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Resort Guide 2023

The Top 10 Resorts in the East for Lodging

These resorts have the most convenient and comfortable beds in the East.

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If you’re going to splurge on a ski getaway, you want to make sure the digs you’ll be staying in are comfortable, clean, convenient, and ideally, not super costly. At some ski resorts, you don’t have much of a choice—an outdated condo that’s a schlep from the nearest ski lift is what you get. But at the following 10 Eastern resorts, you can choose from a bevy of lodging options, from standard hotel rooms to ski-in/ski-out condos with room for the whole extended fam.

Resort Guide 2023: Top 50 Resorts in North America

According to readers who voted in SKI’s annual Reader Resort Survey, these ski resorts have the best lodging options and deals in the East.

Top 10 Resorts for Lodging in the East

No. 10: Stowe Mountain Resort, Vt. 

Score: 7.89
Other Strengths: Terrain, Challenge
Weaknesses: Guest Service, Family Friendly

Stowe Mountain lodging
Stowe may not be the most affordable ski resort in the East, but it does have some of the nicest amenities, including lodging. (Photo: Courtesy of Vail Resorts)

What Readers Say

“I’ve been skiing Stowe since my teenage years and college year’s at UVM and 20 years later it is still the Ski Capitol of the East. The terrain is second-to-none as is the lodging and dining. Yes, I certainly miss the Shed and the Rusty Nail for après and the charms of Spruce Peak before all the build up and commercialism. But nothing compares to standing on top of Mount Mansfield, the highest peak in Vermont, on a bluebird day. Yes, Stowe has certainly lost some if it’s charm. But the turns and contours of the Nosedive trail still make for one unique and exciting adventure. Plus if I’m feeling particularly nostalgic for “Old” Stowe, I’ll shoot over to Matterhorn for sushi or the Trapp for a refreshing German pilsner.”

No. 9: Waterville Valley, N.H.

Score: 8.0o
Other Strengths: Access, Guest Service
Weaknesses: Snow, Lifts

Waterville Valley Town Square
Head to the town of Waterville Valley to find convenient lodging not far from the slopes. (Photo: Courtesy of Waterville Valley)

What Readers Say

“Waterville Valley is surrounded by the White Mountains and is a very unique “Alpine Village” experience for New Hampshire. The mountain is also unique in terms of pitch and role and is why it hosted nine World Cup races before FIS moved to large resorts only. All in all it is that Waterville has a different feel being 10 miles off Rt. 93 and is a resort surrounded by five 4,000-foot mountains, secluded and away from the hustle and bustle of other nearby “factory like feel” resorts like Loon, the Mt. Washington Valley, Sunday River and Killington. Highly recommended for families but lesser so for the twenty-somethings.”

No. 8: Killington Resort, Vt. 

Score: 8.07
Other Strengths: Terrain, Challenge
Weaknesses: Snow, Family Friendly

What Readers Say

“It has a long season and the snowmaking is ample even late in the season. Good variety of terrain. Lodging options at a reasonable price. Friendly staff.”

“Best terrain, dependable snow, food, lodging, and drivable from NY.”

“Good terrain variety and challenge; better conditions and more open trails for a longer time period than most eastern resorts; great dining options.”

No. 7: Loon Mountain, N.H.

Score: 8.18
Other Strengths: Access, Family Friendly
Weaknesses: Value, Nightlife

Loon Mountain
Loon isn’t huge, so it doesn’t have as many lodging options as others. But what it does have is comfortable and convenient. (Photo: Courtesy of Loon Mountain)

What Readers Say

“Top tier product and professional services. Building and grounds are well maintained as well as the snow surfaces.”

“A nice mountain with much interesting skiing. It is easier than Killington and feels different, more like a western skiing experience due to the geography. Great mountain for beginners and intermediates, and for experts who like groomed steeps. Not so good for bump skiers. Bumps are limited to small areas of slopes with “Bumps” signs, which I found really funny. Dining was limited at the area the last time I went, and I stayed far enough away (about 20 miles) that I didn’t get a sample of the nightlife.”

“I’d recommend it to someone who particularly loves groomers and sometimes ventures off to trees/moguls here and there.”

No. 6: Holiday Valley, N.Y. 

Score: 8.33
Other Strengths: Local Flavor, Lifts
Weaknesses: Challenge, Value

Ellicottville shopping
The town of Ellicottville just three minutes up the road from Holiday Valley is a major draw in its own right. (Photo: Courtesy of Holiday Valley)

What Readers Say

“Holiday Valley is another western New York ski area that is a reasonable drive from the Cleveland Ohio area. It has enough terrain to keep things interesting for a couple days. If you have young children it will keep them entertained for as long as you want to be there. Combine it on a week day with a day at Holimont (one ridge over) and you could spend four or five days entertained. Couple that with the town of Ellicottville and they call it the “Aspen of New York”. If you are so inclined there is even a casino within a half hour of these two areas that has very affordable lodging along with a package program. Not a bad deal!”

“Families with kids under 18 ski free with parents who buy a lift ticket and stay at resort lodging. Staff makes me feel as if I’m a local, recognize I’m a regular, and make me fell special.”

No. 5: Bretton Woods, N.H.

Score: 8.37
Other Strengths: Grooming, Overall Satisfaction
Weaknesses: Nightlife, Challenge

Mt Washington Hotel Bretton Woods
If you’re looking to spend the night in an iconic hotel with breathtaking views, it’s got to be Mt. Washington Hotel. (Photo: Courtesy of Bretton Woods)

What Readers Say

“The resort does a great job of grooming. I would recommend it to anyone, be it a family or individual, for great skiing and numerous amenities and lodging options.”

“Quality ski area with great lifts and grooming. Just beautiful views of Mt Washington and the Rosebrook Lodge is spectacular!”

“Very family oriented. Grooming is consistently amazing, and we didn’t realize it until we tried some other mountains. Lifties are all friendly. Lift lines since COVID have been so quick—usually less than 3 mins!”

No. 4: Jay Peak, Vt. 

Score: 8.48
Other Strengths: Terrain, Challenge
Weaknesses: Grooming, Nightlife

Jay Peak Lodging RG23
(Photo: Courtesy of Jay Peak)

What Readers Say

“Its my favorite—great skiing, lodging, and restaurants/bars.”

“Jay has certainly earned its reputation as one of the best resorts in the East for skiers who want to ski. There may not be much going on around the area, but the snow and terrain are second to none in the East.”

“Terrain to rival the Rockies, tons of snow, less than two hours from Montreal, amazing value, water park for endless family fun.”

No. 3: Whiteface Mountain, N.Y. 

Score: 8.62
Other Strengths: Challenge, Nightlife
Weaknesses: Snow, Grooming

Whiteface ski area NY
Thanks to hosting two Winter Olympic Games, Whiteface and its town of Lake Placid have ample lodging options. (Photo: Courtesy of Whiteface)

What Readers Say

“Considering the slides, the trails are the best in the East. Manmade snow efforts are off the charts. Lodging options are huge, so is nightlife. And there are other activities to choose from. Great place.”

“Two Olympic Winter Games were held here. Great northern village in Lake Placid with great restaurants, bars, nightlife, and lodging. Whiteface has the pitch to host a men’s Olympic downhill race course and it is no joke. Really interesting mountain with a kind of bowl shape carved out of rock and a great blend of steeps, bumps, groomers, and boilerplate ice from today’s machine-made snow. Overall a resort you have to ski at least once in your life for a few days on your bucket list.”

No. 2: Smugglers’ Notch, Vt.

Score: 8.79
Other Strengths: Terrain, Guest Service
Weaknesses: Lifts, Dining

Smugglers' Notch ski resort
At Smugglers’ Notch, the lodging is convenient and the guest service is something to write home about. (Photo: Courtesy of Smugglers’ Notch)

What Readers Say

“Very family friendly and a great value. The lodging is super convenient and there is a good variety of things to do off the slopes.”

“I’ve been going to Smuggs for over 25 years. It’s a great family place, has variety of terrain, the lodging is decent and it’s a great value for the price.”

“I have considered Smugglers’ Notch my home for the past 20 years of my life (and I am only 24 years old). The staff continuously make me feel welcomed, and as if I am their number one priority. The lodging gives a very homey feel, and it is impossible to find an unkind soul there. Since it is a family-oriented resort, the nightlife there isn’t as lively as it is at other resorts, but it still exists and there is always something going on at night. The vast terrain makes up for the older lifts. The snowmakers and groomers work endlessly to ensure the best snow possible with the given conditions. If I could, I would move there.”

No. 1: Mont Tremblant, Qué.

Score: 8.9
Other Strengths: Après, Family Friendly
Weaknesses: Challenge, Value

Mont Tremblant ski resort
Spending a few days and nights at Mont Tremblant will have you feeling like you’re on a European ski vacation (without the travel hassle). (Photo: Courtesy of Mont Tremblant)

What Readers Say

“European atmosphere, walking community, great lodging on mountain.”

“It is European skiing experience you can drive to! The village is fantastic, lodging options are endless, food is fantastic, and you cannot beat Petite Caribou for the après scene! Nightlife is outstanding and the people are extremely kind. Just a happy vibe from the moment you arrive.”

“You’ll never meet a more welcoming and friendly staff than at Tremblant. I always feel like I’m coming home when I visit.”