Since being acquired by new owners in 2008, northern Vermont’s Jay Peak Resort has undergone a multi-million dollar transformation to become a state-of-the-art four-season destination with a range of on-site amenities including expanded ski trails and snowboard terrain, new lifts and snowmaking, a new nordic center, ski-in ski-out lodging, an ice rink, an indoor waterpark, and a golf course. With 2100 feet of vertical, 385 skiable acres, and 77 trails, slopes and glades teens and tweens are sure to find plenty of options regardless of their skill level. The Resort rates 20% of trails as novice, 40% intermediate and 40% advanced. The Resort typically gets 375 inches of natural snow in a winter so it opens early and closes late each season.
For cost conscious families, the Resort has announced that it is lowering the prices of all of its lift tickets this season. For the best deals buy tickets online. The Resort promises that skiers and riders will see price drops in all ticket categories, from single to multiday, when they reload their tickets online. The Resort states that some ticket prices will be lowered by as much as $50. The Resort also continues its annual tradition of offering free season passes to all immediate family members of Vermonters currently deployed, or about to be deployed, overseas.
Off ice, the Pump House indoor waterpark and the Ice Haus ski rink offers more ways to keep teens and tweens busy. The Resort hosts a youth hockey tournament almost every weekend in the winter but saves hours for public skating as well. The 60,000 sq foot Pump House waterpark has a wide range of water slides, a lazy river, a flowrider, hot tubs and an arcade to entertain the teens in the evening or if they want to take a break from the mountain.
Lodging options range from hotel rooms to multi-room suites with kitchens and multi-bedroom townhouse style condos. Many are close to the lifts while a shuttle bus provides access for the rest. The Resort is continuing to invest aggressively in building additional lodging and to upgrade and expand the facilities. The Jay Peak ownership group recently bought Burke Mountain, located about 45 minutes from Jay Peak, and will allow customers to use tickets at both mountains. Look for continued investments at both Jay Peak and Burke Mountains in the coming years.
For families with teens and tweens that are looking for a destination ski and snowboard resort with something for everyone, Jay Peak Resort is a great new alternative.
Photos courtesy of Jay Peak Resort