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Resorts of the Year 2019: Best Challenge in the East

Top 10 resorts in the East for Challenge, according to SKI's Reader Resort Survey.
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1. Mad River Glen, Vt.

Mad River Glen, Vt.

Mad River Glen, Vt.

"If you are looking for challenge and variety in skiing MRG is wonderful. Very friendly group of skiers. If you can ski all the trails at MRG you can probably ski 99 percent of the in-bound trails in the world."

2. Smugglers' Notch, Vt.

Smugglers' Notch, Vt.

Smugglers' Notch, Vt.

"Smuggs is a great mountain with the most challenging expert terrain in the area, but still has great skiing for kids and beginners."

3. Cannon, N.H.

"LOVE CANNON. No frills, nothing built up, just an honest, challenging, rugged ski hill that oozes local flavor and charm. The "Cannon Effect" snow is for real; they seem to get snow when others don't. Lots of challenge to be had here with the glades, steeps, and Mittersill terrain."

4. Jay Peak, Vt.

"Jay is the best. It takes longer to get to but you save so much time not waiting in lift lines. Still has the most terrain and challenge in the east." 

5. Sugarbush, Vt.

"The friendliness and attention to a positive experience is above and beyond what I've experienced anywhere else. The grooming and snow quality at Sugarbush are always amazing and the variety and challenges are extensive." 

6. Whiteface, N.Y.   

"You want big-mountain skiing? You want your heart in your throat when you look over the edge? You want to ski where the Olympians ski? You want to test your mettle against the best? Whiteface baby!! And it's all in the East!" 

7. Killington, Vt.

"Killington is the best in the East. Most variety, longest season, best snowmaking and drive-able for a weekend from suburbs of NYC. Many improvements are coming which I am looking forward to."

8. Sugarloaf, Maine

Sugarloaf, Maine

Sugarloaf, Maine

"Love my trips to Sugarloaf! It is the mountain that appears out of nowhere! Love the lifts, trails, and grooming!"

9. Wildcat, N.H.

Wildcat, N.H.

Wildcat, N.H.

"Wildcat is a very wild, gritty mountain. Definitely a 'big boy' mountain with a lot of gnarly terrain, drops and cliffs. They groom about half of it, the rest is all bumps and off-piste pow. They tend to be colder than sister resort Attitash because it's 2000 feet higher, which gets it more snow, but also more extreme conditions, but that's why we love this place! Don't ever change!"

10. Stowe, Vt.

Stowe Top 10 Challenge

Stowe, Vt.

"Stowe is an amazing mountain that pulls you in and leaves you panting for more. The terrain is wonderful, the lifts are fast and go to the top on the Mansfield side. Side and backcountry are phenomenal and easily accessed. Spruce peak is small and two lift rides are needed to reach the top, but fun to explore and usually less crowded expert terrain. Definitely more of a skier's mountain than a party mountain." 

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