Whether you’re looking for a laidback ski area with affordable lift tickets or multi-mountain resorts with trails that run for miles, it’s all here in the Green Mountain State. We’ve teamed with our insider Joretta Wong and friends at North East Mountain Sports to narrow down the best in Vermont!
Due to COVID-19, safety measures were put in place by the State of Vermont which impacted the 20/21 ski season. These included a mandatory 14-day quarantine or 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test for anyone returning or traveling to Vermont. In addition to this, multi-household gatherings were limited and vacation lodging was limited to 1 household per unit. Such restrictions are not anticipated to continue into the 21/22 winter season.
Welcome to The Beast of the East, Vermont's biggest ski resort spread across seven mountain areas and provides everything from mellow groomers to scary steeps. Killington is also one of the best ski resorts in Vermont for nightlife with excellent places to eat and drink after a long day on the slopes. There is no doubt that Killington is an incredibly popular ski resort for its skiing but it also means the slopes can get quite crowded on powder days and due to the vast variety of terrain, you may experience difficulty navigating between the ski areas.
Long-standing and consistently top-ranking among Vermont ski resorts, Stowe is a quaint ski town with rich skiing heritage. With plenty of terrain to explore, you’ll find some of the most gnarly skiing here, along with luxurious hotels and plenty of pampering off the slopes. Be prepared for the long lift queues though, as well as the traffic jams that occur when skiers leave the resort in the evening since the actual town of Stowe is a drive away from the slopes. Being owned by Vail, Stowe is one of the most expensive places to ski in Vermont but luckily it's covered on the Epic Pass.
Okemo Mountain makes a family ski trip easy and fun, with convenient on-mountain lodging, excellent kids learn to ski and ride programs, some of the best cuisine in ski country, assured conditions with big snowmaking power, a friendly staff, and plenty to amuse you after the modern orange bubble-covered lifts stop spinning. There’s also a wide variety of terrain and plenty of terrain parks. It’s further south than many other Vermont ski resorts, making it quicker to reach from major population hubs and airports on the Northeast coast. The resort is complemented by the quaint Ludlow village down the road with casual local dining and shopping.
Nestled way up north, just a few miles from the Canadian border, Jay Peak is widely regarded as Vermont’s snowiest ski resort. Although it’s a long drive from the major cities on the Northeast coast, the flip side to this is that there are less crowds compared to other Vermont resorts. Jay Peak is home to some of the best glade skiing in the East and with plenty of winter activities to do, including a huge indoor waterpark, an ice rink, a climbing gym and even hot tubs! Having lots of great lift ticket deals to save money, Jay Peak is great for family trips!
Welcome to Sugarbush, home to some of the most epic terrain, spread across two mountains and six peaks with serious steeps from the top and gentle greens down below. One of the biggest draws that keep skiers coming back to Sugarbush is the extensive wooded areas available to ski. Sometimes trails are simply left ungroomed so you really are free to make the most out of what the mountains offer. If all that wasn’t enough, Sugarbush is generally a notch cheaper than Stowe, but not at the sacrifice of luxury. Down in the town there’s a genuine rustic feel and some wonderfully luxurious accommodation, so get ready to enjoy the best of both worlds!
Like Okemo, Mount Snow is located in southern Vermont and is the closest large Vermont ski resort to New York City making it a great option for those looking for the large resort experience. With two thirds of the trails at Mount Snow falling into the blue square category, you could be forgiven for thinking this resort is only best for intermediates. The resort also attracts hordes of park rats with quite literally an entire section of the mountain dedicated to 9 separate terrain parks, including a superpipe! A great selection of accommodation is spread across the base including lodges, condos and Mount Snow’s own Grand Summit Resort Hotel.
A family owned and operated resort, Smugglers' Notch has a well-earned reputation for its family-friendliness. Not only does it have one of the best ski schools on the East Coast, their lift ticket prices are relatively inexpensive considering its sizeable terrain spread across three mountains with Morse Mountain serving mostly greens, perfect for beginners. Unlike Okemo, it’s much further than New York City and Boston making it a little harder to reach. Nevertheless, with the self-contained village, a variety of mountainside condos, and different family activities and events on offer every night, it's no wonder why this resort has become a favorite!