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This New England ski and snowboard guide will help you plan your next trip

Where will you hit the slopes this year?

Stowe Mountain in Stowe, Vermont. Stowe

The 2020-21 ski and snowboard season is underway, which means New England is full of opportunities to hit the slopes.

Ahead, discover what’s new at five of the top regional mountains, how long it will take you to get there, how much a lift ticket will cost you, and more.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, capacity is limited at mountains across the region, lift tickets must be purchased online in advance, there’s limited use of base lodges, mask policies are in place, and guests must follow state travel restrictions.

Killington Ski Resort in Killington, Vermont

The high-speed Snowdon Six Express at Killington in Vermont.

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Date opened: Nov. 11
Distance from Boston: About three hours by car
Size of mountain: Six peaks, 1,509 skiable acres, and 155 trails. Here’s a map.
Ticket cost: $135 for weekday and non-peak, $165 for weekend and peak. A ticket to Killington also includes access to Pico Mountain.
Largest vertical drop: 3,050 feet
Number of lifts: 22
What’s new this season: Parking is free, but reservations are required. Base lodges are more of a “warming hut,” with 30 minute time limits and limited grab-and-go food due to capacity limits. Food trucks and outdoor dining options have been added. Read up on the resort’s COVID-19 safety policies, and download the resort’s app, which provides wait times, trail maps, and more. Review Vermont’s COVID-19 travel restrictions before planning a trip.

Sunday River in Newry, Maine

Sunday River

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Date opened: Nov. 23
Distance from Boston: About three hours by car
Size of mountain: Eight peaks, 870 skiable acres, and 135 trails. Here’s a map.
Ticket cost: $119 per adult
Largest vertical drop: 2,340 feet
Number of lifts: 18
What’s new this season: RFID gates were added at lifts for contactless ticket checking, all indoor spaces have capacity limits, and bag storage is not allowed in lodges. Read up on the resort’s COVID-19 safety policies and stay up to date by using its appReview Maine’s COVID-19 travel restrictions before planning a trip.

Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley, Maine

Sugarloaf

Opening date: Nov. 23
Distance from Boston: About five hours by car
Size of mountain: 1,240 skiable acres, 162 trails and glades. Here’s a map.
Ticket cost: $119
Largest vertical drop: 2,820 feet
Number of lifts: 13
What’s new this season: RFID gates have been added at lifts for contactless ticket checking, restaurants have expanded takeout service, and daycare is unavailable. Read up on the resort’s COVID-19 safety policies, and keep up to date using the resort’s app. Review Maine’s COVID-19 travel restrictions before planning a trip.

Stowe Mountain Resort in Stowe, Vermont

Stowe

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Opening date: Nov. 20
Distance from Boston: About three hours by car
Size of mountain: 485 skiable acres and 116 trails. Here’s a map.
Ticket cost: $159 peak day, $139 noon-peak day
Largest vertical drop: 2,360 feet
Number of lifts: 13
What’s new this season: All transactions are cashless, visitors can book meals through the resort’s app (with time slots open daily at 7 a.m.), and self-health screenings are required for lessons. Read up on the resort’s COVID-19 safety policies. Review Vermont’s COVID-19 travel restrictions before planning a trip.

Mad River Glen in Fayston, Vermont

Mad River Glen’s famous single chair lift.

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Projected opening date: Dec. 12
Distance from Boston: About three and half hours by car
Size of mountain: 115 acres of trails, plus 800 acres of tree skiing/riding access. Here’s a map.
Ticket cost: $92 per adult
Largest vertical drop: 2,037 feet
Number of lifts: Five
What’s new this season: The base lodge has been updated, and a new ski patrol building has been added. Indoor facilities are limited. Read up on the resort’s COVID-19 safety policies and find out more on the resort’s appReview Vermont’s COVID-19 travel restrictions before planning a trip.

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