It’s that time again— no, not the holiday season. It’s the snow sports season; that magical time of the year when we leave all our responsibilities at the base of the mountain and enjoy a day (or five) on the slopes. The Active Times staff would like to help you make the best of your time in the snow. In addition to our gear reviews, ranked lists and interviews with the experts, we’ve started this section to gather the most important information you’ll want to know before booking a trip or heading out for a day trip. Each week we will feature a new mountain, complete with statistics, snow conditions and plans for 2014. So, whether you’re thinking about your next big trip or considering a last minute outting, check out the details on the top mountains below.
Location: Jay, Vermont
Chairlift pitch: “Jay Peak gets the most snow in the East,” said JJ Toland, a Jay Peak Representative.
True-up Vertical Descent: 1936 ft., according to mountainvertical.com
Ski-able area: 385+ acres, according to jaypeakresort.com
Ratios of difficulty (trail classification): 20 percent novice, 39 percent intermediate, 41 percent advanced, according to skivermont.com
Number of trails: 78 trails total, according to jaypeakresort.com
Total trail length: 50 miles of trails, according to jaypeakresort.com
Number of lifts: 9
Hours of operation: weekdays: 9 a.m.—4 p.m.; Weekends: 8:30 a.m.—4 p.m.
Average annual snowfall: 377 inches, according to jaypeakresort.com
Deals and discounts: Vermont residents ski and ride for $51. Military discounts vary.
Current conditions: Jay peak is open. Latest reports say 34 trails are open, but that number could change. The snow on the open slopes is described by Jaypeakresort.com as “variable/ frozen granular conditions.” They are expecting freezing to below freezing temperatures throughout the week to keep the existing snow in place. According to jaypeakresorts.com, they have gotten 90 inches of snow so far this season.
Looking forward: In addition to the many avenues of entertainment at Jay Peak, there are new projects scheduled for 2014. An outdoor amphitheater is being built to allow for more outdoor music and entertainment. And Jay Peak is building a family entertainment center “that will include a cinema draught house (a movie theatre where you can drink beer), a clip-an-climb facility and a virtual-reality arcade,” said Toland.