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post #31 of 38
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post



disagree

 

the more snow at stowe the bigger the crowds, on weekends at least the 7:30 opening weeds out the pretenders and the first 2 hours are generally ski on if all the lifts are running.

 

its part of the reason I love 4 inch days many days in a row. No crowds still knee deep skiing.

 

 


I guess I should clarify.  On really epic days you'll get crowds.

 

But a lot of more casual day-trippers won't drive a long way if the weather is 'bad', even if that means there's fresh snow coming down in the mountains and the conditions are great (if cold).

post #32 of 38
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I guess I should clarify.  On really epic days you'll get crowds.

 

But a lot of more casual day-trippers won't drive a long way if the weather is 'bad', even if that means there's fresh snow coming down in the mountains and the conditions are great (if cold).



powder morning arent casual day tripper, there is alot of boston at the mountain on even huge powder days. People will make that drive during a big storm. 

 

 

post #33 of 38

I make my trips up from NYC so I want to make them count as well, if its a weekend trip you're making the further north you go the smaller the lines (drive up and have a buddy drive home while you sleep).  Me and my buddy took weekend trips to Sugarbush, Jay, and Killington, if possible avoid Killington on weekends and holidays its just a damned cluster f*ck. 

 

Jay and Sugarbush on the other hand were relativley empty on the weekends and holidays that we took that LONG LONG LONG trip up to the Canadian border.  Then again pack some good tunes, a bottle of something strong, and some smoke along with a good traveling partner and you're good to go

post #34 of 38
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I make my trips up from NYC so I want to make them count as well, if its a weekend trip you're making the further north you go the smaller the lines (drive up and have a buddy drive home while you sleep).  Me and my buddy took weekend trips to Sugarbush, Jay, and Killington, if possible avoid Killington on weekends and holidays its just a damned cluster f*ck. 

 

Jay and Sugarbush on the other hand were relativley empty on the weekends and holidays that we took that LONG LONG LONG trip up to the Canadian border.  Then again pack some good tunes, a bottle of something strong, and some smoke along with a good traveling partner and you're good to go



yeah to drinking and driving you  tool!

post #35 of 38

Save your days off.  Wait for a dump and charge.  You can ski and stay, for example, at Magic for $109pp midweek.  That is a lift ticket and a place to crash.  If you know the storm is on, call the Lodge in Londonderry and set it up.  My friend has a house up in central VT so I am lucky but that is just an example of a good deal at a good close mountain.  Leave from work, sleep, wake up, ski your sack off, and drive home.  Tiring?  Yes.  But one day of that beats 25 days of my local season pass in PA.

 

Just be careful.  We did one storm last year that was so sketchy ice on the way up so we crashed at some motel b/c we didn't think we were going to make it alive.  We got up and still made it and skied 2ft of fresh for hours with nobody around.  Left there around 2pm and made it home by 7pm.  When chasing storms up there I recommend driving up the eastern route so you stay on Interstate as much as possible.  I have made Stowe faster in storms than I have made Killington, for example, trying to go up the Thruway and then east to Rutland.  Also, make sure your vehicle is a good 4wd and outfitted with proper safety and survival gear should you come unglued and be stuck overnight. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #36 of 38
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chasing powder is a thought, but a 6 hr drive turned in possibly 8 or even more isn't too worth it.  unless maybe I was retired or unemployed.  also spontaneous days off cost me pretty big.

luckily I've had my share of powder days over the years, mostly in SLC, but elsewhere too.  1 out of 3 trips about.

I used to chase the powder here in Pa and had a couple good days at Elk, only 45 min away from home. (one of my most memorable times skiing was night skiing Elk under the ropes of the closed runs "in the dark" while it was dumping real hard.)

Until one morning I was first in line after an eve/nightime storm only to find they groomed every square inch of the mountain, I mean hill, on me!

 

post #37 of 38

I've been to MRG the day after a big storm (on a weekday) and the line for the single chair was no problem, the lift line was less than 10 minutes and there was still powder to be found.  Even on the big discount days (St. Patrick's, Roll back the clock day, etc.--again, midweek) the lines are short in the morning, and short once it gets close to closing time, but the line for the single chair can take 1/2 hr from around 1:00 - 3:00 in the afternoon.  During the week, avoid the day of an epic storm and you'll be fine.

 

I was at Killington for the awesome St. Patrick's day storm 3 or 4 years ago (midweek).  No lift lines whatsoever.  Never more than a 5 minute wait.  Same result whenever I go there midweek.

 

I have never seen big crowds at Sugarbush.  I don't ski there during Christmas Week or President's Day Week, but I have skied there on weekends and I've never seen an unreasonable lift line, ever.  Also, remember that if MRG is crowded, you'll be able to tell as soon as you pull in on Rte. 17, and Sugarbush is only a 10-15 minute drive from the MRG parking lot.

 

Gore is not crowded midweek, but they have a habit of shutting down some of the lifts that access desirable terrain.  One of my friends who does shift work (so he gets days off midweek) switched his midweek pass from Gore to Mt. Snow this year b/c he was so annoyed with the frequency with which Gore limits the lifts that are running midweek.

 

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post #38 of 38
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yeah to drinking and driving you  tool!



nothings better than getting drunk and driving 8hrs, use your head man I meant the passenger having a few drinks not the driver

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