One of the best things about skiing is that the sport offers something for everyone. Beginner or expert, steep and deep or rolling, gentle terrain, big bumps or groomed corduroy. Whatever you want, skiing provides. Ski lodging should offer the same range of experiences, places that help you start the day, and end it, just the way you like.
For me, there are only really two types of ski accommodations. Condos certainly have their place, as do traditional ski clubhouses and sprawling resorts a quick bus ride from the hill. But if you pressed me for my favorites, there are only two: A cozy bed and breakfast brimming with nostalgia, or a trailside hotel chock-full of amenities. For years, East Burke, Vt., has boasted two of the finest bed & breakfasts — the Wildflower Inn and the Inn at Mountain View Farm — in ski country, and my family and I have enjoyed staying at both properties. Both are quintessential New England inns, with the Wildflower a little more folksy, and the Mountain View a bit more elegant. Both also require a drive to the hill.
Now, the girls and I have another terrific option, one that falls into the second category of slopeside lodging. The stately Burke Mountain Hotel & Conference Center, a beautiful “ski in, ski out” facility built alongside the area’s rustic Mid-Burke Lodge, is a game-changer, providing visitors to this idyllic ski area in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom lodging right beside the trails.
The new hotel also has a history, albeit a brief one, which, given the historic nature of East Burke and Burke Mountain, can’t be ignored. Florida developer Ariel Quiros bought Burke Mountain in 2012 for $7.2 million, on the heels of his purchase and renovation of Jay Peak in partnership with Northeast Kingdom resident and then Jay president Bill Stenger.