Superior Slopes: Top 5 Ski Mountains in New England



We may not have had much more than a dusting in The Fenway (yet!), but there are plenty of places north of the city where winter is already in full swing. So we stopped into Alps & Meters’ 1369 Boylston Street workshop to tap into some ski expertise. You know, the same guys that hooked us up  with New England’s 5 Best-Kept Winter Secrets, hidden gems where you can to spend the night or grab a drink after a long day on the slopes? They’re still in town and recommending some of the best spots to ski and snowboard. So before you plan your ski weekend getaways and winter vacations, pop into the shop to chat, and check out their list of the top 5 ski mountains in New England! 

1. Stowe

Stowe, Vermont
To kick things off, may we suggest a place widely regarded as the best resort in the eastern United States. Stowe is centered around Vermont’s highest peak, Mt. Mansfield, which, at 4,395 feet, is known to produce Instagram-worthy views no matter the visibility. The mountain’s abundance of trails (by last count there were 116) means there’s something to satisfy seasoned ski veterans and first-timers alike. Oh, and it’s super easy to get to (provided you’ve got a solid playlist prepared for the 3½ hour ride).

2. Sugarbush

Warren, Vermont 
Riddled with incredible terrain, Sugarbush is our choice for skiers in search of variety. With six peaks, three terrain parks, and more than 2,000 acres of skiable wilderness, getting bored during a weekend at Sugarbush is physically impossible. Even with all of that, the mountain’s biggest selling point might not have anything to do with time spent on the slopes. It’s the sense of community that hits you the second you climb out of your car makes Sugarbush feel like home no matter where you’re from.

3Sugarloaf

Carrabassett Valley, Maine
No list of mountains put together by lovers of alpine skiing would be complete without Sugarloaf. The mountain’s abundance of glades makes it perfect for those looking to pair skiing with fresh powder, solitude, and the marvels of natural beauty this season. A word to the wise: Sugarloaf is inordinately sunny, so a pair of stylin’ eyewear is essential.

4. Mad River Glen

Waitsfield, Vermont
Mad River Glen differs from our other favorites because it’s owned by the very people who ski it. In fact, it’s the only skier-owned mountain in America. Aside from being an interesting talking point, this gives Mad River Glen an old-school vibe, which is complemented by the single chair lift. But Gnar-shredding friends beware: MRG does not allow snowboards.

5. Cannon

Franconia, New Hampshire 
Just 2 hours from Boston, Cannon Mountain is easily the closest peak we picked. It’s the highest skiable vertical in all of New Hampshire, and, in addition to its 11 lifts, there’s an incredibly unique aerial tram that can take you all the way to the summit. As if that wasn’t enough, Cannon just rolled out 400 brand new snowmaking guns! Even if we see a light winter, Cannon will be a great place to ski!

Looking to learn more about New England’s plethora of ski spots? Stop by the Alps & Meters pop-up at 1369 Boylston Street in The Fenway to pick the brains of our resident alpine experts. They’re open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Thursday nights before December 31st; you’re welcome to stop by and grab a craft beer during the team’s cocktail hour.

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