Fall Fun at Vermont Ski Resorts
There is no denying that the Mamas love winter in Vermont, but truth be told we are total suckers for the fall. Bring on the foliage, apple picking, corn mazes, harvest festivals, and drool-worthy cider donuts. If your family loves the outdoors there are endless possibilities for fall fun at Vermont Ski Resorts. When there is a little chill in the air, head north to celebrate autumn and enjoy the gorgeous colors as they spread across our beautiful mountain ranges.
It is just as satisfying to conquer our mountains by going uphill instead of down. There is nothing more rewarding than the views from a mountaintop on a crisp fall day. Challenge yourself to hike to the top of Vermont’s highest peak — Mount Mansfield at Stowe Mountain Resort. Or for a more leisurely route stretch your legs along the trails that surround the Woodstock Inn and Resort or venture over to nearby Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Historial Park which has over 20 miles of trails for families to explore.
Golf, Disc Golf, and Mini Golf
Grab the kids and tee off at any number of Vermont Ski Resorts offering golf this fall. Golfing is a great family sport. The wide-open spaces and slow pace of the game encourage meaningful conversations while you are out on the course.
Enjoy the changing colors of the landscape from the steep terrain on the Sugarbush Resort Golf Club which is challenging enough to warrant taking a cart. Take advantage of $35 Thursdays when you book a tee time through the end of the season. The meandering course at the Woodstock Country Club showcases panoramic valley views over rolling hills and is worthy of putting on any family’s golf bucket list. It was named the #1 Golf Course in New England by Golf Advisor.
Instead of using a ball and clubs, try disc golf this fall with the kids. Fling those frisbees across open trails, over water hazards, and into elevated metal baskets. From the 9 hole beginner disc golf course at Okemo to the 27 hole course at Sugarbush Resort, challenge your family to a match on some of the pretty courses in New England.
Where to Eat: Take a seat on the patio of the James Moore Tavern after playing the challenging par 60 mountain 18 hole disc golf course at Bolton Valley. On Saturdays the host a BBQ on the lawn.
If the kids aren’t quite ready to tee off down the fairway, several resorts like Smugglers’ Notch have an 18-hole mini-golf course that can be just as exciting for little ones as playing on the real greens.
Scenic Chair Lift Rides
It is ok to skip the trek to the top and grab a ride. Scenic chairlift rides offer a different perspective and give way to some of the best views of Vermont’s fall foliage. There is nothing better than looking back at the changing color of the leaves from the seat of a chair lift at Okemo or from Vermont’s only aerial tram at Jay Peak.
Where to Eat: Head up the Bluebird Express at Mount Snow and grab a meal to go to enjoy anywhere outside on the property.
Before snowflakes cover the trails, our picturesque peaks are a mountain bikers dream. Fall fun at Vermont Ski Resorts means enjoying hundreds of the best mountain bike trails in the East. With a variety of terrain across the resorts, the possibilities for adventure are endless. Killington Resort is a great pick for families that have beginner, intermediate, or advanced riders.
Sugarbush now rents E-bikes. There is no shame in needing a little boost. Electric bikes provide pedal assistance on those uphill climbs making it easier for everyone to go out for a spin. In addition to downhill trails, several resorts have loop trails, pump tracks, and progression parks. Head to the Skills Park at Suicide Six where riders of all levels and abilities can practice their tricks. Plus it is free to use in 2020.
Where to Eat: After a full day of riding at Burke Mountain’s Bike Park, place an order to go or park yourself in front of the oversized windows at The Pub (with a reservation) to refuel while taking in the North East Kingdom’s striking scenery.
Dana is a freelance journalist and digital influencer living in Vermont. She is the editor behind Dana Freeman Travels. Through her original photography and writing, she provides authentic destination information, reviews, and travel tips. Dana specializes in cruise, luxury, food & wine, and adventure travel. Her work has been featured in CNN Travel, Porthole Magazine, Thrillist, Yankee Magazine, the Forbes Travel Guide, and several other print and digital publications. Dana is also the Founder of FindandGoSeek — a hyperlocal destination for families to discover what to see and do in Vermont.