New England's Appalachians host many of America's original ski areas, and as the unquestioned capital of New England, Boston has always claimed a thriving ski culture. Day-trippers, weekend warriors and second-home owners clear out of Boston every weekend and many weekdays as well. The only question is whether they head to the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, Vermont's Green Mountains or the White Mountains of Maine and New Hampshire.
West of the Hub in the wooded Berkshire Mountains, Ski Butternut touts its reliable snow coverage, courtesy of an overpowered snowmaking system that surfaces 100 percent of the mountain's 22 trails. Much of that manmade is rolled into easy-skiing corduroy, which begs to be skied like a racer. So wax your boards, don your helmet and get your Lindsey Vonn on.
As you head north, taking progressively smaller roads along the way, keep an eye out for Vermont Route 100, which links many of the state's resorts. It isn't always easy, as VT-100 signs are routinely stolen by visitors who want a piece of one of skiing's most beloved highways. Sugarbush is the all-star of Route 100 -- a huge resort with 111 trails and 16 lifts spread over two mountains. With an almost Rockies-like 2,600 vertical feet, Sugarbush never gets boring.