Burke Mountain

Burke Mountain logo“Burke? Where is that? Oh that is sooooooo far away!”

Or maybe it goes like this… “Burke? I think I heard it is a small mountain that is waaaayyyy up in Vermont somewhere.”

If you are a Burke regular you’ve likely run out of appendages counting how many times you’ve heard these expressions when talking to someone about Burke.

Burke is closer time or mileage wise to both Hartford and Boston than Stowe, Smuggler’s Notch, Sugarbush, Jay Peak, and Sunday River. It is all Interstate highway except for the last 7 miles.

Burke is not small and it is not big. It has a full 2000+ foot vertical drop and 270 acres. That 270 acre figure does not include a vast array of off the map glades. The total area within the boundary ropes is over 500 acres. Burke has a layout that is very family friendly.

Lower Mountain

The Lower Mountain is served by the Sherburne Express HSQ and offers 580 vertical feet consisting of 5 beginner trails and 2 glades. Burke’s main terrain park, Dashney Mile, and the main base lodge are also located here. Two surface lifts, a short carpet and a J-Bar, service the beginner area right near the base lodge. This entire pod is great for beginners since it has a fairly low pitch which results in the higher speed expert skiers/riders generally avoiding it, allowing for a relaxing place to learn. The Enchanted Forest glade is a great place to get comfortable skiing through trees, which is an excellent ability to have for any skiers/riders working toward advancing to the upper mountain.

Upper Mountain

The Upper Mountain starts at the Mid Burke Lodge and is accessed from long overdue Mid-Burke Express HSQ. The Mid-Burke Express (MBE) gets you to the summit in about 8 minutes. An older fixed grip quad also serves the summit and is used as a back-up lift or can be brought online if things get too “crowded”. The historic high speed Poma surface lift serves the central part of the upper mountain. This lift is primarily used by Burke Mountain Academy and other racing organizations that use Warren’s Way trail (aka “The Training Hill”) for Slalom and Giant Slalom race courses. You can get a great view of potential future Olympians smashing through the gates from the MBE.

There are no beginner trails on the upper mountain. All trails are intermediate and advanced. Deer Run (aka Toll Road) is the easiest way down and it can be skied by beginners. However, it is classified intermediate due to many trail intersections and its narrow width. Popular groomed intermediate trails on the upper mountain include Upper/Lower Willoughby, and Upper/Lower Dipper. Upper/Lower Dipper is sometimes used for Super G racing due to its interesting undulating character and its 1450’ vertical drop.

Many of Burke’s upper mountain trails pull off a rare and special balance of having those interesting undulations while maintaining a relatively consistent pitch to the bottom (i.e. no major flat spots, and limited runouts at the bottom getting back to the lift). This balance of character makes Burke a lot of fun to ski. You can’t see the bottom of the trail from the top.

One of Burke’s more famous trails is East Bowl. This trail requires a traverse around to the remote eastern edge of the resort’s boundary. Typically ungroomed, this trail is the pinnacle of the undulating character described above. Skiing this trail at speed is often likened to a rollercoaster. However, it does break the long flat run out rule due it going so far around the side of the mountain.

The upper mountain is also home to the majority of Burke’s glades. Burke’s glades are a lot of fun. The eastside glades (Sasquatch, Throbulator, and Caveman) typically fill in first. Westside glades (Birches and Jungle) fill in last and everything in between is well… in between. Each glade has a unique character but maintain that fun undulating quality. There are also many unmarked stashes in the trees. So don’t be afraid to talk to people riding the lift with you, they may take you somewhere really fun.

by Tim Kirchoff

Burke Mountain Trail Map

Burke Mountain trail map

Burke Mountain Vertical and Stats

Summit3,267 feet
Base Elevation1,267 feet
Vertical Drop2,000 feet
# Trails55 trails
Trail MilesXX miles
Longest Run13,500 feet
Skiable Area270 acres
# Lifts6 lifts
Uphill Capacity4,780 / hour
Annual Snowfall†200 inches
10 Year Avg*133 inches
10 Year High**225 inches
† Advertised annual snowfall
* Reported average seasonal snow total 2012 – 2022
** Reported highest measured seasonal snow total 2012 – 2022

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Address 1223 Sherburne Lodge Road
Address 2East Burke, VT 05832
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