Jay Peak, for non-skiers (Vermont)
Chances are, if you’re a non-skier paired with a loved one who skis, you’ve probably endured more than your fair share of ski village shopping, hot chocolate in the lodge and movies in your hotel room.
The resort’s football-field-size indoor water park is no afterthought. It’s got surfing, slides, pools, a river and a 300-foot chute that includes a 60-foot drop where riders can reach speeds of 45 miles per hour. Get ready to scream.
The park, which opened two years ago, is part of Jay Peak’s long-term plan to become a four-season resort. But if winter is still your preferred weather for a mountain escape, fear not. Jay Peak has some great terrain: steep glades, a 3-mile-long trail and a tram to get you up the mountain quickly.
Size: 385 acres
Vertical: 2,153 feet (Base: 1,815. Summit: 3,698 feet)
Special features: Unlike many eastern ski resorts, Jay Peak encourages skiing the trees as part of its “liberal in-bounds policy.”