One of the best parts of winter is the fact that winter sports are so much fun. Whether you’re an avid skier or swear by snowboarding, there are plenty of great mountain destinations to head to and enjoy the best of winter vacations. Here are some lesser known mountains that still offer fantastic trails.
Mad River Glen, Vermont
This mountain located on the East Coast is full of history. It was first opened in 1948 with just one ski lift chair, which actually is still there today. It’s also part of a co-op that began in 1995. Though this is a skier-only mountain, it has dedicated about 20% of its trails for beginners, so if you’re a snowboarder interesting in learning how to ski, this is a great choice for you.
Le Massif de Charlevoix, Quebec
Found just about an hour outside of Quebec City, Le Massif de Charlevoix has the highest vertical drop east of the Canadian Rockies. It also boasts over 400 acres of ski terrain. The mountain overlooks the St. Lawrence River and has over 50 trails to explore.
Camden Snow Bowl, Maine
Located on the Maine coast, though this mountain is small, it is still very mighty. It offers 14 trails for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. That include a mile long trail called Spinnaker that starts out as a blue trail and transforms into a blue. The backdrop of the mountain boasts a stunning view of the East Coast ocean.
Crystal Mountain, Washington
This is the largest ski resort in the state of Washington, but it is still one of the most underrated ones. With glorious views of Mt. Rainier, these trails experience about 480 inches of snowfall every year.
Brian Head Resort, Utah
Although Brian Head Resort is one of Utah’s lesser known resorts, it actually has the highest base in the state. It’s dotted with red rock formations, the only ski and snowboard mountain that can say that. There are actually two mountains that connect: Giant Steps and Navajo. They make up 71 runs with all different levels of difficulty.