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Slope and Trail Report for Northeastern Vermont

A Reminder of the Spring 2015 Season

"Monday, April 13, 2015.  Folks, with the temperature at 65 degrees, the snow is now melting at a good pace.  Most of the VAST Trail was open through this past weekend, however, as of today, the season appears to have drawn to a close.  Thanks for a great year and see you next winter!!"


The VAST Trail Report for  the NEK


"After some exciting weather events a week ago we are happy to report that we survived the January thaw and still have some good riding opportunities available for you!  The best riding at this time is along trails in Washington, Caledonia, Lamoille, Franklin, Essex and Orleans Counties.  These areas were able to maintain the trail base during the thaw a bit better than the southern counties.  The trails in the woods and along high elevation summer logging roads are offering the best conditions, while trails in the fields and valley areas are very thin in terms of snow cover.   Try to stick to trails in the woods if you can! 


All trails have a rock solid base, and new snow throughout the week is helping things out a bit in terms of cooling for your machine.  Many clubs have been out grooming in an attempt to get the trails back into shape as best they can.  If you head out and ride you will find some good sections of trail and some that could use more snow cover!  Expect ice at all times, trenches across the trails in some areas where the water ran during the thaw, open water bars, exposed rocks and other hazards.  We are back to early season riding in some areas, while the next mile of trail may seem like mid-winter!  Use caution and common sense and take things slow and you will find some decent riding.  On the scale of 1-10 most trails are around a 6.5.

Get out and enjoy the trails and be sure to patronize your local clubs by attending their events throughout the winter months.  While you are out enjoying the trails we want to remind you to respect the landowners and stay on the marked trails and please stay off all bodies of water." 

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The Trail Report at the Jay Peak Resort

Tuesday December 16, 2017 

Unexpected blizzard conditions have deposited 6-8" of blower powder on the hill since early this morning. It's still nuking now, and after a few test laps off of the recently reopened Aerial Tram (the only one in VT), we can testify to how deep it is out there. 



It's about 19F at the base and climbing, and our base temps should creep into the 20s soon. Our summit will likely stay in the high-teens for the rest of the day.

Ski and ride today on 74 out of 79 trails. Upper mountain access started at 8:30 AM this morning by way of the Green Mountain Flyer, the Jet Triple, and Vermont’s only Aerial Tram. Lower mountain access started at 8:00 AM with the Taxi Quad, the Metro Quad, and both the Stateside and Tramside Moving Carpets.

Looking to stay with us this December? CLICK HERE to get the skinny on our current lodging packages.

Jay Peak Resort Conditions & Weather Report

The Trail Report at the Burke Mountain Resort


burkeski22.jpgBurke Mountain Report

Updated Thu Jan 18th 6:51

Compared to the wild weather ride we rode last week, this week could be considered “boring” but we’ll take it. Boring included a few inches of new snow over the last 48 hours and a TON of manmade snow on Dashney Mile and Big Dipper.  Let’s not mistake boring weather for boring skiing however.  Word from the slopes yesterday was the skiing was FANTASTIC and today should be no different. A few inches of fluff never hurts and makes all the difference.  Ropes dropped on Mountain Marsh, Upper/Lower Powerline, Little Dipper, Lower Foxes Folly, and Big Dipper now fully open.  Patrols pick of the day – East Bowl.  With all this “boring” news, we’d say it’s a great day to hit the slopes here at Burke.   

Groomers for today include: Upper/Lower Warren's Way, Lower Fox’s Folly, Lower Bear Den, Upper Willoughby, High Meadows Pass, Binney Lane, Bunker Hill and Carter Country. Lifts will spin from 9am-4pm with all ticket sales available for purchase at the Sherburne Base Lodge guest services office.  Today (and every non-holiday Tuesday & Thursday) is Silver Streaker Thursday, where ages 55+ can ski/ride for just $35/per person.

Itching to shred some park features?  Well you’re in luck as the Dashney Mile Terrain Park will make its debut this weekend. 

What American punk rock band released their best selling album "Dookie" in 1994? Know the answer to this question and have a knack for trivia? Well then join us for Thursday night Trivia in The View Pub tonight from 6:30pm-9pm. FREE entryfor teams of up to 4 while enjoying drink specials and competing for weekly prizes. Participants in 6 or more trivia nights throughout the season will be eligible to enter our grand prize raffle in March!

In addition to the awesomely sunny temperatures and our trail count growing by the day, we also have some awesome live music on deck for Saturday.  Megan Jean and the KFB, or Klay Family Band, arrange a demented blend of americana, punk, dance, and the avant-garde that they've taken to describing as, "a metal band, if it was 1927."  Come see them live this Saturday from 3-6pm for after ski après in the Bear Den at Mid Burke.

Looking for the best deals on tickets or lodging?  Remember, you’re rewarded if you purchase your day tickets or book your lodging in advance.  For the best deal on lift tickets click here.  For the best deals on lodging this weekend, click here.  

Thanks for reading, we look forward to seeing you on the slopes.  

Burke Mountain Resort Weather & Conditions



Rails to Rails Moves Forward

Travelers May Enjoy The Connect

Here, in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, green goes mobile as the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail extends its reach from St. Johnsbury to Danville, VT. 

A project designed to revitalize the economy by way of recycling an existing rail trail into a four season tourist trek for hikers, bikers, horseback riders, snowmobilers, cross country skiers and the like, is picking up steam.

The Lamoille Valley Rail Trail organization oversees this effort and the combined work of the VAST organization and VT Transit Authority who made this project possible.

This October 11th a 75 foot bridge was lowered over Vernon St. in St. Johnsbury that connects the town to West Danville via trail. 

The trail is currently available to non motorized travelers who may walk, bike or horseback ride its .4 gradient elevation south to West Danville. Those who enjoy a long walk might appreciate the trail's modest slope that will encompass most of its length.

This winter, snowmobilers, cross country skiers and snow shoe-ers may travail this path for the first time.

In west Danville, another bridge is expected to be completed this month. This spring, the work will continue its reach towards Hardwick, VT.

Construction began this spring with these two bridges, as the LVRT received its ACT 250 permit for the first phase of this three phase project. 

The project, when completed, will allow a 93.2 mile trek from St. Johnsbury to Swanton, VT. It’s $9.5 million cost is funded, in part, by the VAST Organization and a 5.2 million Federal grant with supporters covering 20%.

The project is expected to bring business to towns and businesses via the connect as travelers will enjoy the hotels, inns and restaurants along the way.

This effort is a part of a country wide effort to revitalize regions by way of existing rail trails no longer in use.

Marcia Horne 10/20/2013

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