Discover The 10 Biggest Ski Mountains in New England

Written by Kyle Glatz
Updated: July 16, 2023
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New England is known more for its picturesque ski towns rather than massive resort areas. As most people know, just about all of the biggest ski resorts in America are out west. Still, that doesn’t mean the Northeast lacks any sizeable resorts and ski areas. Consider 10 of the biggest ski mountains in New England and see how they measure up to some other ski areas in the country.

While some of them are diminutive compared to others, the biggest and best have the size, amenities, and charm to give the expansive resorts out west a run for their money. These ski mountains are ranked according to their total skiable area, and they are all located in either Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island.

1. Killington Resort

Killington Ski Resort in Vermont

Killington Ski Resort is the largest ski resort in New England.

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LocationSkiable AcresAnnual Average Snowfall
Vermont1,509220 inches

Featuring 73 miles of trails and 1,509 skiable acres, Killington Ski Resort is the biggest ski mountain in New England and the largest one on the East Coast. Like many others on this list, the ski resort is located in Vermont. The popular resort hosts millions of people from around the U.S. and beyond every year!

2. Sugarloaf Resort

The resort is known for its good mix of beginner, intermediate, and expert trails.

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LocationSkiable AcresAnnual Average Snowfall
Maine1, 240 to 1,400200 inches

Sugarloaf Ski Resort is the largest ski area in Maine and the second-largest ski area in the eastern U.S. Sugarloaf has about 1,240 to 1,400 acres of developed skiable area. The resort is known for its good mix of beginner, intermediate, and expert trails. This area receives about 350,000 to 500,000 visitors per year!

3. Smugglers’ Notch Resort

Skier going down a slope

The Smuggler’s Notch Resort has a triple black diamond run called The Black Hole.

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LocationSkiable AcresAnnual Average Snowfall
Vermont1,000310 inches

Smugglers’ Notch Resort is a Vermont-based ski resort located near the town of Cambridge. The resort is known for being the only place in the state with a triple black diamond run. This extremely difficult run is called The Black Hole, and it is found on Madonna Mountain at the Freefall Woods. However, the resort isn’t all difficult skiing, and beginners can find appropriate trails here as well.

4. Sunday River Resort

LocationSkiable AcresAnnual Average Snowfall
Maine884155 inches

The Sunday River Ski Resort is the second-largest ski resort in Maine and the fourth-largest ski mountain in New England. The resort has a total skiable area of about 884 skiable acres, and it has a 2,340-foot vertical drop. Featuring eight different peaks, 135 trails, and night skiing, it’s no surprise that this resort is so popular for skiing in Maine.

5. Stratton Mountain Resort

The resort is located on Stratton Mountain, and it continues to grow into a larger tourist destination.

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LocationSkiable AcresAnnual Average Snowfall
Vermont670180 inches

The Stratton Mountain Ski Resort offers about 670 skiable acres of area for visitors to enjoy. The resort is located on Stratton Mountain, and it continues to grow into a larger tourist destination. The village at Stratton is a quaint area with famous shops and great lodging.

While it is still a sizable ski area, Stratton Mountain Ski Resort also represents a significant drop in size compared to the top four biggest ski mountains in New England on this list.

6. Okemo Mountain Resort

Okemo mountain ski resort in Vermont

The Okemo Mountain Ski Resort is known for exceptional trail care.

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LocationSkiable AcresAnnual Average Snowfall
Vermont632 to 667200 inches

Okemo Mountain Resort is billed as a great family resort. This resort has 632 to 667 acres of skiable area. The trails in this area are known for being exceptionally well-groomed, and the runs vary in difficulty from easier ones to the most difficult including the double diamond area that is called The Black Hole, the same name as the one in Smuggler’s Notch Resort.

7. Saddleback Maine Resort (Tied)

Saddleback Mountain Resort has a 1.86-mile run called the Hudson Highway to entice its visitors.

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LocationSkiable AcresAnnual Average Snowfall
Maine600225 inches

The Saddleback Maine Resort has about 600 acres of skiable area, the same as the next entrant on the list. That makes the 7th place a tie on the list of the 10 biggest ski mountains in New England. Nevertheless, this resort is interesting because it is the third-largest resort in Maine.

Also, it has a 1.86-mile run called the Hudson Highway to entice its visitors. Saddleback is undergoing a period of development, including the recent installation of a high-speed quad lift!

8. Mount Snow Resort (Tied)

Mount Snow ski resort in Vermont.

Mount Snow Ski Resort is a highly accessible ski area.

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LocationSkiable AcresAnnual Average Snowfall
Vermont600450

Mount Snow is well-known as one of the best areas for skiing in Vermont. The ski resort is not as massive as the Vail Ski Resort in Colorado or many others on this list. Still, its location in the southern part of the state makes the Mount Snow Ski resort very accessible from nearby major cities. That’s enough of a draw to bring hundreds of thousands of visitors every year!

Like Saddleback, this resort has 600 acres of skiable area, making them tied for the 7th biggest ski mountains in New England.

9. Sugarbush Resort

Sugarbush Ski Area, Vermont

A red house in the Sugarbush Ski Area, Vermont.

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LocationSkiable AcresAnnual Average Snowfall
Vermont484 to 581250

The Sugarbush Resort is a four-season resort that features roughly 484 to 581 skiable acres for visitors to enjoy. While it’s a smaller resort, it is known for its 111 different runs along with a substantial vertical drop of about 2,600 feet. This resort was acquired by the Alterra Mountain Company in 2019, making this resort accessible through the Ikon Pass.

10. Stowe Ski Resort

LocationSkiable AcresAnnual Average Snowfall
Vermont485314

Lastly, the Stowe Ski Resort in Vermont has about 485 skiable acres. Although the resort is anything but large, it still has amenities to offer visitors. Nearby lodging, ski rentals, lift tickets, and lessons are available to those who come to this resort.  

The Biggest Ski Mountains in New England and Beyond

Park City Canyons Ski Area in Utah

The Park City Mountain Resort is several times larger than the biggest ski resort in New England.

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The biggest ski resort in America is Park City Mountain Resort in Utah, a place with 7,300 acres of skiable area, 324 runs, and 3,200 feet of vertical change. Those statistics should demonstrate the size disparity between the resorts in New England and those in the western United States.

Still, an interesting facet of this list of the biggest ski mountains in New England is that they are all located in Vermont or Maine. In fact, seven of the largest ski areas in this part of the U.S. are found in Vermont alone.

The largest one outside of Maine and Vermont is Bretton Woods in New Hampshire, a ski resort with about 464 skiable acres of land. All things considered, New England doesn’t have the biggest ski areas, but the quality and charm of those in the area make up for it.   

Summary of the 10 Biggest Ski Mountains in New England

RankSki MountainLocation
1Killington ResortVermont
2Sugarloaf ResortMaine
3Smugglers’ Notch ResortVermont
4Sunday River ResortMaine
5Stratton Mountain ResortVermont
6Okemo Mountain ResortVermont
7Saddleback Maine ResortMaine
8Mount Snow ResortVermont
9Sugarbush ResortVermont
10Stowe Ski ResortVermont
Summary Table of the 10 Biggest Ski Mountains in New England

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Kyle Glatz is a writer at A-Z-Animals where his primary focus is on geography and mammals. Kyle has been writing for researching and writing about animals and numerous other topics for 10 years, and he holds a Bachelor's Degree in English and Education from Rowan University. A resident of New Jersey, Kyle enjoys reading, writing, and playing video games.

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