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Northeast Ski Areas You Should Try
The heart of skiing and riding is alive and well at numerous smaller ski areas across the Northeast, where you’ll find shorter lift lines, lower lift ticket prices, and a chance to explore the character of the local’s favorite hill.
You might not expect to find a challenging little ski area nestled into the rocky coast of Maine, but the Camden Snow Bowl offers the best of both worlds for those who can’t decide between a seaside and mountain getaway. Camden is the only ski area in the country that features views of the Atlantic from its lifts and trails. In addition to skiing, the Snow Bowl offers Nordic, fat bike and snowshoe trails as well as a wooden toboggan chute.
You may have driven right by Whaleback Mountain in Enfield, New Hampshire, right off of I-89 on route to bigger mountains, but Whaleback is worth a stop. It boasts four lifts, 30 trails with a 700-foot vertical, and an authentic New England mountain feel. From beginner runs to advanced glades and steeps, there’s something for the entire family to enjoy. Whaleback is the only night-skiing option in the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee region and skiing under the stars can’t be beat. With a professionally staffed ski-school, a Pub and Cafe, rental shop, and friendly staff, you’ll find your winter happiness here.
Vermont’s Suicide Six offers a wonderful combination of challenging and beginner terrain, all found near the quintessential Vermont town of Woodstock. Recognized as one of the oldest ski areas in the country, America’s first rope tow, introduced on nearby Gilbert Hill in 1934, inspired the opening of Suicide Six in 1936. Don’t miss the fabulous lunch and apres at Perley’s Pourhouse, with locally crafted beers and menu.
There’s a small but dedicated following at the Catskill’s Plattekill who love its old-school vibe. With 40 percent of the slopes classified as blacks and double-black diamonds, there’s plenty to keep advanced skiers happy, especially on a powder day.
New Hampshire’s Pats Peak may not be the biggest mountain in the state, but trail count alone doesn’t define the character and reach of this family-owned New England ski area, home to 70 adult race teams and a ski and ride school that lures more than 8,000 school kids and each year. All 28 trails at Pats are lit at night, keeping the fun going well after dark. Pay-One-Price (POP) Saturday Nights gets you lesson tips, lifts, tubing, rentals, entertainment, bonfires and more