Here in northern New England, we’ve already had our first snowfall of the year, and for New Englanders, that means it’s time to bust out the snow gear and get ready to hit the mountains.

In honor of the upcoming ski and ride season, we asked New Englanders what they thought were the best mountains to ski and ride in New England. Here’s what they told us.

New England's best mountains to ski and snowboard this winter


Sugarbush, Warren, VT

My favorite place to ski is Sugarbush. Of course the skiing is great, but my favorite part is its location, Warren, VT, which also happens to be home of Lawson’t Finest Liquids. So after a day on the mountain, you can grab some of Vermont’s best beers. You can almost always find Heady Topper and Fiddlehead at several restaurants at the resort and the Warren Store, just a few minutes away, usually has bottles of Lawson’s Finest on bottle release days.

Sugarbush in Warren, VT

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Mount Snow, Dover, VT

…”the atmosphere year round at Mount Snow. Snowboarding, mountain biking, brew and October fests along with good music.” -Ted, Londonderry, Vermont

Mount Snow, Dover, Vermont
Image courtesy of Mount Snow


Cannon Mountain, Franconia, NH

“I like Cannon Mountain. It has more of a local vs resort vibe. It has the highest summit and longest vertical in NH. I saw one description that said “old school, no frills” so it tells you its all about the skiing there.” -Paul, Milford, New Hampshire


Sunday River, Newry, ME

“I love Sunday River for the size of it, eight peaks I believe. It doesn’t compare to skiing in the Rockies for vertical but it goes left to right forever.” – Paul, Milford, New Hampshire


Mount Sunapee, Newbury, NH

“My go to is mount Sunapee. Close to home, great trails, one of the best groomed hills in New England.”
– Tyler, Alstead, New Hampshire

“Sunapee is great if you have younger skiers that are learning on south slope, and free retail at Bob skinners for kids under 6. Plus great cocoa and chocolate chip cookies after a long day of skiing.”
– Jeff, Acworth, New Hampshire

Mount Sunapee, Newbury, NH
Image courtesy of Mount Sunapee


Okemo, Ludlow, VT

“Okemo is great for families, enough trails for adventure for everyone.”
– Ashley, Charlestown, New Hampshire

“Okemo Mountain has two separate peaks and a compact and easily accessible base area. Great terrain Park. Long winding trails for cruising down the mountain.” – Steven, North Walpole, New Hampshire

Okemo Mountain Resort
Photographer Marlaina Wing


Killington, Killington, VT

“Killington is amazing for more skilled riders. Very steep long trails, so much fun.”
– Ashley, Charlestown, New Hampshire

I always enjoyed Piko, one of the seven peaks of Killington. But as long as you have snow and good people around you then anywhere you go can truly be a great time.
– Aaron, Clark’s Summit, Pennsylvania


Jay Peak, Jay, VT

“Jay Peak in VT. Good people, great town. Some of the best boarding I’ve done in New England.”
– Chris, Hamden, Connecticut

Jay Peak Ski Resort in Jay Vermont


Pat’s Peak, Henniker, NH

“Pats Peak in Henniker, NH is great for beginners.” – Sue, Washington, New Hampshire

Pats Peak, Henniker, NH
Image courtesy of PATS PEAK. Photographer Rob Bossi


Magic Mountain, Londonderry, VT

Magic Mountain in Londonderry is a special place with rich history and new ownership.
– Andy, Tunbridge, Vermont


Loon Mountain, Lincoln, NH

Loon mountain in Lincoln NH. Great atmosphere with a good bar, great skiing conditions and best park in New England.” – Danny, Milford, New Hampshire

What are your Favorite Mountains to Ski and Ride in New England?



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