I must be jinxed. A weather jinx, that is. It seems every trip I take lately is plagued by the wrong kind of weather. This summer, it was a hurricane in the Carribean when I visited Turks and Caicos with my family. Now, a week or more of 80+ degree days in Phoenix, but that’s about to end as soon as my plane touches down. It will be replaced by unseasonably cool weather and rain. In a dessert. That hardly gets any rain. It seems I can’t catch a break!
Bromley Mountain Village lodging, Chester House H2 From Michele McIntyre
On my latest ski trip to Vermont, it was so very cold. Now I know that it’s supposed to be cold on a ski trip, but sub zero temps and wind chills in the negative double digits can make even the heartiest skier think twice about hopping on a chairlift. But Bromley Mountain was worth it.
About Bromley Mountain:
Bromley is nicknamed the Sun Mountain and I can see why. Despite the cold temperatures, the cloudless sky was a brilliant jewel-toned blue with abundant sunshine. The kind of sunshine that makes the snow sparkle and is so deceiving.
Here are some stats on Bromley Mountain:
Base Elevation – 1,950 feet
Summit Elevation – 3,284 feet
Vertical Drop – 1,334 feet
Longest Trail – 2.5 miles – Runaround
Average Snowfall – 145″
Uphill Lift Capacity – 10,806 skiers per hour
Bromley has ten lifts: 1 High Speed Detachable Quad, 1 Fixed Grip Quad, 4 Double chairs, 1 T-Bar and 1 Star Carpet.
90% beginner, 70% intermediate, and 95% advanced trails are serviced by snowmaking for combined totals of 86% snowmaking on skiable terrain.
Where to stay: Bromley Village is adjacent to the mountain and feels private, quiet and safe. Our one-bedroom condo in Chester House (Unit H2) is adorable: it’s cozy, a bit rustic and has everything we need. Plenty of towels, abundant warm blankets and a well stocked kitchen make us feel right at home. The open plan living, kitchen and dining areas make excellent use of limited space. It feels big, yet it’s just the right size. We have true ski-in ski-out acces: we click into our bindings in the parking lot of our unit and are on the slope in a minute. We ski down to the main base area and grab our lift tickets. It’s simple and without the parking hassle that can often be found at the base of a mountain. The condo even has some upgraded features like a whirlpool tub in the master bath and river rock stone flooring in the powder room.
The great thing about skiing on such a frigid day is this: you have the mountain to yourself. Don’t get me wrong, Bromley was hopping on the weekend of our visit. But I think the most popular place to be was sitting by the big stone fireplace in the main lodge drinking a cup of hot chocolate. It was the kind of day that you couldn’t take more than a run or two before coming in for a warmup. The lift lines were nonexistent and the trails were blissfully uncrowded. The lodge was bustling with happy, warm skiers.
Favorite trail: The top to bottom intermediate level Pushover. It starts out narrow and shaded before it opens up to a wide and sunny cruiser. It’s long and winding as it wraps around the far side of the mountain.
Hanging with ‘Tweens at Bromley: ‘Tweens are a unique age category that requires some special handling. At this age they start aging out of kids clubs and off kids menus, but may not be responsible or mature enough to split off from parents at a big, intimidating mountain. Bromley couldn’t be further from intimidating. With one main base area, it’s easy for families to let their ‘Tweens have a little freedom if they want to go off and ski by themselves or with friends. Parents needn’t worry that the kids won’t find their way back or will end up at the wrong base lodge. Bromley has a simple and efficient layout while staying interesting enough to keep older kids busy. We witnessed tons of kids and families – Bromley’s specialty – enjoying the slopes together and apart.
Bromley Mountain Village lodging From Michele Mcintyre
When the lifts close, there are options for ‘Tweens too. They’re welcome in the tavern and many teens and ‘Tweens hung out at tables on their own, no parents in sight. If the tavern just isn’t their thing, there are supervised activities for kids like ski movies, video games and basketball hoop contests right around the corner (in the same building) as the tavern.
Where to eat and drink at Bromley Mountain:
Best thing we ate at Bromley Mountain: My husband raved about his lunch in the Wild Boar Tavern. A pulled pork sandwich with caramelized crispy bits of savory pork. My salmon BLT and kettle chips was worth lingering over
The weekend après ski scene isn’t too wild and crazy and will usually include a band in the tavern. On the Saturday of our visit we listened to a local jam band known as Beyond Further. Singles and couples took their rightful place at the bar, while families scooped up the surrounding tables at which to enjoy chips and salsa, wings, quesadillas and other traditional tavern foods.
Casual and fine dining can be found in every town near Bromley Mountain. I’d highly recommend the pizzas at J.J. Hapgoods, just a 5-minute drive away. The Thai Peanut & Chicken pizza is simply divine and even the traditional pepperoni pie is a bit upscale and delicious.
When you’re not skiing
Want to up the luxury quotient of your visit? While Bromley doesn’t have its own spa, there are spas in nearby Manchester or Manchester Center like the spa at the Equinox Resort. Manchester is also the home to outlet shopping for luxury goods at Manchester Designer Outlets.
As is common in the travel industry, the writer and her family were hosted by Bromley Mountain for the purpose of writing this review. The opinions of the writer are her own.
Michele McIntyre is a freelance writer who covers spas, travel, fitness, wellness, beauty and healthy living/eating. She is happiest when lying face up on the treatment table, writing about her spa and travel experiences or testing new products to share with her readers. She lives near Syracuse, NY with her husband and son. Michele is a regular travel contributor to LivingBetterat50+ and has written for Today’s Central New York Woman Magazine and online at Tripology, TripAtlas, and Splash Magazines Worldwide. Michele blogs about the spa and travel industry. When she isn't writing about or visiting spas, Michele loves traveling, hiking, skiing, camping, yoga and reading. If any of these pursuits can be combined with a visit to the spa, even better!