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The Best Destinations for Outdoor Winter Fun in Vermont


Published August 25, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Updated August 29, 2017 at 4:34 p.m.

Smugglers' Notch Resort - COURTESY OF SKI VERMONT
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Smugglers' Notch Resort

4323 Route 108, Jeffersonville,

The locals call it Smuggs — for good reason. There's plenty for this resort to be smug about. It offers three mountains of downhill slopes for some of the best tree skiing and riding around — not to mention a great terrain park. With trails and terrain to accommodate just about every skill level, from the kid-friendly bunny slopes to the snow-pants-wetting vertical terror of triple black diamonds, Smugglers' Notch delivers fantastic frosty fun.

Bolton Valley Resort

4302 Bolton Valley Access Rd., Bolton,

Just a half-hour drive from downtown, Bolton is Burlington's closest ski area and one of the best peaks for night skiing and riding.

Burlington Country Club

568 S. Prospect St., Burlington,

Once it's covered with snow, the hill at BCC becomes Burlington's most popular sledding destination. But watch your speed, hot dog. Kids and families abound.

Catamount Outdoor Family Center

592 Gov. Chittenden Rd., Williston,

Don't let the "family" in the title keep you away from this 500-acre spread on the outskirts of Burlington. Come here to cross-country ski all winter and bike and run the rest of the year.

Mad River Glen

57 Schuss Pass Rd., Waitsfield,

Mad River Glen takes its motto seriously: "Ski it if you can." The mountain's famous single-chair lift delivers skiers to some of the toughest terrain in the East. Sorry, brah, no snowboarders allowed.

Stowe Mountain Resort

5781 Mountain Rd., Stowe,

"Aspen of the East" — which is actually now owned by Vail Resorts — boasts unrelenting verticals, a fully stocked terrain park, a fancy lodge and a first-rate performing arts center. It's also located in Stowe, one of the top ski towns in New England (see page 88 for more on that).

Sugarbush Resort

102 Forrest Dr., Warren,

Great grooming makes Sugarbush's varied terrain a cut above. Catch some amazing views on Snowball, Jester, Troll Road or Domino.