2 New England Areas Rank Among The Best Ski Towns In North America
To prepare for the skiing season USA Today‘s 10BEST named the best ski towns in North America. New England had two towns on the list.
To elaborate on the definition of a ski town, here, there are a few requirements. First of all (and most obvious) it has to have proper winter weather. As such, the majority of these towns are located in the northern part of North America. Next, the town must be close to the ski mountains. Lastly, unique elements like après ski pubs and ice skating rinks add to the winter charm of the area. On that point, 10BEST states, “It’s about great accommodation options, a small-town vibe, or a historic atmosphere.”
Of the 10 small ski towns ranked here eight of them are in America and two are in Canada. Coincidentally, New Mexico bookends the list with Taos being #10 and Red River ranking #1. On the east coast, these two New England ski towns were the only ones on the east coast to make the top ten list.
Stowe, Vermont Is #5
There are 116 ski trails and 13 lifts at Stowe Mountain Resort. “Laid out along the course of the Little River, the town is home to the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum as well as resorts like the Trapp Family Lodge, the Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, and the elegant Topnotch Resort, but also plenty of more modest options,” 10BEST explains.
North Conway, New Hampshire Is #4
If you travel approximately 115 miles east of Stowe, you will arrive at the New England town that ranked one spot ahead. Attitash, Cranmore, and Wildcat are among the most popular ski mountains in the Cranmore area. There are also dozens of great local establishments along White Mountain Highway. Horsefeathers, for example, gets a great après ski crowd, with a wide-range of local craft brews on tap.
Both of these great New England ski towns are under 170 miles from Boston.