Thanks to the swiftness of Bromley's high-speed quad (6 minutes from base to summit) skiers and snowboarders are getting up and down the mountain faster than ever before. So much so, in fact, that they're liable to find themselves with some extra, non-slope time on their hands. Fortunately for them, Bromley is literally surrounded by a host of alternative Vermont family winter activities, including ice skating, sleigh riding, snowmobiling, shopping, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing!
If carving figure eights is your thing, then you'll want to check out the great ice at the Riley Rink at Hunter Park, in Manchester. A new, state-of-the-art facility, Riley Rink at Hunter Park is the home ice for several community hockey and skating leagues, and offers public skating hours at various times throughout the week. Call 802-362-0150 for hours and schedule of events.
Giddyup, giddyup, giddyup, let's go! Sleigh rides are available in several locales around the Bromley and Manchester Vermont area. Located on Route 11, in Londonderry, there's the Taylor Farm (pictured at right), 802-824-5690, and in Landgrove, Karl Pfister offers rides, 802-824-6320. A few miles up Route 11, in Peru, Deb Hodis operates Horses for Hire, (802) 297-1468, which she has owned and operated for over a decade.
Cross-country ski centers abound in the Bromley area. The closest is Wild Wings, 802-824-6793 right in Peru, and is run by longtime friends of the Bromley Outing Club, the Black family. Other touring centers include Hildene in Manchester, 802-362-1788, and Viking in Londonderry, 802-824-3933, which also offers snowshoeing.
If shopping is more up your alley, then Manchester Vermont's Manchester Designer Outlets are just perfect for you! You'll find plenty of discount shopping right out your door with factory stores from Polo, J. Crew and Armani, just to name a few!
For Snowmobilers, Alpine Tours on Stratton Mountain, 802-379-1483, offers moonlight tours, family tours and more, and they can cater something just for your party of snowmobilers, just ask.
Experience the thrill and excitement of a dog sledding adventure in the Green Mountain's of southern Vermont! Husky Works Mushing Company's team of friendly Siberian huskies will take you on an exhilarating ride on a network of groomed woods trails. With a Musher as your guide, you will get a chance to witness true working sled dogs in action while doing what they love to do… run! For more information contact Jeremy and Laura at 802-896-3478,
Up on the mountain or down in the valley, Bromley and its neighboring towns add up to one of the most complete winter-sports experiences in Vermont.