The Road Trip Every Northeast Skier Should Make

The Road Trip Every Northeast Skier Should Make

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The Road Trip Every Northeast Skier Should Make

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If you’ve been following my recent posts, you might notice a new-found fascination of mine… ski road-trips!

Winter ’20-’21 will undoubtedly be different for those of us that must travel to reach desired skiing destinations. If you’re trying to avoid flights, and save money, this road trip to Indy Pass ski areas in the Northeast could be the perfect solution.

Your total cost to ski these 8 amazing ski areas could only be $199 with the Indy Pass. Plus you get two days of skiing at another 40+ ski areas located throughout the country and Canada. It’s a no-brainer, dude.

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You can also find lodging deals near most of these ski areas through the Indy Pass’ partners listed here.

Get your road trippin’ music queued up, load up on Red Bull, and tell your buddy to stop “letting ’em rip” without a window down.

We’ll use New York City as our starting point. The letters correspond with the ski area’s point on the map above. Travel time is indicated in red text.

Day 1: Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, PA (B)

Shawnee Mountain is located only 1.5 hours from New York City, making it a perfect first destination on your Northeastern road-trip. The ski area can also be overlooked by NYC day-trippers for ‘fancier’ accommodations at nearby resorts. Translation: NO LIFT LINES!

Vertical: 700′, Skiable Acres: 125

*TRAVEL TO MOHAWK MTN, CT (2.75 HOURS) NIGHT OF DAY 1*


Day 2: Mohawk Mountain, CT (C)

Mohawk is another “small” stop along the Indy Pass trail, but it’s nothing to shame. Some of my favorite places to ski have under 1000′, and Mohawk has plenty to keep you busy for the day.

Courtesy: Mohawk Mountain

Vertical: 650′, Skiable Acres: 112

*TRAVEL TO CATAMOUNT MTN RESORT, NY (>1 HOUR) NIGHT OF DAY 2*


Day 3: Catamount Mountain Resort, NY/MA (D)

Catamount is first resort on our list to scratch the coveted 1000′ vertical mark. It’s a popular destination due to it’s size and proximity to NYC. It’s also one of very few resorts that straddles two states.

Vertical: 1000′, Skiable Acres: 199

*TRAVEL TO BERKSHIRE E., MA (1.5 HOURS) NIGHT OF DAY 3*


Day 4: Berkshire East Mountain Resort, MA (E)

Berkshire can practically be considered “Southern Vermont” (please don’t kill me for saying that Vermonters…). It’s also the “only ski area in the world to produce 100% of its energy from onsite renewable energy.” Pretty neat!

Vertical: 1,180′, Skiable Acres: 180

*TRAVEL TO MAGIC MTN, VT (1.5 HOURS) MORNING OF DAY 5*


Day 5: Magic Mountain, VT (F)

Get ready for a real treat in Magic Mountain. The ski area is known for good snow, 11 glades, and a legendary vibe.

Vertical: 1500′ (NICE!), Skiable Acres: 205 (ALSO NICE!)

*TRAVEL TO BOLTON VAL., VT (2.5 HOURS) NIGHT OF DAY 5*


Day 6: REST!

Take a much needed day-off and travel from Bolton Valley into Burlington (~30 min drive). See Lake Champlain, go to Burlington’s various ski shops, or just kick your feet up and let those boots dry.


Day 7: Bolton Valley, VT (G)

Bolton is a staple on the East Coast, and I couldn’t be more thrilled that they’re featured on The Indy Pass. Enjoy this true New England classic.

Vertical: 1,704′, Skiable Acres: 300

*TRAVEL TO CANNON MTN, NH (2 HOURS) NIGHT OF DAY 7*


Day 8: Cannon Mountain, NH (H)

I’ve decided this statement is the best way to describe Cannon Mountain:

A northeastern resort that feels like Utah, looks like Vermont, and skis like nothing you’ve experienced before.

And that’s just the honest opinion from this humble ski blogger. Oh yeah, Cannon is also Bode Miller’s home mountain.

Courtesy: Cannon Mountain

Vertical: 2,180′ (Largest in NH), Skiable Acres: 285

*TRAVEL TO PAT’S PEAK, NH (1.5 HOURS) NIGHT OF DAY 8*


Day 9: Pat’s Peak, NH (I)

Pat’s Peak is a modestly sized ski area with excellent night skiing. Option to delay travel to Pat’s Peak to the morning of Day 9 and enjoy warmer temps in the afternoon, and fun under the lights to wrap up your unforgettable trip. Pat’s Peak is the last stop on our tour of Indy Pass resorts in the Northeast.

Courtesy: Pat’s Peak

Vertical: 770′, Night Skiing: 100% of terrain


Trip Totals

Lift Ticket Cost: $199 with Indy Pass, >$500 without

Total Distance Traveled: 684 Miles

Estimated Total Drive Time: 14 Hours

Average Daily Drive Time: 1.55 Hours

Total Ski Days: 8

States Skied: 6

Ski Areas’ Total Vertical: 9,684′

Ski Areas’ Total Skiable Acres: ~1525 acres

*Featured Image Courtesy: Magic Mountain Ski Area*

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