Just like lobster in the summer, pumpkin in the fall, and the start of baseball season in the spring, winter is a season that has a tradition that draws interest from many throughout the New England region. Each year, hundreds of thousands of folks hit the slopes at the many mountains throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. While there are some good local skiing options nearby such as Ski Bradford and Mount Wachusett, the purest and most majestic skiing and snowboarding is done up north. We’ve put together a guide of some of the region’s favorite and go-to choices for a get-a-way weekend.
Wildcat Mountain: When standing atop the 4,062-foot summit of Wildcat you might forget that you’re actually there to ski rather than sightsee. Panoramas of the White Mountains and Mount Washington serve as a breathtaking backdrop for one of their 49 trails. It’s a perfect combination of beginner, intermediate, and expert trails. Also be sure to enjoy some of their warm food and cold beverages in their slope-side lounge.
Wildcat Mountain, Route 16, Pinkham Notch, NH 888-Ski-Wild
Cannon Mountain: Set right off of I-93 in Franconia, NH, Cannon Mountain is an easy-to-access yet challenging mountain that is always a great time. Relax on your way up the mountain in their tram which takes you all the way to the summit for majestic views and some of the best powder in the White Mountains. Cannon also runs a number of deals throughout the weekday for discounted lift tickets.
Cannon Mountain, 260 Tramway Drive, Franconia, NH 03580 603-823-8800
Mount Snow: Home to one of the largest skiing landscapes in New England, Mount Snow is large enough to satisfy the most seasoned veteran and to teach a rookie the basics of going down the mountain. On the outskirts of Green Mountain National Forest and near the New York border, Mount Snow offers one of the best all-around skiing and lodging experiences. With about 100 trails and plenty of lodging it’s the perfect place to escape for the weekend.
Mount Snow, 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, VT 05356
Stowe Mountain Resort: For those looking for the ultimate experience that blends skiing, shopping, fine dining, spa treatments, and luxury lodging, Stowe Mountain and the town of Stowe are perfect for you. There are over 45 restaurants both on the mountain and in the town. Consistently honored nationwide as a top winter destination, you would be hard pressed to be disappointed in Stowe.
Stowe Mountain Resort, 5781 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT 05672
Sugarloaf: Home to some of the most extreme terrain in the region, Sugarloaf offers the only lift-serviced, above-tree line skiing in the East. Designed similar to resorts in the western part of the United States, Sugarloaf offers an open-style skiing experience with wider and larger trails. Sugarloaf also presents the most un-matched back country skiing in the area.
Sugarloaf Resort, 5092 Access Road, Carrabassett Valley, ME, 04947
Sunday River: Maybe the most notable, recognized, and publicized of any mountain resort in New England, Sunday River simply has it all. Featuring 16 lifts, and 135 trails, Sunday River has enough various terrain to challenge riders of any difficulty. Also home to one of the region’s best golf courses, Sunday River offers a great variety of stay-and-ski packages for individuals and families. Plan ahead however, it’s between a 3 and 4 hour drive to get up to Sunday River.
Sunday River, 97 Summit Road, Newry, ME 04261