Skiing in Vermont near Basin Harbor
The bad news: It’s our off-season here at Basin Harbor, so you can’t come enjoy our spectacular lakeside resort right now. (Soon, though!)
The good news: You’ve got some of the finest skiing in the East at your disposal here in the Green Mountain State!
While you count the days until you can once again be relaxing and recreating in serene luxury here at our historic Lake Champlain spread, consider some of these outstanding ski areas within our greater vicinity.
Stowe’s pair of peaks includes the 4,395-foot rooftop of Vermont, Mount Mansfield. Strap on the skis or snowboard and enjoy nearly 500 skiable acres and 2,160 feet of vertical on these acclaimed slopes.
The oldest ski co-op in the country, Mad River Glen—with 2,037 feet of vertical and nearly 50 trails—claims the most demanding terrain of any ski area in New England and the Lower 48’s only single chairlift.
Another iconic Vermont ski area, Sugarbush—celebrating its 60th anniversary this year—sprawls its 4,000-plus acres and 2,600 feet of vertical upon the shoulders of Lincoln Peak and Mount Ellen, with fantastic backcountry adventures on tap in the Slide Brook Basin.
In SKI Magazine’s 2018 Reader Resort Survey, Smugglers’ Notch, which boasts 2,610 vertical feet and close to 80 trails on its triple-whammy of peaks, earned #1 Overall Ski Resort honors. “Smuggs” includes the sole Triple Black Diamond run in the East: the Black Hole.
This celebrated resort includes Vermont’s second-highest summit—4,241-foot Killington Peak—as well as six other enticing mountains. Killington has a whopping 3,050 feet of vertical, more than 200 trails, and six terrain parks.
No ski area in Vermont has a base elevation as high as Bolton Valley’s: 1,446 feet. This also happens to be one of the best spots for night skiing in the region.
This aptly named resort receives more than 150 inches of the white stuff each year, which comes backed up by snowmaking capabilities on 80 percent of the mountain. Mount Snow supports 20 lifts accessing its 1,700 feet of vertical.
The double peaks of Okemo Mountain Resort serve up more than 2,000 feet of vertical, 121 runs, and eight terrain parks.
Cross-Country Skiing, Too
Whether at one of the above ski areas (such as Bolton Valley) that offer Nordic trails or along the extensive trail networks of the Green Mountain National Forest (including Blueberry Hill Outdoor Center in the nearby Moosalamoo National Recreation Area), you’ve got plenty of cross-country opportunities within Basin Harbor’s hinterland as well!