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post #31 of 43
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The Mont Saint Anne and Le Massif combo is the best one-two shot in the East. 

 

Not agreeing or disagreeing, but the OP should be careful to do some carefully researched drive time planning around this. These places are very far from being "around the corner" from anyplace in New England - even Sugarloaf and Saddleback.

post #32 of 43
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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post

 

Not agreeing or disagreeing, but the OP should be careful to do some carefully researched drive time planning around this. These places are very far from being "around the corner" from anyplace in New England - even Sugarloaf and Saddleback.

 

True- but the Quebec City experience should make up for it.

post #33 of 43

I have passed Le massif in the car so many times but have not skied there yet. It doesn't look as big as the advertised 2600' vertical. But the area is beautiful. Mont Ste. Anne is a great hill with front and back mountain sides to ski. I love J-Peak but the best skiing is on the mountain to the left which is 1300' vertical not the 2100'. If you take the gondola to the top and then ski down the main mountain to the left mountain terrain that might be one of the best runs in the east. Sugarloaf is huge but I didn't really like. Owl's Head in Quebec which is adjacent to Jay Peak across the border is a gem of a hill. A note on Tremblant. It use to be spectacular with usually good conditions and good grooming but it risks major cold snaps and have been in -40 at the top there too many times to mention. The runs are long there though and fun to ski. The Whistler/Disney thing they did to it is a crime so I do not go back. I'd do Jay/Owl's Head then do Mte. Ste Anne/Le Massif but 3 to 4 hours driving separates the Vermont border region and the Quebec City area . Smugglers notch terrain did not impress me. Le Massif is having big year for snow.

post #34 of 43
Thread Starter 
Wherever I end up weather will now be a factor. Sunday was a BRUTALLY cold day at Killington - so cold it took the joy out of skiing almost entirely.

Distance won't be much of a factor; I can't physically or financially ski all 9 days anyway, so I can travel on the days I don't ski...working my way up there and skiing as I go!

One thing I must consider is the fact that I can get as much as 50% off on lift tickets at about 50% of the mountains as an REI employee. If money is tight I may have to ski some of the areas I can get these discounts. I can get weekday discounts at Loon, Sunday River and Sugarloaf - and I have heard I can get really cheap tickets at Waterville Valley midweek.

Between these discounts and the willingness to stay at hostels I can do this for far less money.
post #35 of 43
Thread Starter 
I plan on doing 3 mountains twice each for a total of 6 days skiing out of the 9 days.

Mountains I'm SERIOUSLY considering to fit in this trip:

Smugglers Notch

Waterville Valley

I can get SIGNIFICANTLY reduced lift tickets to these places 7 days a week as an REI employee.

Loon

Sugarloaf

I can get $39 lift tickets to these places as an REI employee Sunday through Friday.

With the highlight being Le Massif?

Skipping Mont Sainte Anne because I hear they groom more at Le Massif.

I don't know, should I stick to the US? Is the skiing much better in Quebec? Should I be going to Mont Tremblant instead?

Would I be just as happy doing Cannon and Loon, making Sugarloaf the highlight?

Advice please, driving somewhere tomorrow!
post #36 of 43

Check out what liftopia can do for you on your dates, might meet or beat REI discount.  If you go to Sugarloaf pretty sure liftopia will help with nearby Saddleback on weekdays, those two would be double highlights.  Cannon is a heck of a mtn if snow's right, same for Smuggs.  Cannon website may offer two for ones or good discounts on certain weekdays. 

 

Forgot about your interest in groomers, Loon and WV are very good for that, so's nearby Bretton Woods.  All three within 30 mins.  Parker's Motel between Loon and Cannon is a good, fairly cheap place.

post #37 of 43

If you're looking for groomers, I would do Stowe before I did Smugglers...just my opinion.  Sugarbush as well. 

 

 

Also, there are a ton of areas between Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine so that you could spend 9 days between mid-Vermont and Sugarloaf and ski a different area every day.  Just make Sugarloaf your last stop and figure a full day driving home.

post #38 of 43
Thread Starter 
I did 2 days at Sugarbush and 2 days at Stowe on my vacation last year - was very nice but as a relatively new skier I'd like to change it up and experience new places until I've experienced most of them...and then I can just start skiing my favorites!
post #39 of 43
Thread Starter 

So the question is:

 

Is Le Massif a special enough place to warrant the extra driving?

 

It seems as though it is.

 

Beetween the Quebec culture and the scenery it sounds like it's worthwhile.

 

And the skiing itself, is it better than the average New England resort - Killington / Stowe / Okemo / Sunday River etc?

 

I'm leaning towards

 

2 days at Smugglers Notch

 

2 days at Sugarloaf

 

And 2 days at Le Massif -

 

with a day or two to poke around in Quebec City.

 

CAN THIS BE DONE BETTER?!

post #40 of 43

well smuggs just finished up 24 inches in 2 days. with more to come on Saturday, so you can't go wrong there.

post #41 of 43

 

 

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I'm leaning towards

 

2 days at Smugglers Notch

 

2 days at Sugarloaf

 

And 2 days at Le Massif -

 

with a day or two to poke around in Quebec City.

I'd ditch Sugarloaf and replace with Mt. Ste Anne. Might want to go night skiing at Stoneham as well. Terrain is more varied at MSA than Le Massif but Le Massif hangs over the St. Lawrence river so very unique. The top is above 2600' and the bottom is virtually at sea level. You can also park at the top at Le Massif which is unusual. Quebec City is nice to walk around in the old historic section.

post #42 of 43
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Originally Posted by twochordcool View Post

So the question is:

 

Is Le Massif a special enough place to warrant the extra driving?

 

It seems as though it is.

 

Beetween the Quebec culture and the scenery it sounds like it's worthwhile.

 

And the skiing itself, is it better than the average New England resort - Killington / Stowe / Okemo / Sunday River etc?

 

I'm leaning towards

 

2 days at Smugglers Notch

 

2 days at Sugarloaf

 

And 2 days at Le Massif -

 

with a day or two to poke around in Quebec City.

 

CAN THIS BE DONE BETTER?!

If you're looking for long cruisers, I'd swap out Smuggs for either Stowe or Sugarbush.  Another option would be hitting Cannon or Wildcat on your way across NH to Sugarloaf.

post #43 of 43
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Originally Posted by twochordcool View Post

Well I just found a dorm style hostel 11 miles from Sugarloaf, which I did not know existed - that, with my REI shop discount at Sugarloaf could be the decisive factors.

If you're talking about the Maine Roadhouse, I stayed there last March and it worked out very well.  Good access to Saddleback too, which in addition to Sugarloaf should not be missed if in the area.  Trip report here: http://www.epicski.com/a/skiing-maine-on-a-budget

 

Just stayed at the Maine Roadhouse one night this week. Second the recommendation. Excellent value.

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