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Ski for really advanced level not too far from boston [moved from France]

post #1 of 23
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Hi guys/gals !

 

I'm a Frenchy recently arrived in Boston for a few years, and my usual ski places are the Alpes in France (Les Arcs, La Plagne, (Paradiski), les 2 tetes, etc).
Those offer a great variety of really steep trails, as well as amazing off piste ski. And are minimum 9000' tall !


I know I won't find the alpes in Boston or near Boston, but my question is is there any really good ski near Boston ?


Some crazy Black slope (for me Blue = Boring or to come home, Red = Warm up, Black = Interesting, Crazy Off Piste = That's my baby), or challenging Off Piste ?

 

Thanks a lot !

post #2 of 23
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Originally Posted by Xqua View Post
 

Hi guys/gals !

 

I'm a Frenchy recently arrived in Boston for a few years, and my usual ski places are the Alpes in France (Les Arcs, La Plagne, (Paradiski), les 2 tetes, etc).
Those offer a great variety of really steep trails, as well as amazing off piste ski. And are minimum 9000' tall !


I know I won't find the alpes in Boston or near Boston, but my question is is there any really good ski near Boston ?


Some crazy Black slope (for me Blue = Boring or to come home, Red = Warm up, Black = Interesting, Crazy Off Piste = That's my baby), or challenging Off Piste ?

 

Thanks a lot !

Welcome to the U.S. and Epicski!  Would help to know a bit more.  How far are you willing to drive?  Are you limited to weekends?

 

There is a gathering of EpicSki members in March you might find interesting.  It's up in Maine.

post #3 of 23

Stowe, Smuggler's Notch, Sugarbush, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen (off piste) or Killington in Vermont.  Cannon (for steeps), Bretton Woods (for glades) in New Hampshire.  That's a reasonable few to try.

post #4 of 23

Stowe and Mad River Glen.   For a shorter drive, Killington or Magic Mountain when the weather is good. Tuckermans Ravine in the spring. That's the best of eastern skiing.

 

BK

post #5 of 23

Lots and lots of gnarly stuff in the Presidential Range in NH that can be toured to. Everything else in the east can be technical and challenging, as challenging as any skiing anywhere, but it won't 'scare' you with exposure.

post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

Welcome to the U.S. and Epicski!  Would help to know a bit more.  How far are you willing to drive?  Are you limited to weekends?

 

There is a gathering of EpicSki members in March you might find interesting.  It's up in Maine.


Hi,

 

 

Thanks for the quick reply !

 

I don't have car yet, but I'm willing to rent one and  to drive 3h or if there's a bus I'd take the bus (we European like public transportation ^^)

 

As for weekends, yes pretty much, let's include monday and/or friday in it ^^

Anymore info on that epic ski meeting ?

post #7 of 23
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Stowe and Mad River Glen.   For a shorter drive, Killington or Magic Mountain when the weather is good. Tuckermans Ravine in the spring. That's the best of eastern skiing.

 

BK

 

Ok, thanks a lot !

 

 

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Lots and lots of gnarly stuff in the Presidential Range in NH that can be toured to. Everything else in the east can be technical and challenging, as challenging as any skiing anywhere, but it won't 'scare' you with exposure.

 

Well Skiing anywhere can or can't be challenging, you can ski on hills and that won't be really challenging ^^ ! As for technical yes you ca always improve your technicalities ;)
But so no really steep slopes right ?

 

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Stowe, Smuggler's Notch, Sugarbush, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen (off piste) or Killington in Vermont.  Cannon (for steeps), Bretton Woods (for glades) in New Hampshire.  That's a reasonable few to try.

Thanks I'll take a peak at those
 

 

Overall thanks for your informations guys ! I'll take a look at those stations ! ^^

post #8 of 23

Utah.

post #9 of 23
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Utah.


+1

In the east, the airport is usually the best choice.

 

BK

post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

Welcome to the U.S. and Epicski!  Would help to know a bit more.  How far are you willing to drive?  Are you limited to weekends?

 

There is a gathering of EpicSki members in March you might find interesting.  It's up in Maine.


Hi,

 

 

Thanks for the quick reply !

 

I don't have car yet, but I'm willing to rent one and  to drive 3h or if there's a bus I'd take the bus (we European like public transportation ^^)

 

As for weekends, yes pretty much, let's include monday and/or friday in it ^^

Anymore info on that epic ski meeting ?

Afraid you will find that there are very few places in the U.S. where using public transportation alone is a practical way to handle a ski trip.  However, there may be ski clubs in the Boston area you could investigate.

 

As for the EpicSki New England gathering in March, here are the general threads.  You could also PM @KevinF.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/123038/new-england-gathering-march-14th-through-17th

 

http://www.epicski.com/groups/show/33/new-england-gathering-2014-saddleback-sugarloaf

 

For the Group, you need to click on Join before you can post in those threads.

post #11 of 23

I have a sister in Somerville near Boston.  I noticed that there is a public transportation option to Wachussett!  I've not yet had the opportunity to try it but it looks like it might be fun.

 

 

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Take the Rails to the Trails from Boston on the Wachusett Ski Train!  Wachusett Mountain is already considered the most accessible ski area in the eastern USA, according to SKI Magazine. Now, getting there from Boston is easier than ever!

In conjunction with the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) and the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail Company (MBCR), skiers and snowboarders from Boston can take the commuter rail from Boston’s North Station to nearby Fitchburg, MA on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the ski season.

  • The weekend “ski train” service will leave North Station at 8:35 a.m. and arrive at the Fitchburg commuter rail station at 10:06 a.m.
  • Wachusett Mountain will pick up skiers and riders and shuttle directly to the mountain, approximately 20 minutes away.
  • Wachusett will then shuttle customers at 4:45 p.m. back to the Fitchburg station for a 5:35 p.m. departure back to Boston.
  • The season service runs Saturday and Sunday through March 31.  Each train includes a designated “ski” car that will allow for easy storage of ski or snowboard equipment.
  • "Ski Train” fare - $10.00 one-way (subject to change)

“In this day of high gasoline prices, the ski train provides our Boston-area customers with an incredible option for public transportation to the mountain,” said David Crowley, Wachusett General Manager.  “There hasn’t been a transportation option available like this since the era of the gasoline shortages.”

 Note: If someone misses the Shuttle Bus to Fitchburg it is not the responsibility of Wachusett Mountain to supply them with an alternative ride.  We will assist in calling a cab.

post #12 of 23

Wachusett?!!!!  For steeps?!!!! Off Piste?!!!!

 

Did you read his original post?  

 

From what the OP said bored silly would be the understatement of the year at Wachusett.

post #13 of 23
Tuckerman's Ravine

Google it and research - wait for spring....

W/I 3 hours that's it for what u describe.

Every ski area tho has one or two steep trails.... Wachusett tho = nah.

Even little King Pine has Pitch Pine.... Steeeep!!

When 100% open Berkshire East is fun.... 2 hours.
post #14 of 23
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Hi guys/gals !

I'm a Frenchy recently arrived in Boston for a few years, and my usual ski places are the Alpes in France (Les Arcs, La Plagne, (Paradiski), les 2 tetes, etc).

Those offer a great variety of really steep trails, as well as amazing off piste ski. And are minimum 9000' tall !


I know I won't find the alpes in Boston or near Boston, but my question is is there any really good ski near Boston ?


Some crazy Black slope (for me Blue = Boring or to come home, Red = Warm up, Black = Interesting, Crazy Off Piste = That's my baby), or challenging Off Piste ?

Thanks a lot !
How near is near enough for you? I long did you used to travel in France to ski?
post #15 of 23
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How near is near enough for you? I long did you used to travel in France to ski?

Well, in France I used to drive 4-5h to ski, but I would stay the week there !

for the week end I'd drive 2h maybe.
Right now my working situation isn't really open for a week of ski ...

post #16 of 23
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Tuckerman's Ravine

Google it and research - wait for spring....

W/I 3 hours that's it for what u describe.

Every ski area tho has one or two steep trails.... Wachusett tho = nah.

Even little King Pine has Pitch Pine.... Steeeep!!

When 100% open Berkshire East is fun.... 2 hours.


Hey I heard about that place, isn't it the coldest spot or something ? with White mount ?

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Hey I heard about that place, isn't it the coldest spot or something ? with White mount ?

I think the weather station at the top of Mt Washington (where Tuckermans Ravine is) recorded the highest wind gust ever.

post #18 of 23
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I think the weather station at the top of Mt Washington (where Tuckermans Ravine is) recorded the highest wind gust ever.


Yeah I think that's it !

 

And the ski is good there ^^ Good to know ! :D

post #19 of 23
There is nothing of the kind you're used to on the East Coast. Airport and a flight to Utah is your best bet. There is enough good challenge on the east coast,it's just different kind. Get in touch with Josh Matta, he surely could show you some challenge. Better be a seriously good skier though...
post #20 of 23
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Yeah I think that's it !

 

And the ski is good there ^^ Good to know ! :D

The skiing is good and can be very challenging.  There are no lifts though - you have to hike up.  It is a popular spot in the spring though I am sure some ski it midwinter

 

Follow this link for more information.

 

.http://timefortuckerman.com/

post #21 of 23
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I think the weather station at the top of Mt Washington (where Tuckermans Ravine is) recorded the highest wind gust ever.


Yeah I think that's it !

 

And the ski is good there ^^ Good to know ! :D

 

You have to walk up if you want to ski Mt. Washington.  It's a great thing to do in the spring.  Look on youtube for skiing Tuckerman ravine.

Here's a website of committed backcountry skiers who are up there all the time.  http://timefortuckerman.com/

 

If you aren't familiar with back country skiing, go with someone who knows what they are doing, and go in the spring on a beautiful cloudless day.  

People die skiing this mountain; it's not just another hill.  Here's a good video:

 

 

If you want to ski regularly while riding a chair up, you can join a ski club in North Conway, NH, and ski at any of the ski areas nearby (Attitash, Wildcat, Black, Cranmore, Bretton Woods, Cannon, Sunday River, Shawnee Peak, and more all within 1 hour of the town, some much closer).  

 

As a ski club member you'll have a bunk bed in a club lodge, a group of skiers to have dinner with Friday night and Saturday night, a breakfast provided on Saturday and Sunday morning, and people to ski with if you like.  People go up on weekends to stay in the club.  It's a social scene as well as a group of committed skiers, so you can make friends.  You can race with your club team if you like.  With club membership comes lift ticket discounts.  You will need a car to get to club and the skiing areas.  It's the cheap way to ski.  Go here for club information and links to individual clubs:  http://www.eicsl.org/


Edited by LiquidFeet - 1/7/14 at 6:37am
post #22 of 23
Great post LF. OP should consider your advice regarding ski clubs....

Www.alpinezone.com always has good info as well - many active members are club skiers...
post #23 of 23

There is some very steep terrain the east, but it is all below the tree line.  When one is skiing above the tree line, it is possible to ski much steeper terrain than one can ski on a trail that is 20 meters wide.  With that introduction, I would say to go Stowe, and Mad RIver Glen (but this is turning out to be a low-snow winter, so Mad River may be a poor choice)  The craziest place to ski is Hickory, in Warrensburg NY.  It makes everything else in the east look tame, no grooming, no snowmaking, only ground lifts and super steep.

 

If you must ski bowls above the tree line then you must get on a plane to Salt Lake CIty, Reno, or Denver.  

 

Bon Chance

Ted

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