New England has 5 of the best ski resorts in North America, according to Condé Nast Traveler


New Englanders don’t have to travel far to find the best ski mountains in North America – they’re right in their backyards.

Conde Nast Traveler published its publication of the 20 best ski resorts in the United States and Canada as part of its 2022 Readers Choice Awardsand has five New England locations on the list.

Waterville Valley in New Hampshire ranked No. 6, Smugglers’ Notch Station in Vermont ranked No. 7, Bretton Woods in New Hampshire ranked No. 8, sunday river in Maine ranked No. 15 and Killington Hill Station in Vermont ranked No. 18.

The #1 ski resort was Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada.

Waterville Valley Resort in New Hampshire is just north of Boston and has family-friendly features, such as the new six-person high-speed bubble chair, the travel guide wrote. There are condominiums that can accommodate four to six people and village shops nearby. It is known for its Nordic runs and has 12 ski lifts for its 62 runs in total.

Smuggler’s Notch, Vermont, is an old-school style resort with challenging terrain, Condé wrote. He has a tavern in his Madonna Base Lodge, and the site touted his signature Prohibition Ale as a selling point to stop by after a day on the mountain. The resort has eight ski lifts for 78 runs.

Bretton Woods in New Hampshire is the state’s largest ski area, with 464 acres of terrain plus a terrain park, according to Condè. It has added an eight-passenger gondola and mountain lodge in recent years, and also boasts a 62-mile Nordic trail network for skiing and snowshoeing, as well as a mountain biking trail system. winter. There are 10 ski lifts on 63 runs and 35 glades.

The only Maine feature on the travel guide’s list is Sunday River, an eight-peak resort that stretches more than three miles wide. Condè said it’s a great place for everyone from beginners to experts, and has two lodges available to stay on the slopes. There are 19 lifts for its more than 140 runs.

Finally, Killington Mountain Resort, aka “The Beast from the East” spans 3,000 acres and has elevator access to Vermont’s second highest peak. The resort has New England’s longest season, starting snowmaking early and running its man-made “glacier” sometimes well into June. A new base lodge will be open this season, and the resort is known for its long trails, mogul runs and snow park networks. The resort has 21 lifts for its 155 runs, and those with a pass also have access to nearby Pico Mountain which has 7 lifts for 58 runs.


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