Jay Peak Ski Resort

Jay Peak Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Vermont in USA. The resort is in the town of Jay, VT. We recently ranked all of Vermont's ski resorts, so you can see where Jay Peak stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Jay Peak is a part of the INDY Ski Pass system. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all of the slopes that are also a part of the group.

Jay Peak Lodging:

Jay Peak Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Jay Peak has a total of 81 ski trails, which are serviced by 9 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. With 385 acres, Jay Peak Ski Resort has a moderate amount of skiiable terrain available for skiers. This area is equivalent to 156 hectares, 1 square miles, or 2 square kilometers.

Jay Peak's slopes see on average 349 inches (137 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 29 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
385(2 km2)
Annual Snowfall
349"(137 cm)

Jay Peak Ski Resort Elevation

Jay Peak Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 3,968 feet, or 1,209 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 1,815 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 2,153 feet (656 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Jay Peak's summit elevation is about average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are quite a bit higher, but also many that are much, much smaller.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
3,968'(1,209 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
2,153'(656 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
1,815'(553 m)

Jay Peak Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
50out of 100
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Jay Peak can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 74% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Jay Peak has 385 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Jay Peak is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 26% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 74%.
26%(100 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
50%(193 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
24%(92 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Jay Peak Ski Resort good for beginners?

Jay Peak can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 74% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Jay Peak Ski Resort Location

Jay Peak Ski Resort is located in the state of Vermont, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Jay, VT.

Jay, VT 05859 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
44.97000, -72.47000

Getting to Jay Peak Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Jay Peak Ski Resort), its coordinates of 44.97000, -72.47000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Jay, VT to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Jay Peak Ski Resort.

Montreal / Pierre Elliott Trudeau International AirportYULMontréal, QC71 mi
Quebec Jean Lesage International AirportYQBQuebec, QC136 mi
Portland International JetportPWMPortland, ME141 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Jay Peak.

Burlington International AirportBTVBurlington, VT48 mi
Plattsburgh International AirportPBGPlattsburgh, NY54 mi
Montréal / Saint-Hubert AirportYHUMontréal, QC60 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Jay Peak Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Jay Peak Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Mont SuttonSutton, QC3,175 ft41%10 mi
Owl's HeadMansonville, QC2,480 ft46%11 mi
BromontBromont, QC1,693 ft41%24 mi
Mont OrfordOrford, QC2,800 ft40%27 mi
Mad River GlenMorrisville, VT3,637 ft59%28 mi
Suicide SixSouth Pomfret, VT1,200 ft36%28 mi
Smuggler's NotchJeffersonville, VT3,640 ft59%33 mi
Mont Hatley (Montjoye), QC0 ft0%35 mi
Mont Bellevue, QC1,089 ft11%39 mi
Burke MountainEast Burke, VT3,267 ft60%39 mi
Bolton ValleyRichmond, VT3,150 ft40%42 mi
Cochran Ski AreaRichmond, VT950 ft32%47 mi
Ski Saint-BrunoSaint-Bruno-de-Montarvill, QC574 ft20%58 mi
SugarbushWarren, VT4,083 ft60%61 mi
Cannon MountainFranconia, NH4,080 ft57%68 mi
Bretton WoodsBretton Woods, NH3,100 ft52%70 mi
WhalebackEnfield, NH1,800 ft38%70 mi
Mont GleasonTingwick, QC1,132 ft36%71 mi
Groupe Plein Air TerrebonneTerrebonne, QC100 ft0%77 mi
Wildcat MountainGorham, NH4,062 ft55%79 mi
Pico MountainMendon, VT3,967 ft53%79 mi
Whiteface MountainWilmington, NY4,650 ft70%81 mi
Black MountainJackson, NH2,350 ft43%83 mi
Waterville ValleyWaterville Valley, NH4,004 ft49%85 mi
AttitashBartlett, NH2,350 ft51%87 mi
KillingtonKillington, VT4,241 ft68%91 mi
Cranmore MountainNorth Conway, NH2,000 ft39%92 mi
Mont ApicSaint-Pierre-Baptiste, QC689 ft34%95 mi
Mont AdstockAdstock, QC2,657 ft47%96 mi
Ski MontcalmLanaudière, QC1,115 ft28%99 mi

Jay Peak Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation3,968 ft
Base Elevation1,815 ft
Vertical Drop2,153 ft
(26% Beginner,  50% Intermediate,  24% Expert)
Skiable Acres385
Avg. Annual Snowfall349 inches
Jay Peak Ski Resort Mountain Stats