Here are the top 10 spring skiing destinations in the East
Spring skiing is a beloved pastime for many skiers and snowboarders, offering warm weather and soft, slushy snow. While many ski resorts close their doors by mid-April, there are still some places in Eastern North America that offer excellent spring skiing well into May. Here are the top 10 best places for spring skiing in Eastern North America, along with their highlights.Le Massif, Quebec
Boasting some of the best snow in Eastern Canada and the steepest hill, Le Massif is still something of a hidden gem as it is a bit further afield in the Charlevoix region of the province about an hour from Quebec City. Spring skiing runs until mid-April. For those looking for a special spring getaway, be sure to check out the new Club Med a tthe hill. Swanky.
Killington Resort, Vermont
Killington is known for its long ski season and typically stays open until sometime in May thanks to plenty of north-facing terrain. With more than 1,500 acres of skiable terrain and 212 trails, there's something for every level of skier or rider. S;pring brings with it many fun events as well including a moguls challenge, and pond skim day on the hill and a beer festival off of it. The resort also has a lively après ski scene and plenty of dining options, including a mountaintop restaurant with panoramic views.Sugarloaf, Maine
Sugarloaf is one of the largest ski resorts in the East, with over 1,200 skiable acres and 160 trails, and the self-declared king of spring skiing in the east. The resort's spring skiing season typically runs from mid-March to May 1, with plenty of sunshine, mild temperatures, and surprisingly good snow conditions. Sugarloaf is also home to some of the steepest terrain in the East, making it a favorite for advanced skiers and snowboarders.
Summit at Sugarloaf (photo Noelle Lake, Sugarloaf)
Jay Peak, Vermont
Jay Peak is known for its abundant snowfall and typically stays open until early May. The resort offers 385 skiable acres and 81 trails, as well as some of the best glade skiing in the East. The area gets a surprising amount of snowfall in the spring, so you never know, but might even get a rare spring powder day. Jay Peak also has a 60,000 square foot indoor water park, making it a great destination for families.
Closing day last year, on May 16 (photo: Jay Peak Facebook)
Sunday River, Maine
Sunday River is another Maine resort that offers excellent spring skiing. With 870 skiable acres and 135 trails, there's plenty of terrain to explore. The resort's spring skiing season typically runs from mid-March to early May, with lots of sunny days and soft, forgiving snow.Mount Snow, Vermont
Mount Snow is a popular destination for spring skiing, thanks to its sunny weather and fun events like Reggae Fest and the annual Sink or Swim Pond Skim. The resort offers 588 skiable acres and 86 trails, as well as a terrain park with over 100 features.
Mont Tremblant in the spring is specialMont Tremblant, Quebec
Mont Tremblant is one of the most popular and largest ski resorts in Eastern North America, offering 665 skiable acres and 102 trails. The resort's spring skiing season typically runs from mid-March to mid-April, with plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures. Mont Tremblant is also known for its lively pedestrian village, with plenty of dining and shopping options. The resort area sprawls out into the surrounding towns and countryside, which offers plenty of charm and nostalgia while also presenting several other fantastic options for everything from food and lodging to activities when life in the ski village just isn’t enough. We say, mix it up.Stowe Mountain Resort, Vermont
Stowe is known for its challenging terrain and iconic mountain peak, which is visible from much of the surrounding area. The resort offers 485 skiable acres and 116 trails, as well as a variety of dining and shopping options in the nearby town of Stowe. There is also a ton of maple sugar shacks in the area that are firing up the sap buckets. The spring skiing season typically runs from mid-March to early April.
Vermont's Stowe Mountain Resort
Blue Mountain, Ontario
Blue Mountain is one of the largest ski resorts in Ontario, offering 364 skiable acres and 42 trails. The resort's spring skiing season typically runs from mid-March to early April, with lots of sunny days, mild temperatures and fun around the ski village. It might not be big, but Blue makes up for it in lift capacity to make sure skiers get their runs in. Blue Mountain is also home to a variety of off-slope activities including ice skating through the trees, and a mountain roller-coaster kind of thing.Smugglers' Notch Resort, Vermont
Smugglers' Notch is a family-friendly ski resort that offers a variety of terrain for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. The resort's spring skiing season typically runs from mid-March to mid-April, with plenty of sunshine and soft snow. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, the resort also offers a variety of off-slope activities, including snowshoeing, ice skating, and a kids' adventure camp.
When planning a spring skiing trip, it's important to check each resort's snow conditions and operating schedule, as they can vary depending on weather patterns and other factors. Additionally, be sure to pack appropriate clothing for warmer weather, such as lighter layers and sunscreen.
These 10 resorts offer some of the best spring skiing in Eastern North America, with plenty of sunshine, soft snow, and off-slope activities to enjoy. Whether you're a seasoned skier or a beginner, there's something for everyone at these top destinations.