Dear Editor of,

I write to you today not as a critic of Western skiing but as an advocate for the often underappreciated beauty and charm of East Coast skiing. While it’s true that Western ski resorts boast big mountains and deep powder, there are unique aspects to skiing on the East Coast that make it an experience worth celebrating.

First and foremost, the East Coast offers a historical richness that Western resorts simply cannot match. The birthplace of skiing in the United States lies in the eastern part of the country, with ski areas like Vermont’s Stowe and New Hampshire’s Tuckerman Ravine holding a special place in skiing history. The sense of tradition and heritage is palpable when you ski on these slopes, and the stories of legendary skiers like Otto Schniebs and Friedl Pfeifer still echo through the trails.

Let’s address the elephant in the room and talk about ski conditions and weather for a moment. The unique weather patterns of the East Coast provide a challenging and rewarding skiing experience. While the powder days might be less frequent, the variable conditions demand versatile skiing skills. Learning to navigate icy patches and variable terrain hones your abilities and creates resilient skiers. It’s no wonder why East Coast skiers learn to carve turns and hold an edge better than many skiers on the West Coast.

East Coast resorts also tend to have a more intimate and community-oriented atmosphere. Smaller resorts foster a sense of camaraderie among skiers and riders. You’re more likely to strike up a conversation with a fellow enthusiast on the chairlift or meet a local who shares secret stashes of powder.

The East Coast offers a diverse range of skiing experiences, from the rolling hills of southern Pennsylvania to the steep slopes of New England. Each region has its own unique character, and the ability to explore such diverse terrain within a relatively small geographic area is a special advantage.

So Western skiing undoubtedly offers its own allure; let us not overlook the many virtues of East Coast skiing. The rich history, accessibility, unique challenges, and tight-knit communities make it an experience worth celebrating and cherishing. The East Coast is not just a place to ski; it’s a place to fall in love with the sport, connect with its heritage, and create memories that will last a lifetime.


Samantha from New Hampshire