Bromley Mountain in Vermont is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Bromley Mountain, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
The BasicsLocated in Peru, Vermont, only 10 miles northeast of Manchester, Bromley Mountain has been a fixture on the southern Vermont ski scene since 1936. Founded by brewery heir Fred Pabst Jr., the ski area lies within a four-hour drive of several large Northeast cities, including Albany, New York, Boston, Hartford, Connecticut and New York City. The closest airport is in Albany, roughly 75 miles southwest of Bromley. The ski area's southern exposure has earned Bromley Mountain the nickname of "Vermont's Sun Mountain." That and its family-friendly reputation help to account for Bromley's decades-long popularity as a ski resort. Nearby alpine ski areas include Magic Mountain and Stratton Mountain, which are 10 and 12 miles from Bromley, respectively.
The MountainWith a summit elevation of 3,284 feet and a base elevation of 1,950 feet, Bromley Mountain has a vertical drop of 1,334 feet. The ski area usually opens for business in late November or early December, and skiing continues into early April, depending on weather conditions. Bromley's annual snowfall averages just under 150 inches. If Mother Nature fails to deliver, snowmaking covers 90 percent of beginner trails, 70 percent of intermediate terrain and 95 percent of advanced trails. Pushover, Bromley's longest trail, is 2 1/2 miles long.
Trails And LiftsForty-five trails crisscross Bromley Mountain's 178 acres of skiable terrain. In its analysis of the ski area's trails and their degree of difficulty, On the Snow rates 35 percent of the trails as suitable for beginners, 34 percent for intermediate skiers and 31 percent for advanced schussers. Although Bromley has no expert-rated trails, Avalanche and Avalanche Glade are black diamond runs that will challenge most advanced skiers. To get skiers up the mountain, Bromley offers 10 lifts: one high-speed quad, a regular quad, four double chairlifts and four surface lifts. For snowboarders and freestyle skiers, the ski area has four terrain parks: Exhibition, Bonanza, Halo and Unforgiven Boarder Cross.
In The NewsAlthough Bromley has never hosted a large-scale national competition, it does participate in the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge regional competitions. The ski area also hosts an offbeat contest that forces participants to get to the top of the mountain the old-fashioned way, without a lift. In the Rando Race, competitors must ascend the mountain using climbing "skins" and then descend on their skis. Originally made from animal fur, skins are attached to the bottom of the skis for added traction while climbing. In early 2011, Bromley Mountain became only the second Vermont ski area -- the first was Killington -- to receive the National Ski Patrol's Distinguished Service Award.
CostFull-day, midweek lift tickets are $49 for adults between the ages of 18 and 64, teens from 13 to 17, and seniors 65 and older; juniors between the ages of 6 and 12 get midweek tickets for $39. Bromley's rental shop carries Head BYS System equipment for skiers and Burton LTR gear for snowboarders. Rental packages vary widely based on the equipment rented, so check Bromley's rental page to check prices for specific equipment. Bromley Mountain's ski school offers a broad selection of group and private lessons, designed to meet the needs of all skill levels, including beginners.
Apres-SkiBromley's on-site amenities for the apres-ski crowd are fairly limited. The ski area's only lodge, located at the base of the mountain, offers no-frills food and beverage service. In nearby Manchester, the Perfect Wife Restaurant & Tavern and Spiral Press Cafe are good places to relax with a meal and drinks after a strenuous day on the slopes.
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Bromley Mountain offers plenty of skiing and snowboarding action during the holiday season.