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Budget extended weekend suggestions to NE (lodging, et al)?

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My wife and I are headed to Telluride in March, sans kids (11 and 5) but all of a sudden-like, I'm thinking an extended weeked up to New England, if it's affordable enough, would be a great thing to do with them sometime this month.  I'd like to have them on skis for 2-3 consecutive days this year -- maybe even an all-day ski school kids kind of thing.

 

We're driving up from the Philadelphia region -- what would be a great destination that would offer a budget expense when lodging, ski school, and lift tix are taken into account? Happy to put the boys on the floor in a Motel 6, but don't want to schlep 10 miles each morning, either.  Any good lodging angles?  Or package deals?

 

Thanks!

 

Aaron

WIlmington, DE

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My wife and I are headed to Telluride in March, sans kids (11 and 5) but all of a sudden-like, I'm thinking an extended weeked up to New England, if it's affordable enough, would be a great thing to do with them sometime this month.  I'd like to have them on skis for 2-3 consecutive days this year -- maybe even an all-day ski school kids kind of thing.

 

We're driving up from the Philadelphia region -- what would be a great destination that would offer a budget expense when lodging, ski school, and lift tix are taken into account? Happy to put the boys on the floor in a Motel 6, but don't want to schlep 10 miles each morning, either.  Any good lodging angles?  Or package deals?

 

Thanks!

 

Aaron

WIlmington, DE


Aaron, you can always try the North Conway area for a few reasons. First, they have waaaay more rooms than they can fill in February, lots of motels that are inexpensive and should fit any budget. Second, there is a great variety of hills there from pricey to not so much, and Black Mtn, is considered by ski mags (and me) to be a great value hill. It's in a pretty spot too. 

 

Here's a great link with all kinds of info from motels to resorts to ski hills...

  http://mtwashingtonvalley.org/

 

  Let me know if you have any more specific questions after you've checked that out.

 

     Blair

post #3 of 12
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Thanks -- I'll check out the info!

post #4 of 12

I am also from Philadelphia and Killington is 2-3 hours closer than North Conway (an area I like a lot) and has some budget lodgings - Northstar and a Comfort Inn (both pretty worn). The Stratton/Bromley area is even closer by about an hour and has some motels that I haven't tried but are cheap. Stratton is kind of a dull mountain for my tastes and I don't like the vibe there with a big NYC crowd. Bromley is a smaller, more locals mountain and has the cheapest tickets, etc. of these choices. Killington has a lot of diverse terrain and is a big, busy place.

 

Another choice is Whiteface at Lake Placid. Some lower priced hotels, including the Hungry Trout right near the entrance, and a really great mountain. Even less expensive places in town, 10 to 15 minutes away but Lake Placid is a very nice place to visit, especially with kids. And the lift ticket rates aren't bad and some deals are available. Gore is closer but I don't know about staying there, I've just stopped coming from or going to Whiteface. When I do that, I've usually stayed in the Glens Falls/Saratoga area (driving up in the evening) and then gone in the AM to Gore. 

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When I looked at it, I was a bit daunted by that drive to North Conway.  Being south of Philly (in WIlmington) it's pushing a 500 mile drive (and with a 5 and a 11 year old who would need pummelling again and again, lol).  I've had the same impressions of Stratton in years past -- seemed artificially toney as a result of its NYC draw. 

 

Hadn't thought about Lake Placid!  Interesting.  I'd forgotten about White Face.  Is there enough intermediate terrain to keep my lower-intermediate wife and 11 year old happy?

post #6 of 12

I grew up outside Philly.  I used to love going to Greek Peak with my Kayaking buddies.  It's much closer than VT.  I honestly don't clearly remember what the mountain is like as I would view it now.  I've been ruined by skiing JH for the last 20 years and I kinda sucked at skiing before I moved here.  I thought I was pretty good, but found out differently shortly after skiing hereredface.gif  I don't know what lodging is like at GP because it was 25 years ago and we used to take a Winabego and sleep in the parking lot.

post #7 of 12

Whiteface has some easier terrain beyond a good sized real easy section at the bottom. What can make it tough for a low intermediate at Whiteface are the conditions - it gets strong winds that blow a lot of even a big dump off the top part of the mountain. Hence the nick name Iceface. But most often there is good snow cover. I would guess this year with the abundance of snow that they would not be too icy. One great feature of Whiteface is that they post the actual patrol condition reports on the website so you can judge for yourself. I skied there when I was a pretty new and not a particularly good skier and always found lots worth skiing, and the trails are good enough that I like those same trails today after a number of years of racing. Some great views from Little Whiteface down to Mirror Lake and Lake Placid.

 

post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 

We're going to push this back to the first weekend in March.  Schedules force skiing Friday and Saturday, maybe Sunday, too.  How are crowds at Whiteface (or Gore for that matter)? 

 

If we did hit Vermont, what are our better bets for less crowds on a weekend?  Would a place like Okemo (or other suggestions) be less crowded than Stratton (closer to NYC) or Killington (name)?

 

Aaron

post #9 of 12

Whiteface probably least crowded. Stratton probably most crowded. Killington in between and the green/blue area of Killington, Rams Head, is not usually too crowded although the K1 lodge and gondola get crowded. You could always go to Pico (just a few minutes from Killington on Saturday which will be the most crowded day.  (I haven't been to Okemo or Gore on a weekend in a long time but Gore would be less crowded than Okemo I would guess).

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

See if I'm on the right track here.  We're locked into an extended weekend so avoiding crowds gets heavy grades.  For the "Killington-and-below" resorts (anything north of there is too long a haul for us) -- if we wanted a larger mountain (larger than Bromley, etc.) and less crowds, that pretty much means Pico, right?  Seems like Okemo is as crowded as Stratton or Killington?  Magic looks interesting but does seem to have a pretty strong "conditions-dependent" reputation, and there's a lot of lower-intermediate skiers in my crowd, too. 

 

Gore has some pretty reasonable ski-and-stay specials running -- I'm wondering how Gore would compare with Pico (both are reputed to be uncrowded, both have over 250 acres skiing -- actually Gore is upwards of 500 acres)?

 

post #11 of 12

The advantage of Pico is that it is just a 10 min. drive to Killington so there are lots of shops, dining choices, etc. as well as the option for the advanced skiers to hop off to Killington if desired. In terms of mountain only, I would be hard pressed to pick between them but there is more to do within 15 min of Pico. I don't know Gore's hotel and dining etc. scene as we usually stop there for a single day on our way somewhere else. For 3 days, tough to make a bad pick between them either should be fun.

post #12 of 12

Killington/Pico would be a good choice for all of the reasons that others have given.  There is inexpensive lodging available nearby.  Okemo is also a nice mountain and not far from Killington and Pico.  We would be happy to provide you with lodging options and pricing for your trip.  Just send us a private message, email or call us.   

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