- Overall Rating 5
- Family Friendly 5
- All-Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 4
- Nightlife 4
Date Visited: Feb 6, 2008
I started skiing Burke after I moved back to Vermont after college in the Mid-West. I ski there as often as I can. Huge powder days are rare (go to Jay for that) but the powder that does fall hangs around for days after a storm due to the low skier density at this mountain. The mountain holds snow very well and wind is rarely a problem. Additionally, there are rarely lift lines; at Burke a "Crowd" is considered a 5 minute wait for the summit quad. The mountain is great for families since the gentle slope of the lower mountain's beginner area (serviced by a high speed quad) is virtually isolated from the more advanced areas of the upper mountain. Therefore there are very few hot-shots blazing by scaring those still learning to carve a nice turn. The layout of the mountain makes it easy for everyone to meet up for lunch at one of the two lodges.
The upper mountain is a great combination of wide open groomers or tight twisting/rolling intermediate terrain, and advanced steeps and glades. I believe Burke has the most underrated glade system in New England.
The staff at the mountain is very friendly and the two bars at the mountain can be a lot of fun. The Tamarack restaurant/bar in the base lodge is quite upscale vs. the mid-burke bar which feels like a classic ski bar. Both have a great vibe and there is often Apres-Ski entertainment in the form of Bands or comedians.
This mountain is a lot of fun and has a lot of potential for the future.