Vermont is a state known for its incredibly stunning terrain. The mountainous vistas, rolling hills and beautiful valleys of the region provide some of the best views in the Northeast. Come winter, the landscape of the Green Mountain State tends to turn pretty white. That’s why it’s one of the best ski destinations in the country.
Okemo Mountain Resort
Okemo Mountain Resort is considered by many to be the premiere ski resort in Vermont. This family friendly destination boasts one of the best children’s skiing programs in the country, along with a wealth of runs for skiers of every level. It features a 2,200 foot vertical drop, while over a third of the runs are black and double black diamond trails. The resort is also famed for its nine terrain parks with over 30 different features and obstacles to tackle including 18 foot walls and the longest superpipe on the East Coast. Okemo has 121 trails split between an impressive 655 acres. With an average 16 inches of snowfall and a considerable boost by the resort’s snowmaking prowess, you can bet that there’s something epic for you to ski or snowboard here the entire season long.
Killington Resort has the most skiable terrain with 155 trails in total. Sixty of those are graded expert-level, while the rest are prepped for both intermediate and beginners. The resort is popular among younger skiers and snowboarders looking for a challenge. Skiers will appreciate the variety of runs here, with plenty of open-faced cruising trails mixed with challenging options that wind through narrow, wooded paths and off-piste runs. Killington also boasts six terrain parks featuring an all-natural park with over 50 features, including a 500-foot long superpipe. The resort itself is a hotbed of excellent restaurants, cabins and fun things to do if you’ve got a family in tow.
Jay Peak is only five miles from the Canadian border, meaning it sees more natural snow than any other ski destination on the East Coast. With 78 trails to explore, 31 of which are designed for experienced skiers, and over 385 total skiable acres, it’s one of the most popular spots in the state. While many of the other locations on the list are family-friend, Jay Peak is better known for its access to true backcountry skiing and top-notch tree skiing. The terrain is a bit more rugged than what you’ll find elsewhere out East, and the glades alone make it well worth the trip.
Sugarbush is arguably Vermont’s most epic ski destination. It boasts 2000 acres of skiable backcountry trails spread across two mountains. With vertical drops approaching 2,400 feet, it’s also one of the steepest in the state. A whopping 111 runs will keep you busy for days, and over half of them are geared toward skiers with at least an intermediate level of experience. There are currently 36 trails and 21 glades aimed at the most advanced skiers. Nearby Mad River Glen is a skier-only option that holds only natural snow and terrain, with trails designed to follow the natural contour of the mountain. Snowboarders can opt for any of three terrain parks or the half-pipe.
Smuggler’s Notch holds the honor of being the destination on the list that is flat-out the most fun. It’s geared toward families, but also holds 25 expert trails across three mountains along with 40 intermediate runs. The resort claims to have a vertical drop of just over 2610 feet and a total of 360 skiable acres. When you’re not shredding powder you can grab the kids and attend one of Smuggler’s Notch’s numerous family-friendly classes and events. There’s an indoor pool, bonfires, torchlight parades, an indoor FunZone, and even a nursery if you need a break from the tots.