Vermont's Ski Season Guide: A Month-by-Month Breakdown

Explore the best times to hit the slopes in Vermont. From the start of the season to the end, discover when to enjoy the best snow and skiing and the liveliest scenes in this guide to Vermont's ski season

Skier Hits a Run at Stowe

As the leaves in the east coast turn amber and fall, skiers and boarders alike begin to dream of Vermont's snowy slopes at places like Stowe, Mount Snow and Okemos. 

Just a few hours away from major east coast city centers like New York City and Boston,  Vermont offers a winter paradise for skiers and snowboarders alike. In this guide, we'll journey through the Vermont ski season, highlighting the best times to visit, from the first snowfall to the last run. 

Whether you're a beginner, a seasoned pro, or just a fan of charming ski villages, understanding the ski season in Vermont is key to planning your ideal winter getaway.


November: The Early Bird’s Delight


Once November hits, winter can’t arrive soon enough for skiers and snowboarders.

While the snow can be unpredictable, there’s a reward for those that are paying attention to the weather: smaller crowds, shorter lift lines, and deals on lodging. 

In general you’ll have your best luck mid- to late November. Make sure to check in with your resort of choice to get the latest update on the snow conditions. 

Pro Tip: Mount Snow is known for its exceptional grooming and snowmaking abilities, making it an ideal place to catch some early season runs. 


December: Deck the Slopes 


As the holidays approach, Vermont transforms into a festive holiday skiing destination. Resorts like Stowe, often referred to as the birthplace of alpine skiing in Vermont, bring a classic ski village charm to the holiday season. More than just iconic slopes, Stowe Mountain Resort features plenty of options to finish up some last minute shopping while the kids are in ski school.  While early December is perfect for avoiding holiday crowds, the latter part of the month offers a magical experience, with historical ambiance meeting modern amenities for a holiday ski trip that will last forever in your memories.

Pro Tip: December is still considered early season, so always check snow reports to ensure that you’re packed and prepared for varied conditions.  


January: Peak Season Begins


January is when Vermont truly shines. The holiday rush is replaced with a stable snow base and consistent snowfall, making it prime time for all skiing levels. 

If you’re feeling spicy, make your way to Okemo Resort. While its known for its family-friendly atmosphere, it’s also known as the highest vertical drop in southern Vermont at 2,200 feet. With a trail network that spans five distinct alpine areas, you can find everything from regular runs to multiple terrain parks, complete with a Superpipe—perfect for skiers of all levels.  

Ludlow also unveils a trove of off-mountain activities, from snowshoeing and ice skating to exploring the charming Jackson Gore Village. 

Pro Tip: Cap off a day on the slopes at Tom’s Loft Tavern, the red barn in the parking lot of Okemo Resort—for what some claim is the best après ski in the country. 


February: For the Love of Snow 


February in Vermont is a dream for snow seekers. Renowned for its reliable snow conditions, this is typically the snowiest month, with resorts covered in deep, well-groomed snow.  

The conditions are ideal for experiencing the diverse terrain—everything from steep and deep terrain to peaceful, untouched trails.

The villages come alive with festive and romantic Valentine's Day celebrations—including the Cloud Nine Nuptials event at Mount Snow— creating a festive and romantic atmosphere. From on-mountain culinary delights, to themed après celebrations, to gourmet mountaintop dinners accessible by gondola—see Cliff House at Stowe—Vermont’s rustic charm caters to more than the snow lovers this time of year. 

Pro Tip: With everything from live music to sleigh rides to dogsled rides, Stowe Mountain Resort was named One of The Most Romantic Ski Resorts in North America.


March: Spring Skiing Surprises


March brings a nice mix of winter's depth and spring's mild temperatures. The snow remains deep, the days are longer and warmer, and the skies turn blue, making for soft snow and ideal spring skiing.  

The villages across Vermont’s ski resorts awaken with spring events, with everything from spring festivals, pond skimming contests, to costume parades, adding a whimsical and fun element to any ski trip.

The après-ski scene in March turns up a notch too, as it moves outdoors, with live music and outdoor lounges.

In all it’s a perfect blend of winter sports and festive celebrations, making it a memorable time to visit Vermont ski resorts.

Pro Tip: —Check out the perennial favorite, Reggaefest, at Mount Snow—for live music from top Reggae bands throughout the weekend, plus the Annual Sink or Skim pond skim and Duct Tape Derby events. 


April: Farewell Runs


April marks the winding down of the ski season in Vermont. While the snow might be less reliable, the warmer weather and fewer crowds make it a great time for leisurely skiing and a very reliable outdoor après-ski scene.

As with early season, it is always recommended to check snow conditions to make sure that you pack the right gear and clothing for this unpredictable time of year.  


A Full Season’s Worth of Skiing


Vermont’s ski season offers something special each month, from the anticipation of early snowfall to the joy of spring skiing. Whether you’re chasing fresh snow, a fun après, or the charm of a historic ski town, Vermont has something for you. 

So grab your gear and head to the Green Mountain State for a winter adventure you won’t forget.