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Never skied out east. Heard good stuff about Jay peak. With the weather not sure where to ski this weekend Feb 17.
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Jay Peak is a great mountain, and it's pretty close to Montreal. That being said, this weekend in the US is President's Day weekend. Monday is a national holiday, meaning most people have a long weekend. On top of that, most of the major population centers that Vermont draws on for its skiing crowd (Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey) have school vacation this coming week. This means that this weekend is typically one of, if not the busiest weekend of the ski season.

 

If you're asking about a general opinion about Jay, it's a great mountain. If you're asking about skiing this weekend compared to others, pick another weekend.

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Another suggestion would be Burke. It's only a little bit farther, and it's a bit smaller than Jay, but it doesn't get nearly the holiday crowds of a major resort like Jay.

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+1 on Burke. Jay is bigger and usually has more snow but it will be pretty crowded.  I skied Burke over MLK weekend and loved the place and its lack of crowds.

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+1 on Burke. Jay is bigger and usually has more snow but it will be pretty crowded.  I skied Burke over MLK weekend and loved the place and its lack of crowds.

Burke is great! They have one high speed quad that serves the upper part of the mountain. There ia another quad the lower section but that is mainly learning type of slopes with the exception of a park. So runs are limited.

Jay peak has a number of lift options and the trail system is much more diverse!

For what it is worth I ski both! Coming from canada burke does 2 for 1 border crosser deal!

Note: I have never skied either one on this weekend and generally avoid skiing on this particular weekend.
post #6 of 11
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Maybe I'll stay in Canada then any thoughts
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Hi there chrispmtd,

 

I live 45 min from Montreal and have skied quite a few area's. Mont Tremblant is 1.5hrs from down town Montreal. It is the regions biggest mountain  with 2031 vertical feet and a perennial Ski Magazine winner for best east coast ski area. Mont Tremblant is owned by Intrawest same company as Blackcomb/Whistler and can be classified as a mega resort. The skiing in my opinion is ok. It's often icy and it's very busy as this is the place to go and be seen. A lot of people from Ottawa ski here as well and it's not uncommon to wait 20min to 30min for a lift by mid afternoon. But if your looking for fine dinning, exotic beers and European flair and awesome apres ski than this is your place.

 

Other options.

1hr 15min from Montreal is Mont Sutton. If you are an expert skier and you like Glade skiing you will love this place and it has 1500 vertical feet so it's a medium size mountain.

 

If you like groomers and carving the hill I would suggest Bromont. It's an easy jaunt down Autoroute 10 and it's 1hr from down town Montreal, 1300 vertical feet. It also has North Americas largest night skiing terrain. This hill is one of my personal faves and I,m heading there this Mon with the kids as I have the day off,

 

Val Saint Come is a nice small area that doesn't have long lift lines and has 998 vertical feet which is still respectable. Good grooming and awesome snow conditions. Probably between 1.5hrs to 2 hrs from Montreal.

 

Finally You have the St Sauveur Valley ski area's. Avila, Mont St Sauveur, Mont Habitant, Mont Gabriel,  Morin Heights, Chanteclaire, and my favorite Mont Olympia. All these hills are within 10min of each other or less and are just under an hour from down town Montreal. If you go to Tremblant you will pass by most of these places. These hills are off of Autoroute 15. The hills are around 500 to 650 vertical feet. They are often busy on the weekend and are packed with little kids taking lessons, the hills are icy. They will do in a pinch and St Sauveur is a great town with European charm and great shopping.

 

Hope this helps you plan your weekend.

 

Steve

post #8 of 11
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Thanks Steve I live in bc and mostly ski interior although live in whistler right now so may avoid tremblant as was hoping to avoid to many people.
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I highly recommend Sutton. Tremblant will be super busy this weekend. Lots of tourists.

 

Unfortunately the 7 or 8 most difficult runs at Sutton are closed for lack of decent cover. But It is a great mountain. From the main lodge/chair head as far left as possible and you will avoid any lineups at all. Try all treed runs especially even the though the dense forested ones are closed. The small restaurant at the top of the mountain is really nice. Plan to be there on Sunday myself.


Edited by allan o'neil - 2/15/13 at 8:46pm
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
Sounds like it will be Sutton
Awesome thanks.

Allan maybe ill see u up there.
Chris
post #11 of 11

PM me if you are going.

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