Rhode Island isn’t known for its winter sports availability. While we have plenty of winter recreation and activities, our tiny state’s proximity to the coast means we don’t have the same kind of mountains as our neighboring states—New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. In fact, we have just one ski resort: Yawgoo Valley, which boasts a tiny 200ft vertical drop. That’s not to say we don’t appreciate this place. It’s a great destination for families and beginners. However, more experienced skiers and snowboarders may not feel satisfied after a day at Yawgoo. Luckily, Rhode Island is in a prime spot for even the most devoted shredders. Some of the best skiing is available just a few hours’ drive away. Below, we’ve briefly profiled some of the best ski areas near Rhode Island.
New York Ski Trips—New York may be known for its city, but that’s just part of what this huge state can offer. The Appalachian Mountains cut right through the Empire State, heading north to Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. As a result, there are over fifty ski resorts scattered across upstate, and many of them are just a few hours away from Rhode Island. If you really want a challenge, head up to Whiteface Mountain, the most popular resort in the eastern United States. It has the highest vertical, measuring 3,430 feet. Though slightly farther away from Rhode Island than other New York offerings, even the most advanced skiers will find something challenging about this mountain. Lift tickets are likely to be slightly more expensive than in other parts of the Northeast, but a quick price check can let you know which resorts are offering deals.
Connecticut Ski Trips—Rhode Island’s neighbor to the West, Connecticut offers the most immediate access to great skiing. The state has four ski resorts of varying difficulty, but their proximity to popular Rhode Island towns makes them the perfect fit for a weekend away. The resorts are also relatively spread out, meaning there’s plenty of room for lodging nearby. Mohawk Mountain is the most popular of Connecticut’s four resorts, but Woodbury Ski Area offers a large tubing park and additional amenities. Want something a bit different? Ski Sundown offers some of the best night skiing in the region.
Massachusetts Ski Trips—This state sits on Rhode Island’s northern border. Massachusetts ski resorts offer an excellent mix of affordability, proximity, and difficulty. You’ll have plenty of options scattered throughout the state. Though resorts near Boston are closest to Rhode Island, those out in Western Mass have a distinct feel and culture. We recommend Berkshire East or Jiminy Peak, especially for experienced skiers. Regardless, Massachusetts has a surprising number of ski shops, many of which offer excellent discounts. Before heading up, be sure you have your tickets, equipment, and lodging booked—these resorts can get busy pretty quickly.