CALL YOURSELF AN EASTERN SKIER? SHRED HERE.
Five must-ski mountains for all hardcore East Coast skiers.
COCHRAN’S SKI AREA, VT.
Eight trails, three lifts, 15 acres, and more soul than you can shake a ski pole at, Cochran’s was built in 1961 by ultimate ski parents Mickey and Ginny Cochran. The family has sent somewhere in the vicinity of 10 ski racers to Olympic and World Cup competitions.
CANNON MOUNTAIN, N.H.
The best use of taxpayer money we’ve ever seen, and home to the first aerial tramway in North America, Cannon is wild, rugged, and wonderfully au naturel with legit vert (2,330 feet) and open-to-the-public U.S. Ski Team training courses at the Mittersill expansion.
MAGIC MOUNTAIN, VT.
This former skier co-op is what the sport is all about: real snow, extreme steeps, tight glades, and the spirit of community that ties it all together. New ownership took over in November 2016, so look for upgrades and renewed stoke this season.
It’s metro New York’s day-tripper hill, and with 1,600 vertical feet and 40 percent advanced and expert terrain, you can get your day’s worth here. So don your Starter jacket and hit Hellgate. The icier the better.
JIMINY PEAK, MASS.
The Berkshire’s Jiminy Peak is largely a family area, so how about this: Take your (advanced) groms for a romp down Jericho, a steep, long, thigh-burner, and one of the few double-blacks in the region. We double-dog dare you.