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Find East Coast Ski Resorts, Top 10 East Coast Ski Resorts, Best East Coast Ski Resorts | SKI Magazine

Newbies Score Gear, Lift Deals During January

It's National Learn To Ski and Snowboard Month, and Vermont resorts lead the way with enticing discounts for newbies.

Got a friend who needs to learn how to ski? A spouse or significant other? A friend of your kid’s? Maybe it’s up to you to turn them on to the sport you love, and there’s no better time than January, National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.

The Soul of Cannon

The Soul of Cannon
The Soul of Cannon main
By the time I buckle my boots, the people wearing Hefty bags are already skiing. They are having an awesome time.

The sleet is coming down almost horizontally. It’s just cold enough that it freezes on contact, coating the railings of the tram dock with a solid, immediate layer of ice. I have come home to Cannon Mountain, N.H., for Christmas after becoming one of those people who leave New England for bigger mountains and deeper snow out West. I thought the Rockies had made me tough—patrolling at A-Basin, backcountry missions that call for two kinds of crampons, that kind of thing.

The Soul of Stratton

Soul of Stratton
Soul of Stratton
Here’s the thing about those icy, flat slopes: They absolutely make you a better skier.

I’m about to talk about Stratton Mountain, the ski resort that’s just 10 minutes from where I grew up in Vermont, and I know what you’re thinking: Ice. Bitterly cold temperatures. Liftlines crowded with New Yorkers and Bostonians. Terrain that’s, well...the place is known as “Flatton.”

Yes, it’s all those things. But it’s also my home ski area, and here’s why I love it.

Ode to the ’Loaf

Ode to the 'Loaf
Ode to the 'Loaf
I thought I won it for being fast, a misconception my father did not dispute even though it would cost him thousands in race gear and entry fees over the next decade.


I used to crave chocolate moose— yes, moose—because there was a counter that sold them in the old base lodge at Maine’s Sugarloaf Mountain in the early ’80s. The place offered other cast-chocolate Maine kitsch, too—lobsters, lighthouses, seagulls—but it was the moose lollipop I wanted.

Ode to Hunter Mountain

Ode to Hunter Mountain
Ode to Hunter Mountain
It’s a wonder we didn’t end up with serious injuries to our wool-hat-clad heads.

Hunter Mountain, N.Y., isn’t where I actually learned to ski. But Hunter is indeed where I learned to ski. Chasing my older brother down icy black diamonds like Hell Gate and Minya Konka, yard-saling big-time on the double blacks at Hunter West—Westway, under the liftline, even. No matter how hard I skied—or rather how hard I bit it—my brother never let me win.

Ode to Vermont

Ode to Vermont
Ode to Vermont
I’d like to apologize to everyone in those liftlines whose skis I walked on.

I’d like to thank all the guys—students at Norwich University, all pushing retirement age by now—who gave me shoulder rides to the top of my local hill in central Vermont. I was five, too small to hold down the poma platter. They made a little boy with a runny nose very happy. Man, how I loved to ski when I was five.

A Rebirth for Burke

After transforming Jay Peak, the resort’s owners turn their sights on its sister-mountain. And again, foreign investors will pick up the tab.

Lovers of Burke Mountain, now Q Burke, can’t be blamed for being a little nervous about the transformation beginning to take place at their home hill.

Diner Dossier: Best in the East

No place does diners like the Northeast, and these ski-country classics keep the flame alive.

Dot’s Restaurant, Wilmington, Vt. » The beloved eatery was taken out by the Hurricane Irene floods but rebuilt in 2014, much to the region’s relief. The space may be new, but the food is exactly the same, with legendary pancakes (served with real Vermont maple syrup, natch) and eggs accompanied by homemade breads.

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