Hope to join the eastern gathering at Jay Peak. Any suggestions? Not too fussy other than no bedbugs...
Are you driving or staying slopeside? When I was there in '06, you couldn't beat Grampa Grunts for cheap lodging and local flair. It's basically a hostel, but you can get a private room (make sure to specify you want a shower). If there's enough people, your stay comes with (delicious) breakfast. If not, you're on your own. At that time it was something like $27/person and $33 with breakfast. Really funky place - our room had a waterbed and a Tempurpedic, some rooms had a mirror over the bed - weird. There's a community kitchen and game room downstairs where you can hang out and meet some other skiers.
Not sure if a hostel is what you're looking for, but I don't think it gets much cheaper in the Jay area. It's in Montgomery Center, maybe 20 minutes from the resort.
LOL, that's true. The accommodations were a little odd, but it is one of the most memorable places that I've stayed on a ski trip!
Here's the website, OP : https://sites.google.com/a/grampagrunts.com/grampa-grunts-lodge/services
Other options are the Snowline Lodge, http://www.snowlinelodge.com/ closest to Jay's access road, Just a basic motel with a good sit down breakfast included. I have also stayed in Newport, VT, about 20-25 minutes away at Newport City Motel (or hotel) another basic motel...last time we state there it was around $60. Snowline was around $100.
I have never stayed at Grandpa Grunts but from what I understand it is a hostel type situation with shared rooms and bathrooms.