Jay Peak offers 79 trails and 9 lifts. Jay, Vermont, is nearby the border with Quebec, only 1h50 from Montreal. Jay Peak mountain has an elevation of 900 meters and is part of the Green Mountains range.
Address: 830 Jay Peak Road, Jay, 05859, Vermont, USA
Region: Vermont State (VT), USA
Car: Drive south east for 1h50 from Montreal, border crossing with the USA is included, bring relevant travel documents with you
Parking: Free of charge
Lift rates: Option for ½ day, 1 day, 2 days etc: 1 day adult (19+) 84 USD, Junior (6-18) 66 USD, toddler (5 and under) 22 USD, senior (65+) 59 USD. Check website for exact hours for half days
Magic Carpet: two, covered
Daycare option: Yes
Jay Peak is a large ski domain with two ways to access the mountains. Tram House or State Base Lodge. The first brings you directly to Jay Peak with a big closed cable car (Tram), you also have two 4 people chair lifts and a magic carpet. The second base, which does not reach Jay Peak (lower elevation), has one magic carpet, two four people chair lifts and one three people chair lift called ‘3 people jetter’. The latter reaches advanced ski trails. The Quad lift on State Base Lodge is particularly suitable for beginners and young kids.
You can buy the lift tickets and rent equipment on both bases. There are many restaurants around the domain, the majority located on the Tram House base.
The Jay Peak resort offers besides lodging other winter activities; snow shoeing, cross country (located in the Club House on Tram Side), and in summer time the same trails are used for golf. A big water park is one of the main attractions of the site (see related post about it – All Year Activities). There is also a new indoor climbing arena, arcade and cinema facilities. Worth trying to book in advance the climbing session, it can get busy at times.
When we visited the site during end of December, the cross country trails were not groomed, therefore not fully usable and the marks for the snowshoeing trail were not very visible and we got lost few times on the way until we finally gave up and returned to base. It is worth giving a call to the Nordic Center (located in the Club House) before you head out for these trails and check entry fees.