Resort Guide 2021: Best Après in the East

Here's the top 10 best resorts for Après in the East, according to SKI's Reader Resort Survey.

1. Holiday Valley, N.Y.

Warming up at Holiday Valley.Photo courtesy of Holiday Valley

Holiday Valley is my go-to out-of-state road trip. Its location is perfect for gathering plenty of natural lake-effect snow off Lake Erie, and its snowmaking capabilities have really improved in recent years. Ellicottville is one of the most fun après-ski towns in America.”

2. Tremblant, Que.

3. Killington, Vt.

“Accessibility, a decent amount of varied terrain, and ample opportunities for après-ski are some of the highlights that make Killington a favorite destination ski area in Vermont.” 

4. Whiteface Mountain Resort, N.Y.

Whiteface Mountain, New York ranks No. 5 in the East in SKI Magazine's 2020 Resort Guide
Cheers to Whiteface.Photo courtesy of Whiteface Mountain

“What’s left to say about Whiteface and Lake Placid? Stunning scenery, butt-tightening runs, great crew running the place! Lake Placid is THE American ski town! Period!!!!!! Any questions? Didn’t think so.”

5. Stowe Mountain Resort, Vt.

6. Seven Spring, Pa.

Serving it up at Seven Springs.Photo courtesy of Seven Springs

Seven Springs has an amazing commitment to snowmaking. Varied terrain with tons of terrain park/freestyle features. Awesome staff and ski patrol focused on the customer. The Foggy Goggle rivals any ski town bar.”

7. Mad River Glen, Vt.

Mad River Glen is all about skiing and enjoying what the sport and outdoor experience has to offer. This is a no-frills area with great staff, a unique vibe, friendly locals, and some fabulous food. This is what skiing and camaraderie is all about.”

8. Smugglers’ Notch, Vt.

Big hand or tiny glass? You decide…Photo courtesy of Smugglers’ Notch

Smuggler’s Notch is a New England classic. Incredible glade skiing and friendly locals. Nothing better than the hot chocolate après-ski with kids at the end of the day, too.”

9. Mount Snow, Vt.

Mount Snow offers an overall great experience to the skier and families. The entertainment options and dining options are exceptional.”

10. Sugarloaf, Maine

Sugarloaf Top 10 Apres
This is an everday occurance at Sugarloaf.Sugarloaf Mountain

“Definitely a destination. There are some very good restaurants and après-ski spots. Lots of live bands and theme weekends. Big reggae festival every year. Sugarloaf is a great place to go with a group. Terrain for everyone!!!”

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