Perfect Northeast Weekend Ski and Ride Trip

Between tranquil mountain ranges and quaint ski towns, there is nothing quite like skiing and riding in New England. Whether it be deep powder days at Stowe, or soaking up the incredible scenery of Wildcat, a winter vacation in the Northeast will transport you to another world.

You can save big on ski and ride trips in the Northeast by purchasing an Epic Pass or booking directly through the resort website.

Snowboarder Does Trick at Terrain Park at Mount Snow

Unplug at the Best Ski and Ride Resorts in the Northeast

Resorts in New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire are within driving distance of major cities like New York and Boston. Due to ease of access, these ski and ride resorts make for the perfect weekend winter getaway.

Resorts like Attitash, Wildcat, Okemo, Stowe, Hunter, and Mount Snow offer big mountain skiing and riding experiences close to home. To top it off, these resorts have luxurious accommodations, world-class restaurants, and boutique shopping -  all packaged within the quaint charms of New England.

Hit the Slopes and Soak in the Mountains

With vertical drops of over 2,000 ft. and average snowfall that rivals ski areas in places like Colorado and Utah, you will quickly realize you don’t have to go far for adventure in the Northeast.

New England ski resorts also offer world-class snowmaking, high-speed chair lifts, glade skiing and riding, and expansive terrain parks. When coupled with the comfortable amenities of ski lodges, the mountains of the Northeast are great ways to get away from it all.

Vermont’s Ski Areas

The Green Mountains of Vermont have long been an epicenter for skiers and riders of all skill levels. In fact, some of the earliest snowboard competitions of all time took place at ski and ride resorts in Vermont.

Today, Vermont resorts attract a wide variety of people, from professional ski racers to families on weekend vacations.


With 485 skiable acres on 116 trails, Stowe is one of the largest ski areas in the Northeast. Because Stowe offers a good balance of beginner, intermediate, expert trails, it is a great resort to bring your whole family.

Stowe also has two incredible terrain parks:

  • Standard Below Crossover
  • Gulch Below Crossover

If your family needs a break from downhill adventures, be sure to check out the Cross Country Center at Stowe. This winter wonderland has 45 km of groomed trails and 30 km of backcountry terrain - both of which are great for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.


With close proximity to coastal New England, Okemo is the premier ski area in Southern Vermont. Okemo boasts an incredible 2,200 ft. vertical drop that expands into 632 skiable and rideable acres.

To ensure the best conditions possible on the slopes, Okemo has snowmaking on 98% of the mountain. The resort at Okemo is also powered by 20 chair lifts.

If park skiing and riding is your thing, look no further than Okemo. This Northeast resort has six amazing terrain parks:

  • The Zone
  • Okemo Halfpipe
  • OMS Crazy Train Park
  • Tomahawk Terrain Park
  • Hot Dog Hill
  • Robbin’s Nest

Mount Snow

With over two-thirds of the resort as intermediate runs, Mount Snow is a great all-around ski area. While there are plenty of options for beginners, more advanced skiers and riders can choose from steep runs and glades at Mount Snow. Adventure seekers of all levels can explore over 100 acres of parks packed with rails, jumps, creative lines, and Mount Snow’s world-famous monster superpipe at Carinthia Terrain Parks.

To access the ski area, Mount Snow provides guests with 20 chair lifts, including 1 six-passenger bubble chair and 3 high-speed quad chairs. In total, these lifts can move an astounding 30,370 people per hour.

One of Mount Snow’s newest and most popular features is Carinthia Terrain Park. With over 100 acres of jumps, rails, creative lines and the monster superpipe, Carinthia Terrain Park is packed with features for beginners and experienced riders.

Mount Snow looks forward to reopening our snow tubing hill as a daytime or ski apres activity. Perfect for kids (and kids at heart) who aren’t quite ready to hit the ski slopes, the snow tubing runs at Mount Snow are accessed via their own magic carpet lift.

New Hampshire’s Ski Areas

The White Mountains are widely considered some of the most beautiful mountains in the entire United States. In the shadow of Mt. Washington, New Hampshire ski areas offer big mountain skiing and riding within a reasonable drive from both New York and Boston.


Attitash is consistently ranked one of the best all-around ski and ride resorts in the Northeast. Specific highlights of Attitash include:

  • 120 inches of annual snowfall
  • Advanced snowmaking system
  • 68 trails
  • 9 ski lifts
  • World-class snowmaking and grooming operation
  • 3 different terrain parks perfect for skiers and riders of all ability levels

The Attitash Race Team is also one of the most established and long-standing youth alpine ski teams in the United States.


Wildcat offers skiers and riders big mountain terrain, never-ending runs, and jaw-dropping views of Mt. Washington. With a massive 2,100 ft. vertical drop, the ski area at Wildcat will keep your legs pumping all day long, while keeping the kids fully entertained.

One of the main highlights of Wildcat is Polecat. This 2.75-mile long run is the longest beginner trail in all of New Hampshire. More advanced skiers and riders also enjoy the extensive glade runs in the White Mountain National Forest.

When you are done skiing and riding at Wildcat, you will love the quaint New England feel of the local accommodations. Head over to Attitash to revel in luxurious lodging and gourmet dining options.

Mount Sunapee

Mount Sunapee has the unique honor of being operated within a New Hampshire State Park. This tranquil setting is the perfect weekend getaway for parents and kids alike.

Mount Sunapee also has an impressive 1,500 ft. vertical drop, making it the highest ski area in Southern New Hampshire. The resort complements its natural splendor with 97% snowmaking coverage, tree skiing, and trails spanning over 2 miles in length.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard program recognized the Mount Sunapee Alpine & Freestyle Program as the development club of the year in 2019.


Crotched has a ton of modern amenities that make for a memorable weekend getaway. Between 100% snowmaking coverage and a high-speed quad chair lift, Crotched offers excellent ski and ride experiences for people of all skill levels.

With night skiing on 100% of the mountain, your family can enjoy far more flexibility on their ski and ride trip to the Northeast. In fact, you can even ski and ride on a Friday night after driving to New Hampshire after work!

You can also track the vertical feet you ski or ride at Crotched with the EpicMix app.

New York’s Hunter

Nestled deep in the Catskill Mountains, New York’s Hunter is great for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skiers/riders.

One of the most noteworthy parts of Hunter is its NASTAR racing program. With this platform, skiers and riders compete with race times from the U.S. Ski Team on a professional slalom course. Unlimited day passes for the NASTAR course at Hunter are available for just $20.

Hunter also has a renowned snow tubing area with runs topping out at 1,000 ft. in length.  

Spruce Peak Village at dusk in Stowe, VT.

The Perfect Weekend Family Getaway

Weekend getaways in the Northeast offer fresh air, quality time, and a taste of historic New England. Whether it be ski racing, snow tubing, or park riding, the Northeast has entertainment options for the whole family.

Kid-friendly activities in the Northeast include:

  • Snowtubing
  • Pools and hot tubs
  • Ice skating
  • Kids ski and ride zones
  • Sleigh rides
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Kids shops

Save with an Epic Pass or Booking Through the Resort

To get the best value on a weekend getaway in the Northeast, be sure to purchase an Epic Pass or book directly through your resort of choice.

Epic pass holders enjoy unparalleled access to skiing in riding in the Northeast, Rocky Mountains, West Coast, and Canada. Even more, they get a ton of extra perks at these resorts with Epic Mountain Rewards.

Additional perks of Epic Mountain Rewards include:

  • Discounts on lodging and food
  • Ski with a friend & buddy passes
  • EpicMix App
  • Discount ski and snowboard rentals

Epic pass holders also enjoy Epic Coverage. With this added perk, you can book your weekend ski and ride trip to the Northeast with confidence. In fact, you can even pick specific travel days to ensure through Epic Coverage.

To get the best value on a weekend ski and ride vacation in the Northeast, book directly through the following websites: