For great skiing in the Northeast, the best place to be is in Vermont. The Green Mountain State is home to several of the best resorts and mountains in the East, many of which are just a short drive from each other and all of which offer a variety of winter sport options.
Boasting 140 trails spread over six mountains, Killington is the largest ski and snowboard area in the Northeast. Not only does Killington typically receive over 250 inches of snowfall per season, they also have the most extensive snow making system in the world, covering over 600 acres, meaning every day of the season will have excellent conditions.
Killington also offers one of the widest selections of terrain for snowboarders and freeskiers in the Northeast, including five terrain parks and a 500-foot long pipe, making this an excellent resort choice for mixed groups and large families.
Considered to be one of the top ski resorts in the East, Stowe is split over two mountains and offers 116 trails spread over 485 skiable acres. Trails average almost a mile in length, keeping skiers on the slopes and enjoying themselves longer during each run. The installment of several high-speed lifts and the world’s fastest gondola also lessen the time that skiers have to wait in lift lines, making Stowe a great resort for serious skiers.
A new automated snow making system has been installed at the top of Spruce Peak and a mountainside luxury hotel has just opened, reinforcing Stowe’s status as one of the premier ski destinations in the East.
Covering two mountains that include six peaks, Sugarbush offers 111 trails and a terrain park for skiing and snowboarding. Rated number two in Vermont by OntheSnow.com, Sugarbush is a great place for advanced skiers and for all inclusive vacations for families. With less of a crowd than other Vermont mountains, advanced skiers can enjoy more runs during a day out on the slopes and families with new skiers have more room to learn and ski together on the mountain.
Having learned to ski at Sugarbush, I can attest to the quality of the ski and snowboard schools offered here. Small class sizes allow instructors to spend a bit of one-on-on time with each student and to guide the class through several trail runs before setting students loose with their new skills.