Jay Peak Ups the Lodging Ante

An East Coast sleeper—pardon the pun—gives skiers a reason to stay in Vermont.
Hotel Jay & Conference Center
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No one ever said Jay Peak wasn’t a great mountain with uncommonly good skiers who loved the place. But now everyone can admit it: Amenities and lodging options were basic. Which makes it all the more astonishing that Jay has so quickly leapt to the forefront of the Eastern ski-hotel scene. While other resorts limped through the recession, Jay spent lavishly, using federally incentivized foreign investment money for low-employment zones (the EB-5 program). It built new parking decks, a hockey rink, an immense indoor water park, and two hotels—first the Tram Haus a couple seasons ago and now Hotel Jay. 

And there’s even more in the works. In the spring, another hotel goes in at the Stateside area (served by a high-speed six-pack that will replace the Bonaventure lift). By 2017, Jay expects to open its West Bowl expansion, with 20 new trails and yet another hotel. The total tab: $500 million plus, not counting the $110 million that will be spent upgrading recently acquired Burke Mountain. And no one complains anymore about the paucity of lodging at Jay.

Here’s the latest and greatest.


2021 Resort Guide Jay Peak

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Photo by: Yupin White

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