Scenic tram and chairlift rides are great ways to enjoy the outdoors and see some of the region’s spectacular alpine venues in a different light. Many lifts are opening this summer as pandemic restrictions ease. Some will operate on weekends only. Check resort websites or call ahead for precise operating schedules and restrictions.
Stowe’s Gondola SkyRide whisks you to the summit of Mount Mansfield, where you can inhale the beauty of majestic mountain vistas and access a variety of hiking trails. The ZipTour Adventure takes you soaring through and above the trees, sometimes as high as 180 feet, starting near the summit. For an ultimate outdoor experience, add the TreeTop Adventures with its suspended bridges, rope ladders, swinging logs, nets and more.
At Okemo, take a scenic ride on the Sunburst Six chairlift and get a different perspective of the Vermont landscape. Hike the trails, have a picnic, take photos, then you’ll be able to hike all the way down or ride the lift back when you are done. The K-1 Express Gondola to the top of 4,241-foot Killington Peak, Vermont’s second tallest and highest lift-serviced peak, is open for breathtaking views and access to 15 miles of designated hiking trails in addition to the Appalachian and Long trails. Stratton’s gondola is open for rides to southern Vermont’s highest peak. Sugarbush, Mount Snow and most other resorts in the Green Mountain State will open their chairlifts.
Cannon Mountain offers New Hampshire’s only aerial tramway and North America’s first. A cable car brings visitors to the 4,080-foot summit of Cannon Mountain in under 10 minutes. On a clear day, you can see the mountains of four states and Canada. At the summit, you’ll find spectacular scenic walking paths, a 360-degree observation deck, a cafe and restrooms. Online, advance reservations for the Tramway are required this summer.