Sizzling Summer Fun at Vermont's Resorts

Sizzling Summer Fun at Vermont's Resorts
By Kathy Murphy

I’ve always liked the way “rejuvenate” sounds. By definition, its meaning – “to make someone look or feel younger, fresher, or more lively,” is not only inspiring, but implies a state of positive change. And as the landscape changes from winter to summer, Vermont is positively sizzling with opportunities for outdoor fun.

Vermont is a “base camp” for both mountain and lake experiences. Vermont's ski resorts are truly four-season havens as they shed their snow and transform into hubs for warm weather activities and events, with ski trails turned into hiking and biking destinations. Resorts are also hot spots for golf enthusiasts, tennis lovers and spa seekers.

Even the most discerning of travelers will find the list of things to see and do inviting, if not exhaustive, so make note to pace yourself to fully enjoy all that summer in Vermont has to offer as you reinvigorate your spirit and restore the skip in your step.

Tee It Up
The perfect golf conditions are synonymous with Vermont’s natural beauty. Vermont's resorts feature challenging play on some of the most scenic golf courses in the country. From Mount Snow in southern Vermont (, to Jay Peak near the Canadian border (, you’ll find each resort’s course has its own unique design and aesthetic, offering golfers a chance to choose from many varieties and styles of play. Of course, if you’d like to lower your score or fine tune your swing, you’ll want to check out Stratton’s Golf University (, in partnership with the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, or The Original Golf School at Mount Snow, where players of all abilities and ages have an array of options to improve their game. 

Disc Golf
Game on with disc golf at many resorts. With a variety of easy to challenging courses, disc golf is fun for all ages and abilities. Sugarbush Resort in the Mad River Valley ( offers two 18-hole disc golf courses, appropriate for any skill level from beginner to world-class.

The Perfect Match
Vermont’s mountain resorts offer the perfect match to serve up a fun singles or doubles game on the tennis courts. The scenery that surrounds the resorts’ courts is almost as breathtaking as the match play, which means you’re certain to enjoy every match point and serve, and every breath of fresh mountain air. And with tennis schools, camps, lessons and tournaments, you are sure to tune up your game and have fun at the same time.

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah! Zip Lines and Sky Tours
Soar through the tree tops and down the mountain for a once-in-a-lifetime experience on flyers, sliders, zip lines and gondola rides, oh my!

Home to New England’s longest ZipRider and North America’s first triple track Alpine Slide, the heart-pumping attractions at Bromley’s Sun Mountain Adventure Park ( in southern Vermont is just one of the places to be in Vermont if you like thrills.

Experience a thrilling soar in the trees with Arbortrek Canopy Tours (, an unforgettable zip line and canopy tour adventure through the Green Mountains at Smugglers' Notch Resort ( Traverse the sky bridges and rappel from trees for scenic views. It is a rejuvenating and safe adventure that's fun for all, ages eight and older, 70 to 250 pounds.

The new 800 foot zipline at Sugarbush Resort's Lincoln Peak ( is also for thrill-seekers (seven years of age and older). The zip line starts above the Valley House Lodge and takes riders through the air to the landing pad – you don’t need wings to fly!

Once you’ve recovered from that excitement, Stowe Mountain Resort ( offers a more sedate, eight-passenger scenic Gondola Skyride to just below the summit of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak. Many of Vermont’s resorts offer scenic chairlift rides, too, so if you’re keen to hike a mountaintop or enjoy peak panoramic views, consider this mode of transportation versus an uphill climb on foot.

If a more traditional means of getting to the top is more your style, Stowe’s Auto Toll Road travels four and a half miles up Mount Mansfield, winding up to the summit where you can relax with a picnic lunch or meander along the ridgeline and explore alpine vegetation on the mountaintop.

Summer Camps for Kids
Kids of all ages looking to mix it up discover a smorgasbord of choices for fun in Vermont.  From award-winning Smugglers’ Notch Resort’s High Adventure Experience camp ( with bouldering, kayaking, and geocaching on the menu, to Mad River Glen’s Naturalist Adventure program ( featuring canoeing, birding, and wildlife tracking, the outdoor discovery experiences here will last a lifetime.

Water Sports and Fishing Fun
The scenic drive along Route 100, renowned as the “Skier’s Highway” in winter, is marked by plenty of pristine lakes and flowing rivers where, in summer months, anglers wade and wait for their catch.

In the Okemo area, Lake Pauline, Lake Rescue, and Echo Lake are home to rainbow, brook and lake trout, perch, bass and pickerel to “catch” the attention of anglers. ( In this same region, the Black River offers some of the Green Mountains' best rainbow and brown trout fishing and has been designated as a "Trophy Trout Stream."

From a paddling perspective, melting mountain snows feed local streams and rivers, so there’s kayaking, canoeing, and even white water rafting trips available at or nearby Vermont’s resorts – and tubing puts you right in the water, in refreshing fashion, on hot summer days!

Special Events: Music, Art, Culture & More
Choose from country fairs to classical concerts, bicycle races to farmers’ markets, and celebrate the simpler things in life, enjoying our local culture with family and friends. Vermont’s resorts play host to a wide array of events and happenings all year round, and warm weather months bring even more agriculture, arts, and people to the community.

Antique auctions, arts and crafts, and local artisans offer an eclectic mix of old and new. Find works of art ranging from blown glass, pottery, paintings, and metal sculpture to photographers, woodworkers, and quilters. Take the opportunity to visit artisan’s studios to witness art in progress, all within a close drive to Vermont’s resorts, or displayed in galleries and shops right on site.

Summertime in Vermont has a lively effect on all who visit, as Vermont is custom-made for discovery and adventure – and for reconnecting with yourself, your family, or your friends amidst our spectacular natural setting. Simply rejuvenating, Vermont’s resorts stand ready to share their secret to a life well lived in all four seasons.

Kathy Murphy is Director of Marketing at Ski Vermont.  Check out to start your journey!