The best hidden ski areas in New England

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The best hidden ski areas in New England

If you’re a skier from the Northeast, chances are you’ve hit up Sunday River, Killington and Stow so many times you could make it down those slopes blindfolded, with broken skiing gear, and a ski school group in tow. But still, these mountains typically hog all the attention, when there are spectacular mountains laying in wait for you to conquer them.

The Boston Globe agrees with me in saying that Black Mountain is one of the top underrated peaks in New England. No, it doesn’t have high speed quintuple-seat lifts or fancy espresso bars, but if you’re looking for a simple day of riding, there’s little wrong with Black. I went with my family several times growing up, and it was a nice change of pace from Bretton Woods or Attitash.

If I’m going to drive to Vermont, I’ll usually just head all the way up to Jay Peak in hopes of powder. Really put my snow clothing to good use. But this winter – if there is a winter, that is – I may have to stop off at a place I’ve heard tales about but never been myself: Magic Mountain.

It doesn’t seem like much to get excited about, being one of the shortest mountains in the area, but everything I read says if you’re looking for steep trails to bomb down, this is the place to check out. Also, anywhere that lets me ski right off the trail as I wish will get my money.

Other mountains that are reportedly worth checking out are Sugarloaf’s formidable neighbor Saddleback, Western Massachusetts’ Ski Butternut and Mt. Abram in Maine.

The big resorts have certainly earned their place in the spotlight with reliable snow and runs, but this winter, try veering off the beaten path and giving these smaller operations your business.

Chris Davis

Although Christopher Dodge Davis grew up wrangling the copperheads of the East Texas woods, he's now made Boston his new home, and is determined to conquer the peaks of the East. Since moving, he's enjoyed hiking any trail within a weekend's drive, bouldering in the New Hampshire woods and backpacking sections of the AT, the Long Trail and other must-do hikes. Armed with a degree in English, you'll often find him sitting atop a peak, pencil in hand, unabashedly trying to channel the likes of Thoreau and other long-winded New Englanders.