Acres: 385 | Vertical: 2,153’ | Snowfall: 377” | jaypeakresort.com
Jay receives the most annual snow of any eastern resort. But this year, new snow guns and a shift in snowmaking philosophy—blow snow lower on the mountain earlier in the season to connect both sides of the resort before Christmas—will increase Jay’s snowmaking capacity by 60 percent. More snow for beginner runs and terrain parks means more options for every Dick (you know who you are) and Jane.
Can’t-Miss Run: This writer has spent more than a dozen mornings lost in the tight pine stands and pillow-laden creek beds on Everglade, where several pitches exceed 35 degrees. If the lines are refreshening in a storm, you won’t need to be anywhere else.
Resort Bite: When the snow’s too deep for a sit-down lunch, grab a maple glazed ham and smoked Gouda sandwich from the Provisions General Store, and save it for the lift.
Stay an Extra Day: Weathered out? You won’t regret an afternoon in the Pump House Indoor Waterpark, where the lazy river runs 85 degrees. —Matt McDonald
From the Early Winter 2016 issue.