTCH RESORT
How do guests of Smugglers’ Notch Resort close the 45 minute drive gap between the Burlington International Airport or the Essex Amtrak station and the Resort? They can choose to be met by friendly van drivers and whisked to the Resort by arranging for a transfer in advance through the Resort’s vacation planning specialists. Once at the Resort, guests can easily go car-free: getting around is simple on the complimentary on-demand shuttle service operating within the Resort Village, while the Mountain Shuttle loops every 20 minutes between the Village and the upper mountain base area.
For folks piloting their own car from points south or east of the Resort, the optimal route involves taking Route 100 into Morrisville, bypassing Route 108 that leads into Smugglers’ Notch Pass. The reason? The Pass is closed in the winter, making the drive around the mountain to the Resort not only the fastest but also the most direct route. Here’s driving directions and transfer information.
STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT
It's not hard to find Stowe. Since the ski area shares its name with the town, there's no confusion about where you're headed and it’s an easy, enjoyable trip from just about anywhere. Located in north-central Vermont, Stowe Mountain Resort is 40 minutes from Vermont's largest airport, 15 minutes from Interstate 89, and 15 minutes from the Amtrak train station.
By Train or Auto – Amtrak offers service to Waterbury, Vermont, just 8 miles from Stowe. Driving to Stowe from any eastern city is nearly all state or interstate highway. Please visit www.stowe.com/press_room/.
CENTRAL VERMONT SKI RESORTS
Killington Resort, Mad River Glen, Middlebury College Snow Bowl, Mountain Top Inn & Resort Nordic Center, Pico Mountain, Sugarbush Resort, Suicide Six Ski Area
- Driving: New York - 5 hours; Boston - 3 hours; Montreal – 3 hours
- BurlingtonInternational Airport, the Rutland Airport and Amtrak’s Rutland and Waterbury stops offer easy access to this region. Amtrak's Ethan Allen Express provides convenient daily service from New York City's Pennsylvania Station.
Killington Resort is one of the largest regional destination resorts in the Northeast and is easily accessible by plane, train and automobile. JetBlue expanded its marketing partnership with Cape Air at Boston's Logan International Airport to include new service to Rutland, Vermont - a 30 minute drive from the slopes of Killington Resort. Through the JetBlue-Cape Air alliance, customers can book travel on a single itinerary to Rutland from top domestic destinations that connect through Boston including New York/JFK, Washington/Dulles, Pittsburgh, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.
Around Killington, Vermont's largest mass-transit network "The Bus" provides convenient and comfortable transportation to lodging properties, restaurants and businesses on Killington's famed access road. In addition, The Bus provides regional service to Rutland and the dining and shopping opportunities Vermont's second largest city has to offer.
For those driving from points south and east of Killington, the Skyeship Gondola offers quick access to the slopes daily, while eliminating the 12-mile round trip to the Killington basin access points.
MAD RIVER GLEN
Rideshare if You Can! With everyone trying to economize, it really makes sense to share a ride to the mountain. Whether you want to take along someone to share expenses or if you need a ride yourself, be sure to check out the Mad River Glen Rideshare Forum. This is the place where drivers and riders can connect to facilitate ridesharing opportunities. It's a great way to save money, have fun meeting new people, and save precious resources. Learn more about the Mad River Glen Rideshare Forum.
MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE SNOW BOWL
A smooth ride to skiing and riding at the Snow Bowl is assured. Route 125 is one of two east–west routes to pass through the Green Mountain National Forest; it leads the way to the Snow Bowl and was completely rebuilt in 2010 so folks can enjoy a frost-heave free drive.
SOUTHERN VERMONT SKI RESORTS
Bromley Mountain Resort, Magic Mountain, Mount Snow Resort, Okemo Mountain Resort, Stratton Mountain Resort
- Driving: New York - 4 hours; Boston - 2 hours; Montreal – 4 hours
- The Rutland Airport, Albany(ALB), Hartford/Springfield's Bradley International (BDL), and Manchester(MHT), airports are each within a one-two-hour drive. Amtrak’s Albany, Brattleboro, Rutland, & Windsor stops offer easy access to this region.
BROMLEY MOUNTAIN RESORT
Bromley Mountain is in the southwest corner of southern Vermont, making it one of the closest big mountain resorts to the New York metro area and, without question, the closest resort to New York's Capitol Region. Bromley is also just 2.5 hours from Hartford and three hours from Boston. And as long as we're talking proximity, consider that Bromley Mountain's just a few minutes' drive from Manchester's famous designer outlets and about an hour from Brattleboro. Named one of the top ten "art towns" in the book "The 100 Best Art Towns in America" and "The Best Tourist Spot in Southern Vermont," (Valley Advocate, Ma.)
With a mountain this challenging, it’s nice to know the drive there is easy. Magic’s legendary terrain and authentic Vermont ski experience is less than 200 miles from New York, Hartford, Boston, and Albany. Whether coming for a powder day, weekend, or a week-long vacation, Magic is conveniently located in southern Vermont so it’s an easy escape. Then when you get here, you’ll find you’ve also escaped the hassle of crowded lift lines and ski slopes—all for some of the best values in New England skiing.
As the southern-most resort in Vermont, Mount Snow is closer to every major metro area in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island which means it takes less fuel to get here. Albany, Manchester, Hartford, and Rutland airports are all within a two hour drive. Amtrak services Brattleboro, just 26 miles from Mount Snow.
OKEMO MOUNTAIN RESORT
The readers of SKI Magazine consistently rank Okemo Mountain Resort among the Top Ten Resorts in the East for accessibility. Situated in south-central Vermont, Okemo is just a tank away for skiers and riders close to major metropolitan areas such as Boston, New York and Hartford. For driving directions, visit www.okemo.com/okemowinter/ourmountain/directions.asp.
Cape Air and JetBlue serve Rutland, Vt., with daily flights from Boston and from White Plains, Ny. to West Lebanon, Nh. Amtrak's Ethan Allen Express from New York City serves nearby Rutland as well (25 miles).
STRATTON MOUNTAIN RESORT
Stratton Mountain Resort is nestled high in the Green Mountains. A short drive – just four hours from New York and three from Boston – will land you at the base of the highest peak in southern Vermont. Come visit by car, train – Metro North or Amtrak into Albany (1.5 hours away) or Rutland (45 minutes away), plane – Cape Air and Jet Blue fly into Rutland (45 minutes), or bus (organized charters run every weekend). No matter how you choose to travel to Stratton, all you need are your feet to get around this no-car-needed resort, where lodging, dining and shopping are all located directly by the Gondola in the resort’s slopeside Village.
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