Don't tell anyone, but the Ice Coast is actually pretty awesome when it comes to snow quality. These are the readers' picks for the places to go no matter what the snow report claims.
No. 1: Jay Peak, Vermont
"The Jay Cloud is legendary in New England. This mountain consistently gets more snow than anywhere else around, and it's always the best snow in the east."
Photo courtesy of Jay Peak.
No. 2: Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
"Bretton Woods has consistently excellent snow and interesting glade skiing because of that."
Photo courtesy of Bretton Woods.
No. 3: Smugglers' Notch, Vermont
"Their amazing snowmaking makes even the most brutal days skiable."
Photo courtesy of Dennis Curran.
No. 4: Mount Snow, Vermont
"Even with some tough winters and lack of snow (or snow followed by wind and rain) Mt. Snow has mastered snowmaking so it always seems like a powder day!"
Photo courtesy of Kelsey King.
No. 5: Okemo, Vermont
"The snowmaking capabilities are unmatched by anyone! The quality of snowmaking is incredible, as well as their commitment to keeping it that way."
Photo courtesy of Okemo.
No. 6: Sugarbush, Vermont
"Their snowmaking system allows Sugarbush to provide a high quality experience despite the weather conditions."
Photo courtesy of Sugarbush.
No. 7: Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire
"The natural snow can be perfect! And when it's not, the snowmaking technology helps a lot."
Photo courtesy of Mount Sunapee.
No. 8: Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
"The snowmaking is second to none. They keep the terrain easy to carve on rather than the ice the east coast can be famous for."
Photo courtesy of Loon Mountain.
No. 9: Sunday River, Maine
"The management strives to deliver perfect snow every day and they are always successful!"
Photo courtesy of Sunday River.
No. 10: Sugarloaf, Maine
"No matter what Mother Nature gives them, they get the best conditions possible out of it."
Photo courtesy of Sugarloaf.