With the East’s only lift-served, above-timberline skiing, Sugarloaf is unrivaled among New England mountains as a place to make big, luxury turns. It’s also ideal for drinking up spring sunshine. The snow dumped on Sugarloaf in winter by Atlantic storms and nor’easters turns silky when the sun hits, so you can let off the brakes and rip the mountain’s glacier-carved bumps, banks, and mini-cliffs. sugarloaf.com
WHISTLER/BLACKCOMB, British Columbia
Start by boarding the Whistler Village Gondola, which launches you through three different climate zones on your trip to the tree line. Then ride the Peak Chair, a high-speed, four-man lift, and fi nd yourself atop Whistler’s alpine summit five minutes later. Below you yawns a 5,000-vertical-foot descent, which would easily be the biggest in North America were it not for Blackcomb, the resort’s other giant massif, with its 5,280-foot course—an even mile of vert to ski. whistlerblackcomb.com
Thanks to a lively base village, there’s a new energy at this mountain, perfectly complementing the consistent vertical drops and ideal terrain design. Moving west to east, the slopes grow progressively steeper and more challenging. Experts are also segregated from beginners, allowing easier access to desired areas. With runs dropping 1,500 feet straight to the valley fl oor and a speedy lift system that includes a six-person chair, there’s no better mountain than Copper for hammering big vertical. coppercolorado.com
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