#1 Resort: Mount Snow, Vermont
#2 Resort: Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
Only two hours away from Boston, Loon is definitely a traveler’s delight for a snow-overloaded, weekend getaway. With lodging options ranging from $60/night motel pads to $200/night on-the-mountain hotel suites, 312 acres of slash-able terrain spread over 55 trails, and Plymouth State University (PSU) in close proximity, Loon is bursting at the seams with loyal snow-hounds. “A lot of PSU students work here, and find their way back after growing up,” says Marketing Manager Stacy Lopes. “We are unique because of the loyalty we encounter.”
#3 Resort: Seven Springs, Pennsylvania
Seven Springs has it all. Unofficially nicknamed “The Cruise Ship,” Seven Springs guarantees that “the furthest you’ll walk for anything is a quarter-mile,” says Communications Manager Anna Welltz. And she means anything. You can go bowling, swing a putter in an indoors mini-golf course, hit up an arcade, take a snowmobile tour, eat and drink at 11 restaurants and three bars, and shoot shotguns at a sporting facility all in the same weekend.
#4 Resort: Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
Over two million visitors trek to Mont-Tremblant every year, 130 miles over the Vermont/Canadian boarder, to occupy the village’s 1,900 lodging units in 13 hotels and take advantage of the mountain’s Avalanche snowmaking system. That’s over 1,000 snow guns! The Mont-Tremblant village promotes European architecture, a Quebecois vibe, fine French cuisine and numerous DJ-fueled night-spots. Back on the mountain, they offer twice-a-day tours of all the mountain’s secret nooks and crannies from true Tremblant connoisseurs.
#5 Resort: Okemo, Vermont
Sunk deep in the belly of Vermont, Okemo has a hardcore reputation for being a safe bet for consistent and reliable snow quality. “We’re known for our fast recovery when Mother Nature throws us a curveball,” says Director of Public Relations Bonnie MacPherson. They also boast the most glide-to-your-doorstep, slopeside lodging on the East Coast with over 700 rooms, and an evenly divided terrain for beginners, intermediate and expert shredders. A shuttle bus is available for schlepping mountain-goers back and forth between lodging and Ludlow village too. So go ahead, order you and your honey-dip another round at the bar. The ride home is taken care of!
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