1. Smugglers’ Notch, Vt.
“Have been skiing and staying at Smuggs for over 20 years. I have never been anything other than 100 percent satisfied. The ski camps for kids of all ages are unsurpassed—the instructors are amazing. Grooming is great, plenty of terrain variety, beautiful scenery, and helpful staff. Smuggs attracts a more down to earth considerate crowd than you find in other places which makes it a really nice place to ski. This place holds a special place in our hearts—some of our best family memories were made here.”
2. Mad River Glen, Vt.
“I’m only sorry I can’t give Mad River Glen 11s.”
3. Sugarbush, Vt.
“I love Sugarbush. I think it cultivates a really great sense of community. People are loyal to this mountain. The entire place is magical—the snow and the glades and the scenery—it’s all phenomenal. This is my favorite mountain in the country.”
4. Cannon, N.H.
“The Living Legend! My favorite in the East. Great snow, good grooming, unbelievable terrain, long season, right off of I-93, some of the most affordable tickets in the game. Seeing all the cars with ski racks and jackets piled up in the backseat taking the exit for Loon, leaving the highway empty for the final few miles to Cannon always puts a smile on my face.”
5. Mount Snow, Vt.
“Mount Snow is the reason we got back into it after a few years of waning interest. The resort is the opposite of everything that pushed me out of the sport: it is inviting, the people are the nicest around, the terrain is awesome and everything about the place makes you want to return.”
6. Wildcat, N.H.
“I love Wildcat. Unabashed bias. I am not sure how a mountain can pull off successfully projecting at the same time both a big and small mountain feel and vibe, but Wildcat does it. Sweeping views of Mount Washington and Tuckerman’s Ravine, with great cruisers or steeps to allow you to take it all in. This is classic N.H. skiing at its finest.
7. Wachusett, Mass.
“A small jewel of a mountain. What Wachusett lacks in elevation and variety it more than makes up with state of the art grooming and snowmaking Great on mountain food and drink.”
8. Jay Peak, Vt.
“Jay Peak is magic when you are at the top and start down. The scenery is beautiful and the staff and fellow skiers are friendly, both in English and French. The snow quality is often great and the closest thing to powder we get in the East. The restaurants are terrific and the on mountain food is good. The location is remote, but hotels are comfortable. The terrain is the reason to go.”
9. Holiday Valley, N.Y.
“There’s a reason Holiday Valley has the largest number of skier visits in New York State! Holiday Valley ROCKS!!! The folks there know how to do things right…. and when they discover a problem some where, they fix it. We love this area. From the friendly parking attendant to the helpful lifties to the reasonably priced bowl of chili for lunch, to the amazing patrol and ski school, Holiday is a great place to ski.”
10. Sugarloaf, Maine
“Sugarloaf is my favorite resort in the East. The terrain is varied, challenging, and fun. The snow is always good and it just has a really great vibe. Everyone just wants to ski and have a good time. It’s definitely a skier’s mountain.”