First off, thanks in advance for checking out this thread. Last December a group of friends and I took a trip to Smugglers Notch, Vermont and it was one of the best vacations that I have ever went on. It was my first real ski trip but we had a blast and the conditions weren't even that good! I think only like 55% of the trails at Smugglers Notch were open, everything else was closed due to lack of snow. We went the week before Christmas. This year we're in the early planning stages and I was hoping for some help from the community.
Due to the majority of the group being broke college students/newly weds, they're on budget constraints and are trying to keep things as cheap as possible. Last year we bought points from my parents Bluegreen/RCI timeshare and only ended up spending a total of like $675 on lodging split between 6 people. It was a very cheap trip. So here's where I'm needing your guys help, hoping that some of you are more experienced bargain travelers than I am.
First off, we would like to keep the lodging of the trip as cheap as possible. I understand that it's unlikely that we are going to get as good of a deal as last year but the cheaper the better.
Secondly, we've got some more inexperienced skiers with us this year. Some that are likely to only want to ski greens for the first day or two that we ski. Last year at Smugglers Notch, we only had one guy with us that was only able to ski greens. The way that smugglers is set up, the greens are all on one separate part of the mountain that you had to take a shuttle to get over to which made the entire trip not very fun for him due to the fact that he had to spend the majority of his time away from the group since we were always skiing the blues/blacks on the other part of the mountain. With that in mind, we would like to go to a resort that is more accommodating for inexperienced skiers with perhaps some green slopes coming off at the top of lifts along with blacks/blues. I know some resorts have this, just don't know which.
Third, we would like to go somewhere in the New England area. We have looked at Jay's Peak, Smugglers Notch, Stowe, and Sugarbush. Other recommendations are welcome! If you have any information on the cheapest ways to stay, please let me know!
Thank you very much!