Welcome to Burke Mountain!
In the 1930s, when the Darling family donated Burke Mountain to the State of Vermont, Vermont Governor Robert Stafford remarked that there is no more beautiful setting in the world than this one on Burke Mountain; “It is God’s Cathedral.”
Burke Mountain and the surrounding area in Burke the Northeast Kingdom are special places to visit year round, offering natural beauty and activities to suit virtual everyone’s bucket list, including skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking,
Planning a Trip
Two of the best ways to plan your visit to Burke Mountain, in any season,
Winter at Burke Mountain
A great place to review all of the activities available during the winter is by watching this video produced by the Vermont Area Chamber of Commerce. Burke Mountain has been called a “hidden gem” of a ski area by the Boston Globe. If you want some of the best skiing in the East, in true Vermont style, far away from the crowds and miles and miles of parking lots at other Vermont ski areas, Burke is your place. Burke Mountain, with a summit of 3,267 feet, has the 7th highest vertical drop (2,011’) of all Vermont ski areas. The Mountain, which is smartly divided into beginner trails on the Lower Mountain, and some of best technical skiing trails on the Upper Mountain, offers 36 trails, 14 glades, and 3 terrain parks over 178 skiable acres. Mountainvertical.com rates Burke as one of the best ski areas in New England.
Perhaps the thing that sets Burke Mountain apart from any other ski area in the U.S. is Burke Mountain Academy, the leading ski racing academy in the United States, having produced numerous national team members and Olympians along the way. BMA’s alumni include:
- 2014 Olympic slalom gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin
- 117 U.S. Ski Team members
- 137 national team athletes
- 33 Olympians
- 5 competitors at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games
BMA, a one-time owner of the Mountain, offers coaching and instruction to the Mountain’s junior ski program. In addition, the Mountain’s own ski and board program, for children beginning at 3 years of age, offers outstanding instruction, from one-time learn-to-ski and board
During the winter, the Mountain offers
For more information about Burke Mountain, visit skiburke.com.
Other Winter Activities Around Burke Mountain
In addition to alpine skiing and snowboarding, the Burke Mountain area offers
Kingdom Trails offers some of the best
Kingdom Trails, which is rated one of the best places to Mountain Bike in the U.S., is also home to the growing sport of fat biking. If you haven’t tried cross-country-biking on fat wheels, you really should. Learn more about Kingdom Trails winter biking.
The VAST trail network (Vermont Association of Snow Travelers) offers 3,549 miles of trails with its home base at Island Pond in the North East Kingdom. You can buy your pass or book a guided tour with the information below.
According to NEClimbs, Mt. Pisgah, located on one side of Lake Willoughby, offers “the biggest ice this side of the Canadian Rockies. Generations of New England ice climbers have cut their teeth on the huge ice that forms here every year. Imagine 30+ climbs, some up to 600’ high, lined up for a mile and a half like huge dominos.” For more information about ice climbing, visit the Vermont Area Chamber of Commerce’s website.
Warmer Months Activities
The Burke area is famous and perhaps best known as one of the best mountain biking destinations in the East. And, it’s all thanks to Kingdom
If you’re interested in biking in Burke, read just some of the great coverage of Kingdom Trails from reliable media sources:
And, during the summer, Burke Mountain turns into a
Here is one of our (and the world’s) most popular YouTube videos about mountain biking at Burke Mountain
Activities – Swimming, Hiking, Fishing and Water activities
Yankee Magazine rated Lake Willoughby, just miles from Burke Mountain, as the third best lake in New England. The Lake, which is the second deepest in Vermont, is a glacial lake situated in the gorgeous Willoughby Gap between Mt. Pisgah and Mt. Hor. The lake offers excellent canoeing and kayaking, with rentals available, fishing, swimming at a public beach, and rope swings!
The hike up Mt. Pisgah is not to be missed with views of the Lake and the White Mountains and
If fishing is your thing there are numerous local streams, rivers
There are also guided tours for kayaking trips in the area.
Activities – Golf
There are a few golf courses in the area. The two closest are St. Johnsbury Country Club and Orleans Country Club. St. Johnsbury is a little hilly and challenging; Orleans a little straighter and open. Jay Peak, which is about an hour away, also has a championship course.
Finally, if the weather is not cooperating during your stay, you can head to Jay Peak’s Pumphouse indoor water park.
Activities – Brewery Tours
For breweries, about 30-40 minutes northwest of Burke Mountain, located in Greensboro, is Hill Farmstead Brewery. Hill Farmstead has been voted best beer in the world the past couple of the years by RateBeer. You may buy growlers and bottles there, as well as
Besides Hill Farmstead the Northeast Kingdom offers a large collection of other great breweries all within an hour drive including:
There are many dining options in the Burke Mountain Area. Visit the Burke Area Chamber of Commerce website to see what’s cooking.