Stowe Stowe has always been dubbed ski capital of the east, for its incredible
terrain. Now with the Stowe renaissance,
Stowe Mountain Lodge and Spruce Peak Village, Stowe has
all the superlatives, great lifts including a transfer gondola to connect Mt
Mansfield with Spruce Peak, five star on mountain lodging, spa and après ski too. Lunch atop the summit gondola at the Cliff House is
a must. Stowe's Spruce Camp offers an upscale base village with outdoor
fireplaces, shops, an ice rink and performing arts center, and The Stowe
Mountain Lodge luxury hotel is home to your own ski valet, outdoor mountain view
Stowe's premier slopeside spa.
Okemo Okemo makes the list for its quality skiing - great lifts
(two heated leather-seat high-speed lifts with bubbles), amazing snowmaking
and grooming, and lovely views of the Vermont river valley. What sets Okemo
apart is the friendly service, and
the best on mountain cuisine in New England.
Sushi at the summit, wood fired flatbread pizza at the Round House, signature
martinis and a Wine Spectator list at Coleman Brook Tavern in the slopeside
Jackson Gore Inn – this is
luxury ski area dining.
Tremblant Tremblant was designed with your luxury in mind, high speed lifts including a
base to summit gondola, boulevard trails and few fun glades sprinkled around the
multi face mountain. Ski to lunch in the charming European style village or dine
at the summit with incredible views of the Laurentians and the lake below.
Skiing at Bretton Woods, NH’s largest ski area, is scenically spectacular, with
views of Mount Washington, and the grooming is exceptionally good too. The lifts
are modern, and the terrain is very pleasant (not very difficult). You will feel
pampered skiing Bretton Woods, especially if you stay at the century old
Mount Washington at day’s end.
Sugarbush Sugarbush in the Mad River Valley was once called Mascara Mountain for all the
celebrities and socialites that skied there. Times have changed and so has this
Vermont ski area, now popular with a more local, fun-loving ski crowd. Recent improvements to the base at Lincoln Peak have revamped
Sugarbush. With two ski mountains interconnected, Lincoln Peak and Mt Ellen, by the high-speed Slide Brook
quad, you have plenty of terrain, and phenomenal Green Mountains views to Lake
Champlain and New York’s Adirondacks. Lunch at Timbers, next to the
Brook Hotel, after you tackle the old school (read: not luxurious) steeps of Castlerock,
or try cat skiing in the Lincoln Limo.
Sugarloaf Sugarloaf is legendary, the northern Maine ski area dates back to 1950, offers
the East’s only above tree line snowfields from the 4,237' scenic summit, 2,820’
continuous vertical, and a very loyal skier following of Loafers. Stay at the
Sugarloaf Mountain Hotelfor the best
on slope lodging, and you can walk to the lifts and the famous Sugarloaf après
Stratton Stratton lifts are posh, a gondola, six passenger chairs – very up to speed,
like the Bogner wearing clientele. The grooming gets the nod from the
Connecticut contingent that ski here every weekend. Stratton has valet parking,
a nice Intrawest base village with a new lodge, and good customer service.
If you are looking for serious snow conditions, from October through April,
Sunday River makes the best snow
- period. Sunday River stretches
three miles across eight peaks with
a super efficient lift system (including a hybrid chondola lift) and some of the
best grooming in the ski biz. There are three good sit down on mountain
restaurants to rest your legs between high speed laps, The Foggy Goggle,
Shipyard Brewhaus and Sliders. Lodging at the Grand Summit has you up and at 'em
for first chair and cord.
Killington Vermont is nicknamed the Beast of the East -
Killington is the biggest in New England
with lots of lifts, trails, parks and six peaks, plus extensive lodging and
very lively après ski as you head
down the Killington Access Road. As a bonus sister
ski resort Pico is valid on the same lift ticket, just seven minutes away,
for another mountain of skiing, more peaceful and less populated than the Beast.
Loon Loon is NH's most extensive ski resort with three
separate mountains peaks, North, Loon and South Peak all blanketed in Boyne's
reputed snowmaking (sister resorts on the same ski pass are Sunday River and
Sugarloaf in Maine). Loon is easy to reach off I-93, offers ego pleasing
terrain, and extraordinary views of the White Mountains. The lifts are
swift, high speed quads and a signature gondola serving over 60 trails, plus
terrain parks. The lodging in the town of Lincoln and Woodstock is plentiful,
but look no further than The Mountain Club at Loon at the base of the gondola.
While Loon is not super luxurious, their snow and 60+trails of skiing make our
list, best enjoyed midweek without the crowds.
Mont Sainte Anne Mont Sainte Anne’s views only make it a luxury ski resort. Skiing with a
panorama that encompasses The St Lawrence Seaway to Quebec City is a stellar
attraction, the high speed gondola and quad chairs make this Canadian ski area
very enjoyable – even on cold Quebec days. Take a break for crepes or fondue at
the base, or ski to the Sugar Shack for maple sugar on snow.
The food in the summit and base lodges at Le Massif is French and fabulous - no
French fries and greasy burgers - how about Duck Confit?! The views on the
St Lawrence River are fantastic too as you descend the exciting slopes. The lifts are high speed with the high vertical
accumulation east of the Canadian Rockies at 2,625'. Le Massif is a luxury ski experience in
Quebec, and driving to the
summit for your first run down the well-manicures slopes is a fun (and unusual)
way to start your day, ending at après ski at the resort owned
Hotel La Ferme reached by train. See more Top Canada Ski Resorts