The Northeast Region of the US is home to a number of great ski resorts. While none are as big as the slopes in the Rockies or Pacific Northwest, there are still a number of challenging resorts.
Explaining our Criteria
Here at Parks & Trips, we created a proprietary Difficulty Score thats generated by combining a number of metrics for each resort. Primarily, we look at the count of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort.
Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then gives each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.
Whiteface Mountain: The Most Difficult Ski Resort in the Northeast
Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, New York tops out as the most difficult ski resort in the Northeast US. With the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies, and the highest summit in our list, Whiteface ends up with almost a 65% Difficulty Score, and atop our leader board of difficult Northeast slopes.
Killington in Vermont comes in at a very close second place. Killington has the second-steepest vertical drop and second-highest summit elevation, both right behind Whiteface.
Sugarloaf Ski Resort in Maine rounds out our top three due to its high amount of expert-level trails. It also has the third-steepest vertical drop behind our first two ranked resorts.