Best Ski Resorts: Jay Peak, Vermont

Ideal for off-piste.

    Photo: Courtesy of Jay Peak Resort

ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 371 INCHES
MILES FROM THE CANADIAN BORDER: 3
THE EXPERT: CHRIS YOUNG, 39, PRINCIPAL AT VERMONT'S CRAFTSBURY SCHOOL (K-12)
It's not your typical warm, wet East Coast snow. The storms stick around for a few days. We might not get Utah's four-foot dumps, but the glade system maintains the snow longer—there are skiable pockets for days after the storm if you know where to go. People divide the mountain into two sides: Tramside and Stateside. The Tramside runs tend to have longer vertical and get more traffic. Two epic Tramside glade runs are Staircase and Everglade—they go on forever and have steep, tight lines. I ski Stateside; it's easier to get farther out of bounds. Local knowledge comes in handy. I'm going to get killed if I give you any more information. HOT TIP Go in March. It's the best snow—the freeze-and-thaw cycles have stopped—and you don't get wacko crowds.

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