by Paul Maraschiello


I decided to visit Bromley on the busiest weekend of the ski season, President's Weekend. It was an excellent choice. I could not believe how small the lift lines were, as I looked up the mountain.

Bromley looks a lot smaller than it is and looks a lot easier too. I had not been there for many years and had forgotten what the mountain was like. I was expecting a smallish New England ski area with few challenges. Boy, was I mistaken. The runs are a lot longer than they look from the bottom of the hill. That's because you can't see the peak from the base lodge. The day I was there, the conditions were perfect. They had received a nice blanket of new snow and had let the bumps build up on a lot of the trails.

I really had a lot of fun skiing the bumps all morning. They were a prefect size for me and because they were made of snow not ice, they were really fun to ski. I explored the entire mountain and skied almost every trail, including some really nice cruisers and some glades.

The Base Elevation is 1,950 ft. with a summit Elevation of 3,284 ft. They have a 1,334 ft. vertical. Their longest Trail is Pushover, 2.5 miles or easy terrain.

Bromley has ten lifts: 1 High Speed Detachable Quad, 1 Fixed Grip Quad, 4 Double chairs, 1 T-Bar and 2 Mitey Mites, 1 Wonder Carpet and there never was much of a line at any of them. They have snowmaking on 90% of the beginner, 70% of the intermediate, and 95% of advanced trails. Combined totals 80% snowmaking on skiable terrain and almost everything was open the day I was there.

They have forty trails on 300 acres that including 58 acres of expert terrain. They may not be the most challenging ski are in the world but the most advanced skier can have a lot of fun skiing the bumps at Bromley. There is a variety of skiing terrain for all levels of ability. With 35% beginner trails, 34% intermediate trails and 31% advanced slopes, there is something for everyone at Bromley. Bromley is the only major ski area in new England with a southern exposure, giving the skiers and riders a lot of sun, all day long. The view of the ski areas in the distance is breath-taking. The lodge is very quaint. Even the bar is lit up with sunshine, I noticed when I went in for some lunch.

The people I rode up the chair with at Bromley were fiercely loyal. They LOVED the mountain and everyone I talked to seemed to be a regular visitor to this resort. They took great pride in the fact that they skied there on a regular basis. After spending a day there, I can see why.

This is a "family" mountain that will keep mother, dad and the kids all happy. I met a mom who had just come through the terrain park and we kidded about mothers doing big air when the kids couldn't see them. I rode the chair with dads who were skiing the bumps with their kids. I took a run behind them and it was a tough call to see who was keeping up with who. These "locals" made skiing the bumps look easy.

If you are looking for a uncrowded mountain with lots of old-fashioned New England charm, try Bromley. It is located about 15 minutes east on Manchester, VT and is easily accessible via Rt. 7. It is in the heart of Vermont ski country and an easy drive from Albany and Rutland. I am going to put Bromley on my list and ski it on another lovely sunny day when I can ski my kind of bumps and work on my tan.