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Resort Guide 2022

The 10 Best Resorts in the East for Dining

Foodies already know that you need to fuel up right to ski at your best. From on-mountain lunches to fine dining in town, these are the resorts where you definitely won't go hungry.

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While most ski area dining options have moved beyond heat-lamp fries and hockey-puck burgers, you’re still likely to find an awful lot of fried food and other not-s0-healthy cuisine—for which you’ll still overpay. But more and more, ski resorts are bringing healthier and tastier options to the table, literally, with options such as Pho bowls, fresh salads, grilled items, and more. You might not plan you ski trip around it, but filling your belly with something wholesome and tasty to keep you fueled and out on the slopes longer is never a bad thing. These are the resorts in the East with the best dining options, both on mountain and off, according to the 2022 Reader Resort Survey.

Top 10 Resorts for Dining in the East

No. 10. Wachusett Mountain, Mass.

Score: 7.64
Other Strengths:
Access (#1), Lifts (#3)
Weaknesses:
Variety (#20), Lodging (#20)

What Readers Say

“Great local family-friendly mountain and has NASTAR racing. They always have great snow making and grooming that rivals any of the bigger mountains in New England.”

“Tends to get icy but hey, that’s winter! Great learning area, staff is very friendly and they handled the pandemic flawlessly!”

“Wachusett does everything right. What it lacks in pure vertical, it more than makes up for in access, efficiency, and operational quality.”

No. 9. Smugglers’ Notch, Vt.

Score: 7.76
Other Strengths:
Service (#1), Family (#1)
Weaknesses: Lifts (#14), Après (#8)

Smugglers' Notch Dining
(Photo: Smugglers’ Notch)

What Readers Say

“Smugglers’ Notch offers a consistently fantastic ski experience. Staff are consistently friendly and helpful, and the instructors are amazing. Even the young-adult expert skiers in my family love the lessons. They always come up with something new to teach. The vibe is very chill. No lines for the lifts, no rushing to get food before the restaurant fills up. This year they took extraordinary measures to maintain social distancing and keep people safe. We were able to have an amazing ski experience with no stress.”

“Great ski resort. Condos all have hot tubs and restaurants offer a wide variety food. Ski trails are beautiful; never too icy.”

“Go for a week every year look forward to it all year long. Been coming since my children were young, and they can’t wait to bring their own children. Great skiing, accommodations, fun bars and restaurants nearby and at the resort. A shuttle system that is amazing, friendly staff — just perfect.”

No. 8. Sugarbush, Vt.

Score: 7.81
Other Strengths:
Challenge (#6), Variety (#7)
Weaknesses:
Value (#17), Family (#17)

“Great terrain and far enough away from NYC that you get primarily serious skiers. The terrain is HUGE when you count both Lincoln and Ellen, and you get Castle Rock (no grooming) for those awesome powder days. Grooming is fabulous and they keep everyone skiing late into the season, even in low-snow years like this one. Fun après too!”

“Skiing and riding is varied, gorgeous runs, the vibe is 100% pure syrupy Vermont and it manages to not be too big. The snow is very well taken care of with nice smooth runs and plenty of bumps and trees to satisfy any type of skier or rider. Want to be challenged? Castle Rock can give you that. Want to race down the slope? Inverness is exactly used for that. Want some cruising with a little variety? Sleeper has a great view with just enough trees to make it interesting without it any fear. For my family it is the little things like the use of the rec center with its pool when you stay on property. The tissue boxes at the lift lines, the sunscreen dispensers outside the bathrooms, and enough food and local drink to make you know this is Sugarbush not Corporate Mountain. We have to pass 7 other mountains on our way there, but after a year of not being able to get into to Vermont we bought an IKON pass for next year so that we know we can go anytime we want!”

“The terrain is challenging and the snow quality good. The scenery is beautiful, especially from the top of Mt. Ellen, looking north to Stowe, west across Lake Champlain, and to the east at the White Mountains. The local inns are charming with many excellent food choices.”

No. 7. Stowe Mountain Resort, Vt.

Score: 7.96
Other Strengths: Lodging (#5), Après (#5)
Weaknesses: Value (#20), Lifts (#20)

Stowe Dining
(Photo: Vail Resorts)

What Readers Say

“Stowe is a great resort for a West Coast experience at an East Coast resort. Offers great skiing, and plenty of evening options throughout the town.”

“Stowe is as good as you’ll get in the Northeast. The mountain is large and varied in terms of terrain. There are enough classic Vermont trails to make the experience challenging, and skiing in the trees can be a joy. The cruisers are variable enough to hold your attention and can be easily distinguished from one another. Like the rest of Vermont, the weather and the conditions are probably the most challenging aspects of skiing at Stowe. You just never know what is coming and it can change fast. The off-mountain scene at Stowe has enough variety to keep all sorts happy; from down and dirty dive bars to fine French dining; dormitory lodging to presidential suites. Stowe has tradition; something that every serious skier ought to experience at least once, if not regularly.”

“It’s a trip to get to Stowe for me, and it’s very pricey, but I do enjoy the trails. There are also a lot of restaurants, lodging, and eclectic shops nearby which make it worth the trip.”

No. 6. Okemo Mountain Resort, Vt.

Score: 7.96
Other Strengths:
Grooming (#4), Snow (#5)
Weaknesses:
Après (#16), Challenge (#15)

Okemo Dining
(Photo: Vail Resorts)

What Readers Say

“I go there a lot. I would recommend it to families with young children. It has lots of intermediate terrain that is kid friendly. The town of Ludlow has some great restaurants and taverns. Just a great family-friendly experience.”

“We had a great time at Okemo this year. The variety of lifts (the heated bubble lift felt like a Disney ride, in a good way), the cool terrain and oh my God, views, absolutely stunning. To be honest, I thought they had really cut back services a bit too aggressively in regards to COVID. It really didn’t make sense if everyone in VT had to be in quarantine for 2 weeks prior to visiting to not have full indoor dining. While the skiing was great, it felt like the corporate overlords were putting the squeeze to non-ski ops.”

“Okemo is a mountain I take my family back to year after year because the lodging options are great, the skiing is great, the off-mountain dining and activities are excellent, and the staff are incredibly friendly. My family and I drive over 8 hours from our home, past numerous other ski resort options, just to visit Okemo.”

No. 5. Whiteface Mountain Resort, N.Y.

Score: 8.11
Other Strengths:
Lodging (#4), Nightlife (#4)
Weaknesses:
Grooming (#19), Service (#18)

“A lot of nice terrain. Great nightlife, great restaurants, great town! Olympic town!”

“Whiteface used to be referred to as ‘Ice-face.’ In the past few years they have upgraded their snowmaking, grooming, and added a new chalet at mid-station. I don’t know if they hired some genius or Mother Nature has just cooperated, but the skiing has been fantastic. My family skied over 40 days this year and never was there a bad day. Whiteface is worth every penny. The food has drastically improved as well. The beer selection has always been good.”

“Historic mountain and town. Very challenging in some spots, family friendly in others. Good food. Can get very windy with lift closures.”

No. 4. Stratton Mountain, Vt.

Score: 8.13
Other Strengths:
Grooming (#5), Service (#6)
Weaknesses:
Variety (#18), Value (#18)

What Readers Say

“Customer service is great, grooming is excellent, amenities are great — always a pleasure to ski at Stratton Mountain!”

“The folks you meet in the resort become your friends — both fellow skiers and staff. The mountain operations staff do a great job with maintaining the conditions each night and creating snow when Mother Nature takes a break.”

“I skied there this year and have been several times. Always had a good experience: snow conditions were always good, enough terrain to keep things interesting, and an efficient lift system.”

No. 3. Killington, Vt.

Score: 8.36
Other Strengths:
Nightlife (#3), Snow (#3)
Weaknesses:
Family (#19), Local Flavor (#15)

What Readers Say

“Best season-long conditions in New England. Very well managed, gets everything right, from maintaining singles lines, open lodges, and good food service through the pandemic to grooming upper steeps and running canyon quad on warm spring days.”

“Killington has a large variety of terrain, it’s close to home, and the variety of restaurants are great.”

“This is our home mountain and the only one we made it to for the pandemic. We love this mountain for the varied terrain and great snowmaking. On a powder day it’s awesome, lots of trees, bumps and some steeps. Après ski is great though we don’t tend to après ski anymore. There are lots of choices to go out to eat. I feel it’s a kid-friendly mountain.”

No. 2. Tremblant, Qué.

Score: 8.52
Other Strengths:
Nightlife (#1), Lodging (#1)
Weaknesses:
Snow (#19), Lifts (#13)

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What Readers Say

“It is a great Eastern resort. Fantastic food, fantastic terrain, but huge weekend lines.”

“Tremblant is very close to us in Ontario. Over the years Tremblant has grown in many amenities and is so diverse for everyone in the family. The terrain is kept very well whether you’re an expert or beginner. The nightlife is fantastic with the French après ski.”

“We love the ski-in, ski-out aspect. The staff is fantastic, ski conditions are normally great, lots of terrain and in town the food is amazing.”

No. 1. Holiday Valley, N.Y.

Score: 8.57
Other Strengths:
Lifts (#1), Local Flavor (#2)
Weaknesses:
Challenge (#16), Variety (#13)

Holiday Valley Dining
(Photo: Holiday Valley)

What Readers Say

“One of the few ski resorts in New York state with an associated ski town with restaurants, places to stay, etc. Pricing is much more affordable than say Whiteface in Lake Placid.”

“The town of Ellicottville, where Holiday Valley is located, is a charming little town with a lot to offer in dining, shopping and entertainment. It is nice to enjoy the town’s offerings in addition to the great skiing!”

“Well-rounded resort for skiers of all ages and ability. Great location and a fun town with easy access. Great restaurants and bars for après ski and service everywhere is top notch.”