So many mountains, so little time; we know it might be hard to choose where to go when you only have a few precious free days in the season. 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 on the slopes. 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 you’re going last minute, check out the details on the top mountains here.
Location: Peru, Vermont
Chairlift pitch: “Bromley is a great all-around family mountain. We say “family” because we have something for everyone… our terrain is quite varied, with lots of easy to intermediate smooth groomers, plus a good amount of steep natural terrain on our East Side. We always mention the sunshine; we’re the only mountain in Vermont that faces South! That means warmer, brighter days for everyone— we’ve been producing the best goggle tans in the East since 1936,” said Janessa Purney, a Bromley representative.
True-up Vertical Descent: 1,259 feet, according to mountainvertical.com; 1,334 feet, according to Bromley
Ski-able area: 178 acres of marked trails, 300 acres total
Ratios of difficulty (trail classification): 32 percent beginner, 37 percent intermediate and 31 percent advanced
Number of trails: 46 marked trails
Longest run: Runaround at 2.5 miles
Number of lifts: 9
Hours of operation: Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; weekends (and holidays): 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Avg. annual snowfall: 145 inches
Adult lift ticket price on their website: $49 midweek, $68 weekend, $72 holiday
Deals and discounts: Bromley brands itself as the family mountain and along with family fun come great deals. On Feb. 7, Bromley is hosting their annual Mom’s Day Off, which is a fundraiser for the Southern Vermont Regional Cancer Center. The lift ticket costs just $15 for moms and the whole $15 is then donated to the cancer center.
Family Fridays mean $15 lift tickets for the kids and on Two-fer Tuesdays you can get two tickets for the price of one when you purchase online. These deals are not valid during holiday periods, and you can find other e-coupons here.
Renovations and additions: In the beginning of January, Bromley revamped their learning center. The Terrain Based Learning (TBL) adds features like mini half pipes, banked turns and rollers, helping beginners to learn on varied terrain and adding excitement to the lessons. Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort and Cranmore Mountain Resort also amended their beginner programs to TBL. Check out the video below to see a 3D layout of Bromley’s new feature.
Recommendations: Check out Bromley’s events calendar here. Two great places to grab a bite are The Wild Boar Tavern and The Perfect Wife Restaurant. The Boar is great for a burger and a beer, with live music on Saturday nights and The Perfect Wife Restaurant (and The Other Woman Tavern) boast a rustic style featuring unconventional dishes.
Note: Unless otherwise stated, the information above was found at the mountain’s website.