The Green Mountains are a stunning range in Vermont and are the name sake of the
state. In French Verts Monts means Green Mountains and just before Vermont became a state
it was known as the Green Mountain Republic. There is a hiking trail that runs from the northern
border to the southern border of the state, traversing through the mountains and even through
some of the ski hills. Approximately one third of the Long Trail is part of the Appalachian Trail,
which covers about nineteen hundred miles itself. Nestled in the Green Mountains, just south of
the Canadian border is the Jay Peak Resort.
and snowboarding. The trails of Jay Peak started being built in 1950’s by the first ski school
director, well known Austrian skier and former coach of the Spanish Olympic Team, Walter
Foeger. The first lift was installed in 1955 and in 1957 the resort opened for skiing. Jay Peak
boasts the most snow in the eastern United States which makes for some great skiing, on both
the groomed trails and the many back-country trails.
Many people have said that the back-country trails are what sets the Jay Peak Resort
apart from others. The back country skiing feeds off resort so you will need to get your own ride
back, but, to be able to ski this terrain is an unforgettable experience. The tracts of land used for
back-country skiing are conserved by the Green Mountain Club and the State of Vermont. The
area is part of a high elevation forest which is a particularly fragile environment and is home to
the rare Bickel’s Thrush. Because of this special habitat there is an absolutely no cutting policy,
which means that you cannot cut any saplings or other brush that might get in your way. This
area must stay as pristine as possible. When skiing this terrain, you must be aware of the many
potential hazards the woods has to offer, such as buried rocks, sink holes, stumps, fallen trees
and more. That being said, it is always good to wear the proper safety equipment; a helmet, a
GPS, a shovel, and a multi-tool, among many other items. Always ride in a group of at least
three and make sure that you figure out a meet-up spot if your group splits up. And never start
your trip afternoon because it isn’t fun getting lost, and even less fun being lost in the dark, in
the mountains, and in the winter.
The groomed trails at Jay Peak Resort are still very beautiful and on the resort property
you’ll even have some Glades so tougher riding. You have about three hundred and eighty-five
acres to play on with about seventy-eight trails. jay Peak Resort is also known for its ski school,
which says it can teach you how to ski in a week using Walter Foeger’s technique known as
“Natur Teknik” or natural technique. The student learns to hop the skis instead of doing stem
turns or snowplow turns. The Glades at Jay Peak Resort require advanced skills and a group to
ski them. Always wear a helmet and never go out to the Glades after 3pm. Jay Peak Resort also
has four terrain parks for those of you who want to hit some jibs, boxes, and rails.
Steve Wright, the VP of Marketing, Sales and Hospitality says that “When resorts are run
by those who love mountains, we all benefit. At Jay Peak, we care about deep snow, about
building community and creating opportunities and about developing something that we all get
to enjoy.” and we whole-heartedly agree with him. Visit Jay Peak Resort to see and feel the love
of the mountains.