Top 3 Freeriding Resorts on the East Coast
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
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