Its hard to do, Unless I go during winter break, I would have to drive to Binghamton, I would just about fed up with the drive by the time i would reach either Killington or Magic, and 4 hours or 3.3 respectively.
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I've been to Burke and honestly I'd rather just keep driving to Jay. Or since the drive is three hours anyway I'd rather just go to Killington. Killington is also fewer miles on my car at 159 rather than 187.
Is the new Burke hotel on the same level as the Tram Haus? I’ve stayed at Jay but not Burke.
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Not that it would be a huge amount of the shoulder seasons, but I wonder if the hotel gets any influx from Lyndon State parents/families for graduation and maybe even back to college move in weekends. Have to think there is some of that, lodging options in Lyndon itself are weak at best.I just don't think that there is a magic answer for Burke. If there was, someone would have thought of it by now. Burke is not quite big enough and not quite near enough to draw enough skiers in order to break even.
I am REALLY curious if the hotel is breaking even. They had rooms available for MLK weekend (at least when I checked a day or two before), and I find it very hard to believe that it is selling many rooms mid-week. And of course there are a couple of months during shoulder season when nobody is staying there.
On the other hand, Burke is very lucky that other people have dumped money into it. It has MUCH better infrastructure than just about any other struggling mountain.
But just what is the path to viability? I'm really not sure.
Not that it would be a huge amount of the shoulder seasons, but I wonder if the hotel gets any influx from Lyndon State parents/families for graduation and maybe even back to college move in weekends. Have to think there is some of that, lodging options in Lyndon itself are weak at best.
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This is actually spot on re:the college. I was up there mtbing a few weekends ago and it was the same weekend as Lyndon State graduate. Saturday night the hotel was sold out.
I've never skied Burke (for many of the reasons noted here) but I'm a big mountain biker and East Burke/Kingdom Trails are easily the best mtbing trails in the Northeast. They've gotten noticeably more popular/crowded over the past few years (a ton of Quebecois) and, at least on Saturday nights, the hotel does a great business from mountain bikers (I've seen it sell out before on just a typical summer weekend). I think the existence of Kingdom Trails definitely gives the hotel more of a chance of hitting break even was it really opens it up to ~3 seasons (mud season and late fall are probably still tough). Burke also has a pretty extensive lift-serviced downhill network which supplements the Kingdom Trails (A day ticket is $40), although I doubt thats much of a money-maker. The hotel is very nice and the pub in it is great in the summer when you can sit outside and have a beer overlooking the Willoughby Gap.
Also, does it make sense for it to be open 7 days a week? Especially when it's part of a package deal with Jay? I don't think I'd be too upset as a passholder there if they were closed Tuesday and Wednesday and I had to go up to Jay those days.