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Just south of the Canada border, Jay Peak is a great choice for those who prefer to avoid the glitz and clutter of modern-looking ski resorts. Though some condo development has taken place at the base of this mountain, Jay still has the feel of a remote, isolated destination, accessible only via a winding road through thick woods -- something you just can't find in the U.S. anymore. Thanks to its staggering snowfall (an average of about 30 ft. annually, more than anywhere else in New England), there's extensive glade skiing between the trees here, with views of nothing but trees and mountains. (They also make snow here if Mother Nature decides to take a break from it.) The resort's ski school specializes in training you to run the glades, so it's a good place for intermediate-to-advanced skiers to learn how to navigate the peak's exciting, challenging trails. In summer there's a golf course, aerial tram (similar to a gondola), and pool for families to enjoy. Be aware that lodging and dining are limited to what's on the mountain, and après-ski is nonexistent.