Learning to ski or snowboard at an early age is the perfect way to help young children instill a love for winter. Exploring the slopes helps kids build self-confidence, meet new friends and develop a lifelong affinity for the outdoors.
What could be a better way to get excited for ski and snowboard season than to visit Vermont’s mountains during peak foliage? Due to the high population of sugar maple trees, Vermont puts on the best show of fall color this side of the globe. Not only is it one of the most beautiful times to visit Vermont, but it’s a great weekend destination for the whole family. You might even pass a few must-stop ski and snowboard swaps on your way to the mountain!
Off Season Fall Package Deals
Families can stay right in the heart of the Green Mountains as they burst with color. Resorts offer nicely priced “off-season” lodging packages to bring you to their doors. Try Stratton’s Family Harvest Fest package over Columbus Day weekend. You’ll receive 2 nights lodging, plus tickets to Bromley’s Mountain Adventure Park and admission to Stratton’s Chili Fest, starting at $83 per person, per night.
Vermont Resort Adventure Parks – open through Fall
Most of the resorts’ summer adventure parks stay open throughout the fall, minus the water features. Enjoy the crisp mountain air while playing disc golf at Sugarbush, or trying mountain biking at Smugglers’ Notch. Feel it blow through your hair as you hurdle down the mountain on Okemo’s Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster. Bromley’s Aerial Adventure Park with a canopy tour will take families to new heights and as you challenge each other to cross the wood and rope bridges over colorful forest floors of fallen leaves.
View Foliage from a Mountain Top
If your family wants to see the best views Vermont has to offer, just jump on one of the chairlifts, gondolas or trams that will take you to the high peaks for 360 degrees of color-coated mountains. Ride Vermont’s only tram at Jay Peak Resort and absorb the colors of the Vermont’s North East Kingdom and Canada beyond. Take the K1 gondola at Killington and enjoy local and organic treats at the new Peak Lodge, or ride Stowe’s FourRunner Quad to access hiking trails along Vermont’s tallest peak, Mount Mansfield. Mount Snow will even include a scenic chairlift ride in their Fall Foliage Getaway package, starting at $55 per night.
Whether your family is looking to climb to new heights to see the fall foliage at its peak or wants to relax and spend time together in a beautiful setting, Vermont is hard to beat as a fall destination.
You can also find accounts of many of these suggested adventures on our site:
- Summer Adventures for Kids at Stowe
- Enjoy a Family Mountain Bike Adventure at Smugglers’ Notch
- Summer Fun at Mountain Top Inn
- Bromley’s Summer Adventure Park
- Summer Adventure Parks Offer Vermont Family Mountain Fun