Killington Ski Resort, VT

Vermont Ski Resorts Ranked & Mapped

Vermont has 16 ski resorts, all very well spread out across the state.

IKON, INDY and EPIC each have dozens of slopes in their system that will allow you to ski at any one of them if you hold it. Luckily, the majority of slopes in Vermont are associated with one or more of these nationwide passes. EPIC has three VT resorts, while IKON and INDY each have four.

Bolton ValleyINDYRichmond, VT, 05477
Bromley MountainPeru, VT, 05152
Burke MountainEast Burke, VT, 05832
Cochran Ski AreaRichmond, VT, 05477
Jay PeakINDYJay, VT, 05859
KillingtonIKONKillington, VT, 05751
Mad River GlenMorrisville, VT, 05661
Magic MountainINDYLondonderry, VT, 05148
Mount SnowEPICSomerset, VT, 05356
Okemo MountainEPICLudlow, VT, 05149
Pico MountainIKONMendon, VT, 05701
Smuggler’s NotchJeffersonville, VT, 05464
Stowe MountainEPICWest Halifax, VT, 05358
Stratton MountainIKONWinhall, VT, 05155
SugarbushIKONWarren, VT, 05674
Suicide SixINDYSouth Pomfret, VT, 05067

Explaining Our ‘Difficulty Score’

Parks & Trips created a proprietary Difficulty Score that is generated by looking at the number of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then gives each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier 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.

The Most Difficult Vermont Ski Resorts

Killington Ski Resort comes in first place as the most difficult ski resort in Vermont, but maybe not as convincingly as you’d expect. Burke Mountain and Sugarbush are hot on its trail, with similar piste levels among all three. What pushed Killington over the top is the fact that it has a much steeper vertical drop and many more acres than the second, and third place finishers.

RankResortGreen TrailsBlue TrailsBlack TrailsDifficulty ScoreTM
#3Burke Mountain11%47%42%59.6%
#4Smuggler’s Notch17%53%30%59.4%
#5Mad River Glen20%35%45%58.8%

The Easiest Ski Resorts in Vermont

Cochran Ski Area easily wins as the easiest ski resort in Vermont. It has a very manageable 500 foot vertical drop, and it has a very small 30 acre skiable area. Suicide Six and Bolton Valley round out the top three, which also happen to have the second- and third-smallest vertical of any Vermont ski resort.

Rank ResortGreen TrailsBlue TrailsBlack TrailsDifficulty ScoreTM
#1Cochran Ski Area22%56%22%32%
#2Suicide Six30%40%30%36%
#3Bolton Valley32%36%32%40%
#4Bromley Mountain35%34%31%42%
#5Mount Snow14%73%13%44%

The Largest Ski Resorts in Vermont

Choosing the largest ski resorts is a bit of a tricky proposition. Do you look at just the summit elevation? How about the total acreage, most trails, or steepest vertical drop?

Well, we decided to combine all four of those metrics into one ranking to get the best idea, although we fully admit this is completely subjective. We’ve given you all the data in the following table to make your own decision.

As opposed to its small margin victory as the most difficult slope in Vermont, here Killington Ski Resort easy comes in first as the largest. Sporting a skiable area that is more than 1.5 times larger than its closest competitor, Killington also has the steepest vertical, and the most runs of any VT ski area.

Rank ResortSummit ElevationBase ElevationVertical DropAcresTrails
#1Killington4,241 ft1,165 ft3,076 ft1,526155
#2Smuggler’s Notch3,640 ft1,030 ft2,610 ft1,00078
#3Sugarbush4,083 ft1,483 ft2,600 ft581111
#4Stowe Mountain4,395 ft2,035 ft2,360 ft485116
#5Jay Peak3,968 ft1,815 ft2,153 ft38581