10. Stowe, Vermont
Why go: Stowe has that European ski village feel—without the exorbitant price tag that comes with flying to the Alps in the middle of winter. It’s been nicknamed ‘The Ski Capital of the East,’ and it’s definitely one of the most popular ski destinations in New England. The lift lines can be a bummer, but east coasters can’t complain about the snow record. Last year the resort got 258 inches of powder. And while Mt. Mansfield (the tallest peak in Vermont) and Spruce Peak can’t compare to the fourteeners out west, Stowe’s gondola can take you all the way up to 3,625 feet above sea level.
Where to stay: The Trapp Family Lodge (yes, The Sound of Music von Trapp family) has been hosting guests on its 2,500 acres since 1950. It’s also home to the first cross-country ski center in the U.S., as well as 100 kilometers of cross-country, snowshoe, and back-country skiing trails. Inside, Austrian-inspired architecture meets New England charm—and there’s an on-site brewery, Bierhall, for all your après-ski needs.
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