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Conditions & Weather Maps
 
  • National Weather Service Forecast - The MOST accurate for Jay Peak. Period.
  • NOAA Snow Analysis Center - If you haven't seen this site yet you don't know squat about finding the powder. Everything you ever wanted to know about the snowpack in the North East can be found here. AMAZING RESOURCE!
  • Weather Discussion from Roger Hill - With over 30 years experience in the field of meteorology and climatology, Roger has done stints around the country starting with the US Army and with the National Weather Service. Roger provides weekly commentary and long term forecasts for Jay Peak riders looking to time storms just right. . . A true wealth of knowledge!   
  • Jay Peak's Website Conditions - Always worth a look for snowfall totals... What, it's not snowing at your house? Well it probably is at Jay!
  • Arctic Oscillation - Forecast models for the Arctic Oscillation. This determines how far north storms track over New England. If you don't know what this is you should read this (Information Link).
 
Current Radar Loop
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* The area between Mount Mansfield and Jay Peak is in a Radar Shadow. As a result storms appear to disappear as they pass over mansfield and re-appear as they track across the Northeast Kingdom (NE VT). Don't be fool - Jay has it's own weather... hence the Jay Cloud!   (Courtesy: Intellicast.com)
 
Current Atlantic Satellite Loop
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(Courtesy: Intellicast.com)

 

Current Pacific Satellite Loop

 

Pacific Sat Image

(Courtesy: Intellicast.com)

 

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Jay Videos

 

 

Jay Peak 50th Anniversary Video:

 

 

Jay Peak Resort EB5 Visa (USA Green Card) Program Video:

 

Jay Peak 2008 Promo Video:

 

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Statistics
     Jay Peak has some pretty impressive stats that together add up to great skiing and riding! Did you know that Jay Peak has a Verizon antenna at the summit? Verizon users get great digital reception while at the Peak! Stay in touch with your office or family members while on vacation.
 
The Mountain
Peaks: 2
Miles of skiable terrain: 50+
Skiable Acreage: 385+
Acres for off-piste skiing: 100+
Base Elevation: 1,815 feet
Vertical: 2,153 feet
Exposure: Northeast
 
The Trails
Total number of trails: 76 trails, glades and chutes
Difficulty of trails: 20% novice, 40% intermediate, 40% advanced
Longest trail: Ullr's Dream-3 miles
Most scenic trail: Vermonter
Hairiest trails: River Quai and Green Beret
Easiest Learning glade: Moonwalk Woods
Best open slope: Can-Am Super Trail, 150 feet wide, 4,000 feet long, 1,800 foot vertical
 
The 8 Lifts Serving Stateside
The Queen's T-Bar: Capacity 800 skiers per hour
The Bonaventure Quad: Capacity 2,000 skiers per hour
The Jet Triple Chair: Capacity 1,800 skiers per hour
The Village Chair: Serving beginner skiers and ski-on ski-off from Jay Peak Village. Capacity 1,200 skiers per hour
 
Serving Tramside
The Flyer: A detachable quad, capacity 2,400 skiers per hour
The Aerial Tramway: Vermont's only! Capacity 60 passengers per trip, 360 skiers per hour
The Moving Carpet in Beginner Zone: Capacity 1,500 skiers per hour
The Metro Quad in Beginner Zone: Capacity 2,115 skiers per hour
 
Total uphill capacity: Approximately 12,175 skiers per hour
 
 
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The Glades
 
Jay's Woods Policy
Explore all of the glades within the Jay Peak boundary but make sure you have:
 
1. The advanced skills required to do so
 
2. At least a couple of partners
 
3. A healthy dose of common sense
 
Truth be told, our backcountry terrain is, in a word, breathtaking. Just be careful; it'll take more than your breath away if you're reckless or senseless in your approach. 
 

Transportation
Transportation
AIR TRANSPORTATION

 

JETBlue, US Airways, Continental, United and Delta.
Major car rental agencies are available at the airport. Special Thrifty Car rental rates are available. 
Burlington airport is 80 miles/129 km (1 1/2 hours) from the mountain.

 

Other nearby airports include:
Montreal, QC (85 miles/137 km from Jay Peak; 1.5 hours)
Manchester, NH (196 miles/315 km; 3.25 hours

 

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
Bus:
Vermont Transit serves Burlington, VT from all major points in New England.
 
Amtrak(800-USA-RAIL):
"Vermonter" trains service St. Albans, 45 minutes from Jay Peak. Ground transfers are available from St. Albans to Jay Peak. Call Jay Peak (800-451-4449).
 
By car:

From New York City: Take 907W/Hutchison River Pkwy. to Connecticut. Continue on CT-15 N. Exit 68 N-E to merge onto I-91 N toward CT-66/Hartford/Middletown, passing through Massachusetts and entering Vermont. Exit 26 to merge onto US-5 N/VT-58 W toward Irasburg, following US-5 N. Turn left at VT-14 N and continue onto VT-100 S. Slight right at S. Pleasant St. Turn right at VT-101 N. Turn left at VT-242 W.

 

From Boston: Take I-93 N through New Hampshire and into Vermont. Exit onto I-91 toward St. Johnsbury. Exit 26 to merge onto US-5 N/VT-58 W toward Irasburg, following US-5 N. Turn left at VT-14 N and continue onto VT-100 S. Slight right at S. Pleasant St. Turn right at VT-101 N. Turn left at VT-242 W.

 

From Burlington: Take VT-15 E to VT-108 N. Take the first right onto VT-109. Turn left at Route 118. Continue onto S. Rd./S. Main St./State Route 118. Slight right at Mountain Rd./VT-242 E.

 

From the Montreal: Take QC-15 S/Route 15 S to Route 10 E with signs for Sherbrooke/Quebec/Vermont/30/I-89. Exit 22 for QC-35 toward Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu/I-89/Saint-Luc-Chambly. Keep right at the fork, following signs for 89/QC-35 and merge onto Autoroute de la Valee-des-Forts S/QC-35 S/Route 35 S. Slight left at Route 133, entering the United States at Vermont. Continue onto I-89 S. Exit 21 for VT-78 toward US-7. Turn left at 1st St/VT-78 E, following VT-78. Slight left at VT-105 E. Turn left at Main St. Continue onto Sampsonville Rd./VT-105 E. Turn right at N. Main St./State Route 118, continuing on Route 118. Turn left at Mountain Rd./VT-242 E.

 
 

 

Lodging
Lodging
 
On Resort Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Tram Haus Lodge

Base, slopeside

 

Jay Peak Resort reservations

   Studios and 3 bedroom suites with flat-screen televisions, gas fireplace, kitchenette,  dining area, and unlimited access to the Taiga Spa. 8

$212.76

to

$768.80

Condos, Townhouses, single family homes

Throughout the resort, many are slopeside

 

Jay Peak Resort reservations

 

   I bedroom condos to 5 Bedroom Townhouse fully furnished,  equipment lockers, some with 2 kitchens, and limited use of the ice arena. Large groups and Multi-family


$199.66

to
$892.39

 

 

 

The English Rose Inn

195 Vermont Route 242 Montgomery Center, Vermont 05471

   Free wi-fi, complimentary deluxe breakfast, amenities basket, terry bath robes, free soda or hot tea with baked goods at Afternoon English Tea, refrigerator, microwave, satellite TV & VCR with movies. Meal plans  and ski packages available. 5 $85 to $135
Inglenook Lodge
Route 242
Jay Peak, Vermont
   Hotel rooms to vacation homes On site amenities including the indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, massage therapy, game room and full service restaurant and bar. singles to large groups Packages begin at $159.00 pp
Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn   
Montgomery Center, Vermont
   Private bathrooms,  full gourmet breakfast,  internet access, in-room courtesy phones with toll-free calling anywhere in the US or Canada,  in-room digital cable TV and DVD player with DVD library, endless coffee, spring water, or tea and all day fresh baked goods. 4

$109

to

$499

Grampa Grunts Lodge

Montgomery Center, 

Vermont

   For the budget conscious skier, this lodge/hostel is a gem. Grandpa, Ted, and the other staff members are extremely friendly and welcoming. Grandpa's weekend breakfasts are some of the best in Vermont! If you are going to stay at the lodge, enter with an open mind and a desire for some quality time with friends. Rooms are nice but some can use some work, bathrooms are communal. The lounge is great but can get a little loud at night with weekend celebrations. Recommended for: 35 and under, hard core skiers and riders, & budge conscious travelers. Grampa also offers housing rentals as well.     

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Dining
On Mountain:
Off Mountain:
The Belfry

14 Amandon Rd
Montgomery Ctr, VT 05471

802) 326-4400

Village Inn  Classic American fare

1078 Vt Route 242

Jay, VT 05859

 

Snow Shoe Lodge & Pub

13 Main St.

Montgomery Center, VT 05471

802-326-4456

 

 

 

REAL ESTATE
 
 
 
DEALS
 
 
 
WHAT'S NEW

 

Jay Peak debuted the first part of its multi-year revitalization when it opened the Tram Haus Lodge last December, a new slopeside property with 57 suites, a spa, café, restaurant, and bar. This year $13 million was invested in improvements both on and off mountain.

On mountain improvements include 100 new high-efficiency snowmaking tower guns for Montrealer, Northway, Alligator Alley, Perry Merrill, and beginners’ favorite Grammy Jay. Other improvements are a new enclosed magic carpet lift for beginners and a new Prinoth groomer.  A new radio-frequency identification system utilizing RFID cards will be available for purchase at the resort and online, allowing guests to pre-purchase their lift tickets to avoid standing in ticket lines and speed lift lines.

Off mountain improvements include a new Nordic center, an indoor ice arena, and a parking garage.

The Pump House Indoor Water Park will be opening in December 2011. The waterpark will feature the ONLY Aqualoop in North America, a Double Barrel surf wave, and the LONGEST indoor activity (lazy) river in the United States!!!
 
ACTIVITIES

Events

 
SERVICES

Snowsports School

Free Daycare for on property guests

 

GOOD, BETTER, BEST
Good - Recent upgrades for on mountain lodging.
Better - Highest snowfall in the east
Best - Glades and sidecountry skiing
 

 

Jay Peak
Description:

Jay Peak prides itself on getting the most snow in New England. The 2010-2011 Season boasted 374"Its 20-year average for natural snowfall is 351 inches compared to 254 inches for Killington. Another claim to fame is the areas gladded trails. Some of the most interesting glades are Staircase, Valhalla (the steepest on the mountain), the natural half pipe in Canyon land and, the most challenging on the mountain, the Jay Peak Face Chutes. Regardless of your terrain of choice, the 360 degree views from the summit are staggering. Twenty percent of the mountain is designed for beginners and 40% for intermediates while, in addition to the glades; experts enjoy Jays State Side area with half a dozen steep trails. Jay has approximately 850 - 900 beds, which include the Hotel Jay, 2 Bedroom slopeside condos, and 4 Bedroom slopeside townhouses. The resort is 64 miles from Burlington and 70 miles from Montreal. If you've been to Jay Peak, you know what pulls you. The most snow in eastern North America and the most liberal in-bounds policy anywhere. If you haven't been here, though - well, read on. Located in Northern Vermont only a few miles from the Canadian border, Jay Peak has a different perspective on the sport. Up here, the mountain reigns supreme and our unparalleled gladed terrain and abutting backcountry attracts some of the best skiers and riders around. We make big-mountain skiing and riding affordable for all through a number of discount and value-added programs. Our lodging is virtually all ski-in/ski-out, we open early, and are always one of the last in the East to close. Jay Peak is owned by our long-standing President, Bill Stenger, and a small group of investors including long-time Jay Peak homeowner Ariel Quiros. As veterans of the mountain we all understand why folks come and why they choose Jay Peak. Also to note is the Pump House Indoor Water Park will be opening in December 2011. The waterpark will feature the ONLY Aqualoop in North America, a Double Barrel surf wave, and the LONGEST indoor activity (lazy) river in the United States!!!

Details:
DetailValue
Snow making percent50
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet1
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad2
Lifts-Tram1
Lifts-Total number of lifts8
Trails-1-Beginner15%
Trails-2-Intermediate40%
Trails-3-Advanced40%
Trails-4-Expert only5%
Trails-5-Terrain park4
Trails-Total77
Runs-Steepest runFace Chutes
Runs-Longest runUllr's Dream (3mi)
General-Base elevation1815'
General-Vertical drop2153'
General-OwnerPres. Bill Stenger
General-Back country access100 acres
General-Total area in bounds385+
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Posted

Pros: Lots of snow, uncrowded, good prices, Vermonter deals

Cons: far away

I love Jay Peak. I have to admit, it’s been quite a while since I’ve been there. I used to go more frequently when I was a college student, and that was about 7 years ago so hopefully things haven’t changed too much. It’s known for more snow than any other ski area east of the Rockies. In fact they often rival the big western resorts. Every time I’ve been there it’s been snowing!! Jay is also famous for glades. They had glades before glades were popular and people were skiing in the woods back when most resorts strictly enforced you to stay “on the trail”. Jay has such a unique feel to it. It doesn’t seem like a resort (though I’ve heard that’s changing). I loved the hay bale buffers on the lift line poles, and long winding terrain that made you feel like you were on a bigger mountain out west! If you don’t like to drive, you may not like Jay. It takes a long time to get there, unless you live in the NE Kingdom. Every time I’ve been there we’ve stayed in Canada so you can save a little money. If you’re a Vermonter, you ski for cheaper which is nice! It’s open pretty late in the season because of all the snow, so it’s a good spring destination.  Careful driving there – roads aren’t always the best, and like I said, it’ll most likely be snowing. I’ve never seen many people there, so crowds are not usually a problem.

Posted

Pros: Tons of glades, Tram, nice terrain for all levels, in the snnow belt

Cons: a bit remote

I used to ski at Jay all the time as a teen. I love this hill.

Glades are usually not marked.  A local told me, when you see a little path dropping off the trail you're on, dive in and you'll be in glade heaven. The glades hold PLENTY of fresh snow when the "groomed" trails are hardpack & frozen granular.

UN Express, Green Beret, and other steep trails are fun for experts, lots of other trails for all levels. It's totally worth the trip, even from Boston or NY.


Posted

Pros: Jay Cloud, Trees

Cons: Still trying to think of one...

Yes it's cold, but that just keeps the ridiculous amount of pows fluffy.  If you can't deal with the cold, pick a different sport.  This is the place that gives the eastern skier the advantage out west-- the knowledge of where to find pows when others can't and how to ski them.  It's the trees...  it's all about the trees.  And if you don't like the glades at Jay, well, then you don't like tree skiing-- in which case, any old mountain should be fine for you cause they all have cleared trails with some snow.  Lightest snow I've seen outside of Utah; more snow than most of Colorado; the best backcountry in the east with Big Jay so accessible; real deal skiing without the "extras" that you can enjoy when you're away from a mountain; greatest value on the east coast, with tickets 2/3's the cost of Stowe; the best glades anywhere...  that's Jay!

Posted

Pros: Snow

Cons: newly acquired big money, big dreams, big profits, and big crowds

Even with all the snow report lies, it still gets pretty good snow (for the east that is).  It claims to get 10 meters per year, but so does Sunshine out west.  I can GUARANTEE that Jay doesnt get more snow that Sunshine.  

 

As for the rest of the draw of Jay, its all dead.  The crowds are up, the cost is up, the fun is down.  Might as well head to Killington...

Posted

Pros: Good tree skiing policy

Cons: short vertical

No one in my group of ski-friends gets the hype with Jay Peak...

 

First off... the Jay Cloud is a myth.  With all that snow, you'd think they'd have so much terrain open so much sooner and longer than elsewhere in the state and nearby... not so.  Years back they would post the average snowfall on a given day, and the maximum snowfall- presumably from a spot in a snowdrift.  From the max, they would add that up to 350" in a year, the average column was more like 250".  Its bogus.  If you're about snow, hit Le Massif.  Though they've had one or two off years as of late, they understate their snow totals.  

 

Second... while the open policy on trees is nice, you're not going to have fun in them unless you're a high-advanced skier.  They are tight (it is the East) and in most spots, steep.

 

Third... Jay's vert is a shade over 2000ft, but that is only for a couple of runs off the tram, which always involve long waits.  It really skis about 1000-1500ft depending where on the mountain you are.

 

If you're an expert, you'll have more fun here than most places in the East.  Not for the snow, but for the trees and the open face off the peak.  If you're advanced or lower, its not the greatest.

Posted

Pros: Uncrowded, Friendly, Good Value

Cons: Middle of Nowhere

From a beginner's perspective, I really appreciate the perfect training runs to gain confidence on.  Right from the base lodge you're looking up at Interstate -- a (very) wide, easy slope to get you rolling.  Even better, though slightly more narrow, is the Racoon Run that runs down the middle of their condos. 

 

Served by the Metro Quad and the Village Double, and connected by Perry Merrill Ave and Queen's Highway, I find this learning zone to be nearly ideal for new skiers.