affordable, not crowded, grooming
one express lift
Spent 3 days of snowboarding at Bromley in February. The first day we were there, the Express Quad was not running, so we were not able to take full advantage of the mountain. The conditions were good, although some crusty areas. Conditions got better throughout the day with the sun coming down on it.
It started raining late in the afternoon and rained all night. The next morning, the conditions on the mountain were not very good and the resort was offering half-price tickets. I thought this was a nice gesture. I had not heard of any mountains that lowered their prices due to conditions. It usually is "at your own risk". The express quad did not open until around noon. The conditions really weren't all too bad considering they had spent all morning grooming the trails.
The green Run Around trail was very nice and long, but it was pretty icy at the top with some bare spots showing.
The blue trail Pushover is another great trail, with awesome views on the side of the mountain. The one gripe I have about this trail is, if you are a snowboarder, that once you get to the bottom and go on Chase It and lose a lot of speed, it is difficult to maneuver through this trail because it is pretty flat.
The beginner terrain park had a small jump and two small rails. I thought that the first rail was too narrow for a beginner to learn on, plus it was not all straight. There should really be a long, wide, straight rail for beginners.
All the blue trails were great for cruising. It is unfortunate that the only long green trail runs from the top of the mountain. So, if the Express Quad is not running, there are not many options for beginners.
I found that the best conditions were from 10am onward. Around 3 or 4pm, the snow gets nice and soft, but then the resort closes. They should really stay open a little later because unlike other mountains nearby, the snow didn't ice up so early.
The resort offered Valet parking which unheard of. We didn't take advantage of it. The parking lot is not that far away, plus there is a shuttle that comes by frequently.
The lodge was okay, nothing real spectacular. Parts of it weren't even serving food. We just packed sandwiches and drinks and brought them back from the car and ate outside on the lounge chairs.
We stayed in Manchester Center which is a short drive from the mountain. It was a great place to stay because the Shopping Outlets were there, as well as many other stores and a grocery store.
Also, if you are looking for discounts, some of the Otter Creek beer cases had a Mid-Week 2-for-1 coupon in them. We took advantage of this. It's always great to save some money.
Bromley is a very nice mountain in Vermont. It was not crowded at all, even on the weekend. Three full days was a good amount of time to spend there.