This winter, Vermont’s sun mountain, Bromley, turns 75! If you’ve never skied or ridden at Bromley, you’re missing something special. Big Bromley has an atmosphere about it that is welcoming. Whether it’s from the staff, the locals, or the sun shining down while everywhere else is socked in. It’s not the biggest mountain in Vermont, but what it lacks in size it makes up in character, terrain, and history.
Bromley was founded in 1936 by beer heir Fred Pabst Jr., son of the famous Captain Frederick Pabst (founder of Pabst Blue Ribbon). Between 1933 and 1949 Pabst traveled the country and to Canada looking for a mountain to purchase and open a ski resort. He finally settled on Bromley, which is the only mountain in New England with a southern exposure. Any trail you chose will lead you back to the base lodge, which along with its ski school, makes Bromley a great family destination. The mountain offers enough terrain to explore and offers challenges, but without a sense of being overwhelmed. If you don’t have kids, don’t worry, this isn’t a “mamby-pamby” mountain either. The glades, moguls, and terrain parks will keep you smiling.
Since 1951, Bromley has been host to the Junior Instructional Ski Program which gives local school kids an inexpensive way to learn to ski and ride. Each day during the winter different schools in the area have a half-day, which allows kids the second half of the day for JISP. The Bromley Outing Club along with local volunteers teach the kids in small groups depending on ability.
This winter Bromley is hosting a calendar of events and offering some great ski and stay packages at local inns. If you can get away mid-week you will find some awesome deals (and no crowds). More information can be found at its website.