The 2013 OnTheSnow Visitors' Choice Award for Best Terrain in the Northeast goes to Jay Peak Resort, famous for its incomparable glades and abundant natural snowfall—the most snow in the East. The great snowfall makes for a long season, stretching from mid-November to mid-May. Vermont's only Aerial Tramway is one of nine lifts accessing 385 acres of terrain, including 77 trails. Jay Peak's boundary-to-boundary woods policy makes it a favorite among advanced skiers and riders but the glades aren't for experts only. The mountain also has the most beginner and intermediate tree skiing in the East. The majority of the mountain's accommodations are slopeside, and those units that do not have direct trail access are just a short walk to the Village Chair, the nearest lift.
WHERE TO GO FOR BEGINNER TERRAIN: If you're a beginner be sure to check out "The Zone," Jay Peak's learning area, which features 80 acres of wide, gentle terrain and introductory glades. Popular novice glades include Moon Walk Woods, Bushwacker and Kokomo.
WHERE TO GO FOR INTERMEDIATE TERRAIN: There are intermediate runs from every lift. The Vermonter and Northway are scenic, winding groomers with spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.
WHERE TO GO FOR EXPERT TERRAIN: Popular advanced trails include The Jet, Upper Exhibition and Upper River Quai. Popular Advanced glades are Beaver Pond, Timbuktu and Valhalla.