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 neighboring New York State.
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 at the Peak Lodge is an added bonus. Killington also has a new open-air Soaring Eagle ride for foliage thrill seekers, which operates on fall weekends through Columbus Day.
Wachusett Mountain has the only high-speed detachable quad chairlift in Massachusetts. Your view of the scenery from the scenic summit SkyRide will be breathtaking. The SkyRide is only open during fall festivals like the annual OktoberFest, and festival admission is required in addition to the price of lift tickets.
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, kayaking, golf, paintball, ATV tours to the summit and more! You can save by purchasing your tickets online in advance, and a family rate ensures that related groups of up to eight passengers can soar affordably.
You'll have views of four states from the 3,600-foot summit at Mount Snow Resort in Mount Snow, Vermont. Scenic Chairlift Rides aboard the Bluebird Express are available Friday through Sunday, September through mid-October, weather permitting. The chairlift also operates daily September 30 through October 3, as well as on Columbus Day Monday. To purchase your lift ticket, visit Mount Snow Sports in the Grand Summit Hotel.
The Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway whisks 80 leaf peepers at a time to the 4,080-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 from the observation deck. And there's a bar at the top, too, so you can drink a toast to the leaves. Rides are offered daily, weather permitting, through October 20 in 2019.
Wildcat Mountain in Jackson, New Hampshire, offers gondola rides on fall weekends, September 7 through Columbus Day, weather permitting. There's also a Gondola Ride & Lunch option that includes a pleasant picnic on your ride up. Or combine your sky ride with an exhilarating flight on the Ziprider.
Loon Mountain in Lincoln, New Hampshire, offers not only a spectacular, scenic, 1.5-mile gondola ride—New Hampshire's longest—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 half-day mountain bike rental. For an additional charge, the Super Adventure pass includes admission to Loon's Aerial Forest Adventure Park. Prices are cheaper if you purchase online in advance. Note that during the weekend of September 20-22, 2019, Loon is only open to visitors attending the New Hampshire Highland Games.
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. Visit during the last weekend of September or first two weekends of October, and you can also enjoy the resort's free Oktoberfest featuring live music, crafts for kids, specialty events, and authentic German food and beer for sale.
Gondola rides at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, New York, run from Friday through Sunday through the first half of October, plus Columbus Day. View fabulous foliage from the observation deck at the mountain's 3,600-foot summit. The ride is free with an Olympic Sites Passport.