New England offers an abundance of scenic tram and chairlift opportunities, and while the pandemic has shuttered some of the lifts this summer and delayed others, a handful of options are open.
At Loon Mountain Resort, you can take New Hampshire’s longest scenic Gondola Skyride to the summit of Loon Peak, where breathtaking views and high-altitude adventure await. Guests can enjoy a scenic, 10-minute ride to the summit of Loon Peak in the four-person Gondola Skyride. At the end of the 1.3-mile ascent, you’ll enter a high alpine world of refreshing breezes and stunning mountain views. Tickets are $20 for adults (ages 13-64), $18 for seniors (65 and older) and $15 for juniors (6-12). Masks must be worn by all occupants inside the Gondola Skyride.
Cranmore has reopened some summer activities, including the Meister Hut and chairlift rides. Two-hour scenic chairlift rides are $15 (3 and under are free), with a limited park capacity during each time block.
In Vermont, some of the Green Mountain State’s biggest resorts are offering scenic gondola rides, but expect COVID-19 measures, such as mandatory advanced reservations, cabins limited to members from the same household, and sanitation measures.
The Stowe Gondola SkyRide whisks riders to the top of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest mountain, where you can access hiking trails and a sweet treat at The Waffle.
Take a scenic ride on the Sunburst Six chairlift at Okemo and get a different perspective of the Vermont landscape. Hike the trails, have a picnic, take some photos, and enjoy the views. You’ll be able to hike all the way down or ride the lift back when you are done.