One of Vermont’s biggest claims to fame, after our affinity for maple syrup, is hosting some of the greatest skiing in the Northeast. Make no mistake, skiing and snowboarding are proud pastimes for native Vermonters and out-of-state visitors alike — and our favorite spots for skiing near Brattleboro, VT, allow for some great times out on the mountain.
All-around Ski Lovers: Mount Snow
With 87 trails, an all-park mountain face comprising nine ski & ride parks, and out-of-this-world bubble chairs, it’s no surprise that Mount Snow attracts mountain enthusiasts from all over the country. It’s about a 45 minute drive from The Latchis, and if you aren’t bringing your car, you can hop on a MOOver shuttle from downtown.
After conquering Mount Snow by ski or board, you can do a little tubing, snowshoeing, or head out for a scenic snowmobile tour. To top it off, wind down with a little hot chocolate at the lodge, enjoy a number of dining options, or relax at the resort’s natural wellness spa.
Casual Athletes & Beginners: Living Memorial Park Snow Sports Ski Area
Just a few miles away in West Brattleboro, the Living Memorial Park Snow Sports Ski Area grew up with The Latchis, being a spot for local skiing since 1938. This non-profit, volunteer-run ski area offers the perfect spot for casual athletes or newcomers to the mountain, with a price tag of only $5 for an all-day pass and free lessons at a set time each week. There’s also an ice rink at the park, with a concession area to enjoy some snacks and drinks after hitting the slopes.
Extra-Adventurous Types: Stratton Mountain
At an elevation of 3,875 feet, Stratton Mountain in Londonderry is southern Vermont’s highest peak. Less than an hour from Brattleboro, Stratton is short trip worth taking, especially for those who want to enjoy adrenaline-pumping activities in addition to top-notch snowboarding and skiing (even cross-country). You can slide around at the Coca Cola Tube Park, race on a fat bike at the Nordic Center, enjoy a dog sled tour with the Green Mountain Mushers, and much more.
Stratton also prides itself in its grooming, making it a great place to go for smooth cruising — with a summit gondola and a mid-mountain lodge for warm escapes on chilly days (with a view)!
Night Skiers & Advanced Athletes: Berkshire East Mountain Resort
The 45 trails that comprise the Berkshire East Mountain Resort, less than an hour from Brattleboro in western Massachusetts, are well worth the short drive — especially when you factor in the exciting snow tubing park and the coaching programs for advanced skiers. Berkshire East is also the only ski area near Brattleboro that offers night skiing.
With a solar facility and a 900 kilowatt wind turbine, Berkshire East is also noteworthy for being the first ski area in the world to generate 100% of its power from onsite renewable energy.
Families: Bromley Mountain Ski Resort (Peru, VT)
Bromley Mountain is a big hit with families, thanks to its extensive program for ski instruction and variety of terrain. With many mid-week ski deals, you can usually find a spot to get away from the crowds and enjoy your family vacation. Bromley have both private and group lessons, kids programs, and even lessons for specific techniques like telemark skiing. Off the mountain, Bromley hosts a number of events throughout the season that includes everything from live music to fireworks displays.
Bromley gets the nickname “The Sun Mountain” because it faces south, catching winter rays all day — perfect for keeping a little more warm on those colder days.
It’s no secret that our neck of the woods has a lot to brag about when it comes to mountains — and whether you’re an expert on the trail or you’re looking to learn, the options for skiing near Brattleboro, VT, have something for everyone. Let the Latchis Hotel be more than just your favorite Brattleboro hotel — but your go-to guide for the best nearby slopes.