Preparations for the 2015/2016 ski season are already in full swing with some resorts already open for eager skiers and snowboarders. Here in North America, the best skiing resorts are arguably west of the Rockies but the east coast of the continent also has some notable options. Most of them are in New England, the area of the United States that gets dozens of feet of snow every year, and in Quebec, a province of Canada. Here are six of the best ski resorts East Coast America.
Best Ski Resorts East Coast America
The mountains and ski resort in Bromley, Vermont are hard to beat when it comes to value, especially for those with kids. For this season, it’s offering a 6-day lesson for children 5-14 years of age, a ski or snowboard, and a season pass to the resort for only $649. Adult lessons are $59 for 90 minutes, also a bargain in itself, and can be combined with rentals and lift tickets for just $149. Bromley Mountain offers 43 trails serviced by nine lifts and covers over 300 acres suitable for both skiing and snowboarding. Most of the runs are for intermediate and expert skiers but the resort also has a number of green trails and a reserved area for its ski school.
Mad River Glen, Vermont
Looking to be challenge on the slopes this winter season? Head towards Mad River Glen, a ski area in Fayston, Vermont ranked by SKI Magazine as the most challenging on the east coast. It’s serviced by just four lifts but offers over 40 trails, most of which are blue and black runs. Mad River Glen only allows skiing and is one of the lesser-crowded places to ski, making it one of the best US East Coast ski resorts beginners to learn. It’s also a favorite for experts because of its legendary bumps, narrow and gladed trails, and it’s over 2,037 feet drop, one of the highest in the area. The rates are pretty good too, with ski lift prices starting at $49 for adults and $46 for kids and seniors.
Mont Tremblant, Quebec
Mont Tremblant Ski Resort, nestled in the Laurentian Mountains in Canada’s Quebec province, definitely deserves to be in the rankings for one of the best ski resorts East Coast America. The scenery is reminiscent of the Alps but without the hefty price tag. You can book a hotel stay that has slope side access for as little as $100 per night while five-star lodging starts at just $150. Both skiers and snowboarders are welcome and there are plenty of après ski activities in the Village from the Versant Soleil’s Casino de Tremblant to countless restaurants that offer a variety of cuisines.
If your idea of a ski holiday involves just a few hours of skiing a day and partying all night long, then there’s no better place to do so than Killington. The resort is famous for its après ski but the trails themselves are pretty stellar as well. There are six mountains within the resort, with the highest peak reaching an elevation of 4,241 feet. There are plenty of long runs suitable for beginners and intermediate level skills while expert skiers will find themselves challenged by the shorter, yet high degree angle runs like Cascade and Devil’s Fiddle. Coined as the “Beast in the East,” Killington also offers scenic gondola rides, sleigh rides, snowshoe and snow tubing if you’re looking for other activities on the slopes.
Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain, New York
Skiers and snowboarders flock to Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, New York not only for its expansive terrain but also to take advantage of its Olympic caliber facilities. Lake Placid hosted the 1980 Winter Olympics so many of the facilities built and used for that particularly memorable sporting event are now available to the public including the ice rink where the United States hockey team defeated the Soviet Union to win the gold medal. Thrill seekers can also try their hand at ski jumping, (Whiteface has the highest vertical drop among the east coast mountains) and take bobsledding lessons from a professional athlete.
Sugarloaf Ski Resort, Maine
Its sheer size alone puts Sugarloaf Ski Resort on the list of the best US East Coast ski resorts, but more importantly, it’s a haven for boarders. The expansive terrain (it has over 1,000 acres of skiable grounds), pipes, and snowboardcross course designed by Olympic gold medalist Seth Wescott are just a few of its highlights. Even if you’ve perused the trails season after season, you’ll likely discover something new every time you hit the slopes. The resort also has a classic feel, with plenty of accommodation offering rustic rooms featuring modern amenities.