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Ski Resort Life

Resort Guide 2020 East: Skier's Mountains

Just wanna ski? These are the top 10 ski resorts in the East for hardcore skiers.

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Resort Survey Categories: Terrain + Snow + Challenge + Lifts + Value

For those looking to focus on skiing without the frills of a large resort, check out SKI’s top 10 skiers mountains in the East. Looking at the terrain, snow, challenge, lifts, and value, these resorts will get you the most bang for your buck while shredding some of the best terrain the East Coast has to offer. 

1. Killington, Vt.

Top 5 Biggest Ski Resorts in the East Killington, Vermont is number one
The sheer breadth of terrain at Killington keeps diehards coming back for more.Photo Credit: Justin Cash

2. Tremblant, Qué.

3. Sugarbush, Vt.

Young skier is zebra ski pants and purple jacket skiing through trees with additional skier in yellow jacket
Two Sugarbush locals ripping through the freshies. Photo courtesy of Sugarbush/John Atkinson

“Sugarbush is one of the last mountains out there sustaining the charm that keeps me coming back to their spot. When I go skiing, I want free parking, few crowds, varied terrain, beautiful views, friendly staff and a low-key place to rest my legs and drink a beer at the end of the day. This is Sugarbush.”

4. Sugarloaf, Maine

5. Smugglers’ Notch, Vt.

Air at Smugglers' Notch
Even experts are challenged in the versatile terrain of Smugglers’ Notch.Photo courtesy of Smugglers’ Notch

“Best all-around terrain in the Northeast with extreme skiing for experts and beginner skiing cleverly separated on three mountains which avoids overcrowding and mid-matched slopes with skier ability. The lifts are old school but provide a much-needed break from top to bottom runs.”

6. Jay Peak, Vt.

7. Mad River Glen, Vt.

Mad River Glen ranks 8th in the East in SKI Magazine's 2020 Resort Guide
Mad River Glen: Ski it if you can! Photo credit: Jeb Wallace-Brodeur

“Mad River Glen needs to be on every serious skiers bucket list. Incredible woods, steeps, and the lowest skier density you will find on any mountain. What it lacks in modern amenities, it makes up for in unique charm and old-school feel.”

8. Sunday River, Maine

Sunday River, Maine Photo: Aaron Hughes Skier: Shelley Bowen Shelley Bowen finds Sunday River’s stash. 
Photo courtesy of Aaron Hughes

“The closest experience to big mountain skiing in the East!” 

9. Mount Snow, Vt.

10. Whiteface Mountain Resort, N.Y.

More 2020 Reader Survey Resort Guide Rankings in the East