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Jay Peak

Canadians cross the border and Americans travel far to stay at Jay, for good reason. The “Jay Cloud” brings the most snow of any eastern ski area, glorious glades line the hills left, right and centre and locals treat you like part of the gang the moment you arrive. The recent addition of ski-in/ski-out accommodation just make this powder paradise all the more inviting.

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At a glance: • Amazing glades • Powder snow • Ski in/out accommodation

Great for: • Off-piste • Experts • Snowsure

Canadians cross the border and Americans travel far to stay at Jay, for good reason. The “Jay Cloud” brings the most snow of any eastern ski area, glorious glades line the hills left, right and centre and locals treat you like part of the gang the moment you arrive. The recent addition of ski-in/ski-out accommodation just make this powder paradise all the more inviting.

Jay Peak Resort

For the longest time, Jay was a “hidden gem”. A rough-and-tumble ski town on the Canadian border, it got by on the personality, boundless backcountry and epic conditions that drew a small cult following to this distant corner of the Green Mountains.

Shedloads of investment in recent years have altered the narrative. Now ski-in/ski-out lodgings are the new normal and facilities like a glass-roofed, heated water park entice many along the extra mile it takes to get here.

But there’s no danger of the corporate machine sapping Jay’s personality. Not so long as the ski school vets have a say. You’ll catch them in horned helmets and pelts at the resort’s weekly Welcome Parties, pouring discounted drinks and introducing you to the staff you’ll be rubbing elbows with throughout the week. “The Jay Way” is a big part of life here, and manifests itself in features like quirky food trucks, bars and restaurants crammed with old Jay Peak relics (including lifts…) and an annual “Beach Party” at the water park.

In a region filled with timber-framed lodges and mile upon mile of pristine pines, Jay could easily get by on looks alone. But to sweeten the deal it throws in the best snow in the entire Northeast (at 9m+ a season), perfect powder conditions and the classic New England towns of Jay, Newport and Montgomery just down the road for trips.

Stats & FAQ

Location: Vermont, USA

Established: 1957

Open: November - May

Downhill: 385 acres / 78 runs

View our detailed Jay Peak snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Jay Peak snow history.

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Burlington International Airport (BTV)70 miles, 1.5 hours
Montréal International Airport (YUL)105 miles, 2 hours
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Top Altitude:3858ft / 1176m
Bottom Altitude:1843ft / 562m
Resort Altitude:1843ft / 562m
Longest run:4.8km / 3 miles
Slope Orientation:N E
Vertical Drop:2153ft / 656m
Skiable Vertical:
Night Skiing:No
Glacier:No

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Downhill Runs:385 acres / 78 runs
Beginner slopes:20%
Intermediate:40%
Advanced slopes:40%
Lift Pass Price: $82 (adult single day pass)
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Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Jay Peak

385 acres of the Northeast’s best terrain offer up amazing tree glades, long groomed runs, and heaps of natural snowfall, with more than a few highlights for an upper intermediate and advanced skier. Tree-skiing is the local specialty, and 100 of the area’s acres are gorgeous cultivated glades that stick in the memory long after you leave.

While beginner slopes don’t exactly dominate the piste map, the lower mountain does give learners an opportunity to spread their wings between both bases. Check out if the resort still offers Learn to Turn sessions (an economical way to pick up the basics), then head to the area around the Village chair, a quiet place to practice that’s cut off from the more advanced runs. To help save more pennies, Jay has traditionally offered a “lower-mountain only” lift ticket.

Each of the resort’s main upper-mountain lifts offer at least one lovely long groomed run all the way back to the bases. These are outshined only by Jay’s intermediate glades. Bushwacker and Stateside Glade are standouts, but for all the uninitiated, learning to love tree skiing doesn’t get smoother than the step-by-step induction on Quarter Moon, Half Moon and Full Moon glades - each progressively steeper.

Advanced skiers are in their element in Jay, starting at the top with the highly coveted conditions on the Face Chutes directly below the aerial tram. The Jet Triple chair offers enough steeps and bumps to keep you busy, plus one of the finest advanced glades, Timbuktu. But there are strong gladed contenders left, right and centre, and tucking into these is half the joy of this resort.

Jay’s backcountry is what first earnt it a loyal fan base, and today this is still a crowd pleaser. A popular route involves skiing off the back of the resort and hiking to nearby Big Jay peak, when it’ll really feel like it’s just you and the mountains.

Jay Peak Apres Ski

Once Jay was the kind of resort where you had to make your own fun or make do, but today there’s more excitement on the cards. Drawing a drinking crowd from 4pm, the Tower Bar at the Tramside base and the Bullwheel at Stateside keep the beer and the conversation flowing.

Whether you’re partial to a pool or not, the Pump House water park really deserves an afternoon. Kept at a balmy 26°C, many come here just to settle down at The Drink bar and enjoy the slightly trippy experience of a frozen margarita in tropical temperatures at a ski resort…This is also a great option for parents, whose tots and teens will go wild for the pools. Staff warn you to tighten the drawstring on swimming trunks before hopping into pods with collapsing floors…and the surf machine is worth a whirl so you can boast that you’ve skied powder in the morning and surfed in 26-degree weather in the afternoon.

Food is another Jay Peak forte and even the cafeteria pizzas here come with toppings like caramelised rhubarb and goats cheese. Flatbreads named after resort runs are a nice touch at the Foundry Grille, while the Miso Hungry ramen truck is great for gobbling on the go. Surrounded on all sides by pretty New England towns, a short trip down the road offers up plenty more options. Other nearby bars and restaurants include the North Troy Village Pub for American cuisine, and the beautiful Belfry in Montgomery – where friendly bartenders will point you in the direction of Jay’s best backcountry.

Best time to go

Best time to ski Jay Peak

When is the best time to ski Jay Peak?

It’s said a phenomenon known as the “Jay Cloud” is to thank for Jay’s 370 inches / 940cm of snow a year, with a consistency more like dry Rockies powder than heavier West Coast snow. Whether or not the cloud is to thank, it’s meteorological fact that Jay records often 10 inches more snow than other Vermont resorts after a storm. These come fairly consistently throughout the season, and can run through to May, making this a great spot for some late season skiing. This time of year often sees events like an annual “Beach Party”, Pond Skimming and Demo Days where you get to try out new kit for free.

Low temperatures and high winds are common here – hell if you’re sitting with exposed skin on a chairlift – but this is what keeps the powder amongst the trees so gosh darn fluffy. Pack hand warmers and balaclavas and ski happy.

Peak Dates

Tis the season to be jolly at Christmas in Jay Peak, when all-you-can-eat buffets are a resort tradition. Head to, or base yourself, in the nearby town of Jay for super traditional tree lighting, carols and a visit from Santa.

The fireworks for New Year in Jay Peak are so big and bold they can usually be seen from every resort property. We love that everyone has a chance to mix and mingle, with celebrations for adults in the Foeger Ballroom, Teen parties at the Pump House and a special Kids New Year extravaganza which somehow crams pizza, sundaes, movies and face painting into one exhilarating night.

An ice arena, arcade and water park go down swimmingly at Half Term in Jay Peak. The only issue with little to no lift lines in the week is that the holiday will fly by.

With a season that frequently runs through to May, Easter in Jay Peak is almost certain to be white and the glades still good to go. With two weeks off school and several bank holidays, this is the time to commit to crossing the pond for some North American action.

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Families in Jay Peak

One look at the Pump House Water Park should convince you of Jay’s hard-core family credentials and the family fun doesn’t end there. Between the Elevation 1851’ Arcade, huge Ice Haus skate rink, night time snowshoe tours, the Nordic Center, and special terrain parks like the Disney Riglet Park, keeping your offspring entertained isn’t going to be a problem.

In the daytime, the Ski School offers popular programs for all between 3 and 12. “Jaycare” is available at Stateside for ages 6 weeks to 3 and at Tramside for ages 2 to 7, which may affect which side you choose to make your base (Tramside is where you’ll find the ice rink, water park and spa…). Private sitters are also available, if the grownups fancy a night on either town.

GroupsGroup Holidays Jay Peak

With such a variety of terrain, fun-loving locals and glades glorious glades, Jay Peak is a crowd pleaser and an obvious choice for a group ski trip.

Mountain-wise, the 60-person aerial tram means you can all make it to the peak in one go and test your collective mettle on the Face Chutes or take a scenic trip down Northway or Vermonter.

After hours, renting out the Ice Haus for a group skating session can be a fun activity, as can taking night time snowshoe tours or letting loose on the water park.

Best of all is the peace of mind of a Jay ski trip. As it sees the most snow in all of North Eastern America, and the glades typically hold onto powder late into the season, booking group trips here is unlikely to end in disappointment.

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