Ryan Flynn. 2013 Sugarloaf Banked Slalom, Sugarloaf, Maine. Photo: Ethan Austin.

Top 3 Freeriding Resorts on the East Coast

Stowe, Vermont

Rummage through the outerwear of any Burton or Rome employee and you’ll find a common item: a Stowe season pass. That’s because Stowe has the best tree runs, backcountry access, and side hits on the East Coast, with lake effect snow coming off Lake Champlain and stacking up on Mount Mansfield.

Standout terrain: Rock Gardens, The Chin, The Bench

Don’t Miss: Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Cabot Cheese Outlet, Stowe Dogs, Piecasso

Average Annual Snowfall: 333 inches

Poll East Coast Terrain Variety Rank: 7

Sugarloaf, Maine

The Loaf takes some effort to get to, but if you hit it with good snow you have the most rippable acreage and the only above treeline boarding east of the Rockies, plus a swath of side hits, tree lines, and drops with the continuing glade expansion into Brackett Basin.

Standout terrain: The Snowfields and Brackett Basin

Don’t Miss: Banked Slalom in March, Reggae Fest in April, D’Ellies, The Bag, The Rack

Snowiest month of the year: March

Poll East Coast Terrain Variety Rank: 2

 

Jay Peak, Vermont

Jay gets the most snow on the East Coast, and they have some sick tree riding and backcountry zones when those storms hit. Jay is so far north that it’s practically in Quebec, and you’re bound to hear some French being spoken in the liftline.

Standout terrain: Face Chutes, Big Jay

Don’t Miss: Indoor amusement park, people watching (you’re basically in Quebec without crossing the border)

Poll East Coast Terrain Variety Rank: 1