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I’m planning to surprize my partner by taking her skiing next week for her birthday (Feb 7-11), but I’m uncertain where since I'm completely unfamiliar with this region.

 

We will be travelling from Ottawa, and I’m thinking Jay; Whiteface; Stowe or Smug’s. Not sure which route would be best for us, so I’m hoping to solicit advice from anyone who knows these areas well.

 

I would consider myself to be a returning, albiet experienced, ‘middle-aged cruiser’ with an affinity for long flowing runs at speed – love powder (who doesn’t), really love drops and wide open runs, recently descovered that my knees won't do bumps any more… never done glades (european/western Canada skiers), but not averse to trying them either.

 

We’re both ‘mature’ skiers - no kids – nightlife isn’t an interest at all – but access to a hot tub and healthy eating is. Staying on the hill would be best so that we can just wake up, eat and ski.

 

Your thoughts?

 

Thanks!!

 

Epi

post #2 of 9

Whiteface does not have any on mountain lodging options. Lake Placid is a lot of fun. About a 20-min drive.

post #3 of 9

From Ottawa go to Lake Placid for sure.  It's best for the type of skiing you're doing, and the Adirondack scenery can't be beat.  No, there's no on mountain lodging but the town of Lake Placid is well worth the drive... which is more like 10 or 15 minutes... not 20.

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I would NOT recommend Lake Placid given he said "no interest in night life at all' and would like to stay mountain side. How explicit can you be? I suspect you would enjoy Jay's skiing- big hill, great terrain and views but can be windy and cold, Smugglers kinda has that mini Tremblant fake village thing going on, also has pretty darn good skiing but I would vote for Stowe. It's the classic New England upscale ski experience and seems perfect for a surprise present- your present is a ski trip to Stowe just rings better than Sugarloaf, Jay, etc.. If she doesn't like it give me a call.

 

  Blair   

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I would NOT recommend Lake Placid given he said "no interest in night life at all' and would like to stay mountain side. How explicit can you be? I suspect you would enjoy Jay's skiing- big hill, great terrain and views but can be windy and cold, Smugglers kinda has that mini Tremblant fake village thing going on, also has pretty darn good skiing but I would vote for Stowe. It's the classic New England upscale ski experience and seems perfect for a surprise present- your present is a ski trip to Stowe just rings better than Sugarloaf, Jay, etc.. If she doesn't like it give me a call.

 

  Blair   


Lake Placid is at least an hour and a half to two hours closer to Ottawa than the VT resorts.  As well, look at his skiing preferences:

 

long flowing runs at speed - Sounds like Whiteface

love powder (who doesn’t) - Good luck finding powder in the East (outside of tree skiing)... You're talking maybe 1 in 20... 1 in 50 chance... Even yet, everything but the locals' stashes will be bumps by 10am

really love drops and wide open runs - Sounds like Whiteface

recently descovered that my knees won't do bumps any more - Sounds like Whiteface (not too many bump runs)

never done glades (european/western Canada skiers), but not averse to trying them either - Yes there are better glades in Vermont, but it sounds like his knees won't like tight eastern trees.

 

I'm not sure where you've been going but Lake Placid isn't much of a nightlife town in the winter.  But it is such a nice town/area that I'd recommend staying there and dealing with the 10-15 minute drive.

post #6 of 9

Jay Peak, Stowe or Smuggler's are all good resorts. What a great birthday present!  We would welcome the opportunity to assist you with your travel plans.  Our services are complimentary to you.  Feel free to send us a PM or contact us by telephone and we will be happy to provide you with some options. 

 

post #7 of 9

Placid is great, but like stated above the lodging isn't great.  Stowe is awesome, Smuggs is too (though if I recall correctly it seems to be a bit on the more costly side).  I would def check out Stowe and Smuggs, if you can get a deal on it.  Both are amazing skiing and you will have a lot of fun either way.

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Sugarbush - friendly employees!! Five star brand new ski in-out at Claybrook, ski valet, heated garage for your car, hot tub and heated outdoor pool, many restaurants to choose from. Great skiing, for all abilities, plenty of lift capacity. Mountain pros are the original Warren Miller cast... first tracks.

 

Lincoln Peak base area pic: DSC_0212.jpg

post #9 of 9

If slopeside is high priority, Stowe, Jay and Sugarbush all have new luxury hotels at the base.  Not cheap, but definitely nice.  Any of them would meet your requirements.

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