Vermont, the Green Mountain State, is the second largest state in New England and bordered by Canada, New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
With over 223 mountains over 200 ft high there is plenty of choice when it comes to skiing as well as a wide choice of activities for the warmer months including hiking and mountain biking.
Vermont is divided into 11 regions with 4 regions covering the North being Islands & Farms, Stowe-Smugglers Notch, Northeast Kingdom and Lake Champlain Valley.
Looking for the best area for a ski lodge in Northern Vermont will depend on your personal requirements for entertainment, ski resorts and retail facilities in addition to choosing a location in the type of environment you are looking for.
Here is our guide to the best areas for ski lodges in Northern Vermont:
Islands and Farms
Often known as “Vermont’s West Coast” the beautiful shoreline and islands found around the Lake Champlain Islands offer a peace and quiet, all year round activities and captivating scenery.
Boating, fishing, hiking, mountain bikes and golf are all available year-round in addition to the area being in proximity to the wide variety of skiing offered in Jay Peak, Smugglers Notch, Stowe Mountain and Bolton Valley.
Just 45 minutes east of Burlington city with a population of 4300 the “Ski Capital Of The East” is located along route 100 in northern Vermont.
This classic 200 year old New England village lies in the shadow of Mount Mansfield at 4395 ft which is Vermont’s highest peak and is near the Smugglers Notch Resort also known as “America’s Family Resort”.
Over 1000 acres containing three interconnected mountains Smugglers Notch offers ski terrains for all abilities and the family is well catered for with the resort’s wide choice of family and evening entertainment, heated pool and hot tubs as well as year round zip line canopy tours.
Shopping in Stowe’s downtown area is varied and with the Stowe Golf Course in warmer months it is an all year round location for recreation and cultural activities but still maintaining that feeling of a quaint Vermont town.
Stowe and the surrounding towns offer an affordable variety of Ski Lodge accommodation. (LINK: Ski Lodges in and around Stowe)
The Canadian Border and Upper Connecticut River border the Northeast Kingdom, a nickname from over 50 years ago given to the area because of its magnificence and beautiful undisturbed scenery with over 200 lakes and ponds and dense forestry.
The Kingdom trails are one of the top five mountain biking trails in the world and there are 8 state parks with plenty of camping.
There is a wide range of activities for the outdoor enthusiast and the Northeast Kingdom offers a rural history dating back hundreds of years, and a wide selection of alpine or cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiles, dog sledding, llama trekking and ice climbing.
Alpine skiers have plenty of choice with Jay Peak has the largest snowfall in the area and Burke Mountain is the family friendly ski resort for all abilities with 2011 feet of vertical slopes covering 270 acres.
Nordic Skiers also have plenty of choice with the Craftsbury Outdoor center, 25 KM of trails at Hazel Notch and 3000 acres of forested and open landscapes at Northwoods Stewardship Center.
Lake Champlain Valley
Bordered by the eastern shore of Lake Champlain this heavily populated area offers easy access to Burlington International Airport.
Great skiing is available at Bolton Valley with 100KM of nordic trails and 71 alpine trails over 300 skiable areas and 312 inches of annual snowfall.
Burlington offers it’s architecture and New England Charm as well as a lively nightlife and shopping in Church Street Marketplace which is why it merits the consistent ranking received as one of the top places to live in the United States.
Something for everyone
In Northern Vermont there is something for everyone and so by contacting us we can listen to your requirements and make suggestions as to where you may find it easier to look for the ideal location for your family snow lodge.