New England has 2 of the 10 best ski towns in North America, according to USA Today readers

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FILE  - In this March 13, 2015 file photo, Mount Washington is seen at dawn from North Conway, New Hampshire. The owners of the Mount Washington Cog Railway that climbs to the highest peak in the Northeast want to build an upscale hotel a mile from the summit, in keeping with hotels that once graced the mountain in the 1800s. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Mount Washington at dawn from North Conway, N.H. –Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Looking to book an epic ski weekend without traveling very far this winter? Two New England spots were just named among the best ski towns in North America by USA Today readers.

While Jasper, Alberta snagged the No. 1 spot on USA Today’s list of the top 10 ski resorts in North America, released on Friday, North Conway, N.H. ranked No. 2.

“Nestled within the scenic White Mountains of New Hampshire, North Conway sits within a half-hour drive of more than a dozen alpine and Nordic ski resorts,” the publication wrote. “Visitors off the slopes can explore the town’s pastel-hued Victorian architecture oozing New England charm. The Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center makes for an excellent rest-day diversion.”

Sunrise at Stowe. —Greg Burke
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Meanwhile, Stowe, Vt. came in at No. 8.

“Steepled churches and clapboard houses make Stowe a quintessential New England ski town, complete with excellent options for both downhill and Nordic skiers,” the publication wrote. “While there are plenty of fine dining establishments and luxury resorts catering to well-heeled travelers, there’s a lively apres scene as well, especially at The Matterhorn. Rest day activities can include a tasting at the famous Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory just down the road in Waterbury.”

For the 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards lists, USA Today travel experts select 20 nominees in topics that range from food to lodging, destinations to things to do, and then ask readers to cast votes to determine the top 10.

View the full list of best ski towns here.

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