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Poll Results: When would you be most likely to attend a New England Gathering?

 
  • 40% (11)
    March 7th to the 10th
  • 51% (14)
    March 14th through 17th
  • 7% (2)
    Other (please explain below).
27 Total Votes  
post #31 of 44

I am on the fence regarding the eastern gathering this year because that part of the world is about a 7 hour drive from here and I am also considering renting a place in VT for the month of March.  I have stayed in Rangeley before and got no sleep my first night (friday) because of all the sleds ripping through town and the mottle parking lot all night.  They may have been there Saturday as well but i was too exhausted to notice.  If I were to go I would look for lodging in Sugarloaf.

post #32 of 44
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I am on the fence regarding the eastern gathering this year because that part of the world is about a 7 hour drive from here and I am also considering renting a place in VT for the month of March.  I have stayed in Rangeley before and got no sleep my first night (friday) because of all the sleds ripping through town and the mottle parking lot all night.  They may have been there Saturday as well but i was too exhausted to notice.  If I were to go I would look for lodging in Sugarloaf.

 

Well, there's something to be said for a really well-chosen screen name. :rolleyes

 

Honestly, though, I agree that beds in Rangeley can be a challenge. for those of us who aren't into the snow machine scene. A condo on the mountain tends to be quiet but on the spendy side, even - for some reason - on off weekends. This is a place that cries out for a well-run hotel. I'm thinking something like the AMC Highland Lodge (but smaller) would be perfect, built on the access road away from the snowmobile interstates. There is finally a good restaurant in town, so who knows - maybe lodging will be next.

 

That having been said, I still far prefer the ambience of Saddleback and environs to that of Sugarloaf. One is an old-time Maine summer resort town that happens to have an unprepossessing ski area nearby. The other is a manufactured ski resort that doesn't have a town nearby at all, unless you call Kingfield "nearby," Similarly, Saddleback itself looks and feels like is a mountain with trails on it. Sugarloaf looks and feels like a bunch of trails with a mountain under them as an afterthought. Not trying to trash talk; just standing up for the underdog. Fortunately we don't have to choose; we can have it all.

 

Do note that the drive between Sugarloaf and Saddleback, while not outrageous in the context of coming from CT, is non-trivial, just as the drive between Stowe and Smuggs is non-trivial.

post #33 of 44

Yep.  Been to Sugarloaf a few times and Saddleback the time we stayed in Rangely.  It was about 5 years ago and there were not a lot of options other than some condos near the base.  Sugarloaf does have more going on for lodging and eating.  

post #34 of 44
post #35 of 44

If lodging is a concern, come to the dark side: New Hampshire. They is plenty of affordable lodging in the Mount Washington Valley. I'm happy to host a small to medium size army at the EICSL ski clubs for $25 / night. My club sleeps 68(?) people, and there are two others that share the same parking lot (easy staggering distance). Wildcat, Attitash, Black, Cranmore, King Pine, Bretton Woods, Cannon, Loon, Sunday River, Abrams, and Shawnee are all within an hour so. The hardcore nut jobs can hike Tuckermans or Huntington Ravine.

 

If not for this gathering, I should invite people up this year. You'll wonder how you missed this scene your entire life.

post #36 of 44
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Originally Posted by bliz1978 View Post
 

If lodging is a concern, come to the dark side: New Hampshire. They is plenty of affordable lodging in the Mount Washington Valley. I'm happy to host a small to medium size army at the EICSL ski clubs for $25 / night. My club sleeps 68(?) people, and there are two others that share the same parking lot (easy staggering distance). Wildcat, Attitash, Black, Cranmore, King Pine, Bretton Woods, Cannon, Loon, Sunday River, Abrams, and Shawnee are all within an hour so. The hardcore nut jobs can hike Tuckermans or Huntington Ravine.

 

If not for this gathering, I should invite people up this year. You'll wonder how you missed this scene your entire life.

 

Hey! No poaching!  ;) 

 

(Edit: But I'm up for the lodging deal some other week)

post #37 of 44

A suggestion,

 

For some of you that know Saddleback, there is a condo which is unique.

 

Just above main chalet ( 50 meters)  and slope side

Three stories, two fireplaces, etc,,,and room for +8 skiers.

 

Since it is so "comfortable" it is rarely used during off peak times.

 

If some of you know each other,,,,,,,

 

Pa

post #38 of 44
Thread Starter 

In the interests of allowing everybody to finalize their winter plans, etc., I'm going to be closing this thread sometime on Sunday (the 17th).  Currently the 14th through the 17th option is winning; vote soon or forever hold your peace.  :)

 

The Boston Ski Expo is this weekend...  I'm going to head down to talk to the reps from Saddleback and Sugarloaf and see if we can get in on a group rate with our (potential) numbers and that these gatherings generate a lot of discussion, EpicSki shows up early in a lot of Google searches, etc.

post #39 of 44
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Originally Posted by bliz1978 View Post
 

If lodging is a concern, come to the dark side: New Hampshire. They is plenty of affordable lodging in the Mount Washington Valley. I'm happy to host a small to medium size army at the EICSL ski clubs for $25 / night. My club sleeps 68(?) people, and there are two others that share the same parking lot (easy staggering distance). Wildcat, Attitash, Black, Cranmore, King Pine, Bretton Woods, Cannon, Loon, Sunday River, Abrams, and Shawnee are all within an hour so. The hardcore nut jobs can hike Tuckermans or Huntington Ravine.

 

If not for this gathering, I should invite people up this year. You'll wonder how you missed this scene your entire life.

Hey bliz, are you a Bee, Wheeler, or Mac?  Maybe I know you.  Pm time.

post #40 of 44
Mak. PM coming.
post #41 of 44

I'd be willing to stay in a ski club for sure.  But unfortunately it's about 2 hours 45 minutes to 3 hours from those ski clubs to Saddleback/Sugarloaf.  

More than a simple early morning drive!  

As long as you can see the moose as they wander out onto the road in the dark, it can be done.  

But doing it two days or more might be a bit stressful.

post #42 of 44
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Originally Posted by LiquidFeet View Post
 

I'd be willing to stay in a ski club for sure.  But unfortunately it's about 2 hours 45 minutes to 3 hours from those ski clubs to Saddleback/Sugarloaf.  

More than a simple early morning drive!  

As long as you can see the moose as they wander out onto the road in the dark, it can be done.  

But doing it two days or more might be a bit stressful.

 

LF, I have every confidence that in the end you will elect to participate. In that event, way will open with respect to minor details like lodging. (I have a pretty nice roof box with a pad in the bottom, if all else fails.) We don't need to sell you now, because it will simply become obvious to you at the right time that you are attending. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

post #43 of 44
Thread Starter 

Voting was close, but with a final vote of 14-11, the decision is made.  Poll is closed, thread is locked (or will be once a mod locks it for me :)).

 

I hope those that preferred the earlier weekend can still attend!

 

Please continue discussions here.

post #44 of 44
Locking thread now.

Edit: someone beat me to it, mobile site didn't tell me it was already locked.
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