Looking for fly / dive Vermont ski vacation ideas, consider the Boston Ski Party featuring five epic resorts on historic Route 100. Fly into Boston, grab a rental car and you will be on your way. Head out on Hwy 2 from Boston and in less then 3 hours you will be at your first resort, Mt Snow. Make sure to bookend your trip with a night or two in Boston to enjoy spectacular seafood, craft brews and some of the East Coasts finest nightlife.
“The mountains are calling and I must go.” And the truth is there’s no way to avoid this temptation, especially when you’re in Vermont and can enjoy visiting some of the most scenic and historical ski resorts in the U.S. Route 100 is a beautiful stretch of road which runs North and South along the spine of the Green Mountains for 146 miles. Known also as the “Skier’s Highway,” anyone looking for a new ski experience is going to have a hard time narrowing down which resort they’ll visit. Considering there are about 14 ski resort options within reach, it’ll be no easy task, to say the least.
Travelers from the Great Boston Area and New Hampshire alike will pass by thousands of acres of pristine land for an incredible experience that can’t be found in most places. Those who aren’t as familiar with the byway can also explore parts of the entire area through self-guided tours. But only if you have time to do so! It’s also best to keep in mind that the weekend traffic tends to be much heavier than on weekdays. So if you’re able to hit the road during the week, you’ll find the slopes less crowded and grab better deals on lodging.
Drivers have to slow things down while driving down Route 100 due to how windy the road is. But most aren’t bothered by this fact because it allows you to really enjoy the rolling hills and mountain vistas. If you weren’t planning on heading to Vermont, perhaps now is the perfect time to experience the trip for yourself!
One Road Trip; 5 Exciting Vermont Ski Resorts!
#1 Mount Snow
1st Vermont Ski Vacation Stop: First up on your trip down the byway is Mount Snow, assuming you’re coming from the south, of course. Known as Vermont’s closest “Big Mountain Ski Resort,” it offers guests an incredible experience and plenty of amazing snow-packed slopes. The resort features a summit elevation of 3,600 feet, and more than 86 trails skiers of all levels can traverse.
As one of the first ski resorts on the East Coast, Mount Snow has continued to define themselves within the ski industry. They’ve recently made a number of renovations that guests will get to enjoy, but none are as exciting as the new Carinthia Lodge. The new lodge will provide a vastly different shopping and parking experience skiers will love.
When you’re looking for something to do during a quick slope break, you can try out their indoor bowling alley, movie theater, tubing or snowshoeing. Feeling a little hungry? Mount Snow features 16 delightful and tasty food and drink options on and off the mountain for when you need to refuel. Get everything from BBQ to burgers, and traditional eats to make you feel like you’re at home. If none of these choices peak your interest, try heading half a mile away to the town of Dover to find more than 30 additional dining options!
Lodging and accommodations options are bountiful, whether you’re looking to stick close to the base or prefer staying within Dover. You can choose from more than 30 condo, lodge, hotel, or B&B options that best suit your needs. From rustic feels to elegant spaces, there’s a place with your name on it. At Mount Snow, there’s a little something for everyone, which is why so many people can’t get enough of the area. No one’s telling you have to make this stop, but you’re going to enjoy your time!
2nd Vermont Ski Vacation Stop: Located roughly 15 miles North of Mount Snow sits Stratton, a pristine ski resort with a backdrop of pure white snow all around (at least in the winter that is). When it first opened in 1961, the resort had 3 lifts, 8 open trails and 22 inches of fresh snow. They used their laid-back charm to draw guests in and still do today. Now the resort is proud to feature 99 trails, 11 lifts, 180 inches of annual snow and have a bounty of snowmaking machines to help them achieve peak snow conditions for skiers.
Less than 15 minutes away (North and South of the resort) are three towns visitors can stop by if they’re looking for alternative nearby lodging options. Winhall, Stratton, and Bondville offer small-town charm and are just as accommodating as the resort. It’s nice to have a few alternative places to rest your head like the Toll Road Inn or Cold Moon Farm Bed and Breakfast.
If you haven’t quite found a restaurant that meets your culinary dreams at the resort, you’re sure to find one close by. For instance, visitors can experience unique dining up and down route 30 (right outside of Winhall) like Honey Pie, a classic burger joint in an even more classic roadside gas station.
Stratton ski resort has always made hospitality their number one priority, and they provide complimentary mountain tours to help get you acquainted with the area. If you’ve never visited, this opportunity will be great for you and your family to feel confident when zigging back and forth down the mountain. And if you think you’ll run out of things to do, then think again! With a variety of events, a bustling nightlife and four incredible terrain parks to choose from, your “to do list” won’t be easily crossed off. Try a moonlight snowshoe trek, get a little shopping out of the way or really kick up the mountain experience by booking a Snowcat ride before dinner. You won’t soon forget the memories at Stratton, nor the great skiing and beautiful views. On to our next Vermont ski vacation idea!
3rd Vermont Ski Vacation Stop: As you make your way further North, you’ll soon cross paths with Killington Ski Resort. And all you have to do is travel a little over an hour to get there. Take the Killington access road, which is lined with plenty of entertainment, nightlight and lodging businesses. Being the biggest ski resort in the northeast of the U.S. (nearly 2,ooo acres) can seem like a major deal, but Killington keeps it real by delivering great service while staying humble. It’s what makes people want to come back every year and why the experience is always a joy.
For those thinking of sticking around Killington as their top resort choice, take a second to stop at the Pico ski area as well. It’s only an 11-minute drive (6.8 miles) and you’ll get to explore another 468 acres of terrain in a snap! The towns of Rutland, Mendon, and Killington are close by for convenient pitstops to and from the resort. Out of the three, Rutland offers plenty of food and bar choices like Roots or Little Harry’s to get a taste of some local cuisine. And who doesn’t love a little bit of home cooking?
Like many other resorts, Killington has made it one of their missions to stay as green as possible. By implementing energy conservation measures, they have been reducing their energy consumption and the effects of climate change. And Powdr Corporation, the current owners of the resort don’t plan on slowing down their efforts. They believe in their goal for a greener ski resort and hope to continue providing this to their guests in the future.
Featuring 7 distinct mountain areas, 212 trails and 1,977 skiable acres you’re sure to exert all of the winter energy you’ve been holding onto since last season. Killington has an annual snowfall of 250 inches, and utilize 250 snowguns to cover 60 acres with an additional 12 inches! With nightly grooming thrown into the mix, guests can enjoy smooth, perfect surfaces every single day. You can also make your way to “The Stash,” the ultimate natural terrain park environment at the resort. There you can enjoy log rides, Rainbow Trees and 65+ additional features to check off one (or several) of your winter list items.
4th Vermont Ski Vacation Stop: Stowe Mountain Resort, a ski area with a lot of heart and soul, is located 75 miles away from Killington towards the border of Vermont and Quebec, Canada. Stowe is one of those places that seems to have an incredibly positive impact on you every time you go. People can attest to the way that visiting this resort makes them feel and it’s all thanks to Nathaniel Goodrich’s efforts back in 1914. When he first skied the terrain he brought his passion and ideas with him, inspiring others along the way. Those who were inspired saw how important the area around Stowe was and his passion spread like wildfire. Ever since then the resort has prospered, turning into a place of luxury and world-class guest services.
The closest “major” city from Stowe is Burlington, and though the drive is a little under an hour it’s definitely worth the detour. Not only will your eyes feast on more of Vermont’s beautiful scenery, but you can explore the city and all of its dining, drink, shopping, and lodging options. You can try Revolution Kitchen, have a drink at Juniper Bar and Restaurant or stay at one of the many hotels before hitting Route 100 again. Burlington is another great fly / drive ski vacation starting and ending spot.
Stowe holds wonder, discovery, and family fun for both first time and veteran visitors. The resort has a way of bringing a community of people together who are looking for adventure from across the globe. Now that the area is owned by Vail Resorts, it now offers the Epic Season Pass as part of its appeal.
With a summit elevation of 4,395 feet and 116 trails, advanced and beginner skiers alike can partake in the splendor of the resort. If you’re looking to unwind while at Stowe, shop at convenient spots throughout the resort or treat yourself to fine dining at Cliff House or Solstice Restaurant.
Or if you want to be a little indulgent, you can pick from an assortment of spa treatments that’ll soothe weary muscles and warm you up after a chilly day. Their award-winning spas will take you on a transformative journey to reconnect the body and mind, so why not try it out for yourself? Stowe is truly a special place, and you may find you never want to leave after getting the best treatment around!
#5 Smugglers Notch
5th Vermont Ski Vacation Stop: Last, but certainly, not least (since there are a few other resorts to see after all) is Smugglers Notch. Just another 37.5 miles away you can find yourself at “America’s Family Resort.” Since they are the #1 Kid-Friendly Resort in the U.S., parents can rest assured that the kiddos will have plenty to do. There are kid’s programs galore and family-friendly areas like the Funzone 2.0 Family Fun Complex that makes it easy for everyone to have a great time.
Smuggler’s Notch offers great ski-and-stay packages. And some of the most popular off-resort spots for a good night’s sleep near the resort are Smuggler’s Notch Inn or Sterling Ridge Log Cabin Resort. Both require less than 15 minutes of driving and offer cozy arrangements for eager ski guests. Similarly, you can head towards the city of Cambridge for off-mountain grub at places like 158 Main or Family Table without traveling more than 15 minutes too!
The resort’s name often peaks the curiosity of those who aren’t familiar with it. And many are intrigued to find out that the name actually reflects what it once was. You know, unlike how New Guinea is not actually where guinea pigs come from or that wolf spiders aren’t part wolf! It all began two hundred years ago when smugglers used the caves and wooded areas of the mountain range to stash goods until they could be taken across the Canadian border. People did this due to an embargo placed on English goods by the U.S. Congress. The area was the perfect place to carry out the operations, and the actions of those past smugglers left an incredibly important part of history behind for others to discover.
It’s safe to say modern-day Smugglers Notch doesn’t see people hiding anything in caves now. However, during the summer months, people will hike deep into the woods just in case someone actually is! Most are usually disappointed because they don’t tend to find a secret stash of goods on their outings. Smugglers Notch is full of amazing history, 1,000 acres of skiable terrain, 78 trails, and three massive interconnecting mountains for a convenient skiing experience. And being so close to Stowe means you might be able to fit it into your vacation before heading back home. No matter which resort you choose, there’s a variety of adventures just waiting around the winding “corners” of Route 100. Which one will you explore and conquer next?
Return back to Boston to enjoy a little city life adn catch your flight out. Stay tuned for more great fly / drive ski vacation ideas from the Ski Coupons blog.