Stowe Powder and tree skiing at Stowe Mountain.

You don’t have to jump on a plane to Vail, Aspen, Jackson Hole or Park City to ski this winter: New York is within driving distance of several destinations that promise almost as much allure.

“The northeast has some amazing skiing,” said Michael Holtz, the founder of SmartFlyer, a luxury travel company that sells upscale ski vacations.

“A lot of wealthy people don’t even know these places exist because they’re always heading to the west to hit the slopes.”

And this season, with the pandemic continuing to disrupt travel, it’s easier than ever to stay socially distant on the slopes. All of the top ski resorts are requiring skiers to wear masks and have amped up their deep cleaning protocols. They’re also spacing out riders to meet social distancing requirements. 

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