Resort Guide 2022

Top 10 Resorts for Rockin’ Nightlife in the East

Find out which Eastern resorts were ranked highest by SKI readers for nightlife in the 2022 Resort Guide.

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For Eastern skiers who like to take their après-ski deeper into the evening, there are those resorts where the party scene is something to talk about, and many where it isn’t. From Killington’s Access Road to Sugarloaf’s legendary Rack, these are the spots to hone in on when you want to sample East Coast’s skiing after-dark endeavors, according to the 2022 Reader Resort Survey.

Top 10 Resorts in the East for Nightlife

No. 10: Mount Snow, Vt.

Score: 6.41
Other Strengths:
Grooming (#8), Family (#11)
Weaknesses:
Service (#19), Lifts (#19)

What Readers Say

First visit in many years. The place is still a solid choice for skiing in the East. A bit of everything you need for an interesting weekend of skiing and a reasonable travel time from New York area.”

“Closest mountain to home. Great snowmaking and grooming. However, the Epic Pass has resulted in big crowds. You have to get your skiing in before 10.”

“My go-to mountain for 40 years … less than 1.5 hour of travel…anyone in western New England has super easy access by car … a great little mountain that plays bigger than it should!”

No. 9: Sugarloaf Resort, Maine

Score: 6.61
Other Strengths:
Snow (#4), Variety (#4)
Weaknesses:
Access (#20), Dining (#16)

The Rack Sugarloaf
(Courtesy of The Rack)

What Readers Say

Reggae Fest!

“I have been a LOAFER since 1972. While the ride from MASS is about 3:45, it is a nice quiet comfortable ride. The mountain is secluded and can be cold and windy quite often but the terrain is unmatched, along with the mountain’s commitment to their clientele. The LOAF is a huge mountain and all centers around one large base area, without a lot of cross-cuts, poling, connecting lifts, etc. The loyalty of its skiers is unmatched. I am 71 years old and next winter will be my 50th at the LOAF. My children grew up skiing here and now I am skiing with my five grandchildren. We own an on-mountain ski in/out condo. Every time I turn the infamous “ohmygosh corner” a couple miles from the access road on Rt 27 I know that I AM HOME!!!”

“Far enough north to maintain quality conditions most seasons. Great New England culture. Fun terrain and good friends.”

No. 8: Smugglers’ Notch, Vt.

Score: 6.63
Other Strengths:
Grooming (#1), Family (#1)
Weaknesses: 
Lifts (#14), Dining (#9)

What Readers Say

This place is great for families. They definitely cater to the family friend aspect with camps for the kids and a lot of kid programming. There is some nightlife for the adults although it is limited . They have a variety of terrains so there is skiing for everyone in the family regardless of ability.

“Go for a week every year look forward to it all year long. Been coming since my children were young 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.”

‘It’s older lifts means the trails have fewer skiers. The terrain is second to none especially the backcountry. Parking Lot 1 aka The Local Lot is a great party even when it is -10.”

No. 7: Stratton Mountain, Vt.

Score: 6.87
Other Strengths:
Dining (#4), Grooming (#5)
Weaknesses:
Challenge (#17), Variety (#18)

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What Readers Say

Easy drive from NY. Upscale crowd. Good snow making. Well groomed. Don’t need to drive once there.

“I just got a great vibe.”

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

No. 6: Stowe Mountain Resort, Vt.

Score: 7.54
Other Strengths:
Lodging (#5), Apres (#5)
Weaknesses:
Value (#20), Family (#20)

Stowe Nightlife
(Photo: Vail Resorts)

What Readers Say

It has everything, great challenging skiing, great food and a fun 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.”

“A bunch of snobs.”

No. 5: Seven Springs, Pa.

Score: 7.64
Other Strengths:
Après (#6), Access (#6)
Weaknesses:
Value (#19), Challenge (#18)

Seven Springs Nghtlife
(Photo: Seven Springs Resort)

What Readers Say

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

“Not the best for kids and families due to the “party atmosphere” but great for adults. I’ll go here when I don’t have my kids with me.”

“Too many beer cans under the lift from all the drunks. Too much out of control skiing. Would much rather fly out West and ski.”

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

Score: 8.12
Other Strengths:
Lodging (#4), Après (#4)
Weaknesses:
Grooming (#19), Service (#18)

What Readers Say

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

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

“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.”

No. 3: Killington Resort, Vt.

Score: 8.5
Other Strengths:
Snow (#3), Dining (#3)
Weaknesses:
Family (#19), Local Flavor (#15)

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

What Readers Say

“Best resort in the East. Excellent snow conditions and grooming. Massive amount of terrain and nightlight is second to none.”

“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.”

“Great resort and good value when using the Ikon Pass. Excellent terrain variety and lift system. Good skier services. Food is good, especially the Summit restaurant, but service is pretty slow on a weekend ski day. Nightlife is great for the college crowd but too much for me now—I typically stay out near Woodstock away from the Killington Road!

No. 2: Holiday Valley Resort, N.Y.

Score: 8.58
Other Strengths:
Dining (#1), Après (#2)
Weaknesses:
Challenge (#16), Variety (#13)

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, N.Y. is a great place with small-town feel while maintaining a relatively large selection of nightlife and restaurants. Everyone is so friendly, too!”

“Our local hill, only a mile down the road. Management puts a generous return yearly back in to on and off hill improvements. Excellent snow making and grooming systems. Draws from Toronto, Western N.Y., and surrounding radius. Quaint shop and restaurant filled village. Live entertainment at multiple bars .(Balloons is best for serious blues fans.) Holimont, a private ski club/resort, is on adjacent land and open to public on weekdays- similar though less varied terrain.”

“My group of friends ski Sunday afternoon to evening 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.”

No. 1: Mont Tremblant, Que.

Score: 8.67
Other Strengths:
Après (#1), Lodging (#1)
Weaknesses:
Snow (#19), Lifts (#13)

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.

“Spent a week, got there by bus with our ski club. Enjoyed hot tub after riding all day. The village gives the feel like you are in Europe.”