Ski Resorts in the Northeast Region

The Northeast ski region includes the Adirondacks, the Green Mountains and the White Mountains in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Vertical drops and natural snowfall are generally less than what you'd find at Western and Rocky Mountain resorts, but world-class snow-making keeps trail conditions consistent. Find information about top ski resorts in the Northeast here.

Destinations in the Northeast

Killington

Killington, VT

  • Vertical Drop 3,050 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,509 ac
  • Number of Lifts 21

The largest ski resort in the eastern U.S., Killington encompasses seven distinct mountain areas, including the second-highest peak in Vermont. Known as the “Beast of the East” for its lofty vertical drop, this ski destination knows how to lure thrill-seekers. The Canyon area and the Big Dipper offer plenty of challenging runs for more experienced powder hounds. But that doesn’t mean those new to snow sports won’t have fun. The entire Snowshed Lodge area is designed with beginners in mind, and the resort’s ski school will have you feeling confident on your skis or board in no time.

Sugarbush

Warren, VT

  • Vertical Drop 2,600 ft
  • Skiable Area 484 ac
  • Number of Lifts 16

Sugarbush caters to skiers and snowboarders who like to feel as though they have the slopes to themselves. As one of the largest resorts on the East Coast, Sugarbush encompasses around 4,000 acres of skiable terrain across six mountains. It also features three terrain parks perfect for practicing tricks. This massive Vermont ski resort caters to all skill levels, with its 111 marked trails relatively equally divided between beginner, intermediate and expert. The resort also provides top-tier instruction and an adaptive ski program, so everyone can enjoy a day on the mountain.

Okemo Mountain

Ludlow, VT

  • Vertical Drop 2,200 ft
  • Skiable Area 632 ac
  • Number of Lifts 16

Okemo Mountain offers a nice variety of runs across more than 600 skiable acres to suit all skill levels. This Vermont resort’s ample beginner and intermediate slopes have earned it a family-friendly reputation. Visitors with kids especially love the resort’s ski school. Some skiers lament that Okemo’s slopes are too easy, but more experienced powder hounds will find challenging terrain on the South Face. And while Okemo may not always receive as much snow as other top Vermont ski resorts, this destination’s snow-making and grooming frequently receive high praise.

Sugarloaf

Carrabassett Valley, ME

  • Vertical Drop 2,820 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,240 ac
  • Number of Lifts 13

Maine’s most renowned resort, Sugarloaf boasts one of the largest skiable areas on the East Coast, not to mention the region’s only lift-serviced trails above the treeline. Sprawling across the towering Sugarloaf Mountain in the western part of the state, Sugarloaf’s trails offer stunning views of the Carrabassett Valley. The resort’s 150-plus trails are relatively equally divided by skill level, meaning everyone from newbies to experts will have plenty of terrain to explore. What’s more, Sugarloaf’s northern location and high average snowfall average tends to lead to longer-than-usual ski seasons, with lifts often operating until May.

Stowe Mountain

Stowe, VT

  • Vertical Drop 2,360 ft
  • Skiable Area 485 ac
  • Number of Lifts 12

Considered both luxurious and family-friendly, Stowe Mountain has a lot going for it. The resort occupies the tallest mountain in Vermont, and many have said its snowpack is the best in the North East. What’s more, Stowe is known for its variety, offering everything from well-groomed, beginner-friendly trails to unrefined, high-elevation terrain. Over the past several years, Stowe has invested in renovations to its facilities, including a high-speed peak-to-peak gondola. Add to that the resort’s acclaimed ski school and dining facilities, and you can see why it’s called the “Queen of the East”.

Sunday River

Newry, ME

  • Vertical Drop 2,340 ft
  • Skiable Area 870 ac
  • Number of Lifts 18

This immense ski resort in western Maine caters to powder hounds who need their space. Sunday River’s 870 skiable acres are spread across eight peaks, with additional space for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing. While there is no shortage of challenging runs for more experienced skiers, Sunday River also dedicates 30% of its marked trails for beginners. And the resort’s ski school provides a variety of instruction styles to build confidence on the slopes. Plus, the good times don’t have to stop at sundown. Sunday River offers twilight skiing on several runs from late December through late March.

Smugglers' Notch

Jeffersonville, VT

  • Vertical Drop 2,610 ft
  • Skiable Area 1,000 ac
  • Number of Lifts 8

Once overshadowed by its neighbor, Stowe Mountain, Smugglers’ Notch has stepped out into the spotlight in recent years. It has received acclaim from experts and skiers for its primo powder and welcoming atmosphere. Although only around 20% of its runs are designed for beginners, Smugglers’ Notch has earned the nickname “America’s Family Resort” for its kids’ programs and family-friendly activities. The resort also welcomes experienced skiers and snowboarders with rugged expert terrain and the East Coast’s only triple-black-diamond run, Black Hole.

Jay Peak

Jay, VT

  • Vertical Drop 2,153 ft
  • Skiable Area 385 ac
  • Number of Lifts 9

Just 20 minutes from the Canadian border, Jay Peak has an advantage over other Vermont ski destinations when it comes to snowfall, averaging around 350 inches per year. And its slopes, particularly the Headwall chutes, and tree skiing are sure to challenge even practiced powder hounds. The resort has invested a large sum of money in its facilities over the past few years. Now, Jay Peak is stacked with amenities – luxury hotels, ice rinks and even a water park, to name a few. But those solely interested in skiing won’t be disappointed by this resort.

Mount Snow

West Dover, VT

  • Vertical Drop 1,700 ft
  • Skiable Area 601 ac
  • Number of Lifts 20

Mount Snow is the ideal resort for skiers and snowboarders looking to improve their skills, with more than half of its runs designed for the intermediate level. But that doesn’t mean newbies and pros won’t enjoy themselves here. This resort has earned its moniker, boasting some of the best snowmaking on the East Coast. And regulars are quick to praise Mount Snow’s grooming. Another highlight is Mount Snow’s new Carinthia Base Lodge, which debuted in the 2019-20 season. The lodge features plenty of space to unwind, and enough of dining options to ensure everyone’s tastes are satisfied.

Gore Mountain

North Creek, NY

  • Vertical Drop 2,537 ft
  • Skiable Area 439 ac
  • Number of Lifts 14

Gore Mountain is a popular, family-friendly ski destination for those living in New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Stratton Mountain

Stratton, VT

  • Vertical Drop 2,003 ft
  • Skiable Area 670 ac
  • Number of Lifts 11

Snowboarders should jump at the chance to visit Stratton Mountain, as this was the first East Coast resort to permit snowboarding on its slopes. And with nearly 700 skiable acres, this Vermont Resort provides plenty of space to carve powder, no matter how you prefer to do it. Spread across the highest peak in southern Vermont, Stratton Mountain is especially popular with New Yorkers due to its proximity to the Big Apple. But just about anyone who visits will appreciate Stratton Mountain’s finely groomed runs, as well as the ease in which they can get around the resort.

Loon Mountain

Lincoln, NH

  • Vertical Drop 2,100 ft
  • Skiable Area 370 ac
  • Number of Lifts 11

Mad River Glen

Fayston, VT

  • Vertical Drop 2,307 ft
  • Skiable Area 800 ac
  • Number of Lifts 5

Mad River Glen caters to more experienced skiers, as it encompasses some of the most challenging terrain in the region. What’s more, this resort’s relatively uncrowded slopes allow powderhounds to move more freely than at other resorts (regulars particularly love the single-chair lifts). That said, those who still need some help getting their footing can take advantage of Mad River Glen’s renovated ski school facility, and rest their legs at the recently revamped Basebox lodge area. What’s more, Mad River Glen offers access to their slopes for a noticeably lower rate than their competitors.

Cannon Mountain

Franconia, NH

  • Vertical Drop 2,180 ft
  • Skiable Area 285 ac
  • Number of Lifts 10

Bretton Woods

Bretton Woods, NH

  • Vertical Drop 1,500 ft
  • Skiable Area 464 ac
  • Number of Lifts 10

Made up of 464 acres of skiable terrain, 62 trails and three terrain parks, Bretton Woods is proudly New Hampshire’s largest ski area.

Attitash

Bartlett, NH

  • Vertical Drop 1,750 ft
  • Skiable Area 310 ac
  • Number of Lifts 9

On the White Mountains of Bartlett, New Hampshire, Attitash Mountain Ski Area has 68 ski runs spread across two peaks, Attitash and Bear Peak.

Saddleback Maine

Rangeley, ME

  • Vertical Drop 2,000 ft
  • Skiable Area 220 ac
  • Number of Lifts 5

After closing its slopes in 2015 after it was unable to secure funding to update it’s main lift, Saddleback will welcome back skiers for the 2020/2021 ski season. In addition to a new lift, the resort also features a renovated lodge and increased snowmaking (though it boasts the most natural snow in Maine). Maine’s third-largest ski area encompasses 220 skiable acres and boasts a 2,000-foot vertical drop, with enough runs to accommodate skiers of all ski levels. Saddleback will also offer a revamped ski school program that accommodates beginners of all ages.

Hunter Mountain

Hunter, NY

  • Vertical Drop 1,600 ft
  • Skiable Area 320 ac
  • Number of Lifts 14

Mount Sunapee

Newburry, NH

  • Vertical Drop 1,510 ft
  • Skiable Area 233 ac
  • Number of Lifts 9

Jiminy Peak

Hancock, MA

  • Vertical Drop 1,150 ft
  • Skiable Area 167 ac
  • Number of Lifts 9

Wachusett Mountain

Princeton, MA

  • Vertical Drop 1,000 ft
  • Skiable Area 110 ac
  • Number of Lifts 8

Greek Peak

Cortland, NY

  • Vertical Drop 952 ft
  • Skiable Area 220 ac
  • Number of Lifts 9

Berkshire East

Charlemont, MA

  • Vertical Drop 1,180 ft
  • Skiable Area 400 ac
  • Number of Lifts 6

Butternut

Great Barrington, MA

  • Vertical Drop 1,000 ft
  • Skiable Area 110 ac
  • Number of Lifts 11

Shawnee Peak

Bridgton, ME

  • Vertical Drop 1,300 ft
  • Skiable Area 249 ac
  • Number of Lifts 6

Welcoming skiers since 1937, Shawnee Peak has been a go-to resort for generations, with kids growing up on its slopes, and returning with their kids to carry on the fun. A quarter of the resort’s 43 runs are tailored to beginners, making it easy for little ones to practice their skills and boost their confidence. And a lesson at Shawnee Peak’s learning center will certainly speed that process along, whether your little one is interested in skiing or snowboarding. For more advanced skiers, Shawnee Peak’s expert terrain is sure to thrill. What’s more, Shawnee Peak offers the most night skiing in New England, with 19 trails open past sunset.

Holiday Mountain

Monticello, NY

  • Vertical Drop 400 ft
  • Skiable Area 37 ac
  • Number of Lifts 4

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