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post #31 of 45

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Originally Posted by Daveski7 View Post

If you head up to Pinkham Notch, you have to hit Wildcat then. Cold mountain but great conditions, terrain, and views of Mount Washington. The skiing there is very underrated IMO.



Most snow in NH...allegedly.

post #32 of 45

bump in case any other parents in the northeast are still in the planning stage for a ski trip this winter.  OP was asking for 2011-12 for family with three kids ages 7-12.

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Originally Posted by PetronioMBP View Post

Thanks everybody -- this has been helpful.  I researched Lake Placid and some of the others today.  Based on another thread, I also looked at Stowe (seems really expensive), and Sugarloaf (seems ideal, but pretty far).  And despite the allure of poutine (which my kids can't have due to allergies) I think we'll hold off on Quebec for now.

 

Lake Placid is looking better -- some relatively inexpensive places to stay (we need a kitchen due to the kids' allergies) and lots of extracurriculars.

 

Thanks again!

post #33 of 45

In Vermont, I would suggest Smugglers Notch or Jay Peak.

In New Hampshire, I would suggest Mt. Sunapee or Waterville Valley.

post #34 of 45

You might find a place with a Kitchen on "ADKBYOWNER.com"
 

post #35 of 45

-In regards to the OP with the bumperoo in mind..

If conditions remain good why wouldn't a stay in the Berkshires make sense for your crew? A tour of Catamount, Butternut and Berkshire East would be a lot of fun for your group I think.....and leave some money left over for more ski days. Berkshire East when it is 100% open takes a back seat to nobody....great varied terrain, priced right and almost never crowded with real old school charm.

 

I also agree families can really enjoy North Conway. King Pine, Cranmore, Black, Shawnee Peak, Sunday River, Wildcat and Attitash are all very close. Bretton Woods a bit further with a potentially depending on weather tricky traverse west on 302 but doable. Settlers Green and N Conway village are shopper paradise. King Pine, Black and Cranmore are super young family friendly and bargain priced too.

 

My little ones partially grew up at King Pine and have their fondest ski memories from there.

post #36 of 45
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the suggestions -- actually we are in Dutchess County and Catamount is our home ski hill, we have season passes.  We honeymooned in Jackson NH so getting back up there would be great.  I do like the idea of the indoor water park at Jay Peak, because the kids are not going to want to ski all day every day.

post #37 of 45
Thread Starter 

Also FYI to all prior posters, in the 2011-12 season I ended up spending the $$$ on private lessons for the kids at Catamout, which actually was worth it.

post #38 of 45

How did you like the Catamount lessons?  My kids took group lessons at Butternut and they had a great time and got much stronger and confident.  We ended up buying season passes for next year because the price was right and we can ski all of March for free.  We are in northern Fairfield County, so not that far from Dutchess.

post #39 of 45
Thread Starter 

I like the folks at Catamount and I think the instructors are generally pretty good.  Sometimes it is hit or miss.  I try to get my girls paired up with a younger female instructor so they are more comfortable.  It's been some years since I had them in the KidCats program, so hard for me to comment on that.

post #40 of 45
Thread Starter 

FYI to catch up on old thread . . . had planned big trip with just me and my 3 daughters up to Jay Peak for Easter Week 2013 given that holiday was falling early this year.  Unfortunately, trip had to get scuttled because of my work demands.

 

This year we have a vacation booked at Lake Placid for 5 days/4 nights between Christmas and New Years.  Buying the Ski3 pass from NY state and moving our home mountain from Catamount to Belleayre.  Hope to plan one or two trips to Gore Mtn. as well to take advantage of Ski3 pass.

 

Will post review of Lake Placid trip afterwards.

 

Thanks

MP

post #41 of 45
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Originally Posted by PetronioMBP View Post
 

FYI to catch up on old thread . . . had planned big trip with just me and my 3 daughters up to Jay Peak for Easter Week 2013 given that holiday was falling early this year.  Unfortunately, trip had to get scuttled because of my work demands.

 

This year we have a vacation booked at Lake Placid for 5 days/4 nights between Christmas and New Years.  Buying the Ski3 pass from NY state and moving our home mountain from Catamount to Belleayre.  Hope to plan one or two trips to Gore Mtn. as well to take advantage of Ski3 pass.

 

Will post review of Lake Placid trip afterwards.

 

Thanks

MP

Thanks for the update. Sorry you had to cancel.

 

I'll be checking out Whiteface in early Dec.  Need to drive up to Lake Placid for another reason so figured I might as well bring my skis.  Hoping to get in a day at Gore as well.  Have heard good things about recent improvements at Gore.

 

I wonder if Gore would be less crowded than Whiteface during the holidays?  Less well known but a bit closer to NYC.

post #42 of 45

Early December can be iffy at Whiteface or Gore, conditions in early December are certainly not a good measure of either mountain.  During the Holidays both Whiteface and Gore are crowded.

 

Best advice I can give is to be at Gore by 9:00 a.m. during holidays in order to avoid getting stuck in a really remote parking lot.  My advice for skiing on crowded days at Gore is to limit your trips on the Gondola and/or Adirondack Express triple chair to a max of 2/day (once in the morning, and possibly to return to the upper mountain after lunch).

 

STE

post #43 of 45

Gore is rarely crowded even on weekends/holidays if most of the mountain is open. The place eats crowds. The gondola might have a 10-15 minute line from about 10-12 and maybe after lunch for an hour on crowded days. Since they installed the current gondola in about 1999, I have not seen a line on the Adirondack Express (HS triple) unless the gondola is not working. There are never lines on any other lifts either. There is way more blue cruising for your kids vs Whiteface. Every chairlift serves glades.

 

The North Quad might be one of the best low blue pods in the East. It faces north, there are 4 low blue and one green trail, the quad (it runs slow) is ski right on and it faces north so the snow is usually decent.

 

They have 90% snowmaking and have upgraded a lot of the guns about 2 years ago and  there is unlimited water from the Hudson River.  They need to add more pump horsepower.. They still cannot cover the mountain as fast as Mt Snow/Stratton/Okemo. It does not snow as much as Vermont. The xmas holiday is hit or miss for Gore (and WF).

 

Get there early because the parking fills up especially if it snows. The parking is what limits the crowds.

Gore is an easier drive for you also. The triple pass is a huge bargain. You will love Gore.

post #44 of 45
Thread Starter 

Mraznc asked me to bump the thread and update . . .

-- 2011/12 and 2012/13 season I spent the money on season passes and lessons at Catamount

--2013/14 season, I bought the Ski3 pass.  Our Lake Place Xmas visit was cancelled due to surgery and work.  However, we got out the Belleayre (which is a great place within 90 minutes of mid-Hudson valley) and did two overnight trips to Gore Mountain.  The first trip we stayed at the Summit condos and the second weekend we stayed at Garnet Hill.

 

What can I say about Gore other than for the 2014/15 season we are doing a season-long condo rental at the Summit and plan on getting up to Gore as often as we can.  The mountain is awesome.  The kids loved it.  They are skiing blues fairly well for kids who only have gotten out 4-5 times a season.  Hopefully with regular weekend visits they will progress.  I think I will put the youngest in one of the mountain adventure classes.  Trying to convince the older ones to do the teen program.  The oldest is just at the age cutoff (15).

 

We have the Ski3 pass again and maybe can squeeze in a trip up to Whiteface.  Belleayre will be backup if we can't get away for the weekend.

 

Garnet Hill was awesome.  Food was great, rooms cozy.  A real Adirondack feel.  But don't expect the Four Seasons -- it's not about luxury.

 

MP

post #45 of 45
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Originally Posted by PetronioMBP View Post
 

Mraznc asked me to bump the thread and update . . .

-- 2011/12 and 2012/13 season I spent the money on season passes and lessons at Catamount

--2013/14 season, I bought the Ski3 pass.  Our Lake Place Xmas visit was cancelled due to surgery and work.  However, we got out the Belleayre (which is a great place within 90 minutes of mid-Hudson valley) and did two overnight trips to Gore Mountain.  The first trip we stayed at the Summit condos and the second weekend we stayed at Garnet Hill.

 

What can I say about Gore other than for the 2014/15 season we are doing a season-long condo rental at the Summit and plan on getting up to Gore as often as we can.  The mountain is awesome.  The kids loved it.  They are skiing blues fairly well for kids who only have gotten out 4-5 times a season.  Hopefully with regular weekend visits they will progress.  I think I will put the youngest in one of the mountain adventure classes.  Trying to convince the older ones to do the teen program.  The oldest is just at the age cutoff (15).

 

We have the Ski3 pass again and maybe can squeeze in a trip up to Whiteface.  Belleayre will be backup if we can't get away for the weekend.

 

Garnet Hill was awesome.  Food was great, rooms cozy.  A real Adirondack feel.  But don't expect the Four Seasons -- it's not about luxury.

 

MP


Thanks for the update.  Good to know that for a family, the drive to Gore is worth it.  I had a chance to check out Whiteface, Gore, and Belleayre last winter.  Certainly seems like the Ski3 options are well worth considering for anyone in NYC, NJ, or even Philly who wants to drive to a bigger mountain a few times.

 

I only had a short day at Belleayre in late March.  The renovations over the summer to the main lodge will certainly make a difference.  There wasn't much seating before.

 

I've heard that the teen program at Gore is quite good from a mom on another forum.

 

If you do get up to Whiteface, check the schedule of the toboggan slide on Mirror Lake in Lake Placid.  Truly unique and great fun!  A bargain too.

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