Best East Coast ski resorts

Ski Season Preview: The Best of the East

MontThe East has produced notorious skiers like Bode Miller and snowboarders like Seth Wescott, raised on carving fast turns in hard powder. Some Colorado powder hounds may complain of the East's notorious ice, but with an increasing amount of snow guns, the snow out East is more reliable and longer lasting than ever. Mountains like Sunday River in Maine and Killington in Vermont were even able to open in late October, due to a combination of blasting snow guns and early storms.

East Coast ski resorts will typically open by Thanksgiving and stay open as late as they can, usually into mid-April when the slopes get warm and slushy.

(SundayWithout further ado, here's a look at the beasts of the East:

Quebec

Mont Tremblant, Quebec

Mont Tremblant (Creative Commons/steves-photos)

This charming ski town is at the base of the highest peak in the Laurentian Mountains. There are 95 trails and 14 lifts, two of which are gondolas to warm up in. There's also more than 30 acres of park, but those looking to go in need a separate Adrenaline Park pass. The mountain boasts a varied terrain for the whole family.

(Sugarloaf/EthanBest Feature: First Tracks allows you to board the Express gondola at 7:45 am and ski or board at 8 a.m. on the designated slopes of the north side Let those skis unleash over fresh corduroy and powder without the stop and go of skiing in crowds.

2011- 2012 Ski Season: Approx. Nov. 24, 2011- April 9, 2012

Getting There: Located just 90 minutes from Montreal-Tredeau International and 22 miles from Mont Tremblant International Airport makes getting in and out of this ski resort a breeze. If traveling into Mount Tremblant Airport, just take the short VIP shuttle directly to participating hotels. For those flying into Montreal, either rent a car from the airport or take the Mont-Tremblant Express, which departs from the airport four times a day.

AttitashRates and Additional Information: www.tremblant.ca

Maine

Sunday River

Sunday River (Sunday River/Nick Lambert)

The snow here is so good, this resort trademarked the line the most dependable snow in New England. Here, the aggressive snowmaking has already started. When the mountain is up and running at full strength, there's 743 acres of trails and backcountry skiing, 133 trails, and 16 lifts spread over eight peaks. Each peak has its own personality and traits from the family-friendly North Peak to Oz's double black diamond. Located in Bethel Maine, this town's got that quintessential small town New England feel. The mountain has even added a new zip line that's open throughout the year and great for a family vacation.

(Jeff Sugarbush Killington Whiteface

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