I’ve included below, some of the narrative made with the original post. If you notice that the rides are listed for the summer time frame, check further, and you will see the schedules also go into September and/or October.
These are a great way to view vast expanses of the ranges and valleys plus variations of foliage. The rides are exhilarating and I think they are worth the price. They are open weather permitting, i.e. wind conditions, and some are just operating on weekends. The scenery is breathtaking to say the least. The views at the summits are mind blowing. For instance on the Mt. Snow lift, the views of Somerset Reservoir are gorgeous! Charles (ixl) has a stunning panorama of Somerset under the the past forum post, Perfect, Stunning Day - Preseason Meetup - Southern VT. (July 2010).
Please call ahead to check prices, times of operations, weather conditions, etc. before you go! You will be richly rewarded with priceless 360 views! If possible, go on a clear day and make sure the summit is still not shrouded in clouds, fog. For example, one year, Phil (pwt) and I drove around on a clear day and noticed the Jay Peak summit was still encased in clouds. Later in the afternoon, it cleared and we went up for outstanding views once the summit cleared.
If you are a hiking fanatic as I am, you will find numerous hikes around the mountains. You can get that information online or at the mountain itself when you go. Some folks take the rides up and hike down and vice versa.
Some of the prices are yes, relatively costly, so pick one or two on your foliage trip to Vermont and enjoy!!!! As an alternative to driving around leaf peeping, foliage viewing from above is spectacular to say the least! If anyone has been on any of these, it would be fun to share with the forum viewers your experiences, comments, etc.
The mountains included below are: Mount Snow (Chairlift), Mt. Mansfield (Gondola), Sugarbush (Chairlift), Mad River Glen (Single Chairlift), Jay Peak (Tram), Killington (Gondola) and Stratton (Gondola), Okemo (Chairlift)
Please call ahead before you go to make sure all this information is on target in regards to scheduling/pricing/weather reports. ("Some" of them include pricing). I did the best I could but there is always room for error. (Just a disclaimer!)
I’ve now been on all of the eight except Okemo. In my opinion, so far, the views at the top of Jay Peak were the most outstanding of all. It was like being on top of the world! My favorite of all, I must say for pure peace and serenity, is the single chair lift at Mad River Glen which I take each year. They operate on two weekends, one the last in September and over Columbus Day Weekend.
Please let me know if you have any trouble with the links below.
https://www.stowe.com/explore-the-resor ... yride.aspx
Foliage lift rides on Saturday and Sunday, Sept 28 and 29th , Oct 12th and 13th from 10 am to 2:30 pm.
Lift Operation Hours:
General Store and ticket office:
https://www.killington.com/plan-your-tr ... dola-rides
https://www.stratton.com/things-to-do/a ... lift-rides
https://www.okemo.com/explore-the-resor ... rides.aspx
Happy viewing from on top of the Vermont world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Never let your passions slip by, they feed your soul! (Quote by ctyanky)
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot
The Burke Mountain Fall Festival will indeed be hosting their lift rides up the mountain for $5.00! The Sherburne Express will be running 10am-6pm on Friday & Saturday. The lift rides are about an 8-minute ride with great views of Burke Mountain, the Burke Bike Park, and the Willoughby Gap. The toll road will be open as well for $5.00 at the entry gate and then you can hike to the fire tower at the summit! (I waited on this one so I could confirm that the lift ride will be going on! )
I've been on this chair lift ride in the summer and the long views at the summit are again, beautiful! A good day trip would be to combine the lift ride with the Peru Fair and/or stop at the Hapgood General Store in town! Both are simply divine!
the Killington gondola is a nice ride and the resort recently built a beautiful, new Peak Lodge at the top. It's a great place to have lunch and there is a good selection of food. There is also a nice area outdoors to sit and take in the views as well as a few nearby trails you can explore. Enjoy!!
Saturday, September 28, 2019 | 9am – 4pm Snow Bowl
Middlebury College Snow Bowl Open House and Ski Lift Ride Benefit
Take a chairlift ride to the top of Worth Mountain and enjoy a breathtaking view! You’ll see Vermont dressed in fall splendor as the panoramic scene stretches from the Green Mountains to the Adirondacks across Lake Champlain.
Lift Rides: 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., $5 for Adults, $3 for children and Students. Tickets are good for one round-trip ride (Snow Bowl 2018/19 season pass holders go free.) Last ticket sold at 2:00 p.m.
There will be a barbecue in full swing from 11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. at $10 per person. All proceeds go straight back to the Middlebury Ski Patrol (support rescue supplies the Childrens Helmet Program) and the Middlebury Snow Bowl! Live music will be FREE (Fun is free too!). Come hang out with the Middlebury Ski Patrol, see some fall foliage from the lift and support your local volunteer Patrol and Ski Area! Event is rain or shine.
Middlebury College Snow Bowl, 6886 VT Route 125, Hancock, VT 05748