Winter Mountain Biking
in the Northeast Kingdom
BURKE MOUNTAIN RESORT
BURKE MOUNTAIN LODGE
2559 Mountain Road
East Burke, VT 05832
Note to skiers: Burke Mountain Ski Area will open, weather dependent, in late November/early December, for skiing/boarding. The toll road to the summit is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Campground opens for the season in mid-June.
VERMONT'S MOST ACCESSIBLE RESORT
Just minutes from interstates 91 and 93 is Vermont's best-kept secret, Burke Mountain Resort, offering a 2,011 foot vertical drop, 50 trails and glades, 75-percent snowmaking coverage, four lifts and three terrain parks.
One of Burke Mountain's great features is its location, an unspoiled wilderness area that's renowned for its natural beauty... even among Vermonters.
Although Burke is in a pristine area, there are plenty of services, restaurants and activities nearby, including the resort’s 116-suite Burke Mountain Lodge, which opened in September 2016. The lodge also includes one of the most gorgeous views in the state, which can be seen from The Gap Pub, and also features Edmond’s Coffee Shop, the Vertical Drop retail store, a game arcade and a year-round heated outdoor pool.
The ski area is only seven miles from exit 23 off Interstate 91. This makes Burke one of New England's easiest resorts to get to - 3 hours from Boston, 3.5 hours from Hartford, Conn. and 5.5 hours from New York City.
And when you get to Burke, you won't find any long lift lines. Located in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, this 2,011-foot vertical-drop mountain also serves as the training mountain of Burke Mountain Academy.
THERE'S GOLD IN OUR HILLS
Burke Mountain Academy (BMA) has been turning athletes into Olympic skiers since 1970. Since it opened its doors, 138 alums have gone on to become skiers on national ski teams, with 33 becoming Olympians. Gold Medal winner and World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin is a BMA alum. The fact that this renowned academy, which stresses excellence both on the slopes and in the classroom, uses Burke Mountain as its training ground speaks volumes about the quality of Burke Mountain.
NEW ENGLAND'S MOST PICTURESQUE FACILITY
Widely acclaimed as one of New England's most picturesque Nordic facilities, the 95 kilometers (6 kilometers groomed) of this cross-country network are an incredible place to lose yourself in thought while finding unmatched solitude. In a recent survey of Nordic skiers, the Burke Nordic Center was voted Vermont's top cross-country area at an alpine resort.
Designed by famed trail architect Stan Swaim, the tracks will take you through silent evergreen and birch forests, hardwood grooves and across open meadows. Rentals and lessons are available. It is located within a stone's throw of the Burke Mountain Resort.
JAY PEAK RESORT
A TRUE 4-SEASON RESORT
Jay Peak is best known for its glade and powder skiing, but this four-season resort is also home to Nordic skiing, an award-winning championship golf course, an NHL-sized skating arena and the Pump House Indoor Waterpark.
JAY PEAK BY THE NUMBERS
Gladed Terrain:100+ acres
Summit Elevation: 3,968 feet (1,209 meters)
with base elevation of 1,815 feet (553 meters)
Vertical:2,153 feet (656 Meters)
Lifts:9 (1 tram, 4 quads, 1 triple, 1 double & 2 surface lifts)
Natural Snowfall:377 inches (950 centimeters) per year.
Season: Mid-November to Mid-May
Trails: 76 in all (20% novice, 40% intermediate & 40% advanced.)
Tram: Transports up to 60 people from the Tramside base to the 3,968 foot (1,209 meter)summit in seven minutes!
Lift Hours: Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Lower mountain lifts open at 8:30 a.m.). Weekends, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lower mountain lifts open at 8 a.m.)
Jay Peak’s Nordic Center offers everything needed for a great day on the trails. Based in The Clubhouse and featuring easy access to the trails that wind throughout the golf course, this is where the dedicated staff make sure you have the right high-end rental gear and focused programs to get you on snow happily and quickly. The trail network features 12 miles of groomed trails for classic and skate skiing for novices and experts alike.
At Jay Peak, nearly all of the lodging is ski in/ski out, located near (or, in some cases, practically on) the championship golf course and within walking distance of the Pump House Indoor Waterpark and Ice Haus Indoor Arena. There is a multitude of full-service hotel suites, single-family homes and condominiums and townhouses to stay in, most of them within walking distance to a lift. The resort also features a beautiful full-service hotel and a number of dining offerings at the mountain.
KINGDOM TRAILS OPEN IN THE WINTER AT NORDIC CENTER
There are two systems in which to ski and snowshoe during the winter, both the Darling Hill Trails and Burke Trails. The trail features 12 kilometers of skating and classic trails that wind through field and forests. The trails open as soon as there is enough snow for to groom and you to enjoy!
There are also 30 kilometers of packed trails for snowshoeing and "Fatbikes." The Nordic Center is located on Darling Hill Road, directly across the street from the Wildflower Inn (in the Granary Building).