New England Ski Safari
The wooded mountains of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine are ideal for a ski safari, with easy drives between each resort. New England’s ski areas tend to be smaller than those in the west, so combining several in one trip is a great way to discover the region.
Stowe, Killington and Sunday River make excellent bases and, only 90-minutes apart, Killington and Stowe are a particularly good combination. Killington is the best value and has a great après scene, while Stowe is higher-end with historic hotels. With lots of other ski areas on the doorstep, it’s the huge diversity that makes this such a great ski holiday.
City stays add an extra dimension, so we recommend at least one night away. Easy to reach, we love the history, arts and seafood in Boston, while New York’s iconic sites are worth the longer drive. Easier to get to, classic New England towns like Burlington give you a real flavour of life on the east coast, and are renowned for their great shopping.
Our New England Ski Safari follows no set formula. You can combine any ski resorts with any non-ski options and city add-ons, staying as long as you like in each location. A hire car gives you the freedom to visit other ski resorts on daytrips.
Full of insider knowledge and tips, we’ve skied at all our New England resorts, and our USA Product Manager James spent a full winter season here. Ask for our first-hand advice and we’ll create an itinerary that’s perfect for you.
Best resorts to stay at
Killington - New England’s largest ski area has great value accommodation and terrain for all abilities. On weekends, the après scene is lively, with locals driving up from Boston and New York. In our experience, the Green Mountain Inn is one of the best places to stay here.
Stowe - This iconic New England Town has clapboard fronted buildings and some of the area’s most diverse skiing. The slopes are a 15-minute shuttle ride from town, and Jay Peak and Sugarbush resorts are within easy reach.
Sunday River - A three and a half hour cross-country drive from Stowe, the slopes are often quiet here, with skiing spread across eight peaks. The resort has a handful of restaurants, with more in nearby Bethel town.
Great resorts for daytrips
Sugarbush - With skiing on two mountains and a good variety of runs, this developing resort has 2,000 acres of backcountry in the Slide Brook Basin.
Jay Peak - Although best known for its tree-skiing and backcountry, Jay Peak has excellent intermediate ridge runs and magic carpet lifts for beginners.
Okemo - Family-run resort with well-groomed slopes, terrain parks and kids’ facilities. The skiing is split into five main areas, suitable for different levels.
Factory outlets - There are several stores within a 45-minute drive of the main ski resorts. From Sunday River, the outlets in Portland are a great option en route to the airport. Offering huge savings, some Brits visit New England purely to shop.
New England towns - Burlington and Manchester (in Vermont) are pretty clapboard towns that make great days out. You could also visit North Conway in New Hampshire, which has the additional bonus of tax-free shopping.
Boston - With the closest airport, it’s easy to add a night here. The Quincy market, Imax theatre and outdoor ice-skating are top of our list, while children love the aquarium and the food is fantastic - try the seafood and corn chowder. Accommodation tends to be very good value.
New York - Five hours from Killington, you could spend a night in the Big Apple and fly home from here instead. There’s so much to see, from the Statue of Liberty to Central Park - ask our experts for suggestions.