Hit the Slopes: New England Ski Resorts for All Levels

Living in and around Albany NY, we’re fortunate to be so close to New England Ski Resorts, often within an hours’ drive. Sandwiched between Massachussets and Vermont, it’s often faster and easier to hit up ski resorts in adjacent states than it is to ski in New York.

Capital Region residents are within a short drive from many of the Northeast’s finest ski resorts, and within day trip distance from skiing anywhere in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and much of Vermont . Even the outer reaches of New England are an option for a weekend ski trip.

And New England is home to some of the best ski resorts in the United States, with a wide range of terrains and trails suitable for skiers of all levels. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced skier, you’ll find plenty of options to satisfy your thirst for adventure in the stunning landscape of New England.

In this post, we list East Coast ski resorts with driving distances from Albany, NY as well as deals, resources, and other winter attractions. So, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and let’s get started!

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Ski Deals

January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, where retailers and resorts offer all kinds of special incentives to help you discover the sport. Look for ski deals from individual states or directly from ski resorts.

Got a kid in 4th Grade? You’re in luck. Sign ’em up in the NY 4th Grade Ski & Ride Program and they ski free at participating ski mountains. Similar programs are available across the USA: Vermont’s 5th Grade Passport; and New Hampshire’s 4th and 5th Grade Passport.

Bear in mind that these passport programs open up for registration by early fall, and in some states, they do run out.

Spring is the best time, and often the only time, to get reasonably priced Season Passes either directly at a ski resort, or with multi-mountain access. Storm Skiing Journal maintains the BIG LIST of Season Passes around the nation, do check it out, it’s a great resource.

And throughout the season, save big at ski resorts with Liftopia’s ski deals on lift tickets, rentals,  lessons, dining credits, and other mountain activities.

Berkshire East

Skiing In Massachusetts

  • Berkshire East Ski Area – Charlemont, MA. Driving: 1:48 minutes from Albany, NY. Deals: AAA Discount, Reciprocal Program.  Other attractions: Racing Program,Tubing, Zipline.
  • Blue Hills Ski Area – Saint Canton, MA (30 minutes from Boston, MA; 3 hours from Albany, NY) Other attractions: Camps, Racing Program, Terrain Park.
  • Bradford – Haverhill, MA. Driving: 45 minutes from Boston, MA. Deals: 6-Pack. Other attractions: Clinics, Racing Program, Terrain Park.
  • Nashoba Valley Ski Area – Westford, MA. Driving: 45 minutes from Boston, MA. Other attractions: Adaptive Ski Program, Camps, Volleyball League.
  • Otis Ridge Ski Area – Otis, MA Driving: 1:10 minutes from Albany, NY. Other attractions: Ski Camp, Night Skiing, Racing Program.
  • Wachusett Mountain – Princeton, MA Driving: 1:20 minutes from Boston, MA. Other attractions: Adaptive Ski Program, Clinics, Demo Center, Night Skiing, Race Program, Terrain Park, Women’s Only Events.
  • Ward Hill – Shrewsbury, MA Driving: 50 minutes from Boston, MA. Other attractions: Adult Race League, Night Skiing, Race Program, Terrain Park, Tubing.

Skiing In Connecticut

  • Mohawk Mountain – Cornwall, CT. Driving: 1:45 minutes from Albany, NY (2:15 minutes from NYC) Deals: 6-Pack, College Night, Military Discount. Other attractions: Adaptive Ski Program, Night Skiing, Parents & Tots Program, Women’s Programs.
  • Mt. Southington Ski Area – Plantsville, CT. Driving: 2:25 minutes from Albany, NY (2:15 minutes from NYC) Other attractions: Night Skiing, Race Program, Terrain Park.
  • Ski Sundown – New Hartford, CT. Driving: 1:50 minutes from Albany, NY. (2:40 minutes from NYC) Deals: 6-Packs, Savings Cards. Other attractions: NASTAR Recreational Racing, Race Program, Women’s Club.
Mount Snow

Skiing In Vermont

Southern Region Vermont

  • Bromley Mountain – Peru, VT. Driving: 1:40 minutes from Albany, NY. Deals: Family Fridays, Spring Deals, Sun Mountain Card Deals. Other attractions: Adaptive Ski Program, Camps, Child Care, Racing (Alpine, Freestyle, Snowboard,) Telemark Program, Terrain Parks.
  • Magic Mountain – Londonderry, VT. Driving: 1:50 minutes from Albany, NY. Deals: Locals Discount, Sunday Saver. Other attractions: Racing (Alpine, Freestyle,) Terrain Park, Tubing, Women’s Adventure Ski Clinic.
  • Mount Snow – West Dover, VT. Driving: 1:50 minutes from Albany, NY. Deals: e-Ticket Deals, FANfare Card, Military Discount, Spring Pass. Other attractions: Adaptive Clinics, Child Care, Racing (Alpine, Freestyle, Snowboard,) Recreational Racing, Spa, Tubing.
  • Okemo Mountain Resort – Ludlow, VT. Driving: 2:05 minutes from Albany, NY. Deals: College Discount, Military Discount, Locals Discount Day. Other attractions: Day Care, Golf, Ice-skating, Mountain Coaster, NASTAR Recreational Racing, Nordic Skiing, Racing Program, Terrain Park, Women’s Program. Read: Okemo – A Delicious Ski Adventure!
  • Stratton Mountain Resort – Bondville, VT. Driving: 1:40 minutes from Albany, NY. Deals: Online offers, Extended stay freebies, Family 4-Pack. Other attractions: Camps, Child Care, Cross-country Skiing, Dog Sled Tours, Indoor Golf Training, Ice-skating, Racing Program, Snowmobile Tours, Seniors Program, Skate Park, Snowshoe Hikes,Tennis School, Terrain Park, Tubing, Women’s Program.

Central Region Vermont:

  • Killington Resort – Killington, Vermont
  • Mad River Glen – Waitsfield, Vermont
  • Middlebury College Snow Bowl – Middlebury, Vermont
  • Pico Mountain – Killington, Vermont
  • Sugarbush Resort -Warren, Vermont
  • Suicide Six -Woodstock, Vermont

Northern Region Vermont:

  • Bolton Valley Resort – Bolton Valley, Vermont
  • Burke Mountain Ski Area – East Burke, Vermont
  • Cochran’s Ski Area – Richmond, Vermont
  • Jay Peak Resort – Jay, Vermont
  • Smugglers’ Notch Resort – Smugglers Notch, Vermont
  • Stowe Mountain Resort -Stowe, Vermont Read: Stowe – A Sweet Family Ski Resort.

Skiing In New Hampshire

  • Attitash Resort
  • Black Mountain
  • Bretton Woods Ski Area
  • Cannon Mountain
  • Cranmore Mountain Resort
  • Crotched Mountain Ski & Ride Area
  • Dartmouth Skiway
  • Granite Gorge Ski Area
  • Gunstock Ski Area
  • Loon Mountain
  • Mount Sunapee Resort
  • Pats Peak Ski Area
  • Ragged Mountain
  • Waterville Valley Resort
  • Whaleback Ski Area
  • Wildcat Mountain Ski Resort

Sunday River Chair Lift

Skiing In Maine

Skiing In Rhode Island

  • Yawgoo Valley Ski Area