New England's ski resorts are kicking up more autumn fun than a kid in a great big pile of leaves this year, offering visitors scenic views of fall's finest foliage from aloft.
From mid-September through October, you'll find chairlift rides a terrific way to view New England's constantly changing, colorful fall foliage panorama.
Here's the scoop on some of the ski resorts' offerings in New England and New York.
At Killington, the eight-passenger K-1 Gondola can take you to the highest Vermont peak serviced by a chairlift, where you'll enjoy views that stretch into five states and Canada on a clear day. What a way to see the leaves! The K-1 Gondola leaves from the Killington Base Lodge, located at the top of Killington Road, 5 miles from the junction of U.S. 4 and VT 100 North in Sherburne. It operates daily during the height of the fall foliage season. Summit dining is an added bonus. Killington also has a new open-air Soaring Eagle ride for foliage thrill seekers.
Wachusett Mountain has the only high-speed detachable quad chairlift in Massachusetts. Your view of the scenery from the SkyRide will be breathtaking. The Scenic SkyRide is only open during fall festivals, and festival admission is required in addition to the price of SkyRide tickets. To get to Wachusett Mountain drive on Route 140 and exit at Mile Hill Road. Drive 1/2 mile down the road and the mountain's Ski Area entrance will be on the right.
AddressStratton Mountain, Stratton, VT 05360, USA
Soar to the top of southern Vermont's highest peak and enjoy foliage views that defy comparison. Stratton beckons to leaf peepers with its gondola rides, plus hiking, golf, paintball, ATV tours to the summit and more! You can save by purchasing your tickets online in advance. To get to Stratton, first get to Bondville, Vermont. Once in town, turn on to Stratton Mountain Road, right next to the 7-Eleven, and follow the road to the mountain.
You'll have views of four states from the 3,600-foot summit at Mount Snow Resort in Mount Snow, Vermont. Scenic Chairlift rides are available Friday through Sunday, September through mid-October, weather permitting. The chairlift also operates on Wednesday and Thursday during the first week of October, as well as on Columbus Day. To purchase your lift ticket, visit Mount Snow Sports in the Grand Summit Hotel. To get to Mount Snow turn onto Route 100 North in Wilmington, Vermont. Stay on Route 100 North for 9 miles to Mount Snow, then turn left at the second blinking light for the main entrance.
The Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway whisks leaf peepers to the 4,180-foot summit of New Hampshire's Cannon Mountain in less than 10 minutes. On a clear day, you'll have views of the mountains of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Canada, and New York. And there's a bar at the top, so you can toast the leaves. Rides are offered daily, weather permitting, through mid-October. To get to the Aerial Tramway take exit 34B on I-93.
Wildcat Mountain in Jackson, New Hampshire, offers gondola rides on fall weekends, September 8 through Columbus Day, weather permitting. There's also a Gondola Ride & Lunch option to have a have a pleasant picnic on your ride up. Or combine your sky ride with an exhilarating flight on the Ziprider. Getting to the mountain is fairly easy, just take Route 16 to the Wildcat exit.
Loon Mountain in Lincoln, New Hampshire, offers not only a spectacular, scenic, 1.5-mile gondola ride this fall but plenty of adventure when you reach the summit. Explore glacial caves, turn the kids loose at the mountaintop playground and, best of all, get great foliage photos from the four-story observation tower. The gondola runs daily through the first half of October. On weekends, you can opt for the Up & Away Pass, which includes not only unlimited gondola rides but zip lining, wall climbing, bungee trampolining and a two-hour mountain bike rental. For an additional charge, the Super Adventure pass includes admission to Loon's Aerial Forest Adventure Park. To get to Loon, drive 3 miles on 1-93 and take exit 32 at the western end of Kancamagus Highway
See the northern Catskills all dressed up in their autumn colors from Hunter Mountain's six-passenger Kaatskill Flyer detachable chairlift. An 11-minute ride will take you to the 3,200-foot summit. The Skyride operates on weekends through mid-October, plus Columbus Day Monday. Hunter Mountain is located in Hunter, New York. To get there take the NY Thruway and take either exit 20 or 21. If you use exit 20, Take Route 32 north to Route 32A north to Route 23A west and exit at Hunter Mountain. For exit 21, turn left after the exit and drive 2 miles to Route 9W south. Take Route 9W south to Route 23 A west and exit at Hunter Mountain.
Gondola rides at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, New York, run from Friday through Sunday through the first half of October and Columbus Day. View fabulous foliage from the observation deck at the mountain's 3,600-foot summit. Whiteface Mountain is accessible from the Lake Placid exits on Route 73 or Route 86.