Prospect Mountain maintains more than 30 kilometers of trails. When the snow falls, the trails are expertly groomed for both skating and classical cross-country skiing. Most trails have tracks set on either side with a wide skating lane in the center. There are also special snowshoeing and single-track trails. We have trails from beginner to expert. The Mountain Trail is popular with experts looking to climb more than 400 feet to the top of the mountain. After enjoying the view into the valley below, get ready for several kilometers of downhill fun!
The Base Lodge at Prospect Mountain offers a comfortable and inviting place to relax and recharge. The spacious lodge has a country atmosphere with a large stone fireplace, woodstove, and big windows to enjoy the view of Vermont’s scenery. The lodge restaurant serves everything from hearty meals to light snacks. The menu includes foods to satisfy our gourmet, vegetarian, and health conscious customers.
During the summer months, the Base Lodge is available for special functions such as weddings, anniversary parties, or conferences.
Prospect Mountain is located on Route 9 in Woodford, Vermont. The small town of Woodford, which is just 7 miles east of Bennington, has the highest elevation above sea level of any town or city in the state of Vermont. The base elevation of Prospect Mtn. X-C Ski Area is 2250′. This is the highest base elevation of any alpine or cross-country ski area in the state. The high elevation is an important factor in providing consistently good ski conditions at Prospect. During the fall, winter, or spring months, it often snows at Prospect Mountain when it is raining just down the road in Bennington. Even if your backyard is green or brown, don’t hesitate to call Prospect to see if there’s a blanket of white on the ground. You don’t want to miss out on the fun!
You can reach Prospect Mountain from all points west through Bennington, which is in the southwest corner of Vermont. Simply head east on Main Street which turns into Route 9. After climbing the hill, you’ll see Prospect on your right. From the east, take exit 2 off of I-91 in Brattleboro. Travel west on Route 9 towards Wilmington. Go straight through Wilmington and continue west on Route 9 for about 14 miles. Prospect Mountain Cross-Country Ski Center will be on your left. Prospect Mountain is the closest Vermont ski area to NYC.
When does the ski season start?
As soon as there is enough snow, usually late November.
When does the ski season end?
Usually in early April.
How old is Prospect Mountain?
Prospect Mountain Ski Area was born in the late 1930’s when the first rope tow pulled skiers up the mountain. Operations were interrupted by World War II, but then resumed in the 1960’s when two T-bar lifts were installed. The first cross-country ski trails were built in 1980, at the beginning of the Great Northeastern Snow Drought. Eventually the lack of natural snow in the northeastern US caused the downhill ski operations to cease, while nordic skiing at Prospect continued to increase and become more popular. Now the entire operation is devoted to cross-country skiing in the winter.
Will the T-bar ever run again?
What happens at Prospect in the summer?
Prospect is available for special events such as weddings, parties, and reunions.
There are many places to stay in southern Vermont. Rooms can be found in all price ranges, from inexpensive hotels to luxurious inns. Here are a few nearby.
- Eddington House Inn, North Bennington, VT 800-941-1857 eddingtonhouseinn.com
- Prospect Mountain Ski Packages available: includes breakfast, dinner, endless desserts and a day of xc skiing and/or snowshoeing at Prospect Mountain!
- Harwood Hill Motel, Bennington, VT 802-442-6278
- Vermonter Motor Lodge, Bennington, VT 800-382-3175
- Hillbrook Motel Shaftsbury, VT 802-447-7201
- Ladd Brook Inn, Pownal, VT 800-261-5233 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Darling Kelly’s Motel, Bennington, VT 802-442-2322
- Paradise Inn, Bennington, VT 800-575-5784, vermontparadseinn.com