Bromley

Average Annual Snowfall: 145"
  • Beginner 35%
  • Intermediate 34%
  • Advanced 31%
  • Expert 0%

Ski Lifts

4 Surface Lifts - Triple Chairs - Gondolas & Trams
4 Double Chairs 2 Quad Chairs - 6 - Packs

Snow Report

Updated: 2 years 17 weeks ago

New Snow

N/A 24 hrs. N/A 48 hrs. N/A 72 hrs.

Base Depth

N/A Lower Elevation N/A Middle Elevation N/A Upper Elevation

Currently closed

Elevation

  • Top: 3284 Ft.
  • Vertical Drop: 1334
  • Bottom: 1950 Ft.
1.00 miles Longest Run 178 acres Skiable Terrain 155 acres Snow Making

Bromley Reviews

5
1 Reviews
Trip Report: 1/29/11
by DLeBlanc - Feb 2, 2011
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Date Visited: Jan, 2010

Pristine Powder Prompts Pilgrimage to Peru

I can’t remember the last time I’ve skied as much fresh powder as I have in the last four weeks. Last Saturday at Bromley was one of the best days so far this Winter. Like most areas in the east, there was plenty of snow, temps in the 20’s, very little wind, and it snowed off and on all day long. I kept saying to the kids “do you realize that it just doesn’t get better than this?”

Ski magazine calls this place the "Swiss army knife of ski areas" because there is so much variety packed into a relatively small footprint. Consider our first run of the day:

Runaround #1 , cross Sunset Pass and into the woods to cut through to Upper Thruway, cut through the woods to Shincracker, then into a very fun section of woods between Shincracker and Upper Boulevard, but before getting to UB, cut hard right down through the woods to Lower Boulevard (steep here, but skiable), hit the small terrain park, and then head left into The Glade. Next, cross West Meadow and into the woods again where you’ll find all sorts of “rock jumps” and a big dip back on to Lower Boulevard. Then hook left and head back to another woods run to Lower Twister and a quick schuss back to the High Speed Quad for a short trip back to the summit. That's a lot of fun in only 1,300 vertical.

With this much snow you don’t need to ski the trails -- just look for the tracks into the woods and go exploring.

When it’s time for a break, you’ll find that the lodge at Bromley is ancient, rambling, awkwardly designed, hard to navigate, rustic, and hasn’t been updated in 50 years. In other words, it’s a slice of heaven. Good food, but not cheap. The Boars Head Lounge isn’t bad, but this is more of a family place so you’re not like you're going to bump into Captain Morgan.

What I like about this place:

· Narrow blue trails like Shincracker and Pushover
· Steep double fall line trails like Havoc, Corkscrew, and Pabst Panic
· An easy route from top to bottom for beginners (Runaround Trails #1 – 4)
· Glades (Avalanche Glade on the east side, and Plunge, Glade & Everglade on the west side)
· Tree skiing galore – there are more “off the map” wooded sections and cut thru’s than I keep track of -- just awesome terrain for the kids
· Very few flat sections and no “run out” at the bottom (i.e., every vertical foot of the place is skiable)
· Valet parking for an extra $15 and worth every penny to avoid the cattle truck from the parking lot
· The family-run, mom ‘n pop feel of the place (there is nothing pretentious about Bromley, except maybe the valet parking)
· No lines. Even the wait at the high speed was only 5-8 minutes at the peak of the day

The History of Beer is the History of Bromley

Bromley is the third oldest ski area in Vermont still in operation (Suicide Six and Stowe are the oldest). Founded in 1936 by beer heir Fred Pabst, Jr., a pioneer in the ski industry,
Pabst designed Bromley's trails to offer breathtaking views, a southern exposure (the only one in New England) and trails that all lead back to the base lodge. Mr. Pabst invented the J-Bar, which was a major improvement over basic rope tow technology. There are several trails named after the founder including Pabst Peril & Pabst Panic, all accessible from the Blue Ribbon Quad on the east side of the mountain.

Fred Pabst died in 1977, the same year my good friend Fred R. brought me to Mt. Tom in Holyoke one night and got me started skiing (borrowed leather boots and wood skis with screwed in metal edges). Back then you started on the J-Bar making stem christi turns, then moved up to the rope tow (torture), then the T-bar (fast), and finally graduated to a Hall Double Chair (the big leagues).

Deals

Weekend rates here are still reasonable ($65 for an adult ticket compared to over $80 at nearby Stratton or Okemo), but the best deal is on Friday’s: $44 for an adult and $15 per kid up to three kids. Kids 5 and under ski free all the time.

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