Travel Vermont: We’re Just Next Door
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Easy drives, reliable trains, direct flights or chartered bus services make traveling to Vermont's renowned ski areas easy and affordable. In fact, winter in Vermont welcomes seven times the state's population in visitors seeking mountain vacations for adventure, relaxation and rejuvenation. No matter which mode of transportation you choose, snowy adventures are only a few hours away.
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. Ski Vermont is again partnering with Porter Airlines for direct-flight winter getaways from Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport.
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. 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-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and Amtrak’s Waterbury or Essex stops offer easy access to this region.
“The biggest challenge we see families facing when they go skiing is their proximity from their car to where their lodging is and then from the lodging to the lifts,” says Josh Arneson, director of marketing and sales at Bolton. “We completely eliminate both of those factors because of 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 short 10 minute drive from I-89 to the resort, and an easy 30-minute drive from Burlington and the airport. More information can be found here: http://www.boltonvalley.com/the-mountain/contact-us-directions
Burke Mountain Resort
Spending a little extra time on the road will mean lots of extra time on the slopes. With 55 trails and glades located just seven miles off of Interstate 91, Burke Mountain is one of the quickest, easiest drives to a Vermont skiing experience. It’s an all-interstate 3-hour drive from the heart of Boston, 3.5 hours from Hartford, and only 2.5 hours from both Montreal and Portsmouth. Flying in to Burlington? Give us a call, shuttles will be available this winter (dependent on advance notice, availability, etc.) to and from the Burlington Airport.
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
Visitors will enjoy ease of access to Smugglers’ Notch Resort with convenient airline gateways in Montreal, Boston and Burlington, and airport transfer arrangements from Burlington to the Resort easily booked at the time of reservation. Transfers can also be arranged from the train station in Essex Junction. For guests wishing to have a car accessible, Smugglers’ offers special rates with Thrifty Car Rental. 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 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 and heading west on Route 15, bypassing Route 108 that leads into Smugglers’ Notch Pass, a narrow winding pass that is closed in the winter. (www.smuggs.com)
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 the “Ski capital of the East” is 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 90% state or interstate highway, more than any other resort in the east. Please visit http://www.stowe.com/vacation/getting_here/ for more travel info.
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
- Burlington International 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 and Pico Mountain
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.
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 smooth drive.
Sugarbush Resort is again partnering with Ski Vermont and Porter Airlines to market winter getaways to Vermont from the Toronto market. Located in the heart of Vermont minutes from Montpelier and just under an hour from Burlington, Sugarbush is easily accessible from any direction. Sugarbush is exactly 3 hours from downtown Boston, 5 hours from New York City and 2.5 hours from Montreal. Air service is available into Burlington International Airport from major metropolitan areas and resort staff can arrange transport to and from the airport.
Suicide Six and Woodstock Inn & Resort
Woodstock is a 20-minute drive from the airport at Lebanon, New Hampshire, which is served by a number of commuter airlines from Boston, New York and Burlington, Vermont. Interstates 89 (from the Boston area) and 91 (from Hartford, CT) intersect only 15 minutes from Woodstock. Amtrak stops daily at White River Junction, 14 miles from Woodstock. In addition, Dartmouth Coach offers daily bus service from Boston as well as Stamford, CT and New York City to Lebanon, New Hampshire.
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 are 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.
Mount Snow Resort
As the southern-most resort in Vermont, Mount Snow is less miles from every major metro area in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island which means it takes less fuel to get here. The resort is only 29 miles off Interstate 91. Albany, NY, Manchester, NH, Hartford, CT and Rutland, VT airports are all within a two hour’s drive. Amtrak services Brattleboro, VT, just 26 miles from Mount Snow.
Drive times to Mount Snow:
Albany - 1.5 hours, 68 miles
Hartford - 2.25 hours, 117 miles
Boston - 2.5 hours, 127 miles
Providence - 3 hours, 139 miles
New York - 4 hours, 213 miles
Philadelphia - 6 hours, 291 miles
Washington D.C . - 8.5 hours, 425 miles
Toronto, ON – 8.5 hours, 447 miles
Okemo Mountain Resort
You can get here from there! The readers of SKI Magazine consistently rank Okemo Mountain Resort among the Top Resorts in the East for accessibility. Situated in south-central Vermont, Okemo is just a gas tank away for skiers and riders driving from major metropolitan areas such as Boston, New York and Hartford. Driving directions are available online. Cape Air and JetBlue serve Rutland, Vt., with daily flights from Boston, and from Manhattan via White Plains, N.Y. Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express from New York City serves nearby Rutland as well, just 25 miles away.
Stratton Mountain Resort is nestled high in the Green Mountains, but a short and scenic drive will land you at the base of the highest peak in southern Vermont. Visit by car, train, plane, caravan - no matter how you choose to travel to Stratton, all you need are your feet to get around this no-car-needed resort. Lodging, dining and shopping are all at hand in the resort’s slopeside Village.
Stratton is a 3 hour drive from Boston, 4 hours from New York City and 2.5 from Hartford, CT. Trains run to Albany, Rutland and Brattleboro; Cape Air and Jet Blue fly into Rutland (45 minutes away).
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