Here are our favorite ski towns in New England, and
The Top 10 Western Ski Towns, not all
slope-side, but all very scenic and unique, with lively
après ski, a few shops,
brewpubs, cafes and restaurants, and authentic ski town charm – often including
the quintessential church steeple or clock tower.
Stowe Vermont is classic – like a picture
postcard in winter with the church steeple, the
Green Mountain Inn, and a few
fantastic restaurants and shops like Shaw’s General Store decorate the Village.
The views of Stowe Mountain are magnificent as well.
Stowe Mountain Lodge at the base of the
slopes resembles Deer Valley of the East, a very cool place to stay – ski in ski
out with regal rocky mountain décor, ski concierge, outdoor heated pool and hot
tub, a spa, and no excuse not to get first racks.
Manchester Vermont is a great ski town steeped in
history back to the Green Mountain Boys. From the Village Green, all covered in
white in winter, you are a short drive to the slopes of
Stratton or Bromley. Manchester has plenty of
outlet shopping, or après ski fine dining at The Equinox or several other cool
The Mad River Valley is true Vermont. General stores, covered bridges, organic
cafes, and rolling hills blanketed in sparkling snow are staples in the towns of
Waitsfield and Warren. The Mad River Valley is home to
Sugarbush - with two connected ski mountains
- Lincoln Peak and Mount Ellen, and the old-school classic Mad River Glen Ski
Area (no snowboarder allowed here).
Historical Woodstock is not slopeside, but it
feel like the perfect Vermont ski town in winter. The slopes of Suicide Six are
minutes away, and you’re just a 20-mile drive to
Killington’s ski lifts. The 1969 Woodstock
Inn is the centerpiece of this pretty village, with a grand fireplace, extensive
Nordic skiing, a spa, après ski and dining.
Okemo’s hometown of Ludlow Vermont is homey, folksy and fun, just a few miles
from Okemo Mountain Resort skiing. Cool cafes, brewpubs and ski shops line the
Main Street. Take your pick of the Pot Belly, DJ’s, Sam’s, Harry’s, The Hatchery
or Killarney’s Irish Pub.
Bethel continuously ranks as a top ski town in Maine. Home to
Sunday River Ski
Resort, one of our favorite ski resorts for reliable snow conditions and the
best grooming, Bethel is right down the road offering a real Maine feel. A few
cafes and gift shops keep visiting skiers occupied après ski. Take your pick of
pizza, Mexican, Cho Sun Asian, Suds Pub, the Bethel Inn, or a rustic burger and
brew at the Funky Red Barn. Bethel celebrates winter with happiness and
Rangeley in Maine is a hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, skiing town – in that
order. Your nearest ski slopes are Saddleback Mountain which offers classic New
England skiing at high elevation – read: great snow and beautiful views. The
village of Rangeley is funny, a bit furry, friendly and affordable. Watch out
for moose, Mainers on snowmobiles crossing the street, and try to blend with the