Stratton, Killington Resort, Sugarbush Resort, Loon Mountain, Sunday River, Sugarloaf
Winter is back on the horizon and it’s never too early to start planning a season of ski adventures. Enter the Ikon Pass for ‘19/20. From coast to coast, continent to continent, this season pass unlocks a growing collection of iconic destinations, including New England’s best.
One of the planet’s most highly saturated skiing and riding areas, New England features six Ikon Pass mountains, all within five hours of each other. Connected by an open road and the next adventure, here’s where the northeast’s most iconic alpine destinations can take you.
As “The Birthplace of Snowboarding,” Stratton deserves a pilgrimage. With a blend of steep pitches and winding turns, Upper Middlebrook is one of Stratton’s best kept secrets and is a sure bet for hours of AM stoke. However, if it’s been snowing, take a trip to Slalom Glade. With its steep, off the beaten path presence, and deep powder stashes, your turns will burn all day.
The promise of adventure leads to “The Beast of the East,” Killington. Boasting New England’s longest season, Killington is home to the Audi FIS World Cup. In turn, try your hand at their most iconic run, Superstar, the official World Cup race trail. Pro status in the bag, traverse to the top of Killington Peak and snap an unforgettable selfie before taking a cruise down the long looping run to Skiers right, Solitude.
Arrive early to join up with Sugarbush Resort’s first tracks cat skiing. The Lincoln Limo, packed with luxuries and cushy seats, will take you to the top. Once there, it’s all about the early bird access to pristine, deep powder and untouched corduroy that really opens the day right, leading into an afternoon of exploration.
Including a park themed for Paul Bunyan, the nearly mile long Loon Mountain Park, and New Hampshire’s only Superpipe, there’s a park progression adventure for every rider across Loon’s award-winning six terrain parks. With tricks tricked, there’s plenty more to ride. Start by taking it to one of Loon Mountain’s most iconic black diamond runs, Upper Walking Boss.
With eight interconnected Peaks, Sunday River is one of the books. If you’re up for a challenge, take on one of Sunday River’s most iconic runs, White Heat. This steep double black diamond drops straight down the fall line and is packed with moguls on a long, sustained leg burner.
As the second largest ski destination east of the Mississippi, Sugarloaf is Maine’s second highest peak and offers the only lift served skiing above treeline on the entire East Coast. With this access, hop a ride on the Timberline Quad to get the goods early from Snowfields, where legendary runs descend from the mountain’s 4,237 foot summit.