4hrs 30mins by car or OvRride bus
Killington is, without a doubt, the reigning master of East Coast winter sports, with seven mountain areas making up Killington Resort and its sister site, Pico Mountain. The beast to beat is the formidable Killington Peak, which has a summit of 4,241 feet. Otherwise, opt for Skye Peak, reaching 3,800 feet, for something a little more modest or Sunrise Mountain Peak, which is just shy of 2,500 feet.
What to do: This Vermont staple has skiing, snow tubing, snowshoeing and gondola rides aplenty, all along 212 trails that cover 92 miles of terrain. Start the day at Peak Lodge atop Killington Peak, and test your moves while cruising down the double black diamond route Cascade. Or get quirky on a Snowcat-drawn sleigh ride (step aside, horses). These 30-minute journeys are ideal for nonskiers, since the rides offer the chance to view the mountain’s splendor without having to strap on a snowboard or skis.
Where to stay: The Killington Grand Resort is the only full-service mountainside hotel here with a ski bridge that connects to the slopes. Standard rooms start at 335 square feet, or you can spring for a suite to host you and up to five of your pals. Rooms are simple yet comfortably designed, and they feature the necessities for hosting, like fully equipped kitchens with an oven and a stove, a dishwasher, a microwave and essential cookware. After all that skiing (and cooking), relax at the spa for treatments such as the signature Maple Sugar Scrub, which includes a full-body exfoliation followed by a body-cream massage. Preston’s Restaurant, the newest eatery at the resort, serves fare to warm you after a day on mountain—think ribs slathered in Jack Daniel’s, complemented by maple-bourbon-glazed sweet potatoes.