26. Sugarbush, Vermont
Why go: You’ve probably never heard of Waitsfield. But the town (population: under 2,000) is home to two major east coast ski resorts: Sugarbush and Mad River Glen. That makes it a pretty popular spot as soon as the snow starts falling in New England, but it’s far less crowded than the resorts at Killington and Stowe. Sugarbush resort comprises two mountains, three terrain parks, six peaks, 16 lifts, nearly 30 wooded areas, and 4,000-plus total acres. And with snow-making machines covering 70 percent of that terrain, you can expect some solid powder (not east coast ice) any time you go.
Where to stay: In Warren, the next town over, you can have yourself a quintessential Vermont experience at The Pitcher Inn, a Relais & Chateau property that’s as charming as it is luxurious. And it’s just three miles from Sugarbush and 15 minutes from Mad River Glen—win-win.
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