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Iconic New England Road Trip With The Ikon Pass

Sugarbush-is-classic-Vermont Sugarbush is classic Vermont. (Sugarbush)

New England boasts six resorts for Ikon Pass holders, all within five hours of each other. With an easy flight into Boston, you can hit them all in six days. Here’s an inside look at the Northeast’s Ikon adventures.

Powder stashes for the finding in Stratton glades. (Hubert Schriebl)

Start your trip at southern Vermont’s Stratton at the Sun Bowl Base Lodge and cruise to Upper Middlebrook, with steep pitches and winding turns that drop you off at the Shooting Star six-pack or the Sun Bowl trails. Slalom Glade is steep, and off-the-beaten path. Stop in to the Fire Tower Restaurant & Tavern in Stratton Village to down one of their famous “Bacon Old-Fashioned” cocktails. In the evening try the Snowcat Dinner at Mid-Mountain Lodge.

More terrain than you can hit in a day at the Bast of the East. (Killington)

Drive an hour north, and you’ll be ready to snap in again at Killington. Learn to ski bumps with Olympic Gold Medalist and world champion mogul skier, Donna Weinbrecht. Don’t miss trying your hand at Superstar, the official World Cup race trail. Treat yourself to dinner at the Ledgewood Yurt via snowcat-drawn sleigh ride.

Start your day off at Sugarbush Resort with first-tracks cat skiing aboard the Lincoln Limo—a specialty snowcat fitted with 12-passenger cabin, flat screen, and cushy seats. Don’t miss the Slide Brook Express over to the second base area, Mt. Ellen, for throwback skiing at its finest. On the way, you’ll glide over the Slide Brook Basin’s 2,000 wooded acres of incredible off-piste terrain. For après, stop by Castlerock Pub at the mountain’s base for live music and cold beer. 

Loon's Camp III is the place to be on a sunny day. (Loon)

Next head over the river to New Hampshire and get at it early on Loon’s progression of six terrain parks. Groms as young as three years old can hit the Paul Bunyan–themed Burton Riglet Park, the Burton Lil’ Stash, the log cabin wall ride, and the nearly-mile-long Loon Mountain Park. Warm up with Caribbean-style rum punch at the Summit Café. 

White Heat will test those legs. (Sunday River)

Then on to Maine. Park at Sunday River's White Cap Lodge for quick access to the slopes. Its eight peaks are all interconnected, so it will be easy to get to the western peaks on powder days, which are chock full of glades. If you’re up for a leg-burner, take on White Heat that drops straight down the fall line and is packed with moguls. Refuel at Peak Lodge with a world-famous cinnamon bun. 

For a side country adventure, take Sugarloaf's Burnt Mountain cat. (Sugarloaf)

While in Maine, drive two hours northeast to Sugarloaf where you can experience New England’s only lift-serviced above-treeline skiing. Don’t miss Winter’s Way—the first trail ever cut on Sugarloaf by founder Amos Winter. No trip to the Loaf is complete without trying the legendary Bag Burger from The Bag & Kettle. Or try a multi-course mid-mountain tasting at Bullwinkle’s, accessible only by snowcat, where you’ll dine on chef-prepared small plates.

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