New England is a wonderful destination for skiers. Perhaps best known for its Northern New England ski resorts in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, skiing can be found in all six New England states.
Alpine / Downhill Skiing
There are 70 Alpine / downhill ski areas or resorts in New England, 53 of which are in Maine New Hampshire and Vermont. They range in size from ski areas with fewer than ten trails to behemoths like Bretton Woods in NH (102 trails), Killington in Vermont (140 trails), and Sugarloaf Mountain Resort in Maine (158 trails).
Nordic / Cross Country Skiing
For those who prefer gliding along wooded trails and through glens, New England offers thousands of miles of cross country ski trails. There are trails that range in size from a loop of less than a mile on a golf course, to trail systems like Jackson XC in NH, the oldest Nordic trail system in the United States with 154km of trails, and Vermont’s epic Catamount Trail, North America’s longest back-country cross country ski trail that traverses the entire length of Vermont north to south (483km).
In addition, many state parks allow cross country skiing, as do conservation groups such as Audubon Societies and the Trustees of Reservations (in Massachusetts).
New England Skiing Summary
|State||Alpine Ski Areas||Nordic Ski Areas||Other Nordic Skiing|
|New Hampshire Skiing||19||19||
|Rhode Island Skiing||1||0|