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Mt. Snow vs. Okemo vs. Stratton vs. Gore at this time of the year

post #1 of 13
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Looking to do a trip this coming weekend, I am torn between these places for reasons of quality and or quantity of snow.  All are approximately the same distance from me and I have been to all except Gore.   I figure they will all get similar snow fall since they are about at the same longitude but sun and wind and how much they make beforehand will dictate what they are like at this late time in the season.

 

For a guy who likes fast groomed snow, and nice long runs what would you recommend?

post #2 of 13

RR, out of those 4 I have never been to Gore, but I would say Okemo would give you the longest groomed cruisers and they do an excellent job grooming there. I think Okemo would also have the quality and quantity you are looking for.

post #3 of 13

Of these choices, +1 for Okemo.  Known for their grooming and snowmaking, and I think they have the longest uninterrupted runs of this group of areas.

post #4 of 13

Well,

 

If long Groomers are your only criteria-Mt Snow, Okemo, and Flatton are all about equal-they will all be equally empty on weekdays and all will still have a good crowd on weekends (not mid season crowded, but you'll still see lots of folks).  I'd always take Mt. Snow out of those three because it's closer and there is much, much greater variety (the trees and bumps at Mount Snow are still skiing well!).

 

However, the best ski area of the 4 is Gore.  I love the lay out of that place, the mellower vibe, and the far more interesting terrain, and they picked up more snow this month than the other three.  For Groomers, I guess the VT places are better (though Gore  is decent), for everything else...including the scenery as the 'Dacks have it all over the Greens, I'd go with Gore.

 

Oh, and from a recent experience if long cruiser-delight on cool trails is your bag, you might want to take a longer drive and check out Wildcat in NH.  2000ft vert of long, uninterupted, scenic, windy groomers all over the Mountain.

 

Liam

 

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Well

 

However, the best ski area of the 4 is Gore.  I love the lay out of that place, the mellower vibe, and the far more interesting terrain, and they picked up more snow this month than the other three.  

 

Liam

 


I strongly second that.....smile.gif   beercheer.gif  ......biggrin.gif

 

post #6 of 13

Conditions at Okemo are really good right now. It's my home mountain, and I ski there all the time. Just sayin'.

post #7 of 13

Just skied Stratton today for the first time in about 16 years.  They still have quite a good base and most of the mountain open.  Crowds were basically non-existent, even with training for the US Open Freestyle event going on.  Not sure if today was typical, but just about everything was groomed ... honestly, other than pitch, hard to tell one trail from the other!  If you like groomer cruising, seems to be a good place ... if you like variety or terrain and conditions, this is NOT the place!

post #8 of 13

For fast groomers in southern Vermont - Okemo. Okemo is pretty much always well groomed, one might say overly groomed but I think that is what your looking for. The downside is it's the furthest of the three in VT.

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Just skied Stratton today for the first time in about 16 years.  They still have quite a good base and most of the mountain open.  Crowds were basically non-existent, even with training for the US Open Freestyle event going on.  Not sure if today was typical, but just about everything was groomed ... honestly, other than pitch, hard to tell one trail from the other!  If you like groomer cruising, seems to be a good place ... if you like variety or terrain and conditions, this is NOT the place!



Usually the double diamonds there can provide some decent bumps and they leave some sides of the trail bumped up.
 Trees are fun there too, probably the funnest out of the 4 (Gore and Mt Snow being more challenging and tighter, but less glade terrain)

post #10 of 13

If you think Okemo has more glades than Gore or Mt. Snow you  should ski both those mountains again.   Okemo has a few runs with trees near them...Mount Snow has the best real glades south of Sugarbush in New England.  And Gore has a ton of great glades.   

 

BUt, the OP is looking for groomers, and like I said, any of those southern, VT places will fit the bill.  Problem is, they are all still busy enough on a weekend, that 'high-speed' groomer skiing might be an elusive goal.

 

Berkshire East is open one more weekend, yes less terrain than any southern, VT places, but the goal of 'high speed' groomer can actually be realized even on a weekend due to lack of crowds(and groomers with good pitch).  Plus it's closer and half the price.  

 

If you can sneak out for a weekday, I will say Flatoon, Okemo, and Snow would be heaven for uncrowded high-speed groomer skiing.  IF that's your bag.

post #11 of 13

Mount Snow definitely has the edge on glades, the whole mountain is open for tree skiing within boundaries. Also Mount Snow's got all the spring festivals, reggaefest is this weekend and those are always an awesome time. For lots of groomers, okemo is the place to go, but at this time of year, everybody is grooming everything, so it's a wash.

 

post #12 of 13

If you wanted fast--as in January/February "fast"--you should've hit Gore this weekend.  Temps stayed below freezing and there was hard "packed powder" (not ice in this case) everywhere.  In most places there was enough of a coating on top to make nice turns.  In a few wind swept places (not on any of the slopes you would likely be interested in--they were fine) it was scoured down to boiler plate. 

 

On well-tuned race skis, you would've loved it.  I put away my spring skis and pulled out my RX8's.

 

STE

post #13 of 13

I did get a chance to ski Stratton for a second day and spent the day demo'ing several skis.  Because the weather had been very warm for a week or more before the week I was there, and then winter temps hit again for several days, any of the non-groomed areas (trees, etc.) had a frozen crust on them making conditions in those areas tough.  I did, however, find bumps on Lower Spruce, and used that trail as one of the test runs for each ski I demo'd.  To be fair, I had a much greater appreciation for the place this second day ... and I imagine the woods would be a lot of fun in the right conditions!
 

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Usually the double diamonds there can provide some decent bumps and they leave some sides of the trail bumped up.
 Trees are fun there too, probably the funnest out of the 4 (Gore and Mt Snow being more challenging and tighter, but less glade terrain)



 

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