New England Ski Vacation Resorts near Boston

Where to go for New England ski trips and luxury ski resorts

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Snowshed base at Killington Ski Resort, looking toward Killington Grand Resort Hotel
Photo courtesy NHRHS2010, via Creative Commons license

Here are Boston Discovery Guide's picks for the best New England ski vacation resorts near Boston as well as New York.  

You can easily drive to most of these New England resorts in just 2 - 3 hours. 

Many offer budget-friendly ski vacation package deals.

Whether you're interested in family skiing holidays offering lots of activities, romantic weekend getaways combined with ski trips, or all-inclusive ski packages to simplify your planning, you'll find plenty of options for your New England ski vacation at these resorts.

What can you expect at the best New England ski vacation resorts?   Look for lots of snow sports - downhill skiing, cross-country ski trails, snow boarding, snow tubing, and maybe less-familiar adventures such as snowkiting, as well as individual and group lessons for all skill levels. 

But that's just the beginning.  You'll find a variety of lodging choices ranging from comfy to luxurious, lots of dining options, fun nightlife, and shopping for any non-skiers in your group.  Finally, most resorts offer "stay-and-ski" vacation packages to save you money.

Here are snapshots of what you'll find at the best New England ski resorts, plus information about nearby hotels and condominiums.

 

Killington

WIth 6 mountains, 140 trails, 22 lifts, 7 peaks, over 1,100 acres, a vertical drop of 3,050 feet, the Killington resort area is huge.  More than 250 inches of natural snow each winter and a monster snowmaking system ensure optimal conditions and grooming. 

Killington offers diverse terrain for all levels of skiers - wide open cruisers, narrow runs, trees, steeps, and moguls, including Outer Limits, the steepest, longest mogul slope in the East.  Snowboarders and freeskiers will enjoy the 5 parks and 500-foot long Superpipe. 

In addition, the Killington vicinity offers cross-country skiing, sleigh rides, rock climbing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, and snowmobiling, makiing it a perfect spot for your New England ski vacation. 

But no need to go out in the snow.  You'll also find numerous spas, great shopping, and plenty of dining choices. 

Once the slopes close down, Killington's nightlife heats up along the Killington Access Road at Wobbly Barn and many other restaurants, pubs, and nightspots.  Bands, dancing, trivia nights, a piano bar, Irish music, and even a sports bar or two keep Killington lively into the wee hours of the morning.

Killington Essentials

Killington location: 

  • Killington, VT; 802-422-3261
  • 3 hours from Boston (158 miles)
  • 5 hours from NYC (250 miles)

Killington resorts and hotels:   

Photo of Killington Grand Resort Hotel in Vermont Killington Grand Resort Hotel
Full-service hotel.  A skybridge gives you quick access to the slopes, and an evening shuttle brings you to Killington Road dining and nightlife.  Fireplace in the lobby, on-site dining, health club, golf course, spa, and outdoor heated pool.
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Photo of Mountain Inn at Killington, VT Mountain Inn
Small family-owned inn, with fireplaces in some of the 16 rooms and suites.  Start your day with a complimentary made-to-order breakfast.  Enjoy the hot tub, in-house dining, great views, and free shuttle to ski areas and other restaurants.
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Photo of Pinnacle Condominiums at Killington Mountain Ski Resort Pinnacle Condominiums
Furnished condos feature fireplaces and space to spread out.  You're next the free shuttle to the slopes, and walking distance to restaurants and shops.  Enjoy the game room, on-site spa with sauna, exercise room, steam room, and hot tubs.
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Loon Mountain

Loon Mountain's reputation as one of the most family-friendly New England ski vacation resorts is well-deserved.  With a huge variety of terrain across 3 peaks in New Hampshire's White Mountains, Loon offers plenty of options for all levels of skiers from novice to expert.  Snowboarders will also love the selection of terrain parks, along with a superpipe and halfpipe.

But that's just the beginning.  You'll find plenty of other winter sports to enjoy - cross-country skiing on 20 kilometers of Nordic trails along the Pemigewassett River, a snow tubing run, a clibing wall, ice skating, guided snowshoeing tours, and for the truly adventurous, a Zipline experience in which you'll soar more than 700 feet across the river and then back again.

Free shuttle bus service connects all parts of the Loon Mountain resort, area hotels, lodges, and condos.

The Loon Mountain resort includes 9 or 10 restaurants, lodges, pubs, and cafes, and you'll find more dining options in the nearby towns of LIncoln and Woodstock, NH.

Loon Mountain Essentials

Loon Mountain location: 

  • 60 Loon Mountain Road, Lincoln, NH; 800-229-LOON
  • 2 hours from Boston  (Loon Mountain is the fastest and easiest of the big ski resorts to reach from Boston - just drive straight up Route 93)
  • 3 hours from Montreal
  • 5 1/2 hours from New York City

Loon Mountain resorts and hotels:   

Photo of fireplace in Village of Loon Mountain Resort Village of Loon Mountain Resort
Luxury New England ski vacation rentals directly across from Loon Mountain.  Fireplaces and kitchens included in 1-3 bedroom unit.  Indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, health club, and basketball.
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Photo of Mount Club on Loon Resort - condo living room and mountain views Mountain Club on Loon Resort
This slope-side resort on Loon Mountain offers an indoor and outdoor pool, indoor basketball, full spa, on-site restaurants, and a variety of sizes and styles for guest accommodations.  Look for affordable "stay and ski" packages.
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Photo of Innseason Resorts at Loon Mountain Loon Rivergreen Resort
This family-friendly resort located next to the Pemigewassett River is also close to ski areas at Waterville Valley, Cannon Mountain, and Bretton Woods.  Enjoy panoramic views, the indoor pool, and rooms and suites sleeping up to 8.
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Stratton Mountain Ski Resort

Long known for downhill skiing, Stratton Mountain was the first major ski resort to allow snowboarding, possibly because Jake Burton built his first snowboard while living in nearby Manchester, Vermont. 

With first-class terrain parks, a Superpipe impressive enough to attract world-class athletes, and even a kids' park for beginners, Stratton is home to Burton's US Open Snowboarding Championships.

Boasting the highest peak in Southern Vermont's Green Mountains, Stratton Mountain offers 92 trails on almost 400 acres.  If you're looking for excellent downhill trails as well as some of the best snowboarding terrain in the Eastern US, Stratton Mountain is a top New England ski vacation choice.

Stratton Mountain Essentials

Stratton Mountain location: 

  • Stratton, Vermont; 1-800-STRATTON
  • 2 3/4 hours from Boston 
  • 4 hours from New York City
  • 20 minutes for discount designer outlet shopping in Manchester, VT

Stratton resorts and hotels:   

Photo of fireplace in Village of Loon Mountain Resort Stratton Mountain Resort
The Stratton Mountain Resort offers a wide choice of lodging options throughout the resort property.  Choose from a hotel room to condominiums of all sizes, depending on your needs.
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