Last year, Vermont’s Sugarbush Resort bought a snowcat cab from Colorado’s Ski Cooper, gave it a fresh coat of red paint, bolted it to one of its groomers, and became the first of Vermont’s resorts to offer cat-skiing. On a powder day, book a 6 a.m. cat trip so you and up to 11 buddies can rip inbounds freshies for two hours before the lifts open. Or reserve it in April, when the spring corn is at its finest and Sugarbush’s north side, Mount Ellen, is open only for cat-skiing guests. You’ll beat the seething locals waiting for first chair, and you’ll do so with hot coffee and omelets served between runs. Get a single seat, bragging rights, and the empty, early-morning lines for the cost of a full-day lift ticket ($75), or you could book the whole cat for $1,200. [sugarbush.com]
What’s true is that Jay definitely has some great tree skiing.
We say come for the 3,400 feet of leg-burning vertical and crazy cougar party scene at night.
Baker is a mountain for those who don’t give a $#!+ about anything other than copious amounts of snow.
At this enormous mountain, huge investments in snowmaking (including more than $1 million just this season) and impeccable grooming pay off.
Louise is like a Hollywood starlet. It’s hard to stop staring at the scenery.
Hit the Apex and Horseshoe Chutes (chutes in the Midwest? Ya! You betcha!).
A bare-bones lift network means lines can be long on powder days and weekends, but the place feels empty on the upper mountain. There, explore the expansive upper bowls and chutes.
Part of Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass, Mt. Brighton is the ideal place to ease off Motor City’s throttle.
You want snow, lots of freaking snow, and that’s what you get here.
Scrappy East Coast ski areas breed scrappy skiers, and Waterville Valley churns out some of the best.