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Burke Mountain is a sleeper: unpretentious old-time atmosphere amid lots of snow in Vermont's beautiful Northeast Kingdom.



When skiers think of skiing in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom (map), they think of the big Jay Peak Ski Resort with its average annual snowfall of 30 feet (9 meters).

Well, Burke Mountain is in Vermont's unspoiled Northeast Kingdom region, it has lots of the same beauty and a substantial amount of the same snow, yet it's mid-sized, without the crowds and crowding of larger resorts.

The mountain is big, but readily comprehensible. The beginners' area with magic carpet is set off from the faster runs so beginners need not worry about fast skiers barrelling down on them. And all runs end at the Sherburne Base Lodge, so some families choose to split up and ski their preferences, with parents not worrying about their kids.

Many championship skiers have sharpened their skills here, preferring it because of the long vertical drop (2000 ft/610 meters), plentiful snow and uncrowded trails.

Burke has four ski lifts, 45 open, gladed, meandering and contour-tracking trails, a five-acre (two-hectare) terrain park, and a junior park. Not only that, you get a guarantee that your wait in a lift line will be no longer than 5 minutes. (A longer wait is rare, but if it happens, you're granted a discount on your next lift ticket.)

Being farther from Boston and New York, Burke Mountain appeals to the dedicated conoisseur skier more than the more populous resorts of southern Vermont.

Not only that, because it is far from the major cities, a ski vacation at Burke Mountain is considerably less expensive than at resorts closer to the cities.

Spend a bit more time driving, and a bit more on gas, and save substantially on lift tickets, lodging and meals.

A good variety of lodging is available: condominiums right at the slopes, cozy Vermont inns (such as the Wildflower Inn) out in the country, and other inns and motels in the towns of Lyndonville (such as The Colonnade Inn), Lyndon Center, and East Burke.

Burke Mountain Ski Resort
223 Sherburne Lodge Road,
East Burke VT 05832 (map)
Tel 802-626-7300

—by Tom Brosnahan

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