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Jay Peak & Burke Mountain: Among the Top 10 Family-Friendly Resorts

From peaceful beginner slopes to thrilling advanced runs, Vermont is a haven for all skiing enthusiasts. Vermonting.com’s review of the Best Family-Friend Vermont Ski Resorts includes the NEK’s two ski mountains. Read on to find out why.

Jay Peak Resort, established in 1957, is frequently celebrated for receiving the most natural snowfall in the Eastern U.S. — averaging around 359 inches annually. The resort boasts 2,153 feet of vertical drop and an impressive 81 trails, glades, and chutes spread over 385 skiable acres, serviced by nine lifts, including a 60-passenger tram. For those who like a bit more adventure, you can explore the sidecountry area near Timbuktu, or if you have skins or want to hike, you can backcountry ski on Big Jay. With its reputation for deep, fantastic snow and a variety of slopes, Jay Peak attracts a diverse crowd – from expert skiers to families looking for fun winter activities in a stunning outdoor setting.

There’s plenty to do for those not into skiing or snowboarding. You can splash around at the Pump House Indoor Waterpark, enjoy ice skating at the Ice Haus, watch a movie at Clips & Reels or try out the climbing center. There are also two arcades to keep the kids occupied. Prefer cross-country skiing? Head over to the Jay Peak Nordic Center.

Burke Mountain, established in 1953, is the epitome of the Vermont skiing tradition, set amidst unspoiled landscapes and a strong community spirit. Boasting a 2,011-foot vertical drop, the mountain provides a wide array of skiing opportunities across 270 skiable acres, catering to beginners and advanced skiers. It features 55 trails and 15 glades, all serviced by six lifts that include two high-speed quads. This setup effectively links the upper mountain’s intermediate and advanced terrains with the beginner-friendly slopes of the lower mountain, facilitating quick and easy access and a more enjoyable skiing experience. The mountain’s northeastern exposure further ensures optimal skiing conditions throughout the season.

After a day exploring the slopes of Burke Mountain, a unique evening adventure awaits at the nearby Lyndon Outing Club, where night skiing offers a charming and quaint skiing experience under the stars.

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