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The base area (2011)
Burke Mountain Resort
Burke, Vermont
Status: Open
First Season:1955-56
Vertical Drop:2011 feet
Standing Lifts:2 high speed quads, 1 quad, surface lifts
Past Lifts:2 doubles, surface lifts
Left: The base area (2011)
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Located in northeastern Vermont, 3,267 foot Burke Mountain towers over the surrounding landscape.

CCC Days

During the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps had a camp located near the present day mid-mountain base area. Two ski trails were cut, Wilderness and the popular Class A racing trail Bear Den.

Lift Served Skiing

Burke Mountain circa 1956
Burke Mountain circa 1956

Burke's lift served skiing history dates back to early 1955, when Ski Burke Mountain, Inc. was formed. The State of Vermont required the investors to come up with an estimated $50,000 in funds to prove it would be a viable project, before issuing a lease.

Served by its now-legendary Poma lift, the ski area also tied in the Bear Den Trail (a class A hike-up race trail), the Wilderness Trail, and the toll road into its initial network of skiable terrain. The Poma lift opened in early 1956.

A new $126,000 access road was completed in 1958, improving the winter approach to the ski area.

From Surface to Aerial

Burke Mountain circa the late 1950s or early 1960s
Burke Mountain circa the late 1950s or early 1960s

While Burke was operating as a sizable surface lift area for a decade, the growing Vermont ski industry threatened to leave it behind. As such, a major expansion took place for the 1966-67 season, centered around the installation of Burke's first chairlift. In addition to the lift, the base lodge was doubled in size and 20 acres of skiable terrain added.

Additional trails and a Poma lift were advertised as added for the 1968-69 season. The Burke Mountain Academy was established near the ski area in 1970.

Coinciding with the extension of Interstate 91 through Lyndonville, a lower mountain chairlift and base lodge were added for 1978-79 season, pushing the ski area's vertical drop over the 2,000 foot mark.

Bankruptcies

With large chairlifts popping up all over the state, Burke was once again starting to get left behind by the rest of the industry. As such, the summit chairlift was upgraded to a fixed grip quad for the 1988-89 season. Burke would go on to struggle financially, declaring bankruptcy in 1990. The Northern Star Ski Corporation would own Burke in the mid to late 1990s, until another bankruptcy was declared circa 1999.

In September of 2000, Burke Mountain Academy acquired the ski area at auction for a reported $300,000, placing it in a company called Burke 2000 LLC. In 2005, the area was transferred to Lubert-Adler and the Ginn Corporation.

A Major Ski Area Once Again

The Poma and Mid Burke Express (2013)
The Poma and Mid Burke Express (2013)

Following the acquisition, Burke underwent a significant transformation, as its first high speed quad opened on the lower mountain for the 2005-06 season.

Soon thereafter, the Ginn-Lubert-Adler partnership came under severe strain as the real estate crisis escalated. Burke 2000 was eventually placed under LRA BURSKI, LLC, which was in turn owned by Lubert-Adler's Legacy Resort Assets.

A second high speed quad was announced for the 2011-12 season, though installation hit some snags. Initially intended to be a refurbished lift from Ascutney, negotiations didn't work out. As a result, a new Leitner-Poma high speed quad was purchased, opening on Christmas Eve.

The Rise and Fall of Q Burke

The last days of Q Burke (April 2016)
The last days of Q Burke (April 2016)

Perhaps in part due to the financial strain of the poor 2011-2012 winter, as well as the finances needed to install and operate the new lift, LRA BURSKI, LLC sold the ski area to Jay Peak owner Ariel Quiros in May 2012 for $7.26 million.

While on mountain investment was made into the snowmaking system, Quiros and business partner Bill Stenger quickly turned their attention to a $98 million investment plan involving a hotel, conference center, aquatic center, and tennis facility. Quiros and Stenger had previous experience with the EB-5 program, as they had raised hundreds of millions of dollars to fund projects at Jay Peak.

Quiros formally renamed the ski area to Q Burke Mountain Resort in 2013, prompting scorn from many longtime skiers and local residents.

In June 2014, ground was broken for the $50 million hotel, which was expected to open for the 2015-16 season. While construction was completed in early 2016, the hotel remained closed.

On April 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission raided and took control of Q Burke, alleging that Quiros and business partner Bill Stenger defrauded EB-5 immigrant investors with a complex Ponzi scheme. Leisure Hotels and Resorts was installed as the operator while the government appointed receiver worked to stabilize and eventually sell the ski area. Later that month, the Burke Mountain name was restored, coinciding with reassurances that the hotel would debut in the fall and that the ski area would remain operating.

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Recent Articles
20 Ski Areas Open in Four States - Dec. 3, 2016
Jay Peak, Burke, Related Properties Owe Towns $2.5 Million in Back Taxes, Fees - Nov. 17, 2016
Bill Stenger Out at Jay Peak - Sep. 3, 2016
Former Jay Peak CEO Bill Stenger Announces Settlement with SEC - Sep. 2, 2016
Receiver's First Interim Report Paints Bleak Picture of Jay Peak and Burke - Aug. 12, 2016
Burke to Replace Poma with T-Bar - Aug. 5, 2016
Government Easing Restrictions on Jay Peak and Burke Owners - Jun. 1, 2016
Burke Mountain Hotel to Open This Summer - May. 23, 2016
Quiros Alleges Stenger Participated in Failed Hostile Takeover of Jay Peak - May. 4, 2016
Receiver: Jay Peak and Q Burke To Remain Open, But With Changes - Apr. 28, 2016
Burke Mountain Resort NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News Page

Expansion History
Project
Season
East Bowl
Open
Sherburne Area
Open
1978-79
Cutter Area
Proposed
West Bowl
Proposed

Image Gallery
1957-58 Eastern Ski Map1962-63 Eastern Ski Map1964-65 Eastern Ski Map1970-71 Eastern Ski Map1971-72 Eastern Ski Map1972-73 Eastern Ski Map
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Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed
The J-Bar in 2005
J-Bar
Hall
J-Bar
The bottom of the Mid Burke Express
Mid-Burke Express
Leitner-Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable
2011-12
The Poma in 2013
Poma
Poma
Platter
1955-56
The Sheburne Express during installation in 2005
Sherburne Express
Leitner-Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable
2005-06
The top of the Willoughby Quad in 2011
Willoughby Quad
CTEC
Chairlift - Quad - Fixed
1988-89

Past Lifts
Seasons
Dippers Poma
Poma
Platter
1968-69
-
Novice Poma

Platter
1962-63
-
The Sheburne Double during removal in 2005
Sherburne Double
Hall
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1978-79
-
2004-05
The Summit Double in the 1960s
Summit Double
Hall
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1966-67
-
1987-88
The T-Bar in the 1960s
T-Bar
Hall
T-Bar
1965-66
-

Maps
1973-74 Burke trail map1976-77 Burke Mountain Trail Map1984-85 Burke trail map1999-00 Burke Mountain Trail Map2000-01 Burke Mountain Trail Map2001-02 Burke trail map
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
2010s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2016-17$64.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$899.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph14.0 daysDecember 22016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$64.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$899.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph14.0 daysJanuary 1March 272015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$64.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$899.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph14.0 daysDecember 13April 52014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$68.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$799.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph11.8 daysDecember 14April 132013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$68.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph$799.002012-13 Season Pass Price Graph11.8 daysDecember 1April 775,2472012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$68.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$699.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph10.3 daysDecember 17March 2461,1402011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$66.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph2010-11 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 11April 1076,4052010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$59.002009-10 Ticket Price Graph$629.002009-10 Season Pass Price Graph10.7 daysApril 42009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$57.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph2008-09 Season Pass Price GraphApril 52008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-08$54.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph2007-08 Season Pass Price GraphApril 62007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$54.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$599.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph11.1 daysDecember 92006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$52.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph$599.002005-06 Season Pass Price Graph11.5 daysDecember 20April 22005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$47.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph$569.002004-05 Season Pass Price Graph12.1 daysApril 32004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2002-03$39.002002-03 Ticket Price Graph$579.002002-03 Season Pass Price Graph14.8 days2002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-02$39.002001-02 Ticket Price Graph$529.002001-02 Season Pass Price Graph13.6 days2001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-01$39.002000-01 Ticket Price Graph2000-01 Season Pass Price GraphApril 12000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-00$42.001999-00 Ticket Price Graph1999-00 Season Pass Price Graph1999-00 Skier Visit Graph
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1992-93$32.001992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Season Pass Price Graph1992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1991-92$30.001991-92 Ticket Price Graph1991-92 Season Pass Price Graph1991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1990-91$30.001990-91 Ticket Price Graph1990-91 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 231990-91 Skier Visit Graph
1989-90$28.001989-90 Ticket Price Graph1989-90 Season Pass Price Graph1989-90 Skier Visit Graph
1980s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1988-89$26.001988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Season Pass Price Graph1988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1987-88$24.001987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Season Pass Price Graph1987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1986-87$22.001986-87 Ticket Price Graph1986-87 Season Pass Price Graph1986-87 Skier Visit Graph
1984-85$18.001984-85 Ticket Price Graph1984-85 Season Pass Price Graph1984-85 Skier Visit Graph
1983-84$17.001983-84 Ticket Price Graph1983-84 Season Pass Price Graph1983-84 Skier Visit Graph
1982-83$15.001982-83 Ticket Price Graph1982-83 Season Pass Price Graph1982-83 Skier Visit Graph
1981-82$15.001981-82 Ticket Price Graph1981-82 Season Pass Price Graph1981-82 Skier Visit Graph
1980-81$14.001980-81 Ticket Price Graph1980-81 Season Pass Price Graph1980-81 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1978-79$12.001978-79 Ticket Price Graph1978-79 Season Pass Price Graph1978-79 Skier Visit Graph
1977-78$10.001977-78 Ticket Price Graph1977-78 Season Pass Price Graph1977-78 Skier Visit Graph
1975-76$8.001975-76 Ticket Price Graph1975-76 Season Pass Price Graph1975-76 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$7.001969-70 Ticket Price Graph1969-70 Season Pass Price Graph1969-70 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1959-60$4.501959-60 Ticket Price Graph1959-60 Season Pass Price Graph1959-60 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"Love Burke! First skied there early 1970s, the addition of the detachable has been great, & now it's the last run of the poma as word is a t-bar will replace it next year. I'll miss the poma lift! Love the mid mountain lodge -- great blend of the old & new & the trails rock"
Stephen Garfield, Feb. 2, 2017
"First skied here in the 59/60 season. As I remember one long Poma platter pull lift to the top, and a rope tow just below the lodge. I was a member of the Lyndon Institute ski team. Although not very good at racing I enjoyed the skiing. Lyndon had the New England state champion high school ski team that year. The coach was Don Erskin. Team members included the Beattie brothers, all three of the Smith brothers, Art Sanborn, Dave Jenkins, Peter King, Greg Peck, Gary Cassidy, to name a few. We used to take the old 'red bus' up to the area for practice and meets. It was an old, maybe 47-48 Chevy sedan, chopped in half and a section added in the middle. Looked like an old fashioned limo. With no heat! I taught my future wife how to ski on the rope tow slope in the early 60's. We still take a run or two at Mt Baker here in Washington. Glad to see the area is still operating."
Ernie Hutchins, Jan. 23, 2014
"My Aunt and Uncle used to own a condo there at the base of the beginner chair, and I skied there several times in the 1980s, back when they still had just two double chairs and the two pomalifts too. Because we were by then Colorado skiers my 1st wife and I really liked the wide trails over by the Dipper poma and I thought that maybe they should have replaced that lift with a chair and possibly extended it further uphill too, which might have helped mitigate that really long walk back from the East Bowl somewhat too.Better yet, why not an East Bowl lift and snowmaking over there too?Back when the main mountain chair was a double it used to get pretty crowded, and then we would ride the school poma instead, which covered probably 2/3rds of the vertical anyway, as it never had any lift line either. I did ski there once after the fixed-grip quad was installed and that new lift did-in most of the waiting in liftlines too. My aunt and uncle sold their place there sometime in the 1990s and I haven't been back since. Maybe under Jay's ownership some of the long-promised improvements can be undertaken and Burke can realize all of the promise that so many people saw in the place over many years only to be left disappointed for so many years too. "
Mark Richardson, Mar. 2, 2013
"In the 60s and early 70s I lived in Littleton NH but used to ski Burke rather than Cannon Mt because of the lack of lift lines. Many a frosty morn my two daughters amd myself would get up early and load the car and off to Burke for a great day of sking. in the late 50s and early 60s I remember the poma lift. "
Barry Story, Feb. 5, 2013
"My entire childhood from third grade to graduation was wrapped around the ski season at Burke. Every year that season tickets were available I got an early Christmas present. Favorite trail then was The Powderhorn. I made lifetime friends riding the Saturday bus from St. J to the mountain and I fell in love there for the first time to my 8th grade sweetheart. What that really means is the chairlift ride became romantic. It still takes my breath away 37 years later when my husband and I (not the guy from the chairlift) drive to the top in the summer or fall while we're there visiting. It was a safe place then in the late 60's and 70's, where you could pack a lunch, leave it on a table and it would still be there when you got back. The french fries from the snack bar were "
Susan Ali Swain, Jan. 25, 2013
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External Links
  • Burke Mountain - official site
  • Burke Mountain - FranklinSites.com Hiking Guide
  • Burke Mountain Academy
  • Last updated: May 6, 2016

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