Best of the East 2009: Jay Peak, Vermont

According to the readers of Skiing Magazine.
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According to the readers of Skiing Magazine.
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Best of The East
1. JAY PEAK, VERMONT (above)
Four of us rested our fried thighs in the bed of a Ford F-250 running on veggie oil—a sight not uncommon to Jay Peak’s access road. We were hitching back to the resort from the Dip, 1,500 vertical feet of evenly spaced trees right outside Jay’s boundary, accessible from the Jet triple chair. Before that we were knee-deep in fluff on the Ridgeline’s fall-line steeps right under the tram. And before that it was the Everglades, a narrow, wooded shot loaded with fairy dust from northerly squalls. The truck pulls to a halt at the lodge, and we’re off to Bernie’s Café in nearby Montgomery for a pint of Long Trail Ale and a Vermont-raised burger.

Three Things You Need to Know:

The Flyer chair is known as the Freezer for a reason. Access nearly all of Jay’s 385 skiable acres from the tram or the Bonaventure Quad.

Beat the crowds on a powder day by lapping the Ridgeline a couple times before making your way over to Stateside.

Grab a room at the North Troy Inn and you’ll be just 15 minutes from first tracks [$38; northtroyinn.com].

Best of the Rest
2. Mad River Glen, Vermont
3. Stowe, Vermont
4. Sugarbush, Vermont
5. Sugarloaf, Maine
6. Sunday River, Maine
7. Gore Mountain, New York
8. Killington, Vermont
9. Okemo, Vermont
10. Stratton, Vermont