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Hi all,

 

I'm planning to do about a week long trip to vermont in early march and wanted to get some feedback on the "Must Visits" as far as mountains/resorts/sights go.  I'm hoping to hit sugarbush and stowe for sure, and any other ideas would be welcome! 

post #2 of 15

If you are planning on skiing Stowe and Sugarbush, you should definitely think about checking out MRG.   

post #3 of 15

I think you posted this in the wrong forum: this being "Trip reports" meant for reporting on trips already taken.  We are planning a gathering of epicskiers, friends and family welcome of course, for March 2-5 at the very mountains you mention.  I hope you will consider joining us.  We will have local guides and multiple levels of skiers.  Here is the thread with some details: http://www.epicski.com/t/114012/2013-northern-vermont-gathering

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Originally Posted by mlyerly25 View Post

Hi all,

 

I'm planning to do about a week long trip to vermont in early march and wanted to get some feedback on the "Must Visits" as far as mountains/resorts/sights go.  I'm hoping to hit sugarbush and stowe for sure, and any other ideas would be welcome! 

 

You can meet us at the East Coast gathering. Mar. 2 to 5th.

 

2nd and 3rd at Sugarbush

4th at MRG

5th at Stowe

post #5 of 15

Went to Jay last year and had an absolute blast!  If you have time, it's worth the ~2hr drive from Stowe. 

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Went to Jay last year and had an absolute blast!  If you have time, it's worth the ~2hr drive from Stowe


It's about an hour drive, maybe an hour and fifteen minutes if you stop for fuel and a coffee... so I suppose 2hrs round trip?

post #7 of 15

So much good skiing in northern VT. You can't go wrong at any of the places if there's good snow. Sugarbush (actually 2 separate ski areas), MRG. Stowe, Smuggs, Jay are all top notch. Bolton also can get there share of snow.
 

post #8 of 15

I do these wandering trips in New England every year. My suggestions:

drive about 10 hours to Kingston NY spend the night, ski Hunter next day, end of day drive a few hours to Rutland or Killington,

Ski Killington day 2, up early drive to Middlebury Snow Bowl for a very unique experience of a small classic VT resort, drive to Burlington end of day.  From Burlington as a base, you can be at Jay in about 1.5 hours or Smugglers, Stowe, Sugarbush, or MRG in an hour. You could also stay in the Stowe area and hit Jay in an hour and the others in about 45 min (tops). Staying at Stowe will give you more of the resort experience but I like the dining better in Burlington. I would definitely hit Stowe, Sugarbush and Mad River for very classic VT skiing. Have a good time.

post #9 of 15

ski jay. done. Also if your looking for sights besides skiing then definitely check out Burlington for a night or two. Best small city in America.
 

post #10 of 15

well if you go to Stowe, don't waste a day at Smugglers Notch.  Sugarbush and Mad River and Jay for sure.

post #11 of 15

In terms of what each mountain offers, based on my experience visiting each of them more than 10 times:

 

Hunter - on the way, good advanced terrain, pretty ride back from I 87

Killington - unique experience, by far the biggest eastern resort, some famous trails, worth seeing the access road shops, bars, etc. Excellent steeps  in the Canyons, famous bump run Outer Limits and Bear mountain, good terrain parks                 

Middlebury Snow Bowl - very beautiful ride up there if approaching from Rt 100 side; small and very uncrowded; a couple of the best race trails (Ross and Allen) available and open GS races on Fridays; a whole side of the mountain that is largely empty, cheap

Jay - good glades skiing, out of the way, a little bit of everything else, tram from the lodge is interesting, usually less crowded although busy late in the season, beautiful hotel development if you a looking for a place to stay and get a good rate, and No 1 reason I go there in March - the maple sugar farm I get my syrup from is on the way there from Burlington

Smugglers - excellent terrain at the top of Madonna in terms of steeps and bumps, slow lifts, a good race trail that I like to practice on

Stowe - famous front 4, some of the most challenging natural bump runs, probably the nicest VT resort in terms of scenic value, nice new upscale development, interesting things to do, etc. excellent cruisers, good steeps

Mad River Glen - great natural skiing of all types if there is snow, March can be a time of not much coverage (MRG has almost no snow making). I love it under all conditions but not everyone is willing to take a header into a 20 foot wide mud puddle. From early in my skiing, this was always the most fun place, lots to do for every level of skier if you are adventurous. High points: single chair, trees, bumps, steeps, vibe, frozen waterfalls, mud puddles, straw, boulders, lodge, value. For me MRG would be the one place in VT I would make sure to ski. Whoopee.

Sugarbush - really 2 mountains Lincoln is the main base area. Mt. Ellen is a more rustic, wilder area next to Mad River Glen. Depending on when you get there in March, Mt. Ellen may be closed. (They close it when skier traffic starts to drop off). Sugarbush has very consistently high quality skiing of all types. If I had to ski one VT resort all winter, I might very well pick Sugarbush.

 

Others:

Stratton and Bromley are in the south and fairly flat. Stratton is a major development type resort with a faux Austrian little village. Very nice big wide intermediate groomers and excellent half pipes and terrain parks. Of the 2 I prefer Bromley. Any boarder or park user would prefer Stratton and if this is something you like, it should be on your list.

Magic - southern end of the state, natural terrain and snow. Has a devoted following. I have never gotten there when it was open. Just not on my route but one I want to try.

Suicide Six - near Killington a locals mountain with some pretty good terrain and a good race trail not busy.

Okemo - busy place in the middle of the state, some think the grooming is great, I have never been impressed. The best Nastar course in VT. Crowded and so so IMHO.

Mt. Snow - another place with (I hear) a good park and pipe. The rest of the mountain is so so IMHO.

Bolton - pretty good terrain very close to Burlington. Kind of a run down lodge and village. Not worth a visit unless you arrive late in Burlington and want night skiing

post #12 of 15
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If you are planning on skiing Stowe and Sugarbush, you should definitely think about checking out MRG.   

 

Not sure if you're coming alone or with a group, but MRG doesn't allow snowboarders.

 

As has been mentioned by other posters, if you're going to be in northern Vermont in early March, join us for the Northern Vermont Gathering.  Bears might bark, but we don't bite.

post #13 of 15
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This is great feedback thanks everybody I appreciate it

post #14 of 15
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ski jay. done. Also if your looking for sights besides skiing then definitely check out Burlington for a night or two. Best small city in America.
 


Agree. Love Jay and Burlington.

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It's about an hour drive, maybe an hour and fifteen minutes if you stop for fuel and a coffee... so I suppose 2hrs round trip?

Yep - if staying in Burlington. I was driving through the only Nor'easter that rolled through so I was going very slow.
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