Bromley Mountain Resort is just outside of Manchester, Vermont, and has to be one of my favorite ski mountains. Nicely sized, it’s great for families and the perfect place for intermediates and experts who have outlived the need for death defying. The best thing is that Bromley has a couple of great deals on lift tickets.
Spring Loaded spring
If you can get away for a few days, Bromley has a special deal on lift tickets that gives away the shop. Regular tickets prices here are $71 adults, $61 (ages 13-17), and $45 (ages 6-12 and over 65) but the Spring Loaded special lets you buy four days of skiing for only $119. Where in the world can you get this much skiing on a big mountain for less than $30 a day? This deal even beats their rates for kids and skiers over 65!
This card is effective February 23 and will be valid for rides through December 18 of the 2015-16 season. It is important to note that these cards are personal to the person named on the ticket (nontransferable) and they are valid only once a day but they can be used any day of the season without blackouts.
How to get it, how to use it
This ticket works pretty simply. Buy it from Bromley online or buy it there at the ticket office. They will give you a plastic card. To use the card just go to the ticket booth, present the card and a photo ID and you will get your lift ticket. That’s only $29.75 for a day on the mountain. If you should use up your four days during this season and need more time on the trails you can fill up with another set of four up until the end of the 2014-15 season.
Sun Mountain Card, another great deal
Rather than investing in a season pass at Bromley Mountain Resort consider getting a Sun Mountain Card. It costs $79 but you get most of that investment back the very first day you use it because your first day of skiing on the card is free. With the card you get your lift ticket for only $51/$41/$25, a savings of $20 per ticket on weekends and $30 midweek every time you go back to the mountain. These have to be some of the best deals out there. These tickets are non-transferable and the redemption plan is the same as for the Spring Loaded tickets.
About the mountain
Bromley is south facing, which means that skiers are in the sun most of the time. For those who want to try skiing for the first time, Bromley has adopted the Terrain Based Learning technique, which builds confidence in new skiers and usually has them skiing independently the first day. Thirty two percent of the trails are suitable for beginners, 37% are for intermediates and the remaining 31% are rated for advanced and expert skiers.
Bromley has its own bright spot in the history of skiing, having been founded in 1936-37 and operated by Fred Pabst, of beer making fame, from 1938. It was one of the first places to adapt the terrain to skiing and one of the first to introduce grooming, and they still do a great job of it today.
Getting to Bromley
Plan on about three and a half hours driving to get there. Take Route 2 west from Boston all the way to Erving. At Erving take Route 10 north and west to I-91 and take I-91 north to exit 3 (just after you pass high over the West River). This exit will take you to a round-about where you should take Route 5 south toward Brattleboro. Keep to the right lane and as you approach the town follow signs for Route 30 to the right. Follow Route 30 across Vermont to Route 7A. Turn right at the intersection and travel north on Route 7A, Bromley will be almost immediately on your left.
While there is plenty of lodging in and around Manchester, consider staying at The Lodge at Bromley, a friendly, recently renovated and reasonably priced lodge overlooking the Bromley base area.