Hassle-Free Skiing: No Plane Ticket? No Problem!

Cooking is like snow skiing: If you don’t fall at least 10 times, then you’re not skiing hard enough.

Guy Fieri

Anyone who skis knows the joy of a quiet morning on the slopes when the lines are short, the powder is new and deep, and you’re feeling refreshed and ready to take that first run. If you live on the East Coast, do you really need the additional expense of plane fare for the whole family? Not necessarily.

If you live between West Virginia and eastern Maine you’re just a few hours’ drive from a fun ski weekend or a longer ski vacation. And in a Hertz rental car, you’ll zip to your destination without getting lost. With a Hertz NeverLost, you’ll have the fun of an adventurous road trip without ending up on a road that’s been closed for the winter!

Leave Boston at 9 a.m. and you’ll be in the White Mountains of New Hampshire by lunchtime, where resorts like Waterville have downhill, cross-country and snowshoeing side by side. From Washington, D.C., you can make it to Wintergreen, Massanutten, or even Snowshoe and Canaan Valley in West Virginia before dark. These resorts have gentler runs, but plenty of challenges for the athlete in your traveling tribe.

Family Ski @ Okemo by Josh Malczyk

Snowboarders and skiers from New York City can leave after work and find hills that are open at night in the Catskills, and the Poconos and other resorts in New Jersey and Connecticut that are open for business and make snow, if needed, during the season. Even the non-skiers in the family can enjoy sledding and tubing in the evening or during the day.

For the experts, Killington, Vermont offers some killer runs. Nothing gets a skier better prepared to take on any mountain than skiing Vermont or New Hampshire after a freeze. Icy slopes can challenge even the best and most experienced skiers, and for some people, slippery slopes are the heart-stomping experience they’re looking for. Take that, Rocky Mountain powder hounds! Oh, you’ve never skied the East Coast? Maybe it’s time you tried! Use the Hertz NeverLost Mobile Companion to find great locations in these smaller towns.


The natural beauty of the evergreens, frozen lakes and vistas that can only be seen from higher altitudes; the smell of pine, the wildlife and the quiet of the cross-country trails; the fun and active après-ski life for singles and couples; and the warmth of a fireplace in a family condo — these are all easily accessible to mid-Atlantic and other East Coast residents.

What’s your favorite East Coast ski destination? Send us a pic and you’ll be entered into our Pinterest contest. Check it out HERE!



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