The 15 Highest Ski Resorts on the East Coast

Taliana Potts |
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Cannon Mountain covered in a layer of snow. Credit:

The east coast is not the first place most people think of when they think of skiing. It often gets overshadowed by resorts that are out west with bigger vertical and deeper powder. However, skiing in the east does have its perks.

Many ski resorts on the east have an old school vibe and terrain that caters to all levels. Certain areas, such as Vermont, offer some great snow conditions as well. Even on the days when the ice coast really earns its nickname, there are still some very challenging slopes to conquer.

Although the elevation of these mountains does not compare to western peaks, there are some quality resorts that are among the highest ski areas on the east coast.

Here are the 15 highest (in feet)


#1 Beech Mountain Resort, NC – 5,506

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Beech Mountain, the highest resort on the East Coast. Credit:

#2 Cataloochee Ski Area, NC – 5,400

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#3 Sugar Mountain Resort, NC – 5,300

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#4 Snowshoe Mountain Resort, WV – 4,848

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The Village at Snowshoe.

#5 Wolf Ridge Ski Resort, NC – 4,700

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#6 Whiteface, NY – 4,650

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Whiteface was home to the alpine skiing events in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Credit:

#7 Timberline Mountain, WV – 4,268

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Timberline Mountain, WV.

#8 Killington Resort, VT – 4,241

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#9 Sugarloaf, ME – 4,237

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Sugarloaf is the largest ski resort in the northeast. Credit:

#10 Sugarbush, VT – 4,083

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Credit: Skier: Evan Theurer

#11 Cannon Mountain, NH – 4,080

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#12 Wildcat Mountain, NH – 4,062

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#13 Waterville Valley, NH – 4,004

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#14 Appalachian Ski Mountain, NC – 4,000

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#15 Jay Peak, VT – 3,968

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Pow day at Jay Peak Resort, VT. Credit:

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6 thoughts on “The 15 Highest Ski Resorts on the East Coast

  1. You forgot about Canaan Valley Ski resort which is next door to Timberline Mountain in West Virginia. It’s sits at the top at 4280 feet

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