Jay Peak Ski Vacation Guide

Jay Peak is justifiably proud of its 355 inches of powder, which ranks as one of the deepest packs in the entire Eastern United States. Under that deep pack is the real reason that skiing experts flock to Jay Peak, the extreme degree of difficulty presented by some of the resort’s world-renowned triple black runs like Ullr's Dream, Hell's Crossing, Kokomo, Lower Milk Run, and the unbelievably challenging Haynes and Jet.

Ski Levels

Freestyle skiers will find plenty of terrain to explore. The Park, on Lower Can Am features a C box, a rainbow rail, an S rail, a straight box, a rollercoaster rail, plus step-ups and lots of other features that will keep even the advanced skier fully engaged and challenged throughout the day. The Rail Garden is the fully intermediate park with enough sizeable hits, rails, barrels, picnic tables, chairs and lots of other interesting feature to keep the mid-range skier entertained. The Rail Garden is one of precious few parks in Vermont that's set up for night riding so visitors can freestyle under the stars. The Progression Park is on Rabbit Trail and its features are all over the board. Here visitors will find mostly intermediate builds, but will also find some that are quite suitable for the kids and neophytes, and even one or two that really should be rated advanced only. It's an excellent park for everyone to practice and hone their skills. Kids and the beginners should head to Grom Park on Harmony Lane. It's full of fun features that are small enough to be challenging for beginners and the little ones while still being safe, at the same time.

Après Ski

Jay Peak Resort has a large, superbly maintained ice skating rink and if you're up for a nighttime activity that will please the whole family and especially the kids, check out sledding behind the Hotel Jay after the sun goes down. Phil & Karen's Sleigh Rides offer a classic Vermont experience for couple or families and are always happy to take guests through the snowy backcountry. The Jay Village Inn can set up snowmobile rentals, from super powerful racing machines to placid, comfortable family sleds perfect for exploring the whole area including down south around Sugarbush and Mad River Glen.

Jay Peak Snowboard Vacation Guide

Rider’s Guide

Jay Peak is a completely magnificent and incredibly snowy Vermont destination with more than 8 lifts to take visitors to more than 76 trails where you can snowboard atop 355 inches of powder, which ranks as one of the deepest packs in the entire Eastern United States. Their trails are rated 20% for beginners, 40% for intermediates, and 40% for advanced.

Parks and Pipes

Jay Peak is famous around the world for some of its phenomenal natural features on runs like Kokomo, Lower Milk Run, Ullr’s Dream, Hell’s Crossing and the adrenaline pumping Jet and Haynes. When it’s time for artificial features, head directly to The Park, on Lower Can Am for a straight box, a C box, a rainbow rail, an S rail, a roller coaster rail, plus tables, step-ups and tons of other features that will impress even the most experienced snowboarder and freestyle skier. The Progression Park on the Rabbit Trail is not exclusively an intermediate park at all, since there are tabletops all the way from beginner size to huge expert hits. Consider it a park for everyone to practice. The Rail Garden is the true intermediate park with 10 smaller rails plus barrels, picnic tables, chairs and other good features to practice on. It’s one of the few parks in the state that’s all lit up for night riding so you can enjoy it well into the evening. The Grom Park is on Harmony Lane and is the beginners’ and children’s’ terrain park.

Out of Bounds

The Jay Peak Resort has a really well-kept ice skating rink and there is some wild night sledding behind the Hotel Jay. You’re in Vermont, so a classic choice is to go on a good ol’ fashioned sleigh ride, contact Phil & Karen’s Sleigh Rides. The Jay Village Inn can hook up a wide range of adventures, including renting a snowmobile.

Hangout & Hookup

Right at the Resort you have your choice of fantastic watering holes to drink and play the night away. The best place to meet friends The Sport Lounge at Hotel Jay. But not to be outdone, The Golden Eagle Sports Bar and the International Bar are both sizzling après ski hangouts. Head on down the road to The Belfry for some amazing local microbrews. However, you might want to take the wise Jay Peak’s veteran advice: Make sure your passport is up to date and head north of the border to Montreal where you can expect to party like you’ve never partied before. After all, it’s only about an hour and a half away and you’ll discover that our neighbors to the north sure do know how to get down.

The Deal

Burlington International Airport is the closest domestic airport. However, Montreal also has a major international airport with nonstop flights all over the world. It takes about an hour and a half to drive to Jay Peak on Route 242 in northern-central Vermont from either airport.