The Top 5 Ski Resorts in the East

Skiing this season might be the ideal Covid-19 activity. Skiing is already naturally socially distanced and wearing a mask, gloves, and goggles comes with the territory! All that's left for you to know are the best ski resorts to travel to this winter.

1. Killington Resort, Killington, VT

A consistent favorite amongst New York City skiers, Killington is adequately nicknamed, 'The Beast of the East". This massive mountain includes immense diversity within the terrain across six different mountains. The mountains include everything from challenging glades and numerous trails with moguls for experienced skiers to smooth groomed trails for beginners. Killington is also home to one of the best resorts for nightlife in Vermont, close to excellent places to eat and drink.

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Closest Airports

  • Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport - 22 mi (35 minute drive)

  • Burlington International Airport - 94 mi (2 hour drive)

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2. Sugarbush Mountain, Warren, VT

This mountain encompasses everything you could want from a day of skiing, breathtaking views, perfect conditions, and limited crowds. Sugarbush has a large variety of terrain spread over two mountains with easy access to the slopes from the efficient lift system. Sugarbush is typically a touch cheaper than the surrounding mountains, such as Killington and Stowe, and offer the same type of terrain. Warren, Vermont is also home to many cozy restaurants surrounding the mountain. With that being said, Sugarbush lacks nightlife and is known for its quaint hospitality instead. Be sure to stop by the Sugarbush Waffle Cabin to try the best chocolate covered waffle you'll ever have.

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Closest Airports

  • Burlington Intl. Airport - 42 mi (1 hour drive)

  • Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport - 62 mi (1.5 hour drive)

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Jay Peak waterpark

3. Jay Peak, Jay, VT

Jay Peak is known for being family-friendly with endless activities to do. Being one of the snowiest ski resorts in the East, Jay Peak is number one when it comes to quantity of powder. Aside from skiing, there are numerous activities for the whole family such as ice skating, rock climbing, waterpark activities, hot tubs, and more for those who don't want to hit the slopes. The new base area also includes luxury lodgings to fit the needs of the whole family. If you're looking for a party, you may want to look elsewhere as Jay Peak is not a nightlife hub, but more of a family vacation destination.

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Closest Airports

  • Northeast Kingdom Intl. Airport - 24 mi (35 minute drive)

  • Burlington Intl. Airport - 68 mi (1.5 hour drive)

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4. Whiteface Mountain Resort, Wilmington NY

Whiteface Mountain is home to the largest vertical drop in the East and has hosted the Winter Olympics not once, but twice! Whiteface Mountain is known for the most challenging ski resort terrain available anywhere in the East, making it a massive powder playground for skiers and snowboarders alike. Even though this mountain caters to the experienced high adrenaline junkies, there are plenty of trails for beginners safely away from the more experienced skiers. However, Whiteface Mountain is labeled 'Iceface' due to the numbingly freezing conditions that can be encountered while skiing here.

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Closest Airports

  • Burlington Intl. Airport - 66 mi (2.5 hour drive)

  • Albany Intl. Airport - 130 mi (2.5 hour drive)

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5. Mad River Glen, Waitsfield VT

Mad River Glen is one of my personal favorite mountains with the motto, 'Mad River Glen, ski it if you can'. Mad River is known for its gnarly terrain and natural breathtaking views. Experts will have no difficulty in finding challenging trails, whether it's thorough the glades, over moguls, or even launching off of one of the many frozen waterfalls. This unique skiing destination is home to only one of two single chair lifts in the entire country. Also, Mad River Glen is only one of three mountains in North America that prohibits snowboarders, in fear they might damage the terrain too much for the skiers.

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Closest Airports

  • Burlington International Airport - 32 mi (50 minute drive)

  • Morrisville Stowe State Airport - 35 mi (1 hour drive)

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Covid-19 Updates to be Aware of Before Hitting the Slopes

  1. Face coverings will be required

  2. Physical distancing on chairlifts

  3. Transactions will be mostly cashless

  4. Health screenings at ski schools

  5. Ski and snowboard rentals will be available with physical distancing

  6. Full-service bars will be closed

Key Tips for Cheap Skiing

Try to go skiing during the week for cheaper lift ticket prices. If you are planning to ski for a few days at a time, purchase a lift ticket package deal to get the best prices. If you do not want to ski for the whole day, half day tickets are usually available for purchase and night skiing is typically cheaper. Make sure you are aware of student discounts, military discounts, children discounts, and senior discounts!

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