Pros: easy access, cheap prices
Cons: highway noise, slow chair
This one is right off I-89 a few miles before the Vermont border. It’s literally a few hundred feet from the exit. Easiest highway access I’ve ever seen. If you’ve ever driving I-89, you’ve probably always wondered if it was worth a stop. It’s a small mountain but it has some diverse terrain and nice steeps. They even have some glades. They do an extremely good job grooming the beginner/intermediate trails, but the diamond runs are left to nature’s mercy. It’s kind of like Mad River Glen in that sense. The mix of conditions makes it a fun place to come with people of all levels and chances are you won’t lose the kids. Whaleback has absolutely no crowds to speak of and you’ll park right next to the slopes (like 2-10 yards away). The only true downside to Whaleback is their lift. They have one double chair and it’s slow (they did get new comfortable covers this year!) Granted, you never have to wait, but it’s kind of painful at times and then an 18-wheeler drives by and there does that peaceful nature moment. Overall it’s a great value (they have some great lift/rental deals too) but the highway noise is a little unsettling when you are used to (and appreciate) the quiet of the mountain experience. It’s still a fun place for a half-day... Also, if you are local, you can ski the last two hours of the day for $15. Certainly something I would do weekly if I lived in the area.