When the snow begins to fall, it has many aching for a trip to the mountains. Whether you’re a novice wanting a day trip or a more experienced skier, or perhaps just wanting to relax in a lodge, we’ve compiled a list of places to hit the slopes — good for all levels and desires.
New York has more ski resorts than any other state in America, amounting to more than 50. Whiteface in Lake Placid has two unique options to offer, beyond the slopes, bobsledding experiences and an Olympic village with all the winter activities. It also happens to have the longest intermediate run in the northeast. There are 90 trails across 288 skiable acres, with a 3430-foot mountain vertical drop. Last year, the mountain got 213 inches of snow in the 2018-2019 season. Learn more at www.whiteface.com.
Another spot is Peek’n Peak, located 30 miles east of Erie, PA. It has 27 ski slopes and trails with 10 miles of terrain for cross country. Head to www.pknpk.com. The most southern of the ski destinations in New York is Mount Peter, right in Hudson Valley, making it quick and ideal for beginner skiers. It’s catered towards newbies with free beginner ski and snowboard lessons. Just an hour from NYC, it’s also open for night skiing. Book a session at www.mtpeter.com.
Take the ferry over to Connecticut and visit Mohawk Mountain ski area. There are 25 trails, 107 acres of skiable land, and a 650-foot vertical drop. It also happens to be the largest and oldest ski area in the state, with an elevation of 960 feet. Check out www.mohawkmtn.com.
For a more niche experience, visit Yawgoo, Rhode Island’s only ski area. It makes all of its snow, with 36 acres of skiable terrain and the longest trail being 2200 feet. Learn more at www.yawgoo.com.
Up in Maine, Sugarloaf Mountain has 162 trails over 1240 acres. The summit elevation sits at 4237 and boasts a 2820-foot vertical drop with an annual snowfall of 200 inches. See www.sugarloaf.com.
Jiminy Peak in Hancock, MA contains 45 trails across 167 acres with a vertical rise of 1150 feet and an elevation of 2380 feet. For the environmentally conscious consumer, Jiminy obtains all of its electrical power from renewable sources. See more at www.jiminypeak.com.
Mount Washington in Bretton Woods, NH is the largest ski area in the state, with 464 acres of skiing and 63 trails. The base elevation is 1600 feet and summit elevation, 3100 feet. With several lodging options, stay at one of the townhomes or opt for a luxury escape at Omni Mount Washington Hotel. Book a stay at www.brettonwoods.com.
In Vermont it’s hard to list just one place, so try two: Killington and Stowe. Killington has seven mountain areas with 212 trails. Killington Peak stands at 4241 feet, the second highest point in Vermont, with a base elevation at 1165 feet. The resort area has 1509 skiable acres and 155 trails. Less than a two-hour drive north is Stowe Mountain Resort. It gets 314 inches of snowfall annually over 116 trails and 485 acres. Check out more at www.stowe.com.