5 East Coast ski resorts for the snow novice

As “Game of Thrones” fans would say, winter is coming. And while the snow and ice won't hit most of the South as hard as other parts of the country (and the White Walkers are almost certain not to be a threat), it's about time to start planning for the season.

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If you're thinking about a winter ski trip, instead of heading west to Colorado, why not consider trekking east? Whether your'e a novice or a skilled skier, there are lots of great resorts providing the perfect place to hit the eastern slopes this season.

We've highlighted five excellent options, all of which will provide an ideal winter escape:

1. Sugarloaf Ski Resort, Maine

Phone: (207) 237-2000

As the East Rockies largest ski resort, Sugarloaf Ski Resort is a paradise for snowboarders and skiers alike. With 146 total runs and a 2,820 feet vertical drop, you're sure to find fun and adventure.

For daredevils, the resort features three terrain parks, a super-pipe and a snowboardcross course designed by Seth Wescot, an Olympic gold medalist.

Rates: One-day lift tickets range from $85 to $95 (adults), $75 to $79 (teens) and $65 to $69 (juniors/seniors), depending on the date. The daily price goes down with each additional day booked (up to seven days).

2. Whiteface Mountain Lake Placid Ski Resort, New York

Phone: (518) 946-2223

Situated in the Adirondacks, Whiteface Mountain boasts the Northeast's tallest mountain. In addition to 87 ski trails (a third of which are reserved for experts), you can enjoy bobsledding with a professional brakeman or check out the Olympic ski-jumping complex.

Rates: The ski resort has numerous lift ticket deals if you book online, with one day passes available for less than $40. Five to seven day tickets can be booked for less than $200.

3. Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort, West Virginia

Phone: (877) 441-4386

Snowshoe Moutain Ski Resort is located in the Alleghenies and offers skiers and boarders a rugged terrain to enjoy. For the experienced (and brave), Shay's Revenge has previously been named the region's most challenging run. In February, the resorts host the Cupp Run Challenge, a giant slalom race for expert skiers and snowboarders.

But don't worry, there are also plenty of slopes for novice and intermediate skiers.

Rates: One-day lift tickets range from $79 to $99 (adults), $66 to $82 (teens) and $10 to $30 (juniors/seniors), depending on the day.

4. Stowe Mountain Resort, Vermont

Phone: (888) 253-4849

Stowe Mountain Resort is home to Vermont's tallest peak, Mount Mansfield. The resort offers skiers six distinct zones, including a freestyle terrain park, which includes rails, jumps, bonks and ramps.

For the less adventurous (or for those who wish to relax at the end of a long day), the resort's Cliff House restaurant at the summit offers a range of regional cuisine. Enjoy your meal while taking in the incredible view!

Rates: One-day lift tickets range from $94 to $99 (adults) and $80 to $84 (children 5-12), depending on the date. The daily price goes down with each additional day booked (up to seven days).

5. Cannon Mountain Ski Resort, New Hampshire

Phone: (603) 823-8800

Calling itself "the living legend", Cannon Mountain Ski Resort boasts 87 acres of back country as well as New Hampshire's highest vertical slope. Considered a classic alternative to the mega resorts, Cannon Mountain promises some truly incredible vistas from the top.

Rates: One-day lift tickets cost $77 (adults), $64 (teens 13-17) and $55 (children 6-12). Multiple day deals are available as well.

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