Resorts of the Year 2019: Most Charm in the East

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

1. Mad River Glen, Vt.

resort guide 2018 mad river glen overall
Mad River Glen, Vt.Courtesy of Mad River Glen

“Having the single chair pretty much forces the charm and scenery to a 10. The advanced terrain is killer in the best of ways and the beginner terrain is surprisingly great too. MRG is for people who hate manmade snow and groomed trails but it also has some of the best snowmaking and grooming that I’ve seen.”

2. Smugglers’ Notch, Vt.

Smuggs Top 10 Charm
Smugglers’ Notch, Vt.Smugglers’ Notch

Smuggs is the most well-rounded resort in all of New England. Family friendly, Vermont charm, amazing snow, the most challenging terrain imaginable, minimal crowds, and low pressure. We have been going there with our family for twenty years and never tire of the terrain.”

3. Sugarbush, Vt.

“Charming resort town with lots of local flavor. Very family friendly and Sugarbush has good challenging terrain and amazing tree skiing!” 

4. Wildcat, N.H.

Wildcat Top 10 Charm
Wildcat, N.H.Wildcat Mountain

“A skier’s mountain with scenic views of Mt. Washington /Tuckerman’s Ravine. Old-time New England charm surrounded by national forest; long trails with interesting twists & turns hidden within the trees. Terrain for every ability. Wildcat is often called the biggest small mountain. It is our go-to mountain despite many other options.”

5. Cannon, N.H.

Cannon is the East Coast’s best-kept secret. Excellent expert terrain, wide groomers, and a great beginner/family area combine to make Cannon my favorite place to ski.”

6. Tremblant, Quebec

Tremblant's snow is likely to improve.
Tremblant, QuebecPhoto courtesy of Alterra Mountain Co. / Tremblant

Tremblant is perfect in almost every way. Charming village, warm, friendly locals, excellent snow, speedy lift access, helpful staff, easy to navigate. The Laurentians are beautiful!”

7. Whiteface, N.Y.

“When the snow is good it’s a very challenging, fun mountain with lots of variety. The Olympic history adds a lot of charm to the mountain. Lake Placid is a beautiful town and adds to the attraction of visiting Whiteface.”

8. Stowe, Vt.

Stowe Top 10 Charm
Stowe, Vt.Vail Resorts

“For an Eastern resort with variable snow conditions, nothing beats Stowe. It has it all, but still maintains that small resort charm. The original Stowe lodge is still my favorite place for a beer after a day of skiing the steepest in the East.”

9. Holiday Valley, N.Y.

“A very good size ski area and selection for an East Coast resort. The nearby town of Ellicottville is charming and offers a variety of dining and shopping options. The people are very friendly. Holiday Valley is one of the best Eastern ski resorts.”

10. Sugarloaf, Maine

Sugarloaf Top 10 Charm
Sugarloaf, MaineSugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf is a classic Maine ski resort with charm, character, history and serious skiers.”

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