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What's the best place in the East to ski between X-Mas and New Years?

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I am in the process of planning a ski trip for my family for the week between Christmas and New Years. We don’t have any little kids (Youngest is 19 and in college, other kids are 23-28) and we are all very experienced skiers and snowboarders. The guys in the group are into tree skiing and also enjoy anything steep and deep. The girls are good skiers but enjoy groomers and partying more than anything. When looking into options, my main criteria are value (we want to keep the trip at a reasonable cost), variety of terrain, snow, crowds, and après ski. While we are definitely looking for a good deal, I don't mind spending a few bucks as long it's worth the investment. Generally speaking, we are looking for top-notch skiing, a good value, and a ski town that will allow us to party our asses off during our 5-6 day trip. It doesn’t have to be a big town, just somewhere with fun bars and restaurants I have skied Killington before and wasn’t impressed with it since it was so crowded, conditions were bad, and everything was so spread out. The Wobbly Barn was a solid party spot but I still wasn’t impressed with Killington overall. Our family has also been to Tremblant a number to times including 3 times prior to it being bought out by Intrawest. Tremblant was great “back in the day” but it is now WAY too crowded around the holidays and they have been lacking the early-season snow they once had.

 

After doing some research, I narrowed all the resorts down to 4 finalists: Jay Peak, Sugarbush, Whiteface and Stowe. All of these resorts are about the same distance from where we live in Michigan so distance really isn’t an issue.  Of the three resorts I mentioned, I have discovered that Jay Peak is definitely the cheapest of the 4. Following Jay, Sugarbush seems to be the next best value followed by Whiteface and Stowe. Just to clarify, I am considering what the overall cost of the trip would be including lift tickets, lodging, food, beer/jager bombs, etc. Does anymore have any more insight about what would be the best value?

 

Finally, what does everyone recommend as our best bet for a ski trip over the week between x-mas and new years?  

 

Thanks for your help!

post #2 of 10

If you're coming from Mt Bohemia, Lac La Belle Road, MI, then according to Google you could drive about an hour longer and be in Copper Mountain CO instead of Stowe VT. Just saying...

 

post #3 of 10

I would wait to see where there is snow.  It can be spotty in December.  Okemo tends to do the best job of snowmaking, so that might be safe.  As for skiing in the woods, that would be unlikely in December barring a massive dump.  Obviously the farther north and the higher the elevation the better.  

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Originally Posted by jeff2010 View Post

If you're coming from Mt Bohemia, Lac La Belle Road, MI, then according to Google you could drive about an hour longer and be in Copper Mountain CO instead of Stowe VT. Just saying...

 


that's crazy... Copper totally rocked early season. Fails the nightlife bit tho...
post #5 of 10

It's XMas week.  Everywhere will be crowded and expensive.  I'd probably gravitate towards Jay since it's so far out of the way that you might ditch the crowds, and the fact that it's known for lots of early season snow.

 

@ csr_jr - he's not coming from Mt Bohemia.  Nobody comes from Mt Bohemia since nobody lives anywhere near there.  Boho might just be the one resort in North America that won't be crowded XMas week, but since they don't make any snow it's still dicey that early in the season.

post #6 of 10

I would caution that Jay, though out of the way for those of us in the U.S, is only a couple of hours from Montreal, so don't bet on it being much less crowded. 

post #7 of 10

I'd say your best bet isn't on your list... Mont Ste Anne / Le Massif just outside Quebec City. 

 

It'll be the best skiing (Massif rules the East), best apres (Quebec City is AWESOME, and the kids will love the dagobert!!!), and it would probably be one of the cheaper options, as you won't have to pay on resort prices if you stay in the city.  Your only competition for slope-space will mainly be the locals (greater Quebec City), who have the luxury of skiing there all winter long... so they won't necessarily be rushing to the slopes in droves during the holidays.

 

St Anne is about 20 min from Old Quebec and Massif is about 45 min.  Mont Ste Anne really pushes their snowmaking, so even if snow is sketchy, it'll be good.  

 

 

 
Typical Old Quebec Street

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View of the St Lawrence from the top of the ~2600' vert Le Massif

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Mont Ste Anne (the trails on the centre-left of this shot have some really nice pitched uninterrupted fall-lines)

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The Dagobert

 

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post #8 of 10

Mont St. Anne, good call. Way less crowded and cheaper than Tremblant.  Bloody cold up there, so earlier season snow might be better along the river too.

post #9 of 10

I agree on Mt St Anne. Quebec should also be a very nice atmosphere for the holidays and have some very good dining.

post #10 of 10

My wife and I were just talking about Mt. St. Anne... hmmmmmmmm......

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