By Kade Krichko
Averaging 355 inches a year, Jay Peak has earned it’s reputation as the place in the East for deep snow. For a long time, that was enough. But Jay upped the ante in the last decade, adding new lodges, an indoor water park, and an NHL regulation ice area capable of accommodating 1,000 spectators. Whatever your reason for going, here are four places to rest your head between days at the Northeast’s powder kingdom.
Phone: (800) 451-4449
Location: Ski-in, ski-out at Jay Peak Resort, next to the Tram and Flyer Express Quad
Clientele: Vacationing families with adolescents, for whom price isn’t the top concern. An indoor waterpark and family-style arcade offer plenty of off-hill entertainment for kids, while a full fitness center provide parents and older clientele a welcome escape. Free daycare is available to all lodging guests, but reservations are required.
Food and Beverage: There are three food options in the hotel: the family-oriented Mountain Dick’s Pizza, burger and beer spot The Foundry Pub & Grill, and morning pick-me-up Buddy’s Mug Coffee Shop. It’s also only a short walk to several other Jay Peak restaurants.
Best Feature: Cook lunch in the full kitchen while watching the NFL playoffs on your room’s HD flat screen, and then step back out the door to ski the East Coast’s deepest powder in the afternoon.
Worst Feature: Availability. May need to book up to six months in advance.
Phone: (800) 451-4449
Location: Ski-in, ski-out at Jay Peak Resort, at the base of the Tram and Flyer Express Quad.
Clientele: Couples or small families looking for comfort and great access to skiing with an extended budget. Opened in 2009, the Lodge is also wheelchair accessible.
Food and Beverage: Easy access to fine dining at Alice’s Table Restaurant, a pint or two at the Tower Bar, and your morning fix at Aroma Café.
Best Feature: The Taiga Spa downstairs is a great way to relax after a hard day on the hill. Cost is separate from the room, but a massage treatment can go a long way on those weary ski legs.
Worst Feature: Steeply varying lodging rates (during ski season). A ski and stay package for $99 per person one week could become a $235 per person package another. Be wary and book well in advance.
The Woodshed Lodge
Phone: (802) 988-4444 or (800) 495-4445 (Reservations require a one day deposit 10 days prior to your stay.)
Location: Three miles from Jay Peak Resort on 25 quiet acres of Vermont woodlands.
Clientele: Couples or small groups of friends looking to enjoy a cozy weekend in the mountains sans unnecessary expense.
Food and Beverage: The lodge is a bed and breakfast, so breakfast is included in the package. Dinner is also available most nights, but will cost you a little extra.
Best Feature: The public dining area and living room bring people from all walks of life together for meals, board games, and fireside chats.
Worst Feature: Rooms are relatively small and there is nowhere to store food.
Grandpa Grunts Lodge
Phone: (802) 326-4572
Location: Downtown Montgomery, Vermont, about 10 miles from Jay Peak Resort.
Clientele: Ski bums looking for a midwinter haven or college groups looking for a cheap place to stay and have a good time. A simple, budget-conscious, and culture-rich ski atmosphere.
Food and Beverage: Grab a homemade all-you-can-eat breakfast in Grunts’ basement for $5. Wander into Montgomery Center and try out The Belfry, Bernie’s Restaurant, and Fresh Bettie’s (currently under renovation).
Best Feature: The basement. Rub shoulders with area ski legends, college students, and international company while enjoying pool, darts, and music. A bar ripe for action sets the scene in this mountain town enclave. Just don’t forget the Molsons.
Worst Feature: Sometimes the hot water can be spotty. It’s also not the quietest place in the world. But, for $30, you get what you pay for.
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