Joshua, why are you limiting this to NE? Let's include NY...(is it still?) home to more ski areas in the country than any other state). In that case, I nominate Plattekill. 1100' real, sustained vertical and more natural snow than any other area in the Catskills.
View showing the double side from the parking lot:
I'm open to including NY. I've skied Plattekill and it's wonderful, but I wonder if the term "resort" applies?
I wouldn't call it a resort, agreed. Although there is nice lodging available in Roxbury (Seriously, the Roxbury Motel is fantastic, I recommend it to anyone staying overnight up there), that's 15-20 minutes away from the ski area, and a town by itself.
so since MRG was struck from the list several posts ago.....
Also, someone suggested Jay a while back and I'd have to vote against it.
The skiing is probably underrated IMO, the number of skier's skiers I know that make it there instead of someplace closer is limited even though their terrain and snow definitley warrants a drive.
However, the fancy restaurants, ice rink, and water park (not to mention the hike required from the lots due to this development) make the resort seem, well, quite overrated for SKI resort..... 'cause some of us do still want to ski, after all.
While effigy and marcski are arguing whether or not MRG and by extension Plattekill, should be on the list, you will note that I removed MRG from the list long ago. MRG always gets lots of publicity and buzz because of its trail system:
1000' of vertical "underrated ski resorts".
I think to qualify as a resort there needs to be:
1. Nearby lodging, preferably slopeside
2. Nearby night life including restaurants and bars
3. Lightly visited for the capacity of the mountain
- Saddleback: Full-fledged resort: with slopeside condos, magnificent base-lodge. Night life may not be that good
- Black: the entire Jackson/Conway area for lodging and night life: relegated to obscurity due to more significant neighbors.
- Attitash: just never caught on
- Bolton Valley: certainly big enough. Is it a destination or a day trip resort for greater Burlington?
- Burke: at 2K vert. with and HS Detachable, few know of it
- Pico: while Killington has killed it, it is a great area with all the amenities of Killington
- Magic: resort community at the base and all the amenities of the Golden Triangle