Skiing & Snowboarding--This is a 50-year-old small, local Vermont ski area with real connection to the local people and community. In other words, not a big, corporate ski mill. Trails for all abilities are available, but Magic is know for its expert trails and off-piste glades -- true black diamonds with real obstacles. The Red Chair offers accessibility to woods and unmarked skiing. Snow tubing offered.
Everything Else-- Family atmosphere; local people are friendly and they pitch in to help clear and maintain trails. One restaurant and one bar on the property. Social life at Goniff’s Den.
Skiing & Snowboarding -- Mount Snow is an easy weekend drive from cities like New York City, Hartford, and Boston. This ski area is a big one and has lots of skiing and riding, along with snow tubing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and snowshoeing.
The Main Face has intermediate terrain with wide open trails. The North Face offers difficult terrain on trails and glades. Sunbrook, facing south, is a great place to tackle the spring moguls. Carinthia is the top terrain park in the East.
Everything Else -- Lots of lodging, including the Grand Summit Resort Hotel & Conference Center, with a spa and health club, outdoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, restaurant, and retail store, Mount Snow Sports. Snow Lake Lodge has condos. Plenty of restaurants on the property.
Okemo Mountain Resort
77 Okemo Ridge RoadLudlow, VTPhone: 802-228-5222
121 trails and glades; 46 miles of trails; 667 acres of terrain; 2,200-foot vertical drop; 20 lifts, including quads, chairs, and surface lifts; annual snowfall 200 inches; 98% snowmaking
Skiing & Snowboarding– Located in southern Vermont, Okemo Mountain Resort is a family-operated, four-season, playground. Owners Tim and Diane Mueller also operate Crested Butte Mountain Resort, in Colorado, and Mount Sunapee Resort in N.H. Winter sports enthusiasts love southern Vermont's highest vertical drop and vast trail network over five alpine areas. Terrain features include Okemo Superpipe, The Zone, Tomahawk Park, Hot Dog Hill Terrain Park, OMS Crazy Train Progression Park, Robbins' Nest, Bounder Park, Broken Arrow, and NASTAR Race Arena. There also is Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, a mountain coaster attraction and snow tubing.
Everything Else– Accommodations include slope-side condos, the Jackson Gore Inn, Adams House, Bixby House and other area lodging. The mountain has six places to dine. There is a Ski + Ride School and racing programs.
Skiing & Snowboarding -- Located on the highest peak in southern Vermont, Stratton offers a Great Snow Guarantee: credit toward another day if you are not happy with your first hour of skiing or riding. Eleven lifts include a gondola to the summit and four high-speed chairs; this is considered the fastest fleet of lifts in New England. Readers of Ski magazine rate Stratton in the Top 10 for every aspect of the sport that you can name.
Everything Else -- Stratton Village has a variety of lodgings, including luxury condos; shops and restaurants; a remodeled lodge; child care; sports center with tennis and pool, fitness classes and massage. Lots of outlet shopping in the nearby town of Manchester.