Boy Scouts Ski Trips: 3 Of The Best Ski Slopes On The East Coast

Homewood_SkiTeamsHeader_658x358pxThere is magic to being outdoors in the winter. Camping, skiing, snowboarding, spending time outdoors in the beautiful white powder snow. They can also be some of the most challenging of outdoor adventures.

The Boy Scouts of America operates the National Cold-Weather Camping Development Center at Northern Tier through the Okpik program. Boy Scouts are well-versed in outdoor safety, and more importantly, winter outdoor safety. They also spend time going on ski trips together as a fun way to bond during the winter months, and this list covers some of the best ski slopes that they journey to on these adventures.

While many people head to the Western part of the United States to ski, it’s actually quite possible to ski on the East Coast as well. Don’t overlook the steep, impressive, exhilarating and powdery slopes of the East Coast. Here are a few of the best East Coast slopes:

1) Jay Peak, Vermont

This peak offers an experience that is not too different from the Western ski experience. This intense and steep terrain is far from many other landmarks, thus making it a path less traveled even for those who live on the East Coast. Jay Peak gets quite a lot of snow. In fact, the last two seasons, Jay Peak received more total snowfall than Squaw Valley. Over the past ten years, Jay Peak has gotten an average of 355 inches of snow annually. If you ski at Jay Peak, expect an experience similar to skiing in the woods. While February and March tend to produce the most snowfall, the high amount of snowfall in this area makes almost any time of year perfect for skiing.

2) Killington, Vermont

Killington is one of the most popular skiing resorts on the East Coast. It is large with six peaks and is always crowded. This is definitely more of a tourist scene than an opportunity to become one with nature, but it is an experience you won’t soon forget. Killington has the longest seasons on the East Coast, bragging that it is almost always the first to open and the last to close. At this big slope, there’s something for everyone, from rugged terrain to a series of bumps and moguls to give you an adrenaline rush while you ski.

3) Whiteface, New York

Any true skier will want to head to Whiteface in New York. The 1980 Olympics occurred on this mountain, so you know it’s no joke. If you don’t like ski slopes with base “villages”, this is the place for you. Building on this area while abiding by Adirondack park regulations is very difficult, so there are very few base operations. This area has incredible views of the WIlmington Notch the wilderness around the Adirondacks. The nearby mountain village of Lake Placid is a must-visit if you want an authentic experience. If you get outside of Lake Placid, you will be able to experience the wilderness of Upstate New York. But if you visit here, you’ll want to pack many extra layers as the weather here is extremely cold and cloudy. But if you’re a true skier, you’ll want to visit Whiteface at least once in your life.

Anyone who is serious about skiing should not only stick to the western half of the United States. There are a number of slopes on the East Coast that will provide any skier with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Make sure to visit these slopes to experience what East Coast skiing is all about. It may be different from the Western slopes, but you won’t regret it.