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Usual..."Hey I need trip planning help" Vermont 2012

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Hi.  Live in Michigan.  Been too Vermont a handful of times and Mont Tremblant.  Got the kids age 5 and 8 on skis this yr for the first time.  They really took to it and LOVE IT!  

 

I was thinking of planning a family/friends trip this christmas/hannukah.  I was going to make it a family adventure and drive to Vermont.   Is there any luxury ski in, ski out homes that sleep ten or more at any of the VT Resorts?  

 

I am starting to think I may just do the Beaver Creek or Vail thing since it seems to have more options.  I am looking for ANY resort recommendations that is family friendly and has lots happening with the ski in ski out option.

 

Thanks

 

 

post #2 of 10

Umm . . . wrong forum.  Trip Reports is for people who have on or have finished a ski trip.

 

Any way, Park City is a possibility but would be crowded during the holidays.  Recently I saw someone recommend Big Sky in Montana.  I think it's neat that you can also spend a day at Yosemite National Park.

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Focusing on the word "Homes".  In VT there are a lot of nice single family slopeside homes for rent at Okemo and it is a great mtn for intermediates, has nice little town nearby called Ludlow.  Killington has a lot of townhouses at the Bear Mtn part of the mtn and great variety of terrain.  Both those will be quite crowded during the holidays.  Maybe Bretton Woods, NH with a stay at nearby Mt Wash Hotel would be of interest to you?  As you know the ski conditions during late Dec can be less than optimal in VT, but this trio have great snowmaking and grooming reputations.

 

Out west Vail and Beaver Creek are fine, if pricey choices.  BC would be less crowded during the Holidays.  Solitude, UT is a great family mtn and not too crowded even during the Holidays, the base village is cute, but small.

post #4 of 10

A bonus for BCC is that Brighton is right up the road and has night skiing.  But would be pretty quiet after dark it terms of other things to do.  Definitely not what I would consider "luxury ski in, ski out."

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My $0.02: any eastern ski area will be packed.  Christmas/New Years is when eastern ski areas make their money.  Not sure when Hannukah is this year, but there's also the problem that eastern areas are just getting started at this time of year.  You might find yourself at a full resort with less than a full ski area open or skiing marginal conditions.  Myself, I would never come east for this week: terrible lines, often poor conditions, general "city at a ski area" feeling.  If you could come mid-January or early February, I'd consider it then.

 

I'd recommend out west if cost is anywhere similar.  I had great vacations with kids at Steamboat (cheaper than some western areas) and Snowmass (expensive).  Good terrain for kids and lots of ski-in/ski-out lodging.  I'd definitely check these places out.  Steamboat has a nice town and Snowmass is OK by itself and very close to Aspen.
 

I find Park City/Deer Valley over-done and I think they, too, will be busy.  Canyons might be less crowded, but the terrain doesn't really lend itself well to kids 5 and 8. 

 

If you can swing the cost, Beaver Creek is near Vail, less-crowded than Vail, and has good lodging.  But it's pricey.

Solitude might be nice, but it's small.  No real lodging/activities at other areas in Utah.

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Condo(s) at the base of Smugglers Notch would be a great choice for a family with kids.  Consistently rated the best resort for families.

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Despite the claims that Park City would be too crowded I took my family there this past Xmas week.  Crowds were a non issue. Never waited for more than a couple of minutes for a lift and never had a problem with restaurants (though we did make dinner reservations).  The only crowded areas were trails right near the base, but the mountains are so large we just stayed away from them.  Luxury is easy to find, but not the way we went.  Dining choices are unlimited for a weeks stay.

 

We've been to Smugglers in VT several times, though never during a holiday week.  The condos were all nice, but not what I would call luxurious.  The programs for the kids can't be beat.  If you are not going to cook while on the trip, be warned that the dining choices are very limited there.

 

Jackson Gore at Okemo would qualify, but I think it would be a zoo Xmas week.

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Anything at Stratton, Okemo, or Mount Snow would be fine.  They all have good kids programs and lots of slopeside accommodations.  

 

I respectfully disagree with Jim.  Smugglers has wonderful kids programs, but the mountain is obsolete, all fixed grip chairs.  It is also really far from anything.  Functionally it is the backside of Stowe and that is a much better place to go and one hour closer in winter.   I would not book super early, because some years the snow is thin in December.  

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Originally Posted by jjgold View Post

Hi.  Live in Michigan.  Been too Vermont a handful of times and Mont Tremblant.  Got the kids age 5 and 8 on skis this yr for the first time.  They really took to it and LOVE IT!  

 

I was thinking of planning a family/friends trip this christmas/hannukah.  I was going to make it a family adventure and drive to Vermont.   Is there any luxury ski in, ski out homes that sleep ten or more at any of the VT Resorts?  

 

I am starting to think I may just do the Beaver Creek or Vail thing since it seems to have more options.  I am looking for ANY resort recommendations that is family friendly and has lots happening with the ski in ski out option.

 

Thanks

 

 


jjgold, If you really want a memorable ski vacation get out of the holidays mentality. It is usually a waste of time and money to get any real skiing at the Xmas/ New Years time in New England and Feb Vacation around Washington birthday is very crowded. If you want to come to Vt or the NE region for that matter come between mid Jan to 2nd week of Feb. At that time frame you have a very good chance of going to almost any place and getting close to 100% open, real snow to ski on, less crowds and better prices. Take the kids out of school , they are not going to miss anything. Too many times Xmas week is usually jammed pack, crappy weather, very little snow and low trail counts. Maybe you don't want all the steep trails , bump runs, glades and trees available to ski on but if that terrain is not ready yet than more people are packed on the blue/ green groomers and your kids are out there in it.You will have a much more enjoyable and memorable time past the holidays. Best resort for what you are looking for in NE would be Sugarloaf.

 

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