I grew up on the East Coast in a small town in Connecticut called East Hampton. My parents have always been avid snowboarders, so I got an early start at the age of three. While there are a few small ski resorts in CT we have always been the “weekend warrior” type of family that would drive up to Vermont on a Friday afternoon, ski all day Saturday, then go back home to do homework on Sunday. I’ve skied a lot of the mountains the East Coast has to offer in the last 20 seasons, so here is my take on helping you find the best mountain for the type of skier you are, or are aspiring to be.
The Weekend Warrior Family
Located just 20 minutes off of Exit 6 off I-91 N, Okemo Mountain is hands down the best family-friendly mountain I have been to. With parking options at both the main base and at Jackson Gore, you are sure to find decent parking and they always have shuttles running to and from the lodge throughout the day. I personally like to start my day at Jackson Gore, which is usually less crowded, and then work my way over to the main mountain for lunch and afternoon skiing. Even if you have someone in your family that doesn’t ski, the Timber Ripper is always an adrenaline pumping adventure. For those looking to get out on the mountain, you’ll find a majority of Blue Square trails covering each part of the mountain, which are great for cruising with friends and family.
The Expert Skier
Known as ‘The Beast of the East’ it’s no wonder why Killington is a destination mountain for skiers and snowboarders residing on the East Coast. With its six peaks, 4241’ elevation, and 3000’ vertical drop you will not leave ‘The Beast’ hungry for more skiing or riding. Expert skiers will find themselves having a blast as they rip down notorious double diamonds such as Ovation, Outer Limits, Cascade, and the Vertigo Head Wall to name a few. The trails are steep, the trees are deep, and the bumps are big at Killington so if you haven’t been and you like a challenge I would recommend adding this mountain to your ski resort bucket list.
The Park Rat
There’s no place like Carinthia Parks at Mount Snow for pure variety of snowboarding and freeskiing terrain and features. The Carinthia parks are the perfect destination for all abilities whether you’re the little grom or the professional. Carinthia boasts 8 full park trails loaded with rails, jumps and pipes. With nearly five miles of trails, tree-skiing zone, all-natural terrain area, mini-pipe and Mount Snow’s monster superpipe, you may find Carinthia to be the only part of Mount Snow you need. Honored as the #3 terrain park on the East Coast from the 2017 TransWorld Snowboarding Park Poll, you don’t just have to take my word for it – go try for yourself.
The College Student
It might be the simple fact that as a student from Champlain College in Burlington, VT we get $30 Mt. Ellen season passes and $125 Mt. Ellen & Lincoln Peak season passes that has me saying Sugarbush is the go to spot. The fact that you can leave your apartment and be in the lodge in under an hour also helps to give them a strong case for any student in Burlington. Whether you’re a ski racer, mogul skier, tree skier, or park rat Sugarbush has what you need…even if you only spend the $30 for Mt. Ellen. With 39 trails, 2 terrain parks, 11 wooded areas, and $30 Thursday’s for those past their college years, Mt. Ellen truly has what it takes to entertain every type of skier.