A Whole Different Attitude and Burke Altitudes

To ski and board Burke Mountain is to experience non-existent to occasionally short lift lines, slopes so lightly trafficked you feel you practically own them (at Burke, new snowfall means “freshies” for days!), a great mix of terrain, excellent snow, and plenty of smiles from fellow skiers and mountain staff. Burke inspires a love of the sport among a small army of enthusiasts.

A family mountain, and a racer’s mountain, it is home to Burke Mountain Academy, the nation’s oldest and most successful ski academy. So it’s not unusual to share a trail with future Olympians, weekend warriors and locals alike.


  • Elevation 3267′
  • Base elevation 1256′
  • 2011′ vertical drop
  • 250″ average annual snowfall
  • 265 skiable acres
  • 54 named trails,
  • 100-plus acres of maintained glades
  • 3 terrain parks for advanced, intermediate and beginner riders

Recent mountain improvements include:

  • $108 million-plus committed to improvements started in 2012
  • Additional $1.4 million snowmaking improvements introduced in 2012
  • 80% snowmaking coverage overall, with 100% coverage on the lower mountain
  • 2 new high-speed quad chairlifts serving the lower and upper mountain
  • XC skiing on 80 kilometers of trails, with both groomed and un-groomed back country skiing
  • Improved and expanded snowmaking
  • Planned $108 million in new hotel lodging on mountain
  • Base ski lodge with restaurant, pub and space for children’s activities
  • Complementary wi-fi internet access in both lodges
  • Enhanced cell phone coverage
  • Wind turbine on peak (provides 20% of Burke’s electrical needs)


Through all its years, Burke Mountain has remained the best-kept secret in New England — an uncrowded, natural paradise for downhill skiers and boarders, cross-country skiers and mountain bikers. The Burke history book has a new chapter, and it looks to be the one that tells the story of a mountain where improved recreational and living opportunities coexist in harmony with legendary beauty and charm.