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Resort Guide 2022

The 10 Best Resorts in the East to Get Your Après On

Eastern skiers may be only slightly less intense about their après options than they are about their terrain. Here are their favorite resorts to gather at for post-ski revelry.

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Whether you like to kick back to live music or gather with friends for beers at the base lodge, a good après scene is the cherry atop a great ski day. It doesn’t matter where you ski—the camaraderie and community found in trading slope stories with friends new and old is what makes us skiers, after all. When it comes to authentic après in the East, these 10 resorts ranked highest in the 2022 Reader Resort Survey, and are sure to live up to your post-ski expactations.

Top 10 Resorts in the East for Après

No. 10: Mad River Glen, Vt.

Score: 7.65
Other Strengths:
Challenge (#1), Local Flavor (#1)
Weaknesses:
Grooming (#20), Lodging (#17)

What Readers Say

It’s hard to explain. You need to go there to understand.” 

“Mad River Glen is not a ‘resort,’ it is mountain community with the spirit of adventure and enthusiasm. The terrain is as challenging as anywhere in the U.S. and the ongoing maintenance activities are constantly improving access every year. And it is not just for ‘experts;’ our ski school is tremendous and the trails (not highways) are not crowded. The Single Chair is iconic and really brings us close to the mountain itself. The views are spectacular and when we’re done the pub is best, with real food cooked by real people. There’s no where like it.”

“The terrain is legendary, with lots of tree skiing, low skier density, excellent pub, and food. There are lots of very friendly people and generally known for advanced and expert skiers.”

No. 9: Sugarbush, Vt.

Score: 7.70
Other Strengths:
Challenge (#6), Variety (#7)
Weaknesses:
Value (#17), Family (#17)

What Readers Say

“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!

“If you want to ski the East, go here. Lots of great snow, terrain, variety, and just plain magical. Some of my best experiences were here. Late season snows keep it open later than most hills. Great St. Patty’s day here.”

No. 8: Smugglers’ Notch, Vt.

Score: 7.70
Other Strengths:
Grooming (#1), Family (#1)
Weaknesses:
Dining (#9), Lifts (#14)

Smuggs Apres
(Photo: Smugglers’ Notch)

What Readers Say

We’ve been going to Smuggs for 25 years and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a resort with the best programs for children and the best terrain for expert skiers and nonstop après ski fun. Our entire family has loved the Smuggs experience and our grown children still look forward to coming to Smuggs whenever time and jobs permit.

“Wish there was more grooming of some of the harder terrain. Great après-ski just have to drive down the street to the Brewster River Pub, on and mountain the Black Bear is great until about 4:30-5.”

No. 7: Stratton Mountain, Vt.

Score: 7.85
Other Strengths:
Service (#6), Dining (#4)
Weaknesses: 
Variety (#18), Value (#18)

What Readers Say

Terrain is friendly for beginners to intermediates. Not challenging compared to other mountain. Crowded during lunch time at ski lodge. Mountain village is charming.

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

“I have been going to Stratton for a lot of years. I think it is a great resort with good conditions and varied terrain. I really miss the Stratton Mountain Boys.”

No. 6: Seven Springs, Pa.

Score: 7.89
Other Strengths:
Nightlife (#5), Access (#6)
Weaknesses:
Challenge (#18), Value (#19)

Seven Springs Apres
(Photo: Seven Springs Resort)

What Readers Say

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.”

“Wide variety of terrain, good snow making, great bars and restaurants.”

“The locals are great. It doesn’t matter what your age is here a 7S. People of all ages hang together.”

No. 5: Stowe Mountain Resort, Vt.

Score: 8.00
Other Strengths:
Lodging (#5), Nightlife (#6)
Weaknesses:
Value (#20), Lifts (#20)

Stowe Apres
(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.”

“Stowe is the Queen of Eastern U.S. resorts, hands down. And this year it was 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.”

No. 4: Whiteface Mountain Resort, N.Y.

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

What Readers Say

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

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

“Hey it’s Whiteface, something for everyone to ski. The patio parties in the spring are historic. Seeing the Olympic runs and start shacks. The views from the top looking at Vermont (who’s a flatlander?!).”

No. 3: Killington Resort, Vt.

Score: 8.67
Other Strengths:
Snow (#3), Nightlife (#3)
Weaknesses:
Local Flavor (#15), Family (#19)

Killington Apres
Wobbly Barn at Killington Resort (Photo: Killington Resort)

What Readers Say

Killington is a great spot for skiing and après-ski. Great nightlife, challenging terrain, variety of terrain, it has it all. Maybe not as kid friendly as Okemo, but does have areas for beginners as well.

“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. There are lots of choices to go out to eat. I feel it’s a kid friendly mountain.”

“This is my local mountain where we know everyone. Nobody makes snow like Killington. Longest season in the East. Great tree skiing. Plenty of steeps and you want moguls, come to the Beast and challenge yourself. There is terrain here for everyone. Our Whistler friends come here for the spring snow! The nightlife on the Access Road is legendary.”

No. 2: Holiday Valley, N.Y.

Score: 8.73
Other Strengths:
Lifts (#1), Dining (#1)
Weaknesses:
Variety (#13), Challenge (#16)

Holiday Valley Apres
(Photo: Holiday Valley)

What Readers Say

“Snow conditions were incredible (Lake Effect and snowmaking), Lift systems are amazing (new high-speed quad going in now with a high-speed six pack coming in a year or two, Snow quality and conditions were awesome, I felt welcome by all employees especially the Safety Patrol who greeted me every time I visited and talked to me on the slopes. Lift attendants were very friendly, fun, and helpful. Après was always a fun time even during Covid, as the resort went all out to keep the flavor as much as they could while still keeping us safe. The Town of Ellicottville is something special. Two ski resorts (Holiday Valley and Holimont) combine to make it one amazing town. Restaurants, ski shops like Mud Sweat & Gears really make it incredible. I feel extremely lucky to have this 45 minutes from home.”

“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.”

No. 1: Mont Tremblant, Que.

Score: 9.04
Other Strengths:
Nightlife (#1), Lodging (#1)
Weaknesses:
Snow (#19), Lifts (#13)

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What Readers Say

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

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

“Great dollar conversion. European flair, great conditions, friendly people.”