NEW YORK -- Vermont may look small on a map, but what the state
lacks in width it more than makes up for in height.
It is one of the nation's top ski destinations, and, when
measured in inches of snow, the Green Mountain State is one of the
biggest in the country.
According to the Vermont Ski Areas Association, the state has
some 5,800 skiable areas. And in the past few years, all those
areas have been getting additional "lift," in more ways than
JetBlue's institution of $49 one-way fares twice a day, seven
days a week, from New York (Kennedy) to Burlington makes the area
much more accessible and affordable to the 35 million residents of
the New York metropolitan area.
Fourteen-day, advance-purchase tickets for the route cost $49; a
walk-up purchase costs $105. No Saturday-night stays are
The JetBlue routes provided a strong boost to tourism at the
destination, according to a spokesman for the Stowe Area
"The JetBlue flights changed the whole vacation equation
radically," the spokesman said. "It used to be a six-hour drive
[from the New York area]. Now it's a 55-minute flight."
The entrance of JetBlue also changed the economics of a Vermont
vacation, he said.
"Before JetBlue came in, the average fare was $375," said the
Stowe spokesman. "I often paid as much as $500. JetBlue cut the
legs off the stranglehold the other airlines had on the area."
A Jetblue spokeswoman said the airline is pleased with its load
factors for the route.
"It's all about stimulating markets," she said, "about going in
and giving people reasons to fly. Since JetBlue went into
Burlington with $49 fares, people who normally sit in cars now
Besides JetBlue, US Airways also offers daily flights from New
York; United and American Eagle offer direct service from Chicago;
Delta from Boston; Northwest from Detroit; and Continental from
Once in Burlington, there are many ways to go. Burlington is
like a base camp, with five major ski resorts within an hour's
drive: Stowe Mountain Resort, Sugarbush Ski Resort, Jay Peak
Resort, Smugglers' Notch Resort and the Mad River Glen
Daytime winter activities include downhill and cross-country
skiing as well as snowboarding, snowshoeing and sleigh riding.
The city of Burlington itself is an attraction. Besides being a
transportation hub, it also is a cultural hub.
The Flynn Theater is a 1930s vintage hall that features live
theater, dance and music performances.
A major renovation, completed in 2001, created the Flynn Center
for the Performing Arts, incorporating the restored art deco
theater in a new, intimate performance setting as well as education
and dance studios and a visual arts gallery.
The Trapp Family Lodge is owned and managed by Johannes Trapp,
the eldest son of Baron Von Trapp, whose family was made famous by
"The Sound of Music." Other members of the family work at the
lodge, and the family does singing performances regularly.
The Brass Lantern Inn is a 12-room property furnished with
antiques. The property is on the National Register of Historic
Vermont inns and resorts
Brass Lantern Inn
Phone: (800) 729-2980
Jay Peak Resort
Phone: (800) 451-4449
Mad River Glen Cooperative
Phone: (802) 496-3551
Smugglers' Notch Resort
Phone: (800) 451-8752
Stowe Mountain Resort
Phone: (800) 253-4754
Sugar Bush Ski Resort
Phone: (800) 53-SUGAR
Trapp Family Lodge
Phone: (800) 826-7000