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Top New England Ski Resorts


Classic New Hampshire ski terrain in on tap at Bretton Woods, where you can count on meticulously groomed snow and plenty of greens and blues wending through tree-lined slopes. Everything filters down to the classic Omni Mount Washington Resort hotel, with its signature red roof and excellent service. There’s also slope-side condos and townhomes, good dining, and more family activities than you can shake a ski pole at.


  • Summit Elevation: 3,100 feet

  • Vertical Drop: 1,500 feet

  • Base Elevation: 1,600 feet

  • Trails and Glades: 98

  • Skiable Acreage: 464 acres

  • Snowmaking: 92% of Trails

  • Average Annual Snowfall: 200+ inches

  • Season Length: Early-November to Mid-April

  • Exposure: North/Northeast

  • Lifts: 10

  • Uphill Lift Capacity: 14,000 skiers per hour


How does Smuggs do it? Simple. They’ve cornered the kid market with an excellent ski school and family-friendly amenities. And they lay claim to a mountain blessed with a natural pitch and fantastic glades. So rare is a place that has the best of both of these worlds, yet Smuggs manages to settle into the sweet spot year after year.


  • 3 Big interconnected mountains

  • Vertical Rise: 2,610 feet

  • Trails and Glades: 78

  • Over 1,000 acres of terrain

  • Snowmaking: 62% of Trails

  • Average Annual Snowfall: 280+ inches

  • Season Length: Late-November to Early-April

  • 27 miles of fun with a variety of learning terrain

  • Only triple black diamond in the East


The Beast of the East has the location, terrain, and management to make it a true destination resort on the East Coast. There’s lodging of all stripes, enough dining and après to go around, and terrain suitable for every level of skier. From cruisers to steep glades, Killington comes through. And when you’re looking for a party, the legendary Access Road never fails to satisfy.


  • Skiable Acres: 1,509

  • Miles of Trails: 73

  • Vertical Drop: 3,050 feet

  • Summit Elevation: 4,241 feet

  • Base Elevation: 1,165 feet

  • Trails: 155

  • Lifts: 21

  • Average Annual Snowfall: 250+ inches


Leaving the past in the past following the fraudulent actions of its past owners, Jay Peak is prepared to reemerge this season under Pacific Group Resorts with a plan to beef up infrastructure and mountain ops this season, paving the way for more improvements in winters to come. In the meantime, the resort is still known for its copious snowfall, rad terrain, and family vibe at spots like the Pump House indoor waterpark and world-class ice arena.


  • Skiable Acres: 385

  • Miles of Trails: 50

  • Vertical Drop: 2,153 feet

  • Summit Elevation: 3,968 feet

  • Base Elevation: 1,815 feet

  • Trails: 81

  • Lifts: 9

  • Lift Capacity: 12,820 people per hour

  • Manmade Snow: 80% coverage

  • Average Annual Snowfall: 359 inches


Waterville Valley has a reputation as a family ski area for good reason, among those is its Kids Ski Free season pass offer, where kids 6-12 get a free pass with the purchase of an adult season pass. Founded by U.S. ski racer Tom Corcoran, Waterville serves up largely intermediate cruising across its 265 skiable acres as well as ample amenities in its charming New England white-clapboard village.


  • Skiable Acres: 265

  • Miles of Trails: 60

  • Vertical Drop: 2,020 feet

  • Summit Elevation: 4,004 feet

  • Base Elevation: 1,984 feet

  • Lifts: 11

  • Average Annual Snowfall: 200+ inches


This northern Vermont gem is not confused about what it is, especially in a world where ski areas are increasingly populated with waterparks, bowling alleys, and other non-snow diversions. Mad River Glen is known for its expert terrain and beloved single chair, but it’s also a welcoming place and surprisingly family-friendly mountain. Want your kids to become great skiers? Let them cut their teeth on MRG’s glades and they’ll be skiing circling around in no time.


  • Skiable Acres: 115

  • Number of Trails: 53

  • Vertical Drop: 2,037 feet

  • Summit Elevation: 3,637 feet

  • Lifts: 5

  • Lift Capacity: 3,574 people per hour

  • Average Annual Snowfall: 228 inches

  • Snowmaking Coverage: 15%


Under new management for the last several years, Magic has taken massive strides as a welcoming, independent ski area. It offers some of the best deals in the ski industry, is one of the most welcoming resorts we can think of for families learning to ski, and its expert terrain, especially the tight glades and steep pitches, are classic Vermont. The base area is simple yet accommodating, with a few dining and drinking outlets, but the old-soul vibe can’t be beat.


  • Skiable Acres: 205

  • Number of Trails: 39

  • Glades: 11

  • Vertical Drop: 1,500 feet

  • Summit Elevation: 2,580

  • Base Elevation: 1,350 feet

  • Lifts: 5

  • Lift Capacity: 3,000 people per hour

  • Average Annual Snowfall: 145 inches

  • Snowmaking Coverage: 50%

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