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Resort Guide 2022

These 10 Resorts Have the Best Beds in the East

From service-oriented hotels to roomy condos and everything in between, these are the resorts with the best lodging options in the East.

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What does it mean to have the best lodging? It’s not just five-star luxury resort hotels with ski concierges, room service, and sprawling spas. It’s also the breadth of lodging available across the resorts, i.e., how much ski-in/ski-out accommodations are available, whether there are adequate family-oriented lodgings, and if there are value-minded motels for those not wanting to spend a ton of money. These are the 10 resorts in the East voted to offer the best selection of lodging options to skiers looking to spend some time on their slopes.

10. Okemo Mountain Resort, Vt.

Score: 8.08
Other Strengths: Grooming (#4), Snow (#5)
Weaknesses: Après (#16), Variety (#15)

Okemo Lodging
(Photo: Vail Resorts)

What Readers Say

“For the Northeast, Okemo is a large enough Mountain without being too big. They do a great job with grooming, and it’s large enough that you can usually find some good stashes away from the crowds. Absolutely love it on bluebird weekdays when you can cruise blue cruisers all day long and jump right back on the chair lift without a wait. I feel like the crowds are mostly just nice people there to ski, as the throngs of posers, park rats, gear junkies and extremists have gone to other resorts… which is perfectly fine with me as I reach the summit on a bluebird Tuesday fifteen minutes after parking the car.”

“Great slopeside lodging and beautiful varied trails. Something for everyone.”

“As a grown up, I have only skied there this season and based on how they were set up because of Covid, they did a great job and the skiing was really enjoyable. There were some challenging trails, in a good way, and it was super fun.”

9. Stratton Mountain, Vt.

Score: 8.08
Other Strengths: Dining (#4), Grooming (#5)
Weaknesses: Variety (#18), Challenge (#17)

What Readers Say

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

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

“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.”

8. Seven Springs, Pa.

Score: 8.13
Other Strengths: Nightlife (#5), Access (#6)
Weaknesses: Snow (#20), Value (#19)

Seven Springs Lodging
(Photo: Seven Springs Resort)

What Readers Say

“Consistently good with an excellent snowmaking system. They cover their terrain well and refresh it with snowmaking on nights when temps are right. Mountain is easy to get around, and has some nice local secrets of you can figure them out.”

“It’s your typical overbooked East Coast mountain, lots of diverse terrain, but at the end of the day everyone comes for the terrain parks. We have 6 parks, ranging from super beginner to expert, plus a board cross course and two half pipes. Seven springs is special because it’s where I grew up skiing and the history of the Dupre family has always been unique to our little corner of southwest Pennsylvania.”

“It’s my favorite resort that I can drive to in the East. I would recommend it to anyone within a 5-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.”

7. Killington Resort, Vt.

Score: 8.2
Other Strengths: Snow (#3), Dining (#3)
Weaknesses: Family (#19), Local Flavor (#15)

Killington Lodging
default Killington Resort Managed Lodging exteriors (Photo: Killington Resort)

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.”

“I love the size, variety, vibe and tradition of Killington. No matter what time of year you go, you can find stash that just simply makes you happy. If you can’t find a few trails that are perfect for you here, then you shouldn’t be a skier. Also, the most sociable skiers of any mountain I’ve been too. I feel like I make a new friend every time I go there, whether it’s standing in the lift line or taking a break trail side somewhere. People are there to have fun, and they don’t care whether it’s with old friends or complete strangers — they just want to hang and share the fun that day.”

“Living on the East Coast, Killington is by far the best resort within driving range of me. It’s huge and when the snow’s good, you can find trails resembling some of the best in the west. The trees at Killington after a storm have some of the best snow I’ve seen. Absolutely recommend it to everyone.”

6. Jay Peak, Vt.

Score: 8.22
Other Strengths: Snow (#1), Challenge (#2)
Weaknesses: Access (#19), Grooming (#17)

Tram Haus Jay Peak
(: Courtesy of Jay Peak)

What Readers Say

“Great on-mountain lodging. Skied in warm, late-March temps, so it was a bit messy. Huge bummer they closed the mountain one day (winds) but because of COVID there were very few on-mountain activities. Town is remote.”

“Great resort with a wild indoor waterpark, climbing wall, and movie theater.”

“I love this resort. It is my home resort and the people that work there are super special. Lifties say hello and get stoked on powder days. Lots of whooping and yelling on the runs down the lift lines. It’s a special place.”

5. Stowe Mountain Resort, Vt.

Score: 8.32
Other Strengths: Après (#5), Nightlife (#6)
Weaknesses: Value (#20), Lifts (#20)

Stowe Lodging
(Photo: Vail Resorts)

What Readers Say

“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 its 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.”

“Stowe is the queen of eastern U.S. resorts, hands down. And this year they were no different. For starters, they were keen in providing a safe and healthy environment, with strong enforcement of mask use, dining and social distancing separation, and strict and very visible sanitation throughout the resort. We felt absolutely safe at Stowe. Their grooming this year was superb. On-resort dining was limited but high quality. And of course, it’s in one of the most idyllic ski towns. The only drawback to Stowe nowadays is that their lift system has not kept up with both modern requirements and guest numbers, and other than the gondola, their lift system is 20 years behind its time. Overall, however, it’s always an experience.”

4. Whiteface Mountain Resort, N.Y.

Score: 8.42
Other Strengths: Challenge (#4), Après (#4)
Weaknesses: Grooming (#19), Service (#18)

What Readers Say

“Easy to get a hotel on a Friday afternoon for the weekend without committing a week in advance.”

“Historic landmark — Olympics! Modernized lodge for après, on-site experience along with village just down the road. Esthetically it’s an incredibly beautiful area. Known for enough challenging runs for all abilities.”

“This is an iconic and historical mountain that still maintains a small, close-knit vibe.”

3. Holiday Valley, N.Y.

Score: 8.63
Other Strengths: Lifts (#1), Dining (#1)
Weaknesses: Challenge (#16), Variety (#13)

What Readers Say

“My local hill. Makes a little go a long way. The village of Ellicottville is a great ski town with great dining options. Grooming can be inconsistent; the lack of vertical allows the surface to get icy and scrapped up. A noon groom on a couple of the busiest runs would be a big plus. The lodges are first rate. Snowmaking is done by making huge piles of snow and then moving it around with snow cats. Some of the runs become disfigured by the mounds of snow which limits the skiable area. I’ve been skiing there for 60 years and still have fun.”

“Holiday valley is a great, friendly, medium-size resort where they are always updating the infrastructure. There is not a lot of vertical but they have enough variety to keep me happy. The snowmaking is amazing. It could rain during the week and then as soon as the temps drop they are cranking out the snow to save the weekend. You can also find plenty of lifts on the expert trails that have little to no lines. During COVID I was able to boot up at my car in a small parking area just a few feet from one of those lifts with no lines. My group of friends ski Sunday afternoons to evenings and can always find a place to unwind and socialize, although COVID did hinder that a little at first until I got the vaccine later in the season. The town of Ellicottville has great bars, restaurants, breweries, music and plenty of small shops.”

“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!”

2. Smugglers’ Notch, Vt.

Score: 8.97
Other Strengths: Service (#1), Family (#1)
Weaknesses: Lifts (#14), Dining (#9)

Smugglers' Notch Lodging
(Photo: Smugglers’ Notch)

What Readers Say

“Smugglers’ Notch has everything you need without getting in a car and driving to it: skiing, lodging, dinning, lessons, camps, entertainment for the entire family. Without a doubt the best place to take your family.”

“Smugglers’ Notch is the perfect mountain for any age and any ability level! Smuggs is your favorite craft beer variety pack, terrain for all ability levels, entertainment for the kids as well as adult-only entertainment, all while the lodging is ski-in, ski-out, keeping you close to all the action night and day. Smuggs becomes a second home, whether you’re a local or a visitor from out of state. The mountain has a heartbeat that draws everyone in, near and far! Yeah, the lifts might not be high speed, but in this world of cell phones, computers, TVs, take the time you have on the chair to take in the beauty of Smuggs, the beauty of Vermont, and take it all in!”

“Smuggs is my favorite Eastern resort. It is friendly, nice, family owned, and I love staying on site in a friendly place with a kitchen where we can walk to the lifts. My kids are too old for ski camp now, but ski camp is where they learned to ski, and is the best ski camp we’ve been to.”

1. Tremblant, Qué.

Score: 9.15
Other Strengths: Après (#1), Nightlife (#1)
Weaknesses: Snow (#19), Lifts (#13)

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What Readers Say

“This resort is the best one-stop resort in eastern Ontario and West Quebec. Lots of space and terrain for all skill levels. Tons of venues and alternate activities.”

“I ski mostly blue/black groomed runs. Tremblant has a great variety for me and snow conditions and grooming are excellent. Lots of great food/lodging options nearby and, living in Ontario, it’s the closest legitimate resort. It is very busy though so I avoid it on weekends.”

“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.”