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Burke Mountain - 2/8/2020

millerm277

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Date(s) Skied: 2/8/2020

Resort or Ski Area: Burke Mountain


Trip Report: Too cold to want to take pics, unfortunately.

So, I had never been there before and yesterday seemed like a prime opportunity. Their $45 ticket deal for people with a pass to another mountain is a nice policy.

Arrived right around opening to the Mid-Burke area.

I was hoping for a powder day, but most of the loose stuff did set up overnight. Some of the ungroomed runs wound up with a hard crust of sorts. More grip than actual ice, but it sounds like you're breaking glass every time you turn.

However, there was good cover on everything I tried on the mountain and there was plenty of softer snow and nice conditions to be found as well.

I was pleasantly surprised with the overall terrain. The wide cruisers were nicely configured to have some character, and there were many of what I would dub "classic New England" runs on the hill. Narrower, twisty, some tree islands and splits, that sort of thing.

Liftlines peaked at maybe a couple minutes (T-Bar not running due to snowmaking on Warren's), but quickly died back down and were managed well.


Other commentary:

- The Mid-Burke lodge/tavern is a somewhat decrepit shack that looks out of place with the hotel thing below, but it does have character. I also wholeheartedly approve of nice craft IPAs for $5.

- Never ventured down to the lower lift, didn't look of interest.

- I approve of anywhere where I can park and have a flat 2 minute walk to the lift.

- Nice, pleasant crowd.

- Lyndonville and East Burke were a bit more lively than I expected in terms of businesses/food options, I don't drive through there often.

- The place could really use better signage. There's a lot of spots where it's not very clear what trails are in front of you/where they're going, at least to a new visitor. On a related note: The ski shop where you need to go to buy lift tickets if you park mid-mountain is also not well marked.
 

louisemann

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Can you comment further on the lift ticket? It's a far ride and not much else around so it's not on my radar BUT I hear it's a hidden gem. Where to stay?
 

louisemann

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Ok so if I have a lift ticket to another mountain, I show that ticket and pay 45.00 more to ski Burke? Hmmm...not seeing the deal...
 
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