Pros: Champagne Powder, 375" Annually, Side & Backcountry, Cold Temps
Cons: Cold as.... !&%$#!!!!!
Jay is well... Jay. Most folks travel far distances to ski here and it's for good reason. It has the MOST snow in the Northeast thanks to the Jay Cloud and the micro-climate created by the pass. While Stowe also boasts great BC and Side Country access, the lines are long, the tickets are expensive and the trees are often tight. At Jay, the lines are short, the tickets are cheap, and the there's simply nothing quite like pulling high speed GS turns in thigh deep powder deep in the woods. If you learn the mountain you can easily spend the day skiing powder turns all day even a few days after a good storm. Jay has to me always exemplified the traditional New England skiing experience. The 'new' developments at the base are nice and will certainly help Jay develop a broader base of customers looking for the resort feel.
There has been lots of talk about Jay's side and backcountry recently... be forewarned... DO NOT leave Jay's boundaries without being prepared to possibly spend the night in the backcountry. Make sure you have headlamps, snowshoes or skins, lighters, ample food and water to spend the night if things go wrong. One wrong turn and you could be MILES from any road. I've been lost back there before and it's NO JOKE!