Burke Mountain Ski Getaways

ski getaways

There are so many wrong assumptions made about Burke that it's hard to know where to begin debunking them. "It's too steep, there's no intermediate or beginner terrain, there's no snowmaking, it's too far away," etc. While some of us may say that a mountain can never be too steep, set that and other arguments aside and look at the facts: 70% of Burke's terrain is rated intermediate or beginner, 80% of the trails are covered by snowmaking (most of the system is just a couple of years old), and the Sherburne Lodge at Burke's base is only seven flat miles from I-91.

The intermediate terrain - admittedly narrower and therefore more challenging than modern boulevards - is found off the Willoughby Quad, which runs from just below the mid-Burke Lodge to just short of the 3,267 foot summit. Willoughby, the area's signature trail, is to your right as you exit the lift, and between it and the rollicking East Bowl on the other fringe of the mountain is an intermediate playground, with each trail boasting its own distinct character.

Burke's tougher terrain is also found off the quad, where local favorites like Doug's Drop, Wilderness, and The Ledges are allowed to bump up for most of the winter. Burke has taken to naming its gladed areas recently, so you know that Throbulator follows Caveman, but not all glades have names and not all glades lead back to a marked trail. This much can be admitted about Burke's location: it's extremely rural, and you don't want to get lost in the backcountry.

The lower mountain is set up for novices. Anchored by an inviting base lodge, the low-angle terrain is served by a double and a J-bar (the latter free to beginners), the trails are lined with condos on one side, and a fringe of wood-clad buildings serves as a focal point for skiers and riders just starting out.

The Gap, Burke's 5 acre terrain park, has become very popular. So much, in fact that they have also added the Dashney Mile Terrain Park, an intermediate level park located on the lower mountain, and Carter Country located off the J-bar.