I’ve been to ski resorts all over the USA and my favorites are all on the West Coast.
Growing up in Maryland though, I’ve gone to many of the local ski resorts in the Washington DC area.
They definitely don’t compare to the ski resorts on the west coast but are definitely a great day trip from Maryland and Washington DC.
And if you are willing to go a bit further some of these resorts are a total winter wonderland!
When is Ski Season in Maryland?
Ski Season usually begins around January in Maryland. It really doesn’t get cold enough for snow to stick until January.
Ski resorts near Maryland usually close down in February. Yes, ski season is pretty short around here! But if you go up north into Vermont ski season starts earlier and lasts much longer! I’ve been snowboarding up in Vermont all the way up to March.
Whitetail Ski Resort Pennsylvania
Whitetail Ski Resort in Pennsylvania is probably my go-to snowboarding mountain in the Maryland and Washington DC area. It’s one of the closer ski resorts to Maryland at less than 1.5 hours away from Rockville, MD and Washington DC.
Because it is so close to Maryland, if we experience a warm winter, you will not get much snow at Whitetail. If we have a cold winter, Whitetail is pretty good.
It gets really crowded at Whitetail on weekends so I would avoid all the greens and go straight to the backside of the mountain and hit the blacks.
My favorite trail here is Far Side. It’s probably the least crowded.
The mountain itself is pretty small and not really that steep so even the black runs are more like blue runs at best. Whitetail has a vertical drop of only 935 ft. and there are 9 lifts and 23 trails.
This ski resort is good for a day trip from Washington DC, I wouldn’t stay here overnight though because it’s such a small mountain.
Location: 13805 Blairs Valley Rd, Mercersburg, PA 17236
Liberty Mountain Resort
Liberty Mountain Resort is just a tad over an hour from the Maryland Beltway so it’s even closer than Whitetail. It’s another good day trip option for skiing and snowboarding near Washington DC.
This ski resort is also in Pennsylvania just across the Maryland border.
Ski Liberty is definitely a beginner’s mountain!
If you are just starting out this is one of the smallest ski resorts in the Maryland and Washington DC area:
- Vertical Drop – 620 ft
- Skiable Terrain – 100 acres
- Snowmaking Coverage – 100 acres or 100%
- Total Number of Lifts – 8 (5 quad chairs, 3 surface lifts)
- Trails – 16
- Skill Level – 25% Expert, 40% Intermediate, 35% Beginner Runs
Location: Liberty Mountain, 78 Country Club Trail, Carroll Valley PA 17320
Ski Roundtop is another very small mountain with a 600 ft. vertical drop. It has 9 lifts and 16 trails. I’ve never snowboarded here because I usually just drive the extra 20 minutes to Whitetail.
But if you are a beginner this is probably a good resort to try out.
Whitetail, Liberty and Roundtop are all super close by and good for a day trip, but probably not worth it for an overnight trip.
Location: 925 Roundtop Rd, Lewisberry, PA 17339
Seven Springs Mountain Resort
I’ve gone to Seven Springs Mountain Resort for the past 3 or 4 years on MLK weekend and it’s snowed every single time!
Like Whitetail, Liberty, and Roundtop Seven Springs is in Pennsylvania about a 3.5-hour drive from Washington DC and Montgomery County Maryland.
It is probably my favorite mountain to go snowboarding in the area because I’ve always had luck getting fresh powder there!
We usually don’t stay on the mountain here through but rent a house instead.
About the mountain:
- MOUNTAIN ELEVATION: TOP: 2,994′ BASE: 2,240′
- VERTICAL DROP: 750′
- LONGEST RUN LIFT: 1.25 MILES
- AVERAGE SNOWFALL PER YEAR: 135″
- LIFT CAPACITY PER HOUR: 24,900
- AVERAGE TEMPERATURE: 24°
- SKIABLE TERRAIN: 285 ACRES
There are 39 trails here and also a terrain park!
We usually snowboard on the North Face of the mountain because it tends to be less crowded and has some nice wide trails.
Location: 777 Water Wheel Dr, Champion, PA 15622
Wisp Ski Resort in Maryland
Wisp Ski Resort is actually in Maryland, but the very western tip! It’s further than Liberty, Roundtop, and Whitetail at 2.5 hours drive from the beltway.
With 39 trails Wisp Ski Resort is a good size for a Mid-Atlantic ski resort in Maryland and would make for a great weekend trip!
Location: 296 Marsh Hill Rd, McHenry, MD 21541
Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont
If you are willing to drive a bit further from Maryland and Washington DC, then Stowe Mountain Resort is a great place for skiing and snowboarding.
It’s about a 9-hour drive from Washington DC so it would be a great weekend trip!
Where to Stay in Stowe
Stowe has many accommodation options for all price points.
Sun & Ski Inn – Check Prices
We stay at Sun & Ski Inn – CHECK PRICES, which is super budget-friendly.
The rooms here were super roomy and had a kitchenette! Perfect for groups or families. They also had washers and dryers on site for drying all your gear.
The hot tub and indoor pool were also a plus!
The Lodge at Spruce Peak – Check Prices
If you want a more luxurious experience The Lodge at Spruce Peak is a great option because it’s right at the base of the mountain! You won’t have to drive anywhere to access the mountain.
Plus they have the prettiest outdoor pool and hot tubs!
Ski Conditions at Stowe Stowe
We had fresh powder here and it was the most amazing fluffy snow ever.
Because it is a drier climate than Pennsylvania, the snow tends to be more powdery and similar to the west coast.
My friend convinced us to go down an unmarked trail that he saw other skiers go down and that was that a mistake!
We ended up on the side of a mountain with densely packed trees as it got dark. Finally, we made it down and had to WALK 1 mile back carrying all our gear. This is after an hour of plowing on our boards so we didn’t plummet down the mountain!!
If you snowboard here I would suggest staying on the trails and not following crazy skiers down unmarked territory!
All the trails here were beautiful and picturesque. The blacks here though are considerably steeper than at any of the ski resorts in Pennsylvania, so if you are a beginner I would stick to the greens and blues.
About the mountains at Stowe:
- Mount Mansfield Summit Elevation: 4,395 feet
- Highest Skiing Elevation: 3,625 feet
- Vertical Drop: 2,360 feet
- Average Annual Snowfall: 314 inches
- Total Number of Trails: 116
- Skiable Acres: 485
- Total Miles: 40
- Percentages: Beginner 16%, Intermediate 55%, Expert 29%
- Snowmaking Coverage: 83%
- Total Lifts: 12—More mile long lifts than any other resort in the East
- 1 inter-mountain transfer gondola, 1 high-speed summit gondola, 4 quads, 2 triples, 2 doubles and 2 surface lifts
- Total Hourly Lift Capacity: 15,516 passengers
I would suggest at least 2 days of skiing and snowboarding here to experience all the trails because they are beautiful!
Location: 5781 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672
Killington Ski Resort
Killington is another ski resort in Vermont that’s about 8 hours drive from Maryland and Washington DC.
Killington has 7 distinct mountain areas including Killington Peak, the second-highest point in Vermont at 4,241 feet. There are 212 trails for you to enjoy!
Where to Stay in Killington: Killington Mountain Lodge – Check Prices
We stayed at Killington Mountain Lodge because of the spacious rooms and affordable prices. We definitely had plenty of space here!
I absolutely LOVED the heated outdoor pool. It was the perfect way to end a day of snowboarding! The lodge also provided tons of fun games in the common areas.
They even included a hearty buffet breakfast with our stay!
About the Mountain:
- Skiable Acres 1,509
- Miles of Trails 73
- Trails 155
- Easier 17%
- More Difficult 40%
- Most/Extremely Difficult 43%
- Total Lifts 21
- Gondolas 3
Killington undertook a huge renovation in 2019 which included Woodward Peace Park, new Snowdon Six Express bubble lift, return of South Ridge lift service, four tunnels in busy trail intersections, K-1 Express Gondola improvements, and new RFID ticketing.
Location: 2617 Killington Rd, Killington, VT 05751