31. Hunter Mountain, New York
Why go: This year, Hunter Mountain increased it’s skiable acreage by 33 percent, and upped its number of trails from 58 to 67. They’re almost evenly split across all skill levels, making it accessible for everyone. And as the closest big mountain to New York City, the resort is one of the most accessible; it’s also one hour from Albany’s airport, two from LaGuardia, and two and a half from JFK and Newark. For the past two years, it’s gotten over 100 inches of snow, which is pretty solid considering its slightly southern location. Besides the slopes, Hunter is home to the largest snow tubing park in the state, with nearly 1,000-foot-long lanes.
Where to stay: Why bother leaving the mountain? The Kaatskill Mountain Club is a ski-in, ski-out slopeside lodge that won’t break the bank. There’s also an on-site ski concierge and plenty of gear storage.
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