Snowboard lovers know Stratton, which now utilizes solar energy, as the place that started it all: It was the first to give snowboarders slope-access four decades ago. With the highest peak in Southern Vermont, Stratton offers plenty of downhill action too (the vertical drop is over 2,000 feet)—over its 99 trails, 11 lifts, a summit gondola, and terrain suited to both novices and advanced skiers. They also partner with MOOver, a free public transit system in southern Vermont, to provide easier mountain access, and launched a mobile app. Also accessible are groomed trails for riders to explore via fat bike rentals; the four-lane snow tubing park with firepits and a warming hut; and 5k lit trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing at the Nordic Center.
Where to eat and drink: Stratton Mountain Area Dining
Distance from NYC: 4 hours, 30 minutes