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!