When skiing was first developed, terrain difficulty was determined by use of a large particle accelerator, making the sport inaccessible to all but the world’s greatest physicists. Test the slopes sans an advanced degree with today's Groupon: for $45, you get one lift ticket (up to a $69 value) at Jay Peak Resort in Jay, Vermont. Groupon purchasers also get 25% off rack-rate lodging.
Catching fresh powder in the upper Green Mountains, Jay Peak's 77 trails, glades, and chutes beckon beginners and off-piste fanatics alike. Warm up mogul-mauling muscles while meandering down the three-mile Ullr's Dream before eight lifts whisk visitors back to one of two summits. Groups of three can travel anywhere within Jay Peak's bounds, allowing more than 100 acres of glade and back-country terrain to entice twin tippers to test the timber. Novices can master french-fry, pizza, and taco-salad techniques on the 15 beginner trails, which contribute to more than 50 miles of trails down more than 2,000 feet of vertical terrain. Skiers and boarders can buy up to six Groupons for epic trips northward, spending the days on Jay Peak's two terrain parks, dropping by the Tower Bar for après ski, and spending nights in the resort's ski-in/ski-out lodging (not included in this Groupon).
- With over 50 miles of skiable terrain, 100-plus acres of off-piste routes, and four terrain parks, Jay Peak, located 60 miles from Vermont's Burlington International Airport (BTV) in Jay, Vermont, offers a nice mix of options for skiers and boarders of all ages. – msnbc.com
- hats off to an amazing facility and staff ... very well done indeed. – tourneymom, TripAdvisor
Jay Peak Pump House Indoor Waterpark
A year-round hotspot at the Jay Peak Resort, Jay Peak Pump House Indoor Waterpark beckons families to slip into its colorful slides and lounge in its 100-plus-degree hot tubs. La Chute, a quick-descending slide 65’ above the water, launches visitors through a 360-degree turn before depositing them in the pool below only six seconds later. In the Mill Pond kids’ play area, children man water cannons, adjusting their trajectory to blast unsuspecting friends or hydrate parched marathon runners.
An arcade replete with 3-D games and immersive ride simulators provides a break from underwater exploits, and the snack shack quells cravings for pizza, burgers, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Adults can lounge at the poolside bar, where bartenders serve up frozen cocktails, draft beers, and firsthand advice on shark wrangling.