Vermont, in my opinion is the lead state of eastern skiing. It ranks behind NY in total number of areas, but leads the in the 1K mountain category with a count of 16. There are a hand full of nifty local areas that a worthy of a full day visit, plus two areas under 1K in vertical adding up to 19 areas total . Natural snow fall is plentiful. All the areas are well-experienced and very skilled in snow making. The slopes can be challenging with a nice variety of terrain. The season is long. Distances between the various areas are short so wanders can readily visit multiple areas in the same excursion.
My overview of Vermont breaks the state into three regions: North, Central and South. The further north you go generally speaking the lighter the crowds. Burlington and Canadian visitors can skew this generalization
The shorter distances to large cities may have something to do with the large number of lit slopes for night skiing. But it has a deleterious effect: large crowds and potentially long lines on the weekends and holidays. We easterners so are quite frankly a bit up-tight and edgy. It may be just my interpretation, but I keep an ever operable eye for out of control, and straight down the hillers in the east
The resorts are well developed and many villages as well “real” nearby towns that offer plenty of food, fun, and activities appealing to families and those less-than-fanatical fellow travels. You know – our friends who are so much fun, but are totally un-smitten by the ski-bug.
The ski programs are well organized and varied, offering some of the best instruction anywhere. Once mastering the hard-pack and ice so frequent in eastern skiing, graduates will be ready to take on any thing anytime.