5 hours away
Reservations required. Open to non-pass holders after November 23
Sometimes size does matter—at least when we're talking about Killington, the East Coast's largest ski resort with 71 miles of terrain spread over six mountains. A whopping 140 trails and six terrain parks are sure to keep even the most ADD adventurers happy—especially those of the daredevil variety, who will love the 65 black-diamond runs and 500-foot-long superpipe, on which boarders and free-skiers alike can catch major air. While newbies and casual skiers can coast down the array of three- to four-mile-long cruiser trails, thrill-seekers of all skill levels can count on the resort's "snow guarantee" program, allowing you to exchange your lift pass by 10am for a return-visit voucher if the powder isn't up to par—which wouldn't be a bad thing, considering the selection of equally fun nearby activities, including Nordic skiing (802-775-0166, xcskiing.net; trail pass and rentals $19 each), guided snowmobiling (802-422-2121, killingtonsnowmobiletours.com; one hour $79, double snowmobile $139) and the town's lively aprs-ski scene.
Mon–Fri 9am–4pm; Sat, Sun 8am–4pm. Lift tickets: $130-$165, discounts available with online booking. Equipment rental: full-day $70, helmet $21.
OvRide (347-559-1787, ovrride.com) will get you there and back. Multiple departure areas around Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Where to stay:
SAVE Four miles from the slopes, the Hillside Inn (375 Killington Rd, Killington, VT; 802-315-0039, hillsideinnkillington.com; $80–$199 per night) offers gratis breakfast and is a stop on the bus route for Killington's resort shuttle ($2).
SPLURGE The full-service Inn at the Six Mountains (2617 Killington Rd, Killington, VT; 800-228-4676, sixmountains.com; $149–$259) keeps weary skiers happy with 99 country-quilt-bedecked rooms, a complimentary shuttle to the mountain, and a hot breakfast buffet complete with home fries and French toast included with your stay.