Burlington, home to the University of Vermont and one of the state's most cosmopolitan cities, is also near four ski resorts. Bolton Valley, Stowe, Sugarbush and Jay Peak are all less than 90 minutes away. You'll find ski lodges at each of these resorts.
Stowe Mountain Lodge
The on-mountain, ski-in and ski-out Stowe Mountain Lodge is less than an hour from Burlington. The six-story, 312-room lodge, located at the base of Mount Mansfield, opened in 2008. The alpine-style building with chalet roof lines features lumber and vertical log construction, and stone walls, gathered from local quarries. The lobby has a large wood-burning fireplace, birch bark columns and floor-to-ceiling glass walls overlooking Mount Mansfield, Spruce Peak and Smugglers Notch. Rooms are decorated with warm reds, yellows and oranges, and have marble bathrooms and mountain views. Most have stone-faced fireplaces, private balconies and kitchenettes. Suites and cabin rentals are also available.
Inn at Bolton Valley
Bolton Valley ski resort is midway between Burlington and Montpelier, about a 30-minute drive from Burlington. The resort, surrounded by 5,000 acres of forests and mountain peaks, averages 312 inches of snow a year. The resort includes a small village complex, with a handful of shops, restaurants, ski school, sports center and the Inn at Bolton Valley lodge. Don't expect fancy or luxurious accommodations. The lodge has 60 ski-in, ski-out hotel rooms, with white walls and simple furnishings. Some rooms were updated in 2009 with new bed linens and flat-screen TVs.
Tram Haus Lodge at Jay Peak
The wood and stone Tram Haus lodge at Jay Peak opened in December 2009, featuring 57 studio,one-, two- and three-bedroom units. The ski-in, ski-out lodge is about 90 minutes north of Burlington. Guests can walk to the resort tram and Flyer Quad. The lodge incorporates a variety of reused and local materials, such as cables from an old Jay Peak tram as deck railings and in lamps and chandeliers throughout the lodge. Rooms, with gas fireplaces and gold and green accent colors feature locally crafted maple furniture and wool throw blankets from a Vermont supplier. The lodge has a restaurant and lounge on the first floor. The resort has two mountain peaks, 385 skiable acres and 76 trails.
Clay Brook lodge at Sugarbush
The Clay Brook slopeside lodge at Sugarbush ski resort is about 45 minutes from Burlington. The resort, which opened in December 2006, offers options from studios to deluxe five-bedroom suites. All have neutral colors of tans and expresso browns, hardwood furniture and kitchens with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. There's no need to schlep gear aboard shuttle buses, as the lodge is a ski-in and ski-out facility. The property also has an outdoor heated pool and two hot tubs and game room. A ski concierge is on hand to take your gear at the end of the door and give it back in the morning. Guests at the lodge have easy access to the Sugarbush resort village with shops and restaurants. The mountain has 578 skiable acres, 53 trails and 16 lifts.
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