There are still plenty of bark-eating powderhounds who adore Jay Peak. It’s just harder to see them now. For one, they’re in the trees every run—off-piste glades and deep snowpack are still Jay specialties. But today the resort attracts a new crowd, drawn by all the new amenities, including three big hotels, a hockey rink, and a massive waterpark. Today’s visitor is as likely to be in town for a hockey tournament, or just to play in the pool, as to hit the slopes.
Jay deserves to have a cult following just for the poutine at the Tram Haus bar alone. But in fact, Vermont’s northernmost resort earned its hardcore following long before its controversial EB-5 Foreign Investor Act–fueled explosion of slopeside luxury and diversions, which has utterly transformed the place over the past decade.
Long before the high-end hotels and stupendously huge slopeside water park, there was a mountain, a tram, an above-average snowpack, and an unusual policy: If you could see it, you could ski it. That is, the trees weren’t off-limits, as at most resorts back then; if you wanted to ski them—safely and sensibly, of course—no one was going to pull your pass. Real skiers loved it, driving there in droves (and a long drive it remains today) to tear up the glades from Timbuktu to Beyond Beaver Pond and battle the summit headwall. Somehow that vibe endures, despite the masses drawn by Jay’s new amenities.
Bottom line: It’s the trees and great snow that keeps them coming back.
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Jay Peak in the Indy Pass. Pass holders get two unrestricted days at the resort.
From lodging and and dining to off-slope activities and local tips, here are the SKI editors’ picks for what to do in Jay Peak, Vt.
This close to Canada, The Foundry (in the Hotel Jay) knows it needs to get poutine right. It does, and hey, you were out in the cold all day.
It’s 20 minutes to the border, and Quebec’s Eastern Townships are a great place to go if you’re hungry. Their cheeses stand alone, and you can’t get them in the States.
Of all the upgrades, the Tram Bar is still the best: craft brews, killer poutine, and a real Jay sense of place.
Green Beret, skier’s left off Vermonter, might be Jay’s best glade. When the tram’s closed, use Bonaventure and hit Vertigo.
The oldest of the new hotels, the Tram Haus Lodge, has charisma that appeals to fans of boutique inns.