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The Ikon Pass currently delivers skiing and riding at 36 ski resorts via 74,000-acres across 3 continents, but one of the areas where this pass really comes into its own is New England.
In this corner of the country alone, Ikon Pass is offering unrivalled access to:
- over 15,000-feet vertical
- 5,182-acres of the finest skiing in the east
- 719 runs for all abilities
- 91 lifts
- a total average of over 1,200″ of snowfall
- 6 resorts within 5 hours of each other
New England is one of the planet’s most highly saturated skiing and riding areas—including six Ikon Pass destinations all within five hours of each other, Stratton, Killington Resort, Sugarbush, Sunday River, Sugarloaf, and Loon Mountain. New England skiing and the Ikon Pass are the ultimate combination.
Long weekend trip or snow-steeped staycation, all lie conveniently outside two major metros, New York City and Boston. As the new standard in season passes, the Ikon Pass and Ikon Base Pass maximize your winter shredding access on New England’s best terrain.
Southern Vermont is home to “The Birthplace of Snowboarding,” Stratton—the first resort to allow snowboarders on its trails. With its base area reminiscent of a quaint European village, Stratton boasts both premium powder on mountain and excellent off-mountain activities.
If it’s snowing, head to Slalom Glade, a steep, off-the-beaten path run with deep powder stashes. After your turns, experience the mountain at night on a Full Moon Snowshoe Tour, which ends with a cozy campfire, hot cocoa, and s’mores.
Killington Resort, VT
Drive just over an hour north, and you’ll be ready to snap in again at Killington Resort, “The Beast of the East”—New England’s largest ski destination with the longest season. This behemoth is home to Killington Peak, Vermont’s second tallest peak, and the Audi FIS World Cup.
Don’t miss trying your hand at Superstar, the World Cup race trail, and afterward, treat yourself to a Crabby Bloody Mary, complete with crab leg—the perfect finish to a day on the New England snow.
Farther north in Vermont still lies Sugarbush—comprised of two mountains with highly diverse personalities to match. Lincoln Peak has luxury lodging and fine dining; whereas, Mt. Ellen embodies the throwback ski scene, complete with Vermont’s highest chairlift. Take the high-speed quad between the two base areas for a ride over Slide Brook Basin’s 2,000 wooded acres.
Tomorrow’s snow report says powder? Sign up for Sugarbush’s first-tracks cat skiing aboard the Lincoln Limo—a specialty snowcat fitted with 12-passenger cabin, flat screen, and cushy seats.
Loon Mountain, NH
Located just two hours from Boston, New Hampshire’s Loon Mountain is the most accessible destination for big-mountain skiing and riding. Its award-winning progression of six terrain parks includes the nearly-mile-long Loon Mountain Park—plus the state’s only Superpipe—promising fun for every level of skier and rider.
And warm up after a long day on the mountain with an atypical après—Caribbean-style rum punch at the Summit Café, a tropical downpour of rum, grenadine, and fruit juice.
Sunday River, ME
Sunday River’s eight peaks are known for having New England’s most dependable snow—keeping this Maine destination open from late October through early May. If you’re up for a challenge, take on this destination’s steepest, most iconic mogul runs—White Heat.
Refuel mid-morning at Peak Lodge with one of Sunday River’s world-famous sticky cinnamon buns. Drenched with a creamy glaze and bigger than your face, this sweet treat pairs perfectly with a spicy Bloody Mary, complete with smoky vodka and candied bacon.
While in Maine, drive two hours northeast to Sugarloaf where you can experience New England’s only lift-serviced above-treeline skiing. Summit by hopping on the Timberline Quad, where you can snap a selfie with Katahdin and Mount Washington as your backdrop.
For après, no trip to the Loaf is complete without trying “New England Ski Resort’s Top Burger”: the legendary Bag Burger from The Bag & Kettle. Or try elevated mid-mountain dining at Bullwinkle’s, accessible only by snowcat.
Explore the complete Ikon Pass destination list at ikonpass.com.