Best 5: Ski Cruisers

Favorite leisurely downhill picks from Skiing magazine’s Eastern editor.

By Ben Hewitt

Dec 29 2009

Ski Cruisers

Ski Cannon’s Vista Way trail and the bonus is a spectacular view of Mount Lafayette to the east

Photo Credit : Keeler, Greg

Ben Hewitt is Skiing magazine’s Eastern editor and a devotee of winter sun, soft snow, and freshly groomed trails. Here are his favorite ski cruisers, in no particular order.

1. Cannon, Vista Way
Stunning views of Franconia Notch combine with a pitch that’s shallow enough to allow for sightseeing but still steep enough for carving speed. All this on Bode Miller’s hometown hill.
Cannon Mountain
Franconia, NH

2. Stowe, Perry Merrill
Accessed via Stowe’s weather-thwarting Gondola, Perry Merrill beckons with its wide-but-curvy swath of corduroy. And at day’s end, there’s no town more suited to apres.
Stowe Mountain Resort
Stowe, VT

3. Sugarloaf, Tote Road
You probably won’t be thinking about the low-energy snow guns that line sinuous Tote Road as you link 3.5 miles’ worth of arcing turns. But isn’t it nice to know that great cruising doesn’t have to hammer the environment?
Sugarloaf Mountain Resort
Carrabassett Valley, ME

4. Okemo, Tuckered Out
Expansive views, lots of sun, steady pitch, meticulous grooming, more curves than a drunken snake: Tuckered Out is quintessential Eastern cruising. It’s a bit steep and curvaceous for beginners, but intermediate and expert carvers go gaga over it.
Okemo Mountain Resort
Ludlow, VT

5. Sunday River, Excalibur
Taking full advantage of Jordan Bowl’s 1,500 vertical feet, Excalibur is a perfectly buffed example of this resort’s award-winning snowmaking. And the views of Mount Washington are stellar.
Sunday River Ski Resort
Bethel, ME

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