Are you looking to shred the slopes this winter? Good news: You don’t have to go too far!
The Northeast is full of great places to go snowboarding, from snuggly ski lodges to intense mountain trails. Here are eight of our favorite spots.
Note: Due to the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, please see official websites before visiting to check for restrictions or closures.
Having served as the host of the alpine skiing competitions for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games, Whiteface Mountain has Olympic-quality amenities for people who love winter sports. New to snowboarding? You can take part in one of the on-site skiing and snowboarding classes for beginners. If you already know what you’re doing on the board, however, you might want to tackle the longest single intermediate run in the Northeast. With miles and miles of groomed cruisers, side country trails and 98% snowmaking coverage, you’ll be able to snowboard to your heart’s content. If you’re taking a break, try exploring the lakeside Olympic Village or bobsledding down the Olympic track.
Vernon Township, N.J.
With ride-on progression boxes, large street-style rails and 50 ft. jumps, Mountain Creek’s three terrain parks are great for snowboarders of all abilities to practice their jibbing, jumps and tricks. And as the largest ski area in New Jersey, everything you need is on-site, including lodging and dining. Make the most of your trip and take a lesson, hit the slopes at night or go snow tubing. Here, they take winter fun to the next level.
It doesn’t matter if snow is in the forecast, Mohawk Mountain always has good powder on its 26 trails. It better – the resort was founded by snowmaking pioneer Walter Schoenknecht. Snowboarding lessons and packages are available for all levels and include rental equipment, lessons and lift tickets. During your visit, take advantage of special night rates and snow tubing. Located next to Mohawk State Forest, cross-country trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing can also be found at the top of the mountain.
At Stowe Mountain Resort, you’ll find Mount Mansfield, the tallest mountain in Vermont, and Spruce Peak. Between the two mountains, Stowe has something for everybody. It offers ski and snowboarding lessons for newbies, four double-trails, intermediate cruisers, cross-country skiing and more. Snowboarders will especially enjoy the four terrain parks featuring jumps, rails, boxes and snow features. With 116 different trails to choose from, you’ll never get bored. You can also try snowshoeing, ice skating or visiting the picturesque Spruce Peak Village
Snowboarders will go wild for the “Beast of the East,” which is home to six peaks, six terrain parks and 155 trails. It’s one of the best places to go snowboarding on the East Coast. Killington’s Woodward Mountain Park was even ranked as the No. 1 terrain park in the East by Snowboarder Magazine in 2020. One of their terrain parks, The Stash, features a 500-foot-long superpipe with 18-foot walls. Beginners can enjoy snowboarding and skiing classes and try their hand at beginner-friendly parks like the Progression Park and Lil’ Stash. It even has Snowshed, a mountain dedicated solely to beginners. With a snow season that can span from late October to late May, Killington often boasts the longest season in the Northeast.
Stratton Mountain, Vt.
Want to snowboard down history? Stratton Mountain Resort is widely recognized as the home of snowboarding on the East Coast, and was one of the first areas in the U.S. to allow snowboarding on its mountain. It’s the home of the first snowboarding school and the birthplace of the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships. Here, you’ll find 99 trails, four terrain parks, skiing and snowboarding classes, snowtubing, snowshoeing, ice skating, fat bike rentals and an epic superpipe. It’s easily one of the top places for snowboarding in the world.
Carrabassett Valley, Maine
Sugarloaf is the biggest ski area in all of New England, featuring over 1,000 acres and 162 trails. Intermediate to experienced snowboarders and skiers will love the lift-serviced above-treeline experience at the Snowfields and the rugged snowcat-serviced Burnt Mountain Cat Skiing. There are also four terrain parks for freestylers. Beginners won’t feel left out, though. In addition to snowboarding and skiing classes, Sugarloaf offers a range of beginner-level trails and parks. There’s also lots of winter activities that aren’t snowboarding or skiing, like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice skating, fat biking, ski biking and Nordic skiing.
Sunday River is about two hours away from Sugarloaf, and almost as big! It boasts eight peaks and seven terrain parks for skiers and snowboarders to choose from. The best part? All eight peaks are open to snowboarding. Don’t get intimidated, though. This is an incredibly beginner-friendly resort, with a SnowSports School that offers lessons in snowboarding, skiing and ski biking. Sunday River also features Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, dog sledding and even ice climbing. That’s a lot of different ways to get cold.
Nestled in the picturesque Berkshires, Jiminy Peak offers 45 trails and three terrain parks for winter sports. First-timers can enjoy their top-notch beginner’s lessons, including half- and full-day courses on snowboarding and skiing. Check out the twisting mountain coaster, snowshoeing trails and massive fire pit. One of the coolest things about Jiminy Peak is that it runs on 100% renewable energy.
Are you loony for snowboarding? Loon Mountain, located just two hours away from Boston, is home to 61 trails, six terrain parks and a superpipe. If you’re looking for even more fun, you can go zip lining, cross-country skiing, snow tubing, ice skating or snowshoeing. There are also private and group lessons for all age groups.
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