East Coast

Best in the East 2018: Grooming

The results of our reader-ranked survey for the top 10 grooming operations at ski resorts in Eastern North America.

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Taking three of the top five spots, New Hampshire is the king of grooming out east. Bretton Woods swapped spots with Mount Sunapee to take the number one spot this year, and Okemo rounded out the podium in third.

No. 1: Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Photo: Courtesy of Bretton Woods

No. 1: Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

“Beautiful views and intermediate groomed run nirvana! You can really rack up the miles here.”

Photo courtesy of Bretton Woods.

No. 2: Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire
Photo: Courtesy of Mount Sunapee

No. 2: Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire

“There is no magical tiller setting that will give you a durable ski surface, it’s all done with the blade, a knowledgeable crew, and a management philosophy of doing what it takes to give our guests the best possible surface given the current conditions.” – Mount Sunapee Grooming Supervisor, Herb Hurlbut

Photo courtesy of Mount Sunapee.

No. 3: Okemo, Vermont
Photo: Courtesy of Skye Chalmers

No. 3: Okemo, Vermont

“If you like courduroy you will like Okemo.”

Photo courtesy of Skye Chalmers.

No. 4: Mount Snow, Vermont
Photo: Courtesy of Kelsey King

No. 4: Mount Snow, Vermont

“Even with some of the tough winters and lack of snow (or snow followed by wind and rain!), Mt. Snow has mastered grooming and snow making to make it seem like it’s always a powder day!”

Photo courtesy of Kelsey King.

No. 5: Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
Photo: Courtesy of Loon Mountain

No. 5: Loon Mountain, New Hampshire

“The snow making team really has a magic touch- they know where to make snow, when to groom, and when to leave fun piles of powder.”

Photo courtesy of Loon Mountain.

No. 6: Stratton, Vermont
Photo: Courtesy of Hubert Schriebl

No. 6: Stratton, Vermont

“Snow quality is mint and the corduroy is a work of art.”

Photo courtesy of Hubert Schriebl.

No. 7: Wachusett Mountain, Massachusets
Photo: Courtesy of Wachusett Mountain

No. 7: Wachusett Mountain, Massachusetts 

“Grooming twice a day keeps the ice away.”

Photo courtesy of Wachusett Mountain.

No. 8: Smugglers' Notch, Vermont
Photo: Courtesy of Smugglers’ Notch

No. 8: Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont

“Snow making and grooming along with 300′ + of natural keeps up with what skiers expect of a first rate ski area.”

Photo courtesy of Jim Deshler.

No. 8: Sunday River, Maine
Photo: Courtesy of Sunday River

No. 9: Sunday River, Maine

“Their ability to provide great ski-able conditions when Mother Nature doesn’t necessarily provide it are second to none.”

Photo courtesy of Sunday River.

No. 10: Sugarbush, Vermont
Photo: Courtesy of Sugarbush

No. 10: Sugarbush, Vermont

“Real attention to grooming, especially under difficult weather conditions.”

Photo courtesy of Sugarbush.

Check out the Resort Guide 2018’s top 10 resorts in the East here, and the resorts in 11th through 20th here.