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]
Snowshoe, an upside-down mountain in the Monongahela National Forest, averages more snow than most mountains in New Hampshire.
It’s like Europe, but you can drive there from East Coast cities.
You’ll need days to explore it, even without making time for Pico.
The village at the base of Tremblant (an Intrawest-owned resort) could be Whistler.
When conditions allow, the hike-to (frequently closed) Slides are some of the gnarliest terrain in the East.
The steeps of Kachina Peak should be on the résumé of any skier who’s got the chiles for it.
Fernie’s a big-kid playground. Now go play.
Marmot Basin is now a modern resort full of high-speed lifts.
Hit Crystal on the right day and you will lap deep, untracked snow that keeps refilling.
Cannon’s lack of frills means its focus is skiing, including the recent expansion onto neighboring Mittersill.