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The best alpine skiing in Northern Vermont is at the Jay Peak, Stowe and Sugarbush resorts. These spots, recommended by Forbes Travel Guide editors, offer varied terrain and usually good snow conditions. Mad River Glen has a loyal following who loves its hardline refusal to embrace grooming or snowmaking, but skiers should be aware of the tricky conditions — part of its mystique as an expert’s mountain is simply bad snow rather than good terrain. Bolton Valley has some very unique off-camber terrain advanced skiers will enjoy, and Smugglers’ Notch is a great family choice. For Nordic skiing, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury offers an excellent variety of trails, while Stowe is home to three different but interlinked Nordic facilities including the Trapp Family Lodge, which offers rare snowmaking on its cross-country trails.