Editors' pick

Snowshoe Mountain

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Editorial Review

Distance from Washington: 235 miles (about five hours)
Average snow: 180 inches
Average season length: 130 days
Price: High-season Friday-Sunday lift ticket is $75 for an adult (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.).
Best for: Spending more time on the mountain than in the lodge. The resort has replaced its entire fleet of rental skis, a $1 million investment it hopes will also speed the process of fitting customers with equipment.

-- Becky Krystal (November 2009)