The Best Northeast Ski Resorts
Winter in the Northeast can be brutal, but for skiers, snowboarders and other winter sport enthusiasts, there’s no better place to be. With so many snowy, mountainous destinations concentrated in the area, the question isn’t when to hit the slopes but where. Whether you’re a seasoned skier, casual snowboarder or just looking for a place to cozy up in a cabin for the weekend, here are seven of the best winter ski resorts within a few hours of major Northeast cities.
1. Camelback Mountain Resort in Tannersville, PA
2 hours from NYC; 5 hours from Boston
It’s hard to talk winter sports – or outdoor recreation in general – in the Northeast without mentioning the Poconos. Just a couple of hours from NYC, Camelback Mountain is the perfect Poconos spot for beginner to intermediate skiers and snowboarders. The resort’s 34 trails stay open until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, making it worthwhile for a day trip. Snowboarders will love the 20-acre terrain park and the kids will have a blast at the tubing park.
2. Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon, NJ
1.5 hours from NYC; 4 hours from Boston
Who knew the Garden State had good skiing and snowboarding? Mountain Creek, the state’s largest winter sport destination, contains four peaks, three terrain parks and 46 trails appropriate for all skill levels. Over 1,000 snow machines keep the slopes well covered in powder. Proximity to NYC makes Mountain Creek another ideal day trip spot and one of the best in the Northeast.
3. Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock, MA
3 hours from NYC; 3 hours from Boston
Located in the Berkshires, Jiminy Peak Mountain is one of the largest ski resorts in New England with 45 trails and nine lifts. The well-groomed mountain offers a vertical rise of 1,150 feet and breathtaking views of the Jericho Valley. An abundance of easy trails makes the resort perfect for families and beginners.
4. Hunter Mountain Resort in Hunter, NY
3 hours from NYC; 3.5 hours from Boston
Nestled in the northern Catskills, Hunter Mountain’s stunning peaks and gorges are prime terrain for New York skiers looking for a day or weekend getaway. With 58 trails serviced by 12 lifts, the 240-acre resort runs smoothly and efficiently. Although the slopes range from breezy to bold, Hunter Mountain is known for being novice-friendly, so champion skiers should beware. There are also four terrain parks, a tubing park and snowcat tours available.
5. Stratton Mountain Resort in Stratton, VT
4.5 hours from NYC; 3 hours from Boston
A household name in winter sports, Stratton boasts the highest peak in Southern Vermont and is one of the Northeast’s top ski resorts. With 38 easy, 32 intermediate, 19 difficult and 8 expert runs, it’s enough to keep beginners feeling safe and veterans feeling challenged. Four high-speed lifts also mean more time on the well-groomed slopes. Daredevil snowboarders can choose from six top-rated terrain parks, including the home of the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships. Skis or boards not your thing? Hit the tubing park or take a guided snowshoeing tour.
6. Killington Ski Resort in Killington, VT
5 hours from NYC; 3 hours from Boston
Go big or go home at the East Coast’s largest ski resort, taking up 71 miles of terrain spread over six mountains. The staggering 140 trails and six terrain parks are a match for thrill-seeking skiers and snowboarders, notably the 65 black diamond runs and 500-foot-long superpipe. Newbies and casual riders love the array of three to four-mile cruising trails, and both the resort and nearby town offer a lively après-ski scene.
7. Stowe Mountain Resort in Stowe, VT
6 hours from NYC; 3.5 hours from Boston
Those looking for a more posh, upscale experience flock to Stowe, nicknamed the Ski Capital of the East. Purchased by Vail Resorts in 2017, it has 117 runs and 13 lifts over Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. Its northern Vermont geography means less rain and more powder snow, prized by winter sport lovers in the Northeast.
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