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FOR THE LOVE OF THE LINKS
20 ON THIN ICE 24 A SLIPPERY SLOPE 31 Summer Two
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It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy.
Your summer report card.
A SUMMER SYMPHONY
Because the best music sounds good after decades, and even centuries.
THE SEASONS OF HOWARD JOHNSON
Dinner at Howie’s diner.
RUN FOR THE HILLS
Brutally revealing about your family’s fitness.
More fun than the school of hard knocks.
THE NEVER ENDING STORY
The Stateside Hotel and Baselodge has risen like a phoenix.
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FAMILY TIES Jay-time for the Lancasters.
Kathy Whitehill talks trams.
32 FOR THE LOVE OF THE LINKS Teeing off with Russell Herbert.
OUT OF THE BOX
THE 10TH ANNUAL AUGUST WEST
Because summer is about ice cream, music, tie-dye, and friends.
Our summer album: all golf, concerts, mountains, and colorful slides
TAMING THE CRITICS Maeve and Keaton go figure out figure skating.
Here’s how to hit up Jay—our vacation Bible.
50 A SLIPPERY SLOPE It’s all downhill from here: a swirling, whirling, splashing downhill at the Jay Peak Pumphouse Indoor Waterpark.
Pretty close to a pirate treasure map.
Summer isn’t over just yet.
RAISED JAY OR NOT Sorting the Jay folks from the lay folks.
have this plant in my office that, each year around this same time, spits forth a red flower. I’m not sure of its species, though I believe the genus is called a succulent. This I remember not only because it’s sort of a pleasant word, but because these sorts of plants are good at storing things for later; basically botanical hoarders which is an interesting thing to remember. They are perfectly adapted for dry environments partially because of their mucilaginous nature which, as a word, is somewhat less pleasant. All of this is to say it’s a heckuva plant, and right around the time we go to print with the magazine? Bam: a flower. This is the sort of thing that passes for summer inspiration around these parts in February. As we press on, temps are in the double digits below zero, heavy snow is pounding, and a light pole on the Tramside of the resort has just blown over. Small, hoarding plants will have to do. Regardless, we have enough stored in our personal data files to remind us of what’s in store. Deep greens and blues. And Friday night BBQ’s. Indoor waterparks with their tops down. Swimming holes and Tram rides and hiking and viewing the sweet season from a mountain peak rather than a week-at-the-beach. These are things Jay Peakers remember about summer. And not unlike Ms. Succulent, our ability to store away these memories helps us through what can be an interminably long, if not still joyful, winter. Summer begins just as school ends and many stories inside this season’s magazine will connect to that. You’ll see how locals use the resort to strategically vacation (Family Ties p. 8) and learn about the strategy required to win a grueling foot race up and over the mountain (Run for the Hills p. 18). You’ll hear what our critics think about holding onto winter inside our year-round Jay Peak Ice Haus Arena (On Thin Ice p. 20), as we start holding you accountable in our Raised Jay vs. Raised Something Else section (p. 31). We’ll show you how, euphemisms be damned, a kid handles the monster (For the Love of The Links p. 12) and what to do when confronted with a monstrous decision (August West p. 32 vs. VSO p. 14). In between, we’ll show you how to book a package, where to stay, small bits of nothing, and medium bits of something. What else is in store for this upcoming Jay Peak summer? We’ve heard things about big Stateside concerts, outdoor amphitheaters, new events and, of course, development that will net us a new climbing center and independent movie theater for next winter. We may even surprise ourselves which happens in a more regular fashion than you’d imagine. Remember this though—whatever happens here, and whatever you get to be a part of this summer, for sure, will be worth remembering.
PUBLISHER Bill Stenger, President, CEO & Co-Owner Ariel Quiros, Chairman of the Board & Co-Owner E D I TO R Steve Wright, Chief Marketing Officer, Jay Peak + Q Burke Resort D E S I G N & C O N T E N T D E V E LO P M E N T
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The questions indicate a frantic mix of excitement and uncertainty.
“HOW MANY DAYS ARE WE STAYING?!”
espite any and all pre-departure planning, the queries inevitably ring loud and clear throughout the Lancaster household. Though the details are often hazy, this family of six knows that something fun is about to brew at Jay Peak. “The last 15 minutes before we leave, we’re all running around with our heads cut off to make sure we have everything,” says Royce Lancaster, patriarch for the Newport, VT clan, which includes his wife, Corinna, and four children: Hannah, 15, Mallory, 13, Royce Jr., 8, and Alex, 5. “It’s very chaotic.” This, coming from a 16-year veteran of the Newport Police Department who enforces rules and protocols for a living.
ROYCE JR. The Lancasters’ vacations to Jay Peak didn’t start chaotic. Royce and Corinna made their first trek from Newport to Jay Peak on their 15th wedding anniversary four years ago for a peaceful and childless retreat close to home. “We needed a place to go to celebrate, and the Tram Haus was just opening up,” explains Corinna. “We were some of the first 100 people that stayed in the lodge.” It took just one trip to hook ‘em. “I get welled up with emotion because I love the feeling I get when I walk in. I get very excited when I talk to someone about going to Jay Peak,” says Corinna.
By the second visit, the entire Lancaster gang arrived in tow, chaos and all, in what has since become an ongoing family tradition. “Jay Peak is the whole package for us,” says Royce. “To be able to relax this close to home is great. We try to take advantage of it. We don’t come up here every weekend, but when we do, it’s a treat.”
“SHOULD I BRING MY SWIMSUIT?!” And when they do, no one is immune from the pandemonium that ensues when they roll up to the hotel—not even the bellmen. “The boys love to steer the bellhop cart at the hotel,” explains Corinna. And pending available space, any one of the Lancasters will hitch a ride with the luggage rack. “They scolded us last time,” notes Royce, as if somewhat impervious to the irony of a policeman breaking whatever vacuous laws are written inside some top-secret hotel rulebook. Once inside their room, pillows are claimed, suitcases are detonated and clothing muffles any tidy efforts from the housekeeping staff. The ritual brings the comforts of home a little closer, even if home is only a short 30-minute drive away. “It’s the little things that matter,” says Corinna. So with base camp established, the Lancasters are finally ready to embark on their grand (mis)adventures around Jay Peak. “We fancy ourselves as the Griswolds,” says Royce, whose family outings are regularly plagued by comical snafus. “Anywhere we go, it’s an adventure. Our last trip,
Mallory forgot her swimsuit. We got locked out of the room. It’s always something. It’s just how we roll.” It’s no surprise then that their agenda is dictated more by sudden impulses than deliberate must-dos. “One time, the kids wanted to touch a cloud,” says Corinna. “So we did. They touched a cloud. Up there at the peak at the top of the Tram, the clouds were touching our knees and waists.” While the Lancasters reserve their Jay Peak vacations for freedom and folly, there’s one “rule” that’s never up for negotiation: a standing policy for quality family time. Hanging out with mom, dad, and siblings always takes precedence over mischief and mayhem, but that’s not to say that family bonding is a boring ordeal. “We’re always laughing and making jokes,” explains 13-year-old Mallory. “It brings the family together.”
“HOW MANY PAIRS OF PANTS DO I NEED?!”
Royce agrees. “We’re a big family, and we’re family oriented,” he says. “We try to do as much as we can with the kids. It’s important.” And what, exactly, does that entail? “We get up together, eat together. We do most everything together,” says Corinna. “The kids might go off to do their thing for a little bit, but they always come back”—for one reason or another. For the girls, it’s the scent of hot pizza from Mountain Dick’s; for the boys, it’s the hotel’s “fancy” toilets. (“We actually have toilets in our house,” admits Royce, “so I’m not sure what that’s all about.”) No matter, when it comes to discovering the carefree pleasure of Jay Peak’s smallest wonders—from toilets to trams—quality always trumps quantity. “We come here just to unwind and relax and enjoy each other,” says Royce. “It’s a spot where we know we have nothing else to do.” And, for the Lancasters, those are the little details that matter the most.
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PRINCE OF THE COURSE
F O R T H E L OV E OF THE LINKS Frequent Jay Peak golfer Russell Herbert has been known to make grown men cry on the links. Though they might not shed any tears on the outside, it’s a good bet they’re weeping with envy as this soft-spoken 15-year-old from Freehold Borough, New Jersey shows off his prowess at Jay Peak’s golf course with consistent wins against golfers three times his age.
But Russell hasn’t let his triumphant teenage victories override his humble roots. Father and son still take to the fairway together, bonding over a round of 18 holes throughout summer. “It’s an opportunity to connect in a way we could never do if we just sit in front of the TV,” says John. “It’s a place that we can laugh together. And who doesn’t need more laughter in their lives?” For the whole Herbert family, coming to Jay Peak is also a place to escape the blahs of urban funk. “You can smell the nature here,” says Russell. “[Playing] in Jersey, you can tell how it’s not as quiet and relaxing. It smells differently. Like a city. Here, you actually have time to relax and think about stuff. You can hear the running water, the birds chirping. It calms you down.”
ussell began putting club to ball eight years ago, just as Jay Peak’s front nine opened to the public in Spring 2006. “I started playing with my dad when the Jay Peak course first opened,” recalls Russell. It was an innocent introduction to the sport: riding along in the golf cart while his father, John, got back into the groove of golf after a few years’ hiatus. “I just chipped and putted before I actually started,” says Russell. It didn’t take long, however, until he was teeing up on Jay Peak’s course at 7 a.m. with a trio of adults every other weekend during the summer. “Russell started to realize that by controlling the club and how he handled the club, he could make the shot,” says John. It was a discovery that helped him win first place at Jay Peak’s Northeast Kingdom Tournament when he was 13 and earned him a spot on the boys’ varsity golf team at Freehold Borough High School as a rookie freshman the following year.
And for anyone who’s attempted to whack a ball a few hundred yards down a fairway, it’s no surprise that golf is a bipolar balance of patience and frustration. It’s also a pattern that Russell applies to daily life. “Never give up,” he says. “If you do something wrong, you can always put it behind you and try again the next time.” That’s an important tip to remember when playing on a course like Jay Peak’s. “It’s a very difficult course,” says Russell, “but that’s what I grew up playing. I’ve learned how to hit shots that others haven’t learned to hit. In the end, playing at Jay Peak has helped me gain more knowledge about golf.” Golfing five to seven days a week doesn’t hurt his knowledge, either. When the grind of the school year comes to an end, it’s not uncommon for Russell to hit a bucket or two at the range after playing a full round of 18 holes in the same day. “His mom and I see how
much he lights up from the inside out every time he steps up to the tee,” says John. “He has a true love for the game.” Whether you call it a sport, a hobby, or a lifestyle, it’s this deep-rooted love for golf that has introduced Russell to an understanding about himself, his friends, and total strangers. “Young, old…they can teach you stuff along the way,” he says. “I was at a tournament and playing with a guy who was 89 years old during a practice round. He taught me so many good things—not all about golf, but also about history. He was helping me with the course and encouraging me to play more. I was having a great time.” Generally speaking, Russell always has a great time when he’s got a set of clubs in his possession. Take, for instance, a historic game from last summer, when he set out to break a score of 80. “I shot a 77,” says Russell of this memorable game against his dad, who, Russell notes, “usually scores in the high 80s.” But all scorecards are evened out by the 19th hole, where it’s customary for the two of them to end their familial rivalry at the Clubhouse Grille over buffalo wings and a cold beverage. Unless, of course, there’s a reason to celebrate. “My dad will get me a Shirley Temple as a prize for beating him,” says Russell matter-of-factly. STEPHANIE NITSCH
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S T R I N G S U N D E R T H E S TA R S
A Summer Symphony VERMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
he Jay Peak experience is epic. And nothing goes better with our mountain’s natural beauty than amazing music—a pairing that we’ve cultivated with our summer concert series. But while the plugged-in headliners have included Dawes and Bruce Hornsby, you might be surprised to hear that one of the standout shows of the season revolved around Tchaikovsky, not rock and roll, bluegrass, or jam band. Drawing in a crowd of 250 to sit on the green in front of the Tram Haus Lodge, the outdoor Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) concert featured stars overhead and the
lightning-fast gesticulations of VSO Conductor Anthony Princiotti lighting up the stage. A classical show might not fit expectations for a playlist inspired by Jay Peak, but it’s safe to say if there’s one rule to follow, it’s that there are no rules for what to listen to up here. Check out the Jay Peak Music Series to see who will be gracing Jay Peak’s new outdoor amphitheater venue and the Foeger Ballroom this summer, and keep your calendar open for next December, when the VSO returns for a holiday show. JESSE HAUFFMAN
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Our most recent addition to the world of meat and potato, here at the mountain, is called Howie’s. It’s a fine-diner (this isn’t yet a thing, but it will be), located in the new Stateside Hotel and adjacent to the new Stateside Baselodge.
hey serve things like chicken-fried-steak and homemade stews and things designed to stick fast to the closest rib. Calling it comfort food would certainly be close, but it would also under-characterize the cooking talents of the restaurant’s namesake, Howard Johnson. Howie (to all), was an outdoorsman, a father, husband and friend, a local and— above none of it, but certainly in line with all of it—a cook. He sometimes bristled at the notion of being called a chef: “Chefs serve themselves, cooks serve food,” he said to me once. I thought a lot of that line. Enough to write it down at the time. In looking for inspiration about Howie, I looked though some old journals and found that line. I also found the following: April 30, 2004 I also met Howie Johnson today. Smiles a lot and seems to mean it. Asked me what my favorite food was and I didn’t have a very good answer as I wasn’t ready for the question. He said, “When Bill is done telling you all about Jay Peak, come back down to my office and I’ll give you my story.” I’ll probably do that. This guy has a huge spirit and he seems to be a big part of what’s happening here. I’m looking forward to getting to know him. And coming up with a better answer to his first question. Over the years I knew him, which were far less than most, my initial suspicions were confirmed. He was quick to smile and quicker to tell you about his days in the woods, or with his wife and kids, or his days skiing which, by the time I got to know him, were fewer and farther between because of failing knees. Still, he would light up and be genuinely interested in talking whenever I went down to see him. We named our newest restaurant after him not only to connect to our past, but to remind ourselves, going forward, about how easy conversations, authentic personalities, and genuine spirit factor into everything we are and everything we add. We hope you stop by.
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JAY PEAK SEAFOOD CHOWDER Serves 6 INGREDIENTS
Peeled & diced Yukon Gold potatoes in 1-inchÂ cubes Finely chopped onions Diced celery in 1/2-inch pieces 2 cups scallop pieces 1 cup frozen calamari rings & tentacles Chopped clams 1 cup chopped shrimp 1/2 pound flour 1/4 pound butter 1/2 quart cream 2 quarts clam juice 1 quart water 1 bay leaf Chopped scallion or parsley Salt & pepper to taste
1. Sweat the potatoes, onions, and celery in the butter until soft; then add the bay leaf. 2. Sprinkle the flour into the pot, stirring constantly, until the mixture becomes thick. Cook on medium for about 5 minutes. 3. Stir in all the seafood except the shrimp. Then pour in the clam juice and water. 4. Bring the soup to a simmer for 5 minutes. 5. As the soup thickens, add the shrimp and turn the heat off. 6. Mix in the cream, salt, and pepper. If the soup gets too thick, thin it with water. 7. Serve with the chopped scallion or parsley. 17
RUN FOR HILLS THE
Now in its third year, word is getting out about the Jay Peak Trail Running Family Festival, and the talk couldn’t sound more ruthless. With roughly 4,000 vertical feet of climbing and six different races packed into two days, this annual runner’s retreat is sure to be a suffer fest. UP TO 1,000 RACERS—FROM NEWCOMERS TO OLD HACKS—
are expected to lace up and party down over Labor Day Weekend, August 30–31. As the organizer responsible for the Trail Running Family Festival, Chris Bernier of Sub 5 Racing discusses how one of New England’s newest, most brutal trail running fiestas is quickly growing into a sellout event for ultra runners, dirt pounders and curious beginners alike.
INTERVIEW BY STEPHANIE NITSCH
FESTIVAL IS CENTERED ON TWO MARQUEE RACES ON SUNDAY: AN “EPIC” 25K AND A “BRUTAL” 50K. WHY THE DISCREPANCY IN SEMANTICS?
If you finish the 25k, you’ve accomplished an epic feat. If you’ve done a 50k, you’re actually praying for death. People say there are no words to describe it. You’ve just gone up and down a mountain on the 25k, and then you realize you have to do it all over again [for the 50k]. It tests your body, mind, and spirit. Don’t try to be a hero on this one.
THAT SOUNDS ROUGH.
This is a hard, hard race. There’s no shame in calling it quits after the first lap [of the 50k]. We’ll gladly give you our 25k medal. A handful of people take us up on that every year and say they were underprepared for it.
HOW DO YOU KEEP A KIDS’ TRAIL RUN FROM SOUNDING LIKE SOME FORM OF CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT?
A lot of the parents are hardcore trail runners, and their kids have a blast running it. We make different turn-around zones for each age group. Some kids will stop and pick flowers, others will be really competitive. You know, someone will always say that kids shouldn’t be doing this; that it’s mean making kids exercise and run. But I think making them sit inside playing video games and turning them into butterballs is mean. PARTING WORDS FOR ASPIRING RACERS—REGARDLESS OF SKILL?
Eat right, do your [pre-race] workouts and have a good time. This one is about fun. It’s not the Olympics. It’s a mountain. Enjoy it.
WHAT’S THE BENEFIT OF BEING A TRAIL RUNNER WHO ORGANIZES TRAIL RUNNING EVENTS?
When we created the trail, I ran it a few times to get a feel for it. So we know the things that runners are thinking of when they’re on the trail. We know where aid stations are necessary and what kind of food to serve. LIKE?
Peanut butter sandwiches, gummy bears. M&Ms and gel packs for a burst of sugar. They love pickles and potato chips because of the salt. One guy took a pickle jar at an aid station and drank the juice. ALL OF IT OR JUST A SIP?
I don’t know about all of it, but definitely a good swig. WHAT ABOUT FUELING UP BEFORE THE RACE? ANY FAVORITE SPOTS TO CARBO-LOAD AROUND HERE?
Alice’s Table is a pretty epic place. They cater to the runners, and you see them loading up on spaghetti and beer. Yeah, beer is a great carbo load. Jay Peak Trail Ale…the runners eat that up.
SO MASOCHISTIC RUNNERS WILL DIG IT. BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A FANATIC ENDURANCE RUNNER TO RACE.
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We’ll have three 5k’s on Saturday, which have different difficulties based on the ski run classification. The green circle run won’t be a pancake, but the black diamond race is nothing more than a glorified hike, to be honest. It’s a good way to break into trail running. These races are 9.3 miles all together, and 46% of the 5k racers run all three.
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WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF ON THIN ICE, IT’S BEST TO PUT ON YOUR BRAVEST FACE AND FORGE AHEAD WITH COURAGE. WHEN YOU’RE MAEVE AND KEATON, YOU DON’T HAVE A CHOICE.
We laced up our little mountain mavens and gave them free reign of the Ice Haus, using the NHL-sized rink (85’ x 200’) to test their blades of guts and glory. Within seconds of stepping onto the ice, the first of many screams were heard, then silence, then giggles. Ice may be unforgiving, but at least it has a sense of humor. The Ice Haus is Vermont’s newest ice rink that unites figure skating and hockey under one roof. Whether through private instruction or intramural sports, adults and kids come here for the exhilaration of gliding across a smooth surface in defiance of human aerodynamics.
ON L ITTLE
S.” – KEAT ON
But how can something so difficult feel so good? “It’s not easy,” said the girls in unison before sprinting away out of earshot. Whatever it is (or isn’t), they credit their coach for their success. “Thanks for teaching us everything we know about skating,” said the girls.
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But with adrenaline comes risk, and falling on thin ice requires a thick skin. So when Maeve tumbled from a toe tuck gone wrong, she choked back the tears and shook off the disappointment—with the help of a pep talk from Coach Krista. Fueled by determination, Maeve set out to conquer the elusive trick and, in the process, upped the game to a new level. “I just learned to skate backwards!” she soon exclaimed. IT WASN’T LONG BEFORE BOTH CRITICS WERE OUTPERFORMING THE RESIDENT COACH IN SPINS, LUNGES, TWISTS, AND DIPS. “THEY’VE GOT A FUTURE IN ICE SKATING,” SAID KRISTA.
Despite her optimism, Keaton was quick to add that it takes gumption and confidence to accomplish such feats of grace and poise. “Believe in yourself and just glide,” she said. Overall, the results were…conflicting. According to Keaton, the hardest part of skating was the falling. According to Maeve, the best part of skating was also falling.
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“I FELL A LOT IN THE BEG INN NOW I’M NOT FALLING.” – ING, BUT KEATON
SLACKLINING AND FLOWRIDING ARE THE NEW ARTS AND CRAFTS A camp counselor named Jay
very parent knows that summer break can be a double-edged sword. Kids donâ€™t want to sit in class anymore, but at the same time, nobody wants to be stuck inside at home, either. What to do with all that free time? The luckiest kids have experiences that are told and retold to friends come September. Take that one step further and youâ€™ve got the Raised Jay Summer Camp. Jay Peak campers are so busy balancing on a slackline, taking over the Pump House for a day, or getting their hands dirty planting new trees and learning about forest stewardship, that they sleep all the way home.
Fittingly, the artwork that campers create throughout the summer is all about being Raised Jay. It’s an action-packed program, from learning to kayak and ice skate, to creating and cooking their own menu from local ingredients, and on to studying basic outdoor survival skills. But most of all, it’s a chance to harness all the extra energy of school break, avoid the summer doldrums, and create the stories that will keep kids going all fall long.
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A great person once said that rules are meant to be broken. But what good are the rules if theyâ€™re always busted?
We say: it’s better to make your own than play with broken things. After all, they could be sharp and require stitches.
nside the Pump House Indoor Waterpark is 60,000 square feet of space for justified poolside horseplay, where the daily grind is beaten away by the force of a Double Barrel FlowRider. Here, freedom is abundant as the chlorine-infused water that dilutes icky “grown up” diseases—like adult swim or waiting 20 minutes after eating, which exist for no other reason than to guilt you into being a party pooper. (But with great freedom comes great responsibility to not actually poop at a party. Or in a pool.)
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We know you’ve got it in you, so it’s time to assume the risk that comes with breaking rules. Climb to the top of La Chûte and let your screams drown out your “indoor voice” at 45 miles per hour. Dare to swim upstream when the Lazy River pushes you down. Splish when they tell you not to splash. If you’re afraid of letting loose, you’ll never know what you’re truly capable of doing.
NEVER ENDING STORY
o here you have it. Our redeveloped, if not slightly reimagined, Stateside Hotel and Baselodge. Where our past is passed. Offered forward to a new generation of Jay Peaker, of Raised Jayer, through stories, personalities, and memories from the local’s side. A side of sight and smell and sound unique even to a place like Jay Peak.
We’ve added rooms not suites, a diner not a restaurant, a gear shop not a boot boutique, and we’ve given space over to our Ski Club, our Season Passholders, and a bar big enough to jam a bus (our first shuttle), a bullwheel (of T-bar fame), and views big enough to look into our future. Discover Howie’s story on p. 16, The Seasons of Howard Johnson.
COMING SUMMER 2014 NEW OUTDOOR AMPHITHEATER For music and the like. Complete with a covered stage so you won’t get rained out.
COMING WINTER 2015 NEW CLIMBING GYM & INDEPENDENT MOVIE THEATER Multiple climbing routes, 150-seat movie theater, beer.
85 FULLY APPOINTED ROOMS HOWIE’S RESTAURANT & BAR THE BULLWHEEL BAR NEW STATESIDE BASELODGE THE GEAR SHOP RENTAL CENTER SKI SCHOOL
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I’ve only been working on the Tram for 10-15 years. Before that I was in housekeeping—cleaned the old Hotel Jay, from toilets to ceilings and everything in between.
Several straightforward moments with Tram Operator Kathy Whitehill
I look at it this way: one way or another, we all clean our share of toilets, know what I mean? (ed note, yes, definitely yes) I much prefer the Tram. I was born in Newport, raised in Irasburg, and have spent my whole life in the Kingdom. It’s a special place.
It’s a beautiful, breathtaking ride. One time a lady got scared. She rode up but wouldn’t come down. Her whole family got on her pretty good about it, but we had to call the Jay Volunteer Fire Dept to come get her.
We run the Tram winter and summer. I prefer the winter. There’s more people in the box. Everybody seems really, really focused. In the winter, I get in about 7am, we load water, test run, shovel cabins, and all that. We try to have her ready when she’s supposed to be, but sometimes weather doesn’t much care for our plans. This is Jay Peak you know.
Just last year I saw a bunch of turkey, moose (especially around the Goat Run), and I saw a black bear this past summer. Mostly what’s happening inside the tram isn’t as interesting to be honest, you know what I mean? (ed note, absolutely) STEVE WRIGHT
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Sometimes you get the odd rude person but most are pretty nice. You never know. People bring lots of stuff with them from home sometimes. I guess it’s to be expected, but they should leave the heavy stuff at home and just enjoy themselves, if you know what I mean? (ed note, we do)
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TASTES LIKE JAY
TASTES LIKE CHICKEN
For 10 years Jay Peak has played host to the Kingdomâ€™s most colorful summer event.
uilt around cups of free ice cream and paired with sweet notes of summers past, the August West is equal parts celebration of summer and hat tip to community, both the one that comprises this corner of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and the one that continues to gravitate around the sights, sounds, and shapes of The Grateful Dead. Free ice cream
and tie-dyeing, great music, vending, lawn chairs, dancing, and friends all set against a backdrop perfect for creating small moments with friends, neighbors, and people you’ve yet to meet. The 10th version happens this summer on August 9th. You can come for the day or spend the weekend.
P H O T O
B O O K
Outdoor cold tubs close by.
The light is heavenly, but the slides are for hell-raisers.
Disclaimer: despite how this photo appears, the tram actually goes uphill.
We like to call this attitude stew.
Flash (sometimes) required.
GUIDEBOOK BECAUSE EVERYONE NEEDS A GOOD PLAN
SUMMER IS IN THE AIR In the Beginning Raising yourself Jay starts whenever you begin. But you have to start somewhere and summer in the mountains is the perfect somewhere. We’re not necessarily saying you ditch school, work or some nameless obligation (although that might be just fine too), but the road to Raised Jay is there whenever the spirit calls. Once you land you’ll find things like our year-round indoor skating arena, 18-hole Championship Golf Course, aerial Tram rides, restaurants, hiking, biking, and the open-roof Pump House Indoor Waterpark: 60,000 sq feet of water and wonder. All of it, accessed after a night in one of our three hotels, cottages, or condominiums.
(800) 451-4449 or jaypeakresort.com to begin at the beginning
THE BEST THINGS COME IN PACKAGES Plan less and get more
BOOK ONLINE (because it’s easier)
jaypeakresort.com or call (800) 451-4449 to speak with a real live human booking agent.
Lodging Unlimited access to the Pump House Indoor Waterpark and/or unlimited golf on our Championship Course (based on which lodging package you choose) Daycare for kids ages 2-7 Access to the outdoor pool and hot tub for Hotel Jay, Stateside Hotel, and Tram Haus Lodge guests Unlimited access to the Hotel Jay Fitness Center for Hotel Jay, Stateside Hotel, and Tram Haus Lodge guests Free internet access
Book now and
GET MORE THAN $
in vacation extras, including: 6 tokens for Elevation 1851’ Family Arcade ($6 Value) $10 off a day pass to the Pump House Indoor Waterpark ($10 Value) One free day pass to the Ice Haus Indoor Arena ($6 Value) 1 hr surf instruction in the waterpark for only $15 ($20 Savings)
On-property shuttle service
One free adult ticket for Vermont’s only aerial Tram ($10 Value)
SPLASH + STAY Pump up the House PACKAGE FOR A FAMILY OF 4 HOTEL ROOM FROM
1-BEDROOM COTTAGE FROM
GOLF + STAY Swing on by PACKAGE FOR 2 ADULTS HOTEL ROOM FROM
1-BEDROOM COTTAGE FROM
LODGING ONLY Just Relax PACKAGE FOR A FAMILY OF 4 HOTEL ROOM FROM
1-BEDROOM COTTAGE FROM
Visit jaypeakresort.com/stay for all available packages or visit jaypeakresort.com/deals for all our seasonal offers Complete package details available at jaypeakresort.com.
LODGING OPTIONS When a van down by the river just won’t do
HOTEL JAY AND CONFERENCE CENTER Choose from 176 studios and 1to 4-bedroom suites that include a kitchenette or kitchen. King rooms also available (no kitchen). Located at the base of the resort. Home of the Pump House Indoor Waterpark,The Drink, Elevation 1851’ Family Arcade,The Foundry Pub & Grille, Mountain Dick’s Pizza & Buddy’s Mug Coffee Shop.
VILLAGE CONDOMINIUMS AND TOWNHOMES Luxurious yet affordable units range from 2 to 5 bedrooms and are perfect for medium to large groups, or multi-family getaways.
TRAILSIDE CONDOMINIUMS The Trailside units are walking distance to all Tramside amenities including the Pump House Indoor Waterpark and Ice Haus arena.
TRAM HAUS LODGE Studio, 1, 2 & 3-bedroom suites and offers flat screen HD televisions, free in-room wifi, and free guest lockers. Also in property you’ll find Alice’s Table restaurant, the Aroma Coffee Shop, the Taïga Spa, and the Tower Bar.
TIMBERLINE CONDOMINIUMS Jay Peak’s newest lodging options including five buildings with 10–12 individual units ranging in size from 1-3 bedrooms.The buildings are located on the main entrance road and are just a short drive or shuttle ride from the Tramside base area and the golf course.
GOLF & MOUNTAIN AND TIMBERLINE COTTAGES Many of these new, multi-level cottages sit along the first hole of our Championship Golf Course. 1- and 2-bedroom suites available.
STONEY PATH CONDOMINIUMS
Deluxe Slopeside condominiums have 2 bedrooms and one full bathroom plus a full kitchen, living and dining areas, fireplace, and small balcony.
Deluxe and economy 2-bedroom units located on the road between Stateside and Tramside, a 10-minute walk to the village.
Within walking distance to the first tee, the Ice Haus, Pump House Indoor Waterpark, and Tramside amenities, Mountainside economy condos offer a mix of studio, 1, 2, 3, and 4 bedrooms.
NEW STATESIDE HOTEL
Suites are 1- or 2-bedroom units with beautiful views of the course and surrounding ranges. All are outfitted with kitchenettes, flat-screen televisions in all rooms, and are beautifully furnished with standard amenities.
There are 85 rooms of affordable, ski-in, ski-out accommodation at the new Stateside Hotel and Baselodge. Also inside the building are Howie’s Diner, the Bullwheel Bar, the Gear Shop, the Jay Peak Recreation Center, and the Jay Peak Outdoor Amphitheater. The Jay Peak Outdoor Amphitheater is set to open late Summer 2014, followed by the Jay Peak Recreation Center (which will include an indoor climbing space and independent movie theater) opening in Winter 2014-15.
GET INTO THE SWING OF THINGS Come play the nicest course in Vermont It is, of course, because we say it is. Plus Golf Digest and a bunch of other magazines perennially rank us as the best public course in the state. But all the news that’s fit to putt can be found on our fairways. Multiple tee-boxes mean the course can be as challenging or as approachable as you feel you’re ready for, and our rates are less than places down south that think even more of themselves than we do. And, clearly, that’s saying something.
GOLF RATES DAY RATES 2014
Weekend & Holiday
Monday-Friday, non-holiday Twilight
Every day after 3 pm
Cart rental is $15 for a 9-hole or Twilight round and $20 for 18 holes SEASON PASS RATES 2014
BY JUNE 1
AFTER JUNE 1
WHEN’S YOUR TEE-TIME? email@example.com or call (802) 988-GOLF (4653)
Discounts for groups of 12 or more. To book:
email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (802) 988-2765
Rates are subject to change without notice. Rates are at par for Canadian guests with valid proof of current residency (license, health insurance card, etc.). At par products must be purchased by cash - all credit transactions will be completed in US funds. Midweek rates are available Monday through Friday, non-holiday. Twilight rates are available 7 days a week after 3 pm.
DAY ACCESS RATES WHO?
Kids (3 & under)
JUMP RIGHT IN This might be a pool, but swimming’s the last thing you’re doing The Pump House Indoor Waterpark has a lot of water; that’s about all it has in common with school swim class. Here the water speeds down slides, it forms indoor waves, it swirls in pools. It’s water for rule breakers.
GROUP DISCOUNTS APPLY
Secure your pass online at
if you have 15 or more in your motley crew.
Start the party at email@example.com or call (802) 988-2765
You’ll save the most when you package your waterpark pass with a lodging package.
ICE HAUS RATES PUBLIC SKATE
SURF’S UP FOR SUMMER Catch waves at the Pump House To get schooled, call (802) 988-2710 or email PumpHouse@jaypeakresort.com
3 & under
Stick & Puck (all ages) Helmet required (full visor for kids 17 & under)
ICE TIME RENTAL Per hour Contact Dennis Himes at firstname.lastname@example.org
TRAM RIDE RATES WHO? Adults (15-64) Juniors (4-14) Kids (3 & under) Family* Seniors (65+)
$10 $7 FREE $30 $8
*A family consists of 2 adults and up to 3 dependents. Call (802) 988-2611 to confirm Tram schedule.
TAIGA SPA Downtime is essential.The Taiga Spa, found in the Tram Haus Lodge, offers a range of massage and spa treatments to get you ready for your next adventure.
GREAT GRUB Plenty of variety for the pickiest of eaters Aroma Coffee Shop Alice’s Table The Tower Bar Mountain Dick’s Pizza The Drink The Foundry Pub & Grille The Warming Shelter Snack Bar Buddy’s Mug Coffee Shop The Clubhouse Grille The Sky Haus Deli Howie’s Restaurant and Bar The Bullwheel Bar
visit jaypeakresort.com/restaurants for schedules and sample menus
A WEDDING MADE IN JAY Get hitched in the hills with your partner in crime CEREMONY SITES Whether you choose to be on top of the world at our Elevation 4,000 summit with stunning views of the Green Mountains, or take in the serene view from the Garden Valley Pond, the natural beauty makes a stunning backdrop for all your family photos. Perched on a knoll above the golf course, you can experience outstanding northeast valley views in The Clubhouse Barn with traditional post and beam construction and wide open side doors that offer a rustic feel for an almost outdoor ceremony. RECEPTIONS We can host guest lists ranging from 50 to 250 people, and with menu options ranging from $36-$70 per person, we can accommodate all wedding styles and budgets. Contemporary style Foeger Ballroom at the Hotel Jay Conference Center (max 250 guests). On the golf course in our Clubhouse Tent (max 150 guests). In our newly renovated International Room that boasts vaulted ceilings and exposed beams to create a perfect balance of rustic elegance (max 175 guests). For smaller parties, our the new Stateside Hotel may be a great way to host a country dance party in The Bullwheel Bar (max 100 guests) or a casual intimate brunch or dinner at Howie’s Restaurant (max 80 guests).
To find out more about tying the knot at Jay, (802) 988-2765 or email@example.com
EVENTS JAY PEAK EVENTS
1ST ANNUAL KINGDOM INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
3RD ANNUAL TRAIL RUNNING FAMILY FESTIVAL
June 26 – 29
August 30 – 31
An annual 54-hole, two-person, stroke play event with social and high-country BBQ.The competition is restricted to the first 76 teams to sign up. Once in the tournament, you’ll have first dibs to enter the competition the following year.
This festival is a series of trail races for all abilities (ages 4+) over Labor Day Weekend. Run one, two, or three races rated in difficulty like ski slope.This race series gives beginner and the trail running nut multiple levels on which to compete.
RAISED JAY SUMMER CAMPS
5TH ANNUAL BEAN & BREW
July 7 – 11 July 14 – 18 July 21 – 25 August 4 – 8 August 11 – 15 OVERNIGHT CAMP
July 28 – August 1 Camps will include all the activities Raised Jay kids are accustomed to: hiking, swimming, Waterparking, surfing, ice skating, golfing, arts and crafts, kayaking, canoeing, stream and forest education and the list is still going, but you have the heart of it.
10TH ANNUAL AUGUST WEST FESTIVAL & TOWN OF JAY SUMMER FEST August 9 The August West Festival celebrates both the music of the Grateful Dead and the community in and around the Jay Peak area. It’s a great way to spend the day—kids and well mannered dogs are welcome. jaypeakresort.com/AugustWest
October 4 Coffee and beer. Maybe an unlikely pair to some, but not to us. After all, it’s how the day begins…and how the day ends. At least up here. Now in its fourth year, the Bean & Brew Fest will once again be pouring the most flavorful coffees and frothy beverages this October. The B&B features craft beers from around the state and some of the tastiest locally-roasted coffees. There will be live music and plenty to do for the kiddos while you’re in the beer garden.
MUSIC SERIES All summer long Our final lineup was still being developed at press time. Check back at jaypeakresort.com/music for a full list of musical acts and artists who will perform in The Foeger Ballroom at Jay Peak from May through November.
1ST EVENT: DARK STAR ORCHESTRA July 25 – 26 Performing in the new Stateside Outdoor Amphitheater. Purchase tickets at jaypeakresort.com/Music Be sure to check the events calendar at jaypeakresort.com/events for more information.
Q BURKE MOUNTAIN RESORT SUMMER 2014 EVENTS XIP SINGLE BYPASS June 14 Catered to athletes of all abilities, the Single Bypass features shorter climbs and obstacles than its meaner Double and Triple brethren, but still packs a huge challenge for all!
BURKE BIKE PARK OPENING Mid-June Visit SkiBurke.com for more info.
4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION July 4
IT’S THE ICING ON TOP The Ice Haus Indoor Arena offers several hockey and skating camps throughout the summer, including:
FIGURE SKATING CAMPS
Celebrate the 4th of July with one of the area’s best Fireworks displays! Great food, scenery, music, and great people!
XIP DOUBLE BYPASS July 5 This strength- and endurance-based outdoor challenge is a step up from the Single Bypass, but not quite as challenging as the Triple.
F-RIDE-AY NIGHT RIDE SERIES
June 23 – 27 July 21 – 25 July 28 – August 1
Join us for a fun-for-all-ages race series in the Burke Bike Park.
PLANET HOCKEY CAMPS
BIKE & BREW
July 7 – 13 (Mon – Sun) July 13 – 19 (Sun – Sat)
JUNIOR BRUINS HOCKEY CAMP July 19 – 25 (Sat – Fri)
PRO AMBITIONS HOCKEY CAMP July 27 – August 1 (Sun – Fri)
NORTHEAST KINGDOM SKATING CAMP August 4 – 8 (Mon – Fri)
5-WEEK LEARN-TO-SKATE SESSIONS Both kids and adults are welcome to take part in this introduction to the fundamentals of skating. Safe and enjoyable instructional techniques will help develop strong basic skating skills.
For more information visit
Friday nights in July and August
August 2 The 6th Annual Bike & Brew brings music,Vermont brews and mountain biking to the mountain! Contests & games, gear demos, lessons, group rides and more!
XIP TRIPLE BYPASS September 6 This. Is. It. Endurance athletes and obstacle course competitors, bring your A-game. The Triple Bypass will challenge even the most veteran competitor!
KINGDOM ENDURO September 14 Join us for the Kingdom Enduro, part of the Triple Crown Enduro Series. This three-stage Enduro race held in the Burke Bike Park will be the first of three races. Prizes for race winners as well as the overall series.
BURKETOBERFEST October 11 This fall festival is fun for all ages, so bring the kids and a warm jacket, and come enjoy some autumnal Kingdom entertainment.
All dates and times are subject to change. Please visit skiburke.com for the latest information.
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ATTRACTIONS & POINTS OF INTEREST
STATESIDE HOTEL & BASELODGE
In property: Howie’s Restaurant, The Bullwheel Bar, The Gear Shop, Rental/ Repair, Ski & Ride School
NEW OUTDOOR AMPHITHEATER
Coming Summer 2014
MOUNTAIN KIDS ADVENTURE CENTER
In property: Ski & Ride School, Daycare, Snack Bar
NEW CLIMBING SPACE & INDEPENDENT MOVIE THEATER Coming Winter 2014-15
INDOOR PARKING ICE HAUS INDOOR ARENA
Open year round. In property: Snack Bar, Retail
PUMP HOUSE INDOOR WATERPARK
In property: The Drink, The Warming Shelter Snack Bar, The Wave Surf Shop
HOTEL JAY & CONFERENCE CENTER
In property: Mountain Dick’s Pizza, The Foundry Pub & Grille, Buddy’s Mug Coffee Shop, The Mountain Shop, Elevation 1851’ Family Arcade, Fitness Centre, Pump House Indoor Waterpark, Conference Center
GOLF CLUBHOUSE & NORDIC CENTER
In property: Clubhouse Grille, Pro Shop
Access to the Tram In property: Ski & Ride School, Customer Service, Cafeteria
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES, GROUP SALES
In property: International Room, Provisions General Store
TRAM HAUS LODGE
In property: Alice’s Table, The Tower Bar, Taiga Spa, Aroma Coffee Shop, Real Estate Sales, Rental/Repair
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ost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever. -Horace Mann
Iâ€™ve never let school interfere with my education. - Mark Twain
Jay Peak Summer Magazine 2014