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All,

 

Ski trip planned to Eastern Townships (Owlshead and Sutton) and then off to Vermont.  We have two days open and will be staying in the Burlington area.    We are a family of 4 with two boys aged 8 and 5.  I imagine Stowe will be packed, and although I would love to ski MRG, it may be too much for my wife and younger boy.  There is Smuggs but, this time we were thinking Bolton Valley.  My 8 year old also wants to try boarding (I know I was devastated too...), so a Burton Learn 2 Ride program would be in order.  Any suggestions???  Thanks.

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All,

 

Ski trip planned to Eastern Townships (Owlshead and Sutton) and then off to Vermont.  We have two days open and will be staying in the Burlington area.    We are a family of 4 with two boys aged 8 and 5.  I imagine Stowe will be packed, and although I would love to ski MRG, it may be too much for my wife and younger boy.  There is Smuggs but, this time we were thinking Bolton Valley.  My 8 year old also wants to try boarding (I know I was devastated too...), so a Burton Learn 2 Ride program would be in order.  Any suggestions???  Thanks.


Have you been to Stowe or MRG? I think both of those assumptions are a little off-base. MRG has good easier terrain and a good ski school, and STowe is not as crowded as you might think. As an instructor at Stowe I am always skiing with people who are new to the area and they are always telling me that they are surprised at how uncrowded it is. Stowe does have Burton LTR too (sorry about that). Why not challenge those perceptions and try the two areas?

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Recently up in that area.

This time of year there should be less crowding at all places.  Liftopia,com often offers $24 lift tickets to MRG on weekdays (they also have weekday deals on Smuggs and Bolton among others).  MRG could be great for a family, only reservation would be about allowing 5 yr old to ride single alone unless he is experienced enough to do that securely.  There are a couple very pretty and easy intermediate runs from up there and many from top of double chair.  Snowboarding not allowed. 

$58 two-fer coupon from Burlington City Market to ski Sugarbush North on a weekday.  Good long groomers and some tougher stuff too.

Also might find helpful deals in the Winter Go Play Ski Map available free in brochure racks at many motels, restaurants, and ski shops in the New England region.  Looks like this, but need 2010-2011 version:  http://massachusetts.ettractions.com/storage/location/pdf/Go%20Play%20Map%20Winter%202009-final.pdf

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Have you been to Stowe or MRG? I think both of those assumptions are a little off-base. MRG has good easier terrain and a good ski school, and STowe is not as crowded as you might think. As an instructor at Stowe I am always skiing with people who are new to the area and they are always telling me that they are surprised at how uncrowded it is. Stowe does have Burton LTR too (sorry about that). Why not challenge those perceptions and try the two areas?


I have skied Stowe, although it was probably 8 years ago, and it was crowded.  I thought that, being March Break, it would be even more crowded.  The 5 year old is new on skis this year, and he's not ready to go on the single at MRG.  Maybe with a mid-week deal Stowe would be back on the list.  Don't get me wrong, I thought Stowe was great when I skied it.  As an instructor at Stowe, do you think a reservation would be necessary for the kids program over March Break?  

 

Thanks

 

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Recently up in that area.

This time of year there should be less crowding at all places.  Liftopia,com often offers $24 lift tickets to MRG on weekdays (they also have weekday deals on Smuggs and Bolton among others).  MRG could be great for a family, only reservation would be about allowing 5 yr old to ride single alone unless he is experienced enough to do that securely.  There are a couple very pretty and easy intermediate runs from up there and many from top of double chair.  Snowboarding not allowed. 

$58 two-fer coupon from Burlington City Market to ski Sugarbush North on a weekday.  Good long groomers and some tougher stuff too.

Also might find helpful deals in the Winter Go Play Ski Map available free in brochure racks at many motels, restaurants, and ski shops in the New England region.  Looks like this, but need 2010-2011 version:  http://massachusetts.ettractions.com/storage/location/pdf/Go%20Play%20Map%20Winter%202009-final.pdf


Jamesj,

 

Thanks for the info, every coupon helps!  I won't let the youngest ride the single alone at MRG, Sugarbush may also be an option.  Although it's a 7 hour trip for us from Ontario, the skiing is world's away from what we have.  Looks like more snow this weekend!

 

 

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Just a quick note ... I am up at Smugglers Notch right now for the week.  You probably already know this, but there is simply not a safer bet for family/children's programs and activities than here.  If you want to try out something else, that makes perfect sense ... but if you are looking for a no-brainer for children/families, this is it.

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If your staying in Burlington & have a day where you only want to ski for a few hours inexpensively & close may I suggest http://www.cochranskiarea.com/. It's a fun little mountain & will definitely take you back in time to the origins of New England skiing.

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