I love New York. I love the ski history, the vast wilderness and the assortment of old-school ski hills. I also dig the proximity to Vermont and all that Green Mountain snow.
Northern Vermont is something else. The East is challenging for skiers, as conditions can quickly go from pow to crunch. But NoVT often escapes this fate, and even when it’s afflicted, it recovers more quickly than any other other part of the northeast.
Then there is Smugglers Notch. For me the place has everything: old school vibe, Hall lifts, excellent tree skiing and 300 inches of snow. I haven’t been to every ski area north of I-89, but of those I have skied, I really dig Smuggs.