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New England Gathering 2014 -- Lodging opportunities

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

So I finally got around to calling Sugarloaf to see what they were willing to do for our group in terms of discounts, etc.

 

Answer:  not much.  They seriously balked at our current plan of coming up on Saturday night, saying it's basically against Sugarloaf policy to reserve rooms more than  week in advance for a non-Friday arrival.  :(

 

We also need a minimum of 20 people for them to start cutting us deals in the first place.  I don't think that we've ever had 20 people for a day of the New England Gatherings yet.

 

The Boston Ski Expo is coming up in a week or so...  I'm going to swing by to talk about the gathering, EpicSki, free publicity, etc. and see if I can get further with somebody face-to-face, but I'm guessing that staying at Sugarloaf isn't really going to be an option.

 

I'll dig through the other thread(s) concerning this gathering and collect some info on other hotels, etc. that have been mentioned and see if some of them are willing to deal with us.

post #2 of 17

the maine roadhouse website seems to be down, are they still open for business?

post #3 of 17

is the Maine roadhouse still open?

post #4 of 17

Think so Josh...is listed with Stratton Motel.

 

Others:

Spillover Motel:  http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g40912-d1464970-Reviews-Spillover_Motel_Hotel-Stratton_Maine.html

Tranquility Lodge(bear right towards Eustis..~100yds beyond StrattonMotel)...

rates: http://www.tranquillitylodgebandb.com/rates.htm

White Wolf Inn got rehabbed a little(extent??..pipes overhauled I think) last season...(used to have to get there/keys by ~7pm)

rates: http://www.thewhitewolfinn.com/maine_motel_lodging.htm

 

SteveD


Edited by HaveSkisWillClimb - 12/22/13 at 7:02am
post #5 of 17

Maine Roadhouse is not operating this winter.  I emailed the lady who runs it, she is also involved in managing the Stratton Motel which is closer to Sugarloaf.  Stratton Motel (in Stratton, ME) has a hostel section with 12 beds for $25 per night, and regular rooms for $60 per night.  Cash only.  Looks like Vince and I will make the last two days of the gathering and possibly stay at Stratton hostel/motel unless someone can twist my arm with a real good slopeside condo deal on Sat and Sun nights at Sugarloaf, but that doesn't look promising.

post #6 of 17

 

Quote: Josh Matta

 

I was just thinking before we get 2 settled in that maybe the scedule could look like this....

 

sugarloaf/saddleback/sugarloaf/saddleback  that way people staying for 2 days get to ski both resorts.

 

Josh, I see the logic. Of course if the two days are Saturday and Sunday, then you're all good. :) @KevinF can comment on this more if he wants. I think he thought about the itinerary fairly carefully. My guess is that he might have been thinking that the two areas are not quite close enough together to assume that people will be staying where they would find it easy to go to either mountain arbitrarily. Put another way, he may have figured that people would be likely to stay in one location for the Saddleback days and in a different location on the Loaf days, to avoid ping-ponging.

 

Quote: Jamesj
  Looks like Vince and I will make the last two days of the gathering

 

Excellent!!!

 

I have stayed at the Stratton Motel. I lived through it. I may do some looking at rental houses / condos.

post #7 of 17

Kevin, did you see this deal AZ has worked out with Sugarloaf for slopeside accoms?  Seems pretty good, wonder if we could leverage that?

http://forums.alpinezone.com/showthread.php/124758-AlpineZone-Summit-5-0-at-Sugarloaf-Mountain-February-7-9-2014

post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post
 

Kevin, did you see this deal AZ has worked out with Sugarloaf for slopeside accoms?  Seems pretty good, wonder if we could leverage that?

http://forums.alpinezone.com/showthread.php/124758-AlpineZone-Summit-5-0-at-Sugarloaf-Mountain-February-7-9-2014

 

Wow. Those folks have their stuff together. Not that you don't, Kevin, of course, but that thing looks so darn ... official. And yes, of course I know Bears have heart. :)  Anyone an insider over there who might have the scoop on what they come up with for numbers, etc.? @maineskiaddict, maybe? 

post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post
 

Kevin, did you see this deal AZ has worked out with Sugarloaf for slopeside accoms?  Seems pretty good, wonder if we could leverage that?

http://forums.alpinezone.com/showthread.php/124758-AlpineZone-Summit-5-0-at-Sugarloaf-Mountain-February-7-9-2014

 

I tried speaking to the Sugarloaf people on two or three separate occasions.  They all stonewalled me because they didn't like that we're going to be there on Sunday / Monday (i.e., not a Saturday) and our roll-call thread doesn't have anywhere close to the minimum of 20 attendees.

post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post
 

 

Wow. Those folks have their stuff together. Not that you don't, Kevin, of course, but that thing looks so darn ... official. And yes, of course I know Bears have heart. :)  Anyone an insider over there who might have the scoop on what they come up with for numbers, etc.? @maineskiaddict, maybe? 

 

This year, the AZ Summit has over 200 people registered. Last year, I think it was closer to 75. This is the 5th consecutive winter. It has definitely grown. I think the main contact has been Ethan Austin. 

post #11 of 17

Any deals found for Friday night near Saddleback?

post #12 of 17
Yeah, bump. I better start figuring out logistics pretty soon too.
post #13 of 17

I am still working on where I'm going to stay in the Rangeley area Friday night. My current plan is to stay Saturday and Sunday nights in Stratton (near Sugarloaf) at the Mountain View Motel. I've stayed there several times and prefer it to the other two motels in town (Stratton Motel and Spillover Motel). As of yesterday they had two rooms left - a larger suite-type room that could sleep several people and a regular motel room. The owners are very nice, but are not always the best about returning phone calls (better than email), so if you don't hear back in half a day, persist.

 

If I find some kind of a great deal in Rangeley I might consider changing my plan slightly and staying there Saturday night as well as Friday night.

post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post
 

Maine Roadhouse is not operating this winter.  I emailed the lady who runs it, she is also involved in managing the Stratton Motel which is closer to Sugarloaf.  Stratton Motel (in Stratton, ME) has a hostel section with 12 beds for $25 per night, and regular rooms for $60 per night.  Cash only.  Looks like Vince and I will make the last two days of the gathering and possibly stay at Stratton hostel/motel unless someone can twist my arm with a real good slopeside condo deal on Sat and Sun nights at Sugarloaf, but that doesn't look promising.

 

@Jamesj, you guys still planning to show?

 

Perhaps this represents poor leadership on my part, but I just got done being the point person on a condo rental last week and I decided I did not want to try to take that on right away again. (Since condos are expensive, there is risk involved if people start backing out. Kevin and I don't want to get stuck holding the bag. No reflection on YOU; just being realistic about life.) If there was a sensible way to rent ONE place for the whole long weekend I might have been more motivated. Sorry about that. It's hard to get a really good deal on a slopeside unit except possibly at the last second (e.g., Friday morning). I have acquaintances with condos at both mountains, but the schedules did not work out in either case. 

 

Meanwhile I pulled the trigger on a room at The Rangeley Inn for Friday night. This is the big hotel right downtown. I stayed and ate there once years ago and it was horrendous, so I've kept my distance since. However, they are under new ownership as of six months ago, and are getting some good press on Trip Advisor. A friend ate at the pub a few weeks ago and said it was good. So I'm giving them a second chance. Expect to split the room with Kevin (although he doesn't know that yet). Not really cheap, but does include breakfast. Note that the cancellation policy here and at the Mountain View Motel is pretty liberal ... full refund up to three days before, or something like that. (Verify this for yourself, though, if it matters.)

 

As I mentioned to @mdf, Stratton is enough of a backwater, and far enough from Saddleback, that I would prefer not to stay there for the whole weekend. Personal preference.

post #15 of 17

I just made reservations for Thursday and Friday night for the Rangely Inn.  We can make it Gathering-central (for one night and one morning, anyway).

 

I'm going to try to get a room for Saturday at the same Stratton motel q&k are using, although I might poke around for other options first.  I've always stayed on the other side of Sugarloaf in the past (Herbert Grand, etc in Kingston).

post #16 of 17

Vince and I are still planning to catch the two Sugarloaf Days, then we are driving over to ski in NY the rest of the week.  Haven't made any reservations, but my initial plan is to stay in the hostel at Stratton Motel.  We might be up for a low key dinner with some of you guys on Sat or Sun night, but we can wing that depending on interest, eat out or cook in if someone has a good kitchen with table space for a small gathering.  Otherwise, we eat our meals in the kitchen of the hostel.

post #17 of 17
Mountain View is full, got a room at spillover for Saturday night.
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