East Coast ski resorts always play second-best to their West Coast siblings—unless the destination happens to be Killington Resort, the largest ski resort in the East, and the one with the most varied runs. This sprawling property offers 200 snow-packed trails that weave around the Green Mountains and promise the most thrilling downhill rides this side of the Mississippi. Beginners can trail off on Pico Peak and Rams Head Mountain, while speed demons rip down Killington Peak. Is either of you a snowboard show-off? The half-pipes in the terrain park can entertain you for hours.
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Off the slopes: The runs close at 4 p.m., and that’s when you’ll want to leave the mountain—and its pubs— to the elbow-to-elbow crowds. Drive to the Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden, just 11 miles away. There, you can head out into the night on snowshoes. A hotel guide will lead the two of you a half-mile up a mountainside to a peak overlooking frozen Chittenden Lake. Once there, you’ll warm up beside an open fire with Godiva hot cocoa and chocolate-raspberry vodka martinis.
Where to stay: After your snowshoeing excursion, plan to check into the Mountain Top Inn and rest your bodies in the comfortable lodge. The 40 guest rooms epitomize country opulence—think beamed ceilings, leather chairs and faux-fur throw rugs. Check out the Stag’s Run room, which has a king-size pine bed covered with a warm, plush suede duvet.
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