Start your day at the new base lodge and expanded skiing terrain of Spruce Peak, across the road from Mt. Mansfield. Side Street, off of the Sunny Spruce Quad, is good little warm up. Then try Upper Main Street or head to the far eastern perimeter of Spruce to sample a personal favorite, Sterling, a sweet run immersed in the pines, especially after a good snowfall. The Over Easy Gondola crosses Mountain Road, leaving you at Mansfield. Try Upper and Lower Perry Merrill and Upper Lord and Lord to Standard, all classic blues. Advanced skiers might want to tackle the infamous Front Four, double-diamond beauties that will instill fear in most skiers.
Drop off kids, aged 13 months to 3 years, at Spruce Peak’s Cubs Day Care. Three year-olds can also sign up for a two-hour private lesson and opt to spend the rest of the day at Cubs. Children 4 to 14 can take private lessons, half-day, or full-day outings with qualified instructors.