Ski Areas You Can Fly to in the Northeast U.S.

  • E-Mail this Article
  • View Printable Article
  • Text size:

    • A
    • A
    • A

In-depth details of 39 ski areas from Maine to Maryland with complete fly-in info on nearby airports, FBOs, and ground transportation.

Cessna 182I have always been envious of my friends who are skiers. While I dread the upcoming winter, they actually are anxious to see the temperature drop below freezing. The feeling of accomplishment that skiers feel at the end of a difficult run that has been well executed must be exhilarating. The sense of control, the rush of traveling at breakneck speeds, and of course, the views of snow-filled mountains and valleys against a clear blue sky are all reasons to head for the slopes. You find those sensations no where else...no where except in an airplane.

All skiers have their favorite mountains. Perhaps it's the one that is easiest to reach by car or maybe it's the trail in the most remote area around. How about trying a new ski center that is easy to travel to by plane? Take a day trip to try a slope that you would never drive to, but that has an airport close by.Below are 39 ski areas all of which you can fly to for a day of fun. The locations vary from modest hills, where you might bring your children to learn the sport, to some of the most challenging trails in the East.

The criteria used for choosing which areas to include are:

  1. Location within 20 miles of a paved, attended airfield and

  2. Readily available transportation from the airport to the ski area.

Usually this transportation is taxi service, but where that is unavailable or prohibitive in price we include rental cars located at the airport.

NOTE: Transportation prices quoted are from the taxi or rental car company. Taxi rates are one-way only. Hats off to those FBOs and ski areas that are willing to provide transportation for pilots. We have noted these with an asterisk.

Each of the 39 ski areas in the table below is numbered, and you can locate the ski area on the large ski area map provided.

So load your skis into the plane and head for the mountains for a day of fun. Skiing has to be one of the best parts of winter.

Connecticut

1. Mount Southington (203) 628-0954
10 miles from apt. $14.50 by taxi
Trails: Beginner to expert
Vertical drop: 425'
Longest run: 7/8 mile
2 chairlifts 14 trails
Open for day and night skiing daily
Lift prices: $28-adult $22-jr. wkends
1/2 day rates available.
Sun. night special rate: $10
Snowmaking, rentals and ski school
Food on site
Meriden Markham Apt (MMK)
Aviation Services (203) 238-4400
Trans.: Yellow Cab (203) 235-4434
2. Powder Ridge (203) 349-3454
11 miles from airport $16 by taxi
Trails: Beginner to expert
Vertical drop: 500'
Longest run: 1 mile
4 Chairlifts 14 trails
Open for day and night skiing daily
Lift prices: Adult 8 hr.- $28 4 hr.- $25
Junior 8 hr.- $22 4 hr.- $20
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school
Food available on site
3. Ski Sundown (203) 379-9851
15 miles from airport
Trails: Beginner-advanced
Vertical drop: 625'
Longest run: 1 mile
4 Chairlifts, 16 trails
Open for day and night skiing daily
Lift prices: Adults-
$29 day, $20 night
Jrs.- $25 day and $17 nights
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school
Food available on site.
Simsbury Airport (4B9)
Simsbury Fly. Club* (203) 658-2025
Transportation: Provided by the Simsbury Flying Club. Call ahead.

Maine

4. Lost Valley (207) 784-1561
5 miles from airport $8 by taxi
Trails: Beginner to advanced
Vertical drop: 240
Longest run: 3/4 mile
2 Chairlifts 15 trails
Open for day and night skiing daily
Lift prices: Wkends adult-$17 jr.- $15 Wkdys adult-$16 jr.- $15
Hourly rates available
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school, cross country skiing
Food on site
Auburn-Lewiston Mun. (LEW)
Twin Cities Air Serv. (207) 784-6318
Transp.: City Cab (207) 784-4521
5. Ski Mt. Abram (207) 875-5003
12 miles from airport $5/pers. by van
Trails: Beginner to advanced
Vertical drop: 1030
Longest run: 2.5 miles
2 Chairlifts, 31 trails.
Open for day skiing daily
Lift prices: Wkends adult-$28,
Wkdays adult -$18,
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school
Food and lodging on site
Col. Dyke Field (0B1)
Bethel Air Service (207) 824-4321
No lighting
Transp.: Skiburbans (207) 824-GOGO
Call 1 day in advance.
6. Sunday River/Jordan Bowl Ski Area (207) 824-3000
6 miles from airport $5/ person by van
Trails: Beginner to expert
Vertical drop: 2300'
Longest run: 3 miles
14 Chairlifts
105 trails
Open for day skiing daily
Lift prices(93-94): Wknd adult-$41 jr.- $24
Wkday adult-$39 jr.- $24
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school, snowboard park, 7 mountains, cross-country trails
Food and lodging on site
7. Camden Snowbowl (207) 236-3438
15 miles from the airport $23 by taxi
Trails: Beginner to advanced
Vertical drop: 950
Longest run: 1 mile
1 Chairlift 11 trails
Open for day skiing daily, some evenings
Lift prices: Wknd adult-$23, jr.- $15
Wkdy adult-$12 jr.- $10
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school, toboggan chute
Food on site
Knox County Regional (RKD)
Downeast Air (207) 594-2171
Penobscot Air* (207) 596-6211
Transportation: Courtesy car may be reserved from Penobscot Air Rental cars at Downeast Air for $36.99/day Schooner Taxi (207) 594-5000
8. Saddleback* (207) 864-5671
7 miles from the airport
Trails: Beginner to expert
Vertical drop: 1830
Longest run: 2.5 miles
2 Chairlifts 40 trails Open: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Lift prices: Wkends adult-$30 jr.- $18
Wkdays-$15 for all
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school, cross country
Food & lodging on site
Rangeley Municipal Apt. (8B0)
Mountain Air Serv. (207) 864-5307
Transportation: Van from Saddleback will transport to and from the airport. Call Saddleback one day in advance.

Maryland

9. Wisp Ski Area
2 miles from airport
Trails: Beginner to advanced
Vertical drop:610
Longest run: 1.5 miles
5 chairlifts 23 trails
Open for day skiing daily and night skiing Tuesdays to Saturdays
Lift prices: Wkends adult-$37 jr.- $25 Midweek adult-$30 junior- $19
Snowmaking, rentals and ski school
Food on site
Garrett County Airport (2G4)
Lakeside Aviation* (301) 387-4100
Transportation: Provided by Lakeside. Call ahead.

Massachusetts

10. Butternut Basin (413) 528-2000
5.5 miles from apt. $12-$13 by taxi
Trails: Beginner-intermediate
Vertical drop: 1000
Longest run: 9,500
6 Chairlifts 22 trails
Open for day skiing daily
Lift prices: $36-adult, $10-child
Reduced rates after 1 p.m.
Cross-country trails, snowmaking, rentals, ski school
Food on site
Great Barrington Apt. (GBR)
(413) 528-1010
Transp.: Taxico (413) 528-0911
11. Catamount (413) 528-1262
5.5 miles from apt. $12-$13 by taxi
Trails: Beginner-advanced
Vertical drop: 1,000'
Longest run: 2 miles
4 Chairlifts 24 trails
Open daily for day skiing and Wed. -Sat. for night skiing
Lift prices: $29 adult, $15 junior
Midwk $25-adult, $10-jr.
Snowmaking and rentals
Food on site
12. Brodie (413) 443-4752
15 miles from airport $20 by taxi
Trails: Beginner to advanced
Vertical drop: 1250'
Longest run: 2.5 miles
4 Chairlifts 28 trails Open:
9 a.m.-11 p.m. daily
Lift rates: $37-adult, $30-junior Wkday and after 3 p.m. reduced rates
Cross-country trails, snowmaking and rentals
Lodging & food available
Harriman & West (2B6)
Esposito Flying Ser.: (413) 663-3330
Turbo Prop IntOl: (413) 664-4585
Transp.: Norm's Taxi (413) 663-8300
13. Blue Hills Ski Area (617) 828-5090
5.5 miles from airport $10-11 by taxi
Trails: Beginner to advanced
Vertical drop: 309'
Longest run: 3/4 mile
1 Chairlift 7 trails
Open: Daily 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Lift rates: Wkends adult-$20 jr.-$17
Wkdays adults-$15 jr.-$11
Snowmaking, rentals and ski school
Food on site
Norwood Memorial Apt. (OWD)
Eastern Air Center (617) 769-8680
Wiggins Airways (617) 762-5690
Transp.: Yellow Cab (617) 769-4100

14. Bousquet*: (413) 442-8316
1 mile from airport $3-$4 by taxi
Trails: Beginner to advanced
Vertical drop: 750'
Longest run: 1.5 miles
2 Chairlifts 21 trails
Open daily for day and night skiing except for Sun. which is day skiing only
Lift rates: $15 days and evenings
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school
Food on site.
Pittsfield Municipal (PSF)
Lyon Aviation, Inc.: (413) 443-6700
Transp.: Bousquet will pick up. Call upon arrival.
Rainbow Taxi: (413) 499-4300
12. Brodie (413) 443-4752
15 miles from apt. $20 by taxi
See above under Harriman-West
Equally distant from both airports

New Hampshire

15. Ascutney Mountain Resort*, VT (802) 484-7711
14 miles from airport $20 by taxi
Trails: Beginner to expert
Vertical drop: 1530'
Longest run: 3520'
4 Chairlifts 31 trails
Open: Daily 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lift prices: Weekends adult-$36 jr. & sr.-$22
Weekdays adult-$26 jr. & sr.-$18
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school
Food and lodging on site
Claremont Mun. Apt. (CNH)
Frank's Flight Service (603) 542-8530 Transportation: Ascutney will send van. Call 1-2 days in advance for scheduling and upon arrival for pickup.
Ace Taxi (603) 542-7111
16. Gunstock: (603) 293-4345
5 miles from airport $14 by cab
Trails: Beginner to expert
Vertical drop: 1400'
Longest run: Just under 2 miles
7 Chairlifts 41 trails
Open daily for day skiing and Tues. to Sat. for night skiing
Lift rates: Wkends adult-$35, jr.-$22
Weekdays adult-$26, jr.-$18
Snowmaking, ski school, cross-country trails
Food on site
Laconia Municipal Apt. (LCI)
Emerson Aviation: (603) 293-7980
Sky Bright Aviation*: (603) 528-6818
Transportation: Courtesy car from Sky Bright. Call ahead or AAA Transport (603) 524-0509
17. Bretton Woods* (603) 846-5505
4 miles from airport
Trails: Beginner to expert
Vertical drop: 1500'
Longest run: Over 2 miles
4 Chairlifts 30 trails
Open daily for day skiing and Fri. and Sat for night skiing
Lift prices: Wkends $36-adult $23-junior Wkdays $29-adult juniors pay their age
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school
Food on site
Twin Mountain Airport (8B2)
Twin Mtn Fly. Serv. (603) 846-5505
Transportation: Pick up by Bretton Woods. Call a few days ahead for scheduling and again upon arrival for pickup.

New Jersey

18. Great Gorge Resort(201) 827-2000
10 miles from airport
Trails: Beginner to expert
Vertical drop: 1040'
Longest run: 2 miles
14 Chairlifts 52 trails Open: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
Lift prices: Adult-$38, jr.-$27
1/2 day prices available
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school
Food and lodging on site 19. Hidden Valley Ski and Tennis Resort (201) 764-6161 8 miles from airport
Trails: Beginner to expert
Vertical drop: 640'
Longest run: 3/4 mile
3 chairlifts, 12 trails
Open for day and night skiing daily
Lift prices: Adult-$36 full day $30 half day junior-$30 full day
Special prices on wkdays
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school
Food on site
Sussex Airport (N63)
Sussex Airport, Inc.* (201) 875-7337
Transp.: Provided by Sussex Airport, Inc. Call ahead. For rental cars Condit Ford (201) 383-2800 From $39/day 100 miles free

New York

20. Swain
15 miles from apt. $15-$20 by taxi
Trails: Beginner to expert
Vertical drop: 650'
Longest run: 1 mile
4 Chairlifts 18 trails
Open: Daily 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Lift prices: 4 hrs.-$30 8 hrs.-$32
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school
Food & lodging on site
Dansville Municipal Apt. (DSV)
Sterling Airways (716) 335-2076
Transp.: Village Taxi (716) 335-5595
21. Whiteface Mtn. (518) 523-1655
9 miles from airport $5/person by van
Trails: Beginner to expert
Vertical drop: 3216'
Longest run: 3 miles
9 Chairlifts 65 trails
Open: Daily 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Lift prices: Wkends $37 Wkdays $30
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school, cross country
Food on site
Lake Placid Apt. (LKP)
Adirondack Fly. Serv. (518)523-2473
Transp.: Adirondack Adventure Tours (518) 523-1475
22. Holiday Mountain (914) 796-3161
5 miles from apt. $14.50 by taxi
Trails: Beginner to expert
Vertical drop: 400'
Longest run: 3700'
3 Chairlifts 17 trails
Open daily for day and night skiing except Sun. which is day skiing only
Lift prices: Wkends. Day-$25 1/2 day-$18 nights-$10
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school, snowboard park
Food on site
Monticello Airport (N37)
Monticello Apt.(914) 794-6888
Transp.: Yellow Cab (914) 794-4040
23. West Mountain (518)793-6606
8 miles from apt. $11 by cab
Trails: Beginner to expert
Vertical drop: 1010'
Longest run: 1.5 miles
3 Chairlifts 22 trails Open for day
skiing daily plus night skiing on weekdays
Lift prices: Wkend 8 hr.-$29, 4 hr.-$24 Wkday 8 hr.-$22 4 hr.-$18
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school
Food on site
Warren Co. Apt (GFL)
Glens Falls Flight Ctr. (518)793-5605
Transp.: Tri-County (518)792-1234.
24. Dry Hill (315) 782-8584
12 miles from airport $12 by taxi
Trails: Beginner to expert
Vertical drop: 300'
Longest run: 2000'
1 Chairlift 8 trails
Open: Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wkdys 5-10 p.m.
Lift prices: Nights $10, All day Sat.-$18 All day Sun.-$15
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school
Food on site
Watertown Int'l Apt. (ART)
Brouty Aircraft Serv. (315) 639-3783
Transp.: Yellow Cab (315) 782-2121

Pennsylvania

25. Ski Roundtop (717) 432-9631
15-20 miles from aiprort $25 by taxi
Trails: Beginner to expert
6 Chairlifts 14 trails
Vertical drop: 600'
Longest run: 4100'
Open daily for day and night skiing
Lift prices: Wkend 8 hr.-$33 night-$22 Wkday 8 hr.-$27
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school, snowboard park, innertube run
Food on site
Capital City Airport (CXY)
Harrisburg Jet Center (717) 774-0145
Karl Aviation (717) 774-4959
Transp.: Rental cars available from both FBOs for $30-$35 per day Yellow Cab (717) 238-7252
26. Camelback (717) 629-1661
12 miles from airport approx. $16 by taxi
Trails: Beginner to expert
Vertical drop: 800'
Longest run: 1 mile
12 Chairlifts 31 trails
Open for both day and night skiing after 12/26. Call for times before
Lift prices: Open to closing rates wkend adult-$44 jr.-$38 Wkdy adult-$32 jr-$26
Day, night, child & sr. rates avalable
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school,
cross- country
Food on site
Pocono Mountains (MPO)
Moyer Aviation (717) 839-7161
Transp.: Pocono Limousine & Taxi (717) 839-2112 or rental car through Moyer starting at $25/day
27. Mt. Airy Lodge (717) 839-8811
5 miles from airport about $7 by taxi
Trails: Beginner-intermediate
Vertical drop: 280'
Longest run: 2300'
2 Chairlifts 7 trails
Open: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily
Lift prices: Wkends $20 Wkdys $18
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school, cross country, sleigh hill
Food and lodging on site
28. Blue Marsh (610) 488-6399
6 miles from airport $10 by taxi
Trails: Beginner to intermediate
3 Chairlifts 11 trails
Vertical drop: 300'
Longest run: 3500'
Open: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lift prices: All day wkend-$26 wkdy-$20
1/2 day and night prices avail.
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school, snowboarding park
Food on site
Reading Reg-Spaatz Apt(RDG)
Aerodynamics Inc. (610) 373-3000
Cap Aviation* (610) 376-5447
Million Air (610) 372-4728
Transp.: Courtesy car from Cap Aviation. Call ahead to reserve or Reading Metro Taxi (610) 374-5111
29. Blue Mountain (610) 826-7700
5 miles from airport
Trails: Beginner to expert
Vertical drop: 1082'
Longest run: 5000'
7 Chairlifts 19 trails
Open daily for day and night skiing
Lift prices: Wkend adult 1/2 day-$27 full day-$38, night-$23 Wkday adult 1/2 day-$23 full day-$29, night-$22
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school
Food on site
Slatington Airport (69N)
Lehigh Valley Av.* (610) 767-7477
Transp.: Provided by Lehigh Aviation
30. Shawnee Mountain (717)421-7231
7 miles from airport $12 by taxi
Trails: beginner to expert
Vertical drop: 700'
Longest Run: 5100'
9 Chairlifts 23 trails
Open daily for day and night skiing
Lift prices: Wkends $37 wkdays $30
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school
Food on site
Stroudsburg-Pocono Apt. (N53)
Free Flight Enterp. (717) 421-8900
Transp. Tica Taxi: (717)421-6068
31. Montage (717) 969-7669
5 miles from aiport $15 by taxi
Trails: Beginner to advanced
5 Chairlifts 20 trails
Vertical drop: 1000'
Longest run: 1+ mile
Open daily for day and night skiing
Lift prices: Wkend adult-$33 jr.- $28 Wkdy adult-$26 jr.-$21
1/2 day tickets available
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school
Food on site
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Int'l (AVP)
Tech Aviation (717) 457-3400
Transp.: Apt. Limo & Taxi (717) 457-8109

Vermont

32. Burke* (802)626-3305
8-10 miles from airport
Trails: Beginner to expert
Vertical drop: 2000'
Longest run: 1 mile
2 Chairlifts 30 trails
Open: Daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lift prices: Adult $22, 1/2 day $16 junior: $16, 1/2 day $12
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school, cross country trails
Food & lodging on site
Caledonia Co. Apt. (6B8)
Caledonia Co Apt. (802) 626-3353
Transportation: Pickup by Burke. Call on arrival.
15. Ascutney* (802) 484-7711
See NH-Claremont Airport
33. Okemo (802) 228-4041
13 miles from airport
Trails: Beginner to expert
Vertical drop: 2150'
Longest run: 4.5 miles
9 Chairlifts 40 trails
Open for day skiing daily
Lift prices: Adult $45, young ad. $38 and jr. & sr. $28
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school
Food and lodging on site
Hartness State Apt. (VSF)
KEM Aviation (802) 886-8594
Transp.: Avis Car Rental-on the field through FBO. $42/day with unlimited mileage.
Ascutney will transport. Call 1-2 days in advance for scheduling & upon arrival for pickup.
34. Middlebury College Snow Bowl (802) 388-4356
10 miles from apt. $14 by taxi Trails:
Beginner to advanced
Vertical drop: 1020'
Longest run: 2.5 miles
3 Chairlifts 14 trails
Open: Daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lift prices: Wkends adult-$26 jr.-$20 Wkdays adult $20
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school, snowboard park
Food on site
Middlebury State Apt. (6B0)
No Lighting Middlebury Flt. Sch. (802)388-0733
Trans.: AA Taxi (802)388-6384
35. Stowe (802) 253-7311
12 miles from airport $22 by taxi
Trails: Beginner to advanced
Vertical drop: 2360'
Longest run: 3.7 miles
8 Chairlifts 45 trails
Open for day skiing daily and night skiing Wed. to Sat.
Lift prices (93-94): Wkends adult-$42 junior-$24
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school, cross country trails
Lodging and food on site
Mount Snow Airport (4V8)
North Air Inc.(802)464-2196
Transportation: Rental cars at apt. $25/ day
Morrisville-Stowe State (MVL)
Phil's Aircft. Service (802) 888-5453
Trans.: Lamoille Taxi (802)253-9433
36. Mount Snow/Haystack
3 miles from airport
Trails: Beginner to expert
Vertical drop: 1700'
Longest run: 2.5 miles
21 Chairlifts 127 trails
Open for day skiing daily
Lift prices: Wkends adult-$45 jr.-$25 Wkdays adult-$25 jr.-$25
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school, guided snowmobile tours, skating
Lodging at airport, food on site
37. Pico (802) 775-4346
14 miles from the airport $25 by taxi
Trails: Beginner to expert
Vertical drop: 1967'
Longest run: 1 mile
7 Chairlifts 40 trails
Open: 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. daily
Lift prices: Wknds adult-$41 jr.-$22 Weekdays adult-$37 jr.-$20
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school
Food and lodging on site
Rutland State Airport (RUT)
Alpine Aviation (802) 773-3348
Transportation: Hertz Rental Car on the field (802) 775-3353 $31.95/day M & M Taxi (802)775-7565

Virginia

38. Wintergreen* (804) 325-2200
20 miles from airport
Trails: Novice to expert
Vertical drop: 1003'
Longest run: 4450'
5 Chairlifts 17 trails
Open: 9 a.m.- 11 p.m. daily
Lift prices: Wkends adult-$37 jr.-$32 Wkdys adult-$31 jr.-$26
Snowmaking, rentals, lessons
Lodging and food on site
Eagle's Nest (W13)
Augusta Aviation (703)943-3300
Transportation: Pickup by Wintergreen Resort. Call 1 day ahead and again on arrival.
39. The Homestead Ski Area (703) 839-5500
17 miles from airport
Trails: Beginner to expert
Vertical drop: 700'
Longest run: 3500'
1 Chairlift 9 trails
Open: Wkends 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wkdys 9 a.m - 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tues.- Sat.
Lift prices: Wknds adult-$32 ch.-$15 Wkdys adult-$22 ch.-$10
Snowmaking, rentals, ski school, cross country, skating.
Food and lodging on site.
Ingalls Airport (HSP)
Ingalls Field (703) 839-5326
Trans.: Pickup by Homestead. Call 1 day in advance and upon arrival.