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Resort Guide 2022

Top 10 Resorts in the East For Quick Getaways

When time is short, getting there fast is everything. These 10 Eastern resorts are the easiest to get to according to 2022 Resort Survey.

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Getting there can be half the fun, but when it comes to quick weekend trips, that’s most certainly not the case. The goal is to get to the slopes as quickly as possible in order to maximize time on the hill. For East Coast skiers, there are so many options for convenient getaways; start with this list: the 10 resorts deemed easiest to get to according to the 2022 Reader Resort Survey.

Top 10 Resorts in the East for Access

10. Killington Resort, Vt.

Score: 8.22
Other Strengths: Nightlife (#3), Snow (#3)

Weaknesses:
Local Flavor (#15), Family (#19)

What Readers Say

“Beast of the East. Closest East Coast resort to smaller Western ski areas. Great resort, with a trail/run or experience for everyone. Possibly not the best for learners but plenty of options for intermediate/advanced/expert skiers.”

“It’s a great mountain with miles of skiing, great vertical and variety and it’s great for day trips because it has the Skyeship gondola right off of US Route 4.”

“Killington is the East Coast bomb. Lots of well-maintained terrain. Not to0 far from the New York suburbs. The season is long.”

9. Stratton Mountain, Vt.

Score: 8.22
Other Strengths:
Dining (#4), Service (#6)
Weaknesses: Value (#18), Variety (#18)

What Readers Say

“Great location from the NYC Tri-State area. They make the best of whatever mother nature provides. Great grooming and snowmaking.”

“Easy drive from N.Y. Upscale crowd. Good snowmaking. Well groomed. Don’t need to drive once you’re there.”

“Excellent snowmaking and grooming, as well as lift system servicing a variety of terrain. Convenient ski-in/ski-out lodging plentiful. Terrain suitable for all levels of skiers.”

8. Okemo Mountain Resort, Vt.

Score: 8.24
Other Strengths: Grooming (#4), Snow (#5)

Weaknesses: Challenge (#15), Après (#16)

Okemo Access
(Photo: Okemo Mountain Resort)

What Readers Say

“Less than 2 hours from home doorstep to base mountain lift for us. Big enough to explore a bit with many high-speed chairs. Family-friendly scene makes me smile and reminds me of easier days as a kid.”

“We went to Okemo several times this year. Each time we had a superb time in snow quality, staff courtesy, superb lift experience, and resort adherence to Covid-19 health protocols. The town of Ludlow is a superb ski town and the resort is a fantastic challenge, although the Jackson Gore side of the mountain is vastly superior in quality and experience than the old base mountain. Okemo is a gem of a ski area that has continued with the tradition of excellence of the previous owners, with Vail now in charge.”

“Great family resort. Not the most difficult mountain, but for families with young children or who aren’t looking for an enormous challenge this mountain is perfect and very easy to get around. Ski school staff is incredible!”

7. Holiday Valley, N.Y.

Score: 8.73
Other Strengths: Lifts (#1), Grooming (#1)

Weaknesses: Challenge (#16), Variety (#13)

Holiday Valley Access
(Photo: Holiday Valley)

What Readers Say

“Great resort with something for everyone, from beginner to advanced. Probably the best ski resort in southwest New York and the best day/weekend trip for someone like me from Ohio who wants good skiing without a flight or day-long drive. Ellicottville is a great place with small town feel while maintaining a relatively large selection of nightlife and restaurants. Everyone is so friendly, too!”

“My hone hill though it’s a 3-plus hour drive from Cleveland. Great ownership and they always pour money back into improvements every year. I went on 4 occasions this year and Covid was not an issue though we had to return to Ohio each time because of NY laws. Awesome place I will keep coming back to until I’m dead and buried. Super fun. Can’t wait to spend weekends next season.”

“Holiday Valley is an amazing resort that reinvests in the mountain and making ski vacations great for families. It’s the best ski resort in N.Y. and within driving distance of NE Ohio.”

6. Seven Springs Resort, Pa.

Score: 8.76
Other Strengths: Après (#6), Nightlife (#5)

Weaknesses: Snow (#20), Challenge (#18)

Seven Springs Access
(Photo: Seven Springs Resort)

What Readers Say

“Close to major cities, friendly staff, and reasonably affordable.”

“It’s my favorite resort that I can drive to in the East. I would recommend it to anyone within a five-hour drive. I ski here every year, love the onsite lodging, amenities, dining, après, and kids activities. My kids are only 1 and 3 so I look forward to teaching them to ski here.”

“Been bringing my family here for 10 years…… only two-hour flight from Miami, Florida. We ski the same day we get there, no time lost traveling. Ski-in/ski-out makes it real nice when walking in ski boots….lol. Prices are half of ski resorts out West! The runs are also half , but are more manageable when people only ski once a year. Would highly recommend Seven Springs to anyone….. couples and families of all ages.”

5. Smugglers’ Notch, Vt.

Score: 8.81
Other Strengths: Service (#1), Family (#1)
Weaknesses:
Lifts (#14), Dining (#9)

Smugglers' Notch Access
(Photo: Smugglers’ Notch)

What Readers Say

“Have owned a townhouse at the resort for 35 years. Would recommend it to families and people that want good skiing at a reasonable cost, but don’t require all the high tech and speed of some resorts. Nightlife people should look to other resorts. Special to us because the learning experience for our family, including extended family, was great and allowed many of them to continue to enjoy it today.”

“I love Smugglers’ Notch, both the resort and the surrounding area. It has the perfect mix of old and new amenities and technology, as well as a beautiful location!”

“Perfect for families. Well priced. Great, comfortable lodging slopeside. Beautiful scenery. Wonderful staff. Fiercely independent…not a corporate clone.”

4. Loon Mountain, N.H.

Score: 8.97
Other Strengths: Grooming (#11), Lodging (#11)
Weaknesses: Overall Satisfaction (#17), Value (#16)

Loon Access
(Photo: Loon Mountain)

What Readers Say

“This mountain is within driving distance and great for a day trip. It is on the Ikon Pass so that helps. It is also close to another great mountain, Cannon, so if staying overnight is a good idea to hit both.”

“When I relocated from my hometown of Salt Lake to Boston, I was pretty sad about the upcoming ski season. But Loon’s accessibility made it possible for me to get a full 40-plus day season in. A straight shot on the freeway from Boston, Loon is totally doable as a day-trip. The terrain is fun, especially if you love ripping groomers, and there are some nice pitches off of the north and south peaks. It’s relatively cheap, is on the Ikon Pass, and is rarely crowded, especially if you avoid the gondola. Overall a great value for East Coast skiing.”

“The four mountains of Aspen Snowmass provide an infinite variety of terrain from first-times to extreme skiers. With abundant natural snow and the recent installation of top-to-bottom man-made snow, plus the top-notch grooming, conditions are consistent pretty much from opening day to closing day. And, sometimes allows for an extra week or so of skiing after the published closing date. Always a nice bonus.”

3. Cannon Mountain, N.H.

Score: 9.02
Other Strengths: Lifts (#2), Variety (#1)

Weaknesses: Après (#19), Nightlife (#20)

What Readers Say

“It’s just an awesome place which has easy access to some of the best terrain available… Lines went quick, and the grooming was awesome!.”

“Snowbasin is a wonderful mountain. I skied and raced there as a kid. It’s familiar and convenient. The snowmaking and grooming are state of the art.”

“Loon is so easy to get to from Boston metro area, and the terrain can be pretty challenging.”

2. Hidden Valley Resort, Pa.

Score: 9.17
Other Strengths: Family (#2), Grooming (#1)

Weaknesses: Challenge (#19), Variety (#19)

What Readers Say

“Hidden Valley is the best skiing close to Pittsburgh! Less challenging, but very well maintained and not as crowded as Seven Springs. I wish they would bring back the $30 Wednesday night ticket, but otherwise this is my go to day trip for skiing.”

“This is an excellent family ski resort. I have taught multiple people to ski there and the terrain is perfect for that. Trails are well-marked and all green trails and slopes are accessible without having to use intermediate trails or slopes to access them. The clientele is also almost all families so you never have to worry about your kid being taken out by a 20 year old snowboarder drunk on fireball. Good team programs for kids. Good modern snowmakers and excellent grooming.”

“Within driving distance to home, 45 minutes away. Smaller resort but still has enough there for everyone. More family-oriented. Great place to bring your own cooler and pack a lunch.”

1. Wachusett Mountain, Mass.

Score: 9.25
Other Strengths:
Family (#3), Lifts (#3)
Weaknesses: Variety (#20), Lodging (#20)

Wachusett Access
(Photo: Wachusett Mountain)

What Readers Say

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

“Wachusett is an accessible, friendly resort with great snowmaking/grooming.”

“It’s big-mountain skiing close to the major cities of southern New England.”