Best of the East 2009: Jay Peak, Vermont - Ski Mag

Best of the East 2009: Jay Peak, Vermont

According to the readers of Skiing Magazine.

Best of The East
1. JAY PEAK, VERMONT (above)
Four of us rested our fried thighs in the bed of a Ford F-250 running on veggie oil—a sight not uncommon to Jay Peak’s access road. We were hitching back to the resort from the Dip, 1,500 vertical feet of evenly spaced trees right outside Jay’s boundary, accessible from the Jet triple chair. Before that we were knee-deep in fluff on the Ridgeline’s fall-line steeps right under the tram. And before that it was the Everglades, a narrow, wooded shot loaded with fairy dust from northerly squalls. The truck pulls to a halt at the lodge, and we’re off to Bernie’s Café in nearby Montgomery for a pint of Long Trail Ale and a Vermont-raised burger.

Three Things You Need to Know:

The Flyer chair is known as the Freezer for a reason. Access nearly all of Jay’s 385 skiable acres from the tram or the Bonaventure Quad.

Beat the crowds on a powder day by lapping the Ridgeline a couple times before making your way over to Stateside.

Grab a room at the North Troy Inn and you’ll be just 15 minutes from first tracks [$38;].

Best of the Rest
2. Mad River Glen, Vermont
3. Stowe, Vermont
4. Sugarbush, Vermont
5. Sugarloaf, Maine
6. Sunday River, Maine
7. Gore Mountain, New York
8. Killington, Vermont
9. Okemo, Vermont
10. Stratton, Vermont


Trip Ideas: Jay Peak | Photo: Courtesy of Jay Peak

Trip Ideas: Jay Peak, Vermont

What’s true is that Jay definitely has some great tree skiing.

20.  Jay Peak, Vermont

Jay Peak

Some of the country’s best gladed terrain, a loose backcountry policy, and cheap bowls of poutine (fries smothered in cheese curds and gravy).

Jay Peak, Vermont, already closed for the season. Then a massive late-season winter storm rolled in—dropping 19 to 24 inches on the ski area. Naturally, they decided to re-open for one more weekend. The ski area is open Thursday through Sunday with more than 18 trails accessed by the Jet Triple and Metro Quad. Lift tickets are $39 ($29 for juniors) and—get this—they're throwing in a free lunch in the Tower Bar with a purchase of a lift ticket.

19 New Inches at Jay Peak, Vermont

Thanks to a storm that dropped almost two feet of new snow, Jay Peak, Vermont, reopens today through Sunday. Lift tickets are discounted—and they're throwing in a free lunch. Here are photos of the new snow.


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