Ski as a Leprechaun at Burke Mountain Resort

Visiting Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom in winter is all about embracing the outdoors and the many exhilarating and invigorating experiences it has to offer. Our mountainous slopes contain several world-class ski resorts and one of the best spots to tackle winter terrain is in the nearby town of Burke. 

Burke Mountain Resort is known for its laid-back vibe, and Burke Ski Academy is renowned for training Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin. Burke is home to breathtaking views of the famous Willoughby Gap and New Hampshire’s towering Mount Washington. With many events throughout the season, Burke is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by offering a day-long “Free Skiing & Riding for Leprechauns!” on Tuesday, March 17th, for anyone wearing their best leprechaun costume.

At Burke Mountain, enjoy some of the finest ski slopes in the area, hone your skills at the Academy, or put your skis to the test on the steep, ungroomed slope named Doug’s Drop. If you’re unfamiliar with the mountain, Burke features a 2,000-foot vertical drop from its 3,267-foot summit elevation. Fifty-five runs decorate the steep slopes for 260 acres of skiable terrain. Add in the annual average snowfall in Vermont of 76 inches, and you’ve got yourself a perfect snow day!

Experienced skiers and snowboarders can head up to the Upper Mountain which contains all intermediate and advanced difficulty trails. Seasoned veterans can take on Scooby Doo, Fox’s Folly, Dixieland and The Jungle. Just starting out and curious about the skiing buzz up here? No worries. Stick to the Lower Mountain section of the Resort and the Bunny Slope. There’s also a beginner’s glade skiing park, the Enchanted Forest. For more information, visit the Burke Mountain Resort website.

In between your runs, you’ll find two popular spots to dine and drink. The Tamarack Pub and Grill is a comfortable, casual place serving “new American fare with a hint of Vermont”. The dining room has an open kitchen and view of the slopes and live music in the bar on weekends and holidays. The Bear Den Lounge is a mid-mountain bar and grill with a large fireplace, good food, a great view and live bands on Saturdays.

After your day on the slopes, escape the crowds and return to the warm comfort and personal attention you’ll receive at Highland Lodge. 

Skiing is a dance and the mountain always leads. – Jim Bowden