Ski season is already here. From luxe lodges to secrets of the ski bums, we’ll point you to the spots the best suit your family’s style, and budget. Take a tour of our East Coast favorites.

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STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT
Stowe is widely considered the top ski area of the East Coast. There’s a decent number of runs, and they do their best to keep the runs nice and powdery, despite the area’s penchant for icy conditions. Off the slopes, Stowe Mountain Resort has a long history of being one of the best resorts in the area, much in the likes of the more upscale resorts of the West Coast. You will usually have crowds to battle at Stowe, but if you’re up for the challenge, you’ll reap the rewards in excellent ski schools, cuisine, quick gondolas and other perks.

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TOPNOTCH RESORT
Luxury $$$$
Plenty of resorts stake a claim on being ‘kid’ or ‘family’ friendly, but Topnotch truly goes out of their way to make kids feel not just like tagalongs, but welcomed and appreciated visitors. For starters, there’s no charge for children 12 and under, which is not always the case at pricier resorts. Then there’s the amenities and services that go far beyond the normal booster to include bottlewarmers, infant soap and shampoo—even child-size robes and slippers. Of course the spa offers kid-services, and there’s tons of kid and family activities offered on and off the resort, including tours of the Ben & Jerry ice cream factory. For parents, Topnotch is luxury with charm, and we especially love the range of accommodations available to fit your family.

OKEMO MOUNTAIN RESORT
Okemo Mountain Resort appears on many favorites lists for East Coast skiing, and it’s easy to see why. It’s spacious without feeling overwhelming, well-maintained and while not a ‘budget’ resort and is priced with an eye toward value. For families, it ranks especially high. We love it for it’s overall atmosphere, excellent ski schools and variety of activities from snowtubing, their Fire Pit and Snow Fun Playground and Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster. 

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MOUNTAIN LODGE AT OKEMO
Budget to Mid-Priced $$-$$$ 
Okemo’s most economically priced slopeside lodging is also its most convenient. Located just steps away from lifts, ski schools and the magic carpet (who can resist a ride?), these comfy, well-kept one-bedroom accommodations help up the ‘no-fuss, no-muss’ quotient of your ski vacation.

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KETTLEBROOK CONDOS
Budget to Mid-Priced $$-$$$
A little further out of the fray than Mountain Lodge, but still an easy walk to lifts and other mountain amenities, Kettlebrook condos feature kitchen facilities and a wider range of room configurations from efficiencies to two-bedrooms.


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KING PINE SKI AREA
A little gem of a resort, and a local favorite, King Pine Ski Area is perfect for families with younger kids, or for anyone hitting the powder for their first season (or their second or third). You’ll find a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the larger resorts, relaxing into a mountain that’s known (and loved) for it’s relatively small size, laid-back atmosphere, affordable rates and emphasis on family fun. King Pine was just voted among the ‘Top 5 Ski Lessons’ by The Boston Parents Paper, proving again that the big, more expensive resorts aren’t the only place to find quality ski instruction. For local students aged 6-18, King Pine offers highly-discounted student season ski passes. 

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PURITY SPRING RESORT
Budget to Mid-Priced $$-$$$
Located right at the base of the King Pine Ski Area, there’s really no other choice for lodging if you’re on the mountain. We say that in a good way. Rooms are basic, but clean, and you skip the hassle of loading up the car before being able to get out on the snow. Purity Spring offers lots of winter activities, from tubing to ice skating to horse-drawn sleigh rides. There are lots of room options too, from cottages to condos to more traditional hotel-type lodging, some closer to the action, some further away (and more quiet), so go over your options with the Hoyt family before booking.

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