Mount Snow really outdid itself this past season. After a $30 million overhaul of its snowmaking system, the mountain was able to open the most terrain of any U.S. resort for the first six weeks of the 2017-’18 season and kept skiers happy with incredible grooming and snowmaking throughout the winter.
On and around that snow, loyalists love the variety of terrain and the resort’s kicked-back vibe, and park rats can’t get enough of Carinthia terrain park, the best in the East. Mount Snow’s accessibility is another strength: its Southern Vermont locale makes it a smooth shot from NYC as well as Boston.
Despite the huge investments the resort made last year, Mount Snow isn’t done upgrading. What’s new this season? Oh, only a $22 million base lodge at the foot of Carinthia that will be five-times the size of the old Carinthia Base Lodge, NBD. - Moira McCarthy
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APRÈS Head to Canned for over 30 rotating brands of Vermont canned craft beers.
ACCESS Only 1.5 hours from Albany, a relatively easy 3.5-hour drive from Boston, and within weekend-distance from NYC.
VALUE Skiers between the ages of 18-29 get unrestricted, unlimited access to Mount Snow for $399 on the Peak Drifter Pass. Seriously.
BRAGGING RIGHTS Those who lament Mount Snow’s moderate terrain can head to Ripcord, a rite of passage. Steep, quick and semi-crazy, it’s a worthy proving ground.
AIR TIME Even non-jibbing readers are impressed by the Carinthia terrain parks.
BEST EATS The Bull Wheel. The view from the summit partners with great food (try the PERL sandwich) and a great selection of Vermont microbrews. Bonus: Crowds forget about it midday, leaving it open for you.