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post #1 of 19
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I had planned a tropical vacation for the kids spring break. Too much snow, less spring break so they only have 3 days off now. Thought about just a short historical city jaunt but with all the snow, maybe a second ski trip this winter.

Used to ski Killington in April all the time but it has been years.

Any suggestions for the qeek of April 14th (week before Easter)

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post #2 of 19

Anywhere will still be good, barring a weather melt-down. It's finally winter up here, and everywhere slows down by then so crowds will be non-existent.

post #3 of 19

Most of the Vermont areas are in pretty good shape at the moment, but that could change by mid-April.  The recent storm dumped 2 feet or more from Killington and north, but much less to the south (along with some rain).  I see no reason to book in advance as there will be no problem getting lodging at that time of year. 

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  I see no reason to book in advance as there will be no problem getting lodging at that time of year. 


This.  Keep an eye on Sugarbush, Stowe, & Jay, as all of them tend to keep the lifts spinning as long as possible.  Though really, the way things look now, it could be full on winter: current forecast shows below freezing temps through April 6.

post #5 of 19
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Most of the Vermont areas are in pretty good shape at the moment, but that could change by mid-April.  The recent storm dumped 2 feet or more from Killington and north, but much less to the south (along with some rain).  I see no reason to book in advance as there will be no problem getting lodging at that time of year. 

 

 

Even more southern locales are good.  I skied Sunapee yesterday, and I had to agree with the guy on the phone in the lodge, "the conditions are awesome" -- the best snow I've skied at Sunapee all season.

post #6 of 19

As you may know we just got back from the Saddleback/Sugarloaf, ME Gathering.  They'll be good through anything between now and your dates.  You'll be praying for spring conditions.  We spent two days at Sugarloaf where it never got above single digits. Big reggae fest there on Apr 12th weekend.

post #7 of 19

Sugarbush has been doing really well with ticket sales this year from what I hear, so they are planning on keeping South open as long as possible, unless there's some disastrous weather (knock on wood!) Jay has also been getting some crazy amounts of snow

post #8 of 19

The further north you go the more snow you will find. At least that's what's going on now. Stowe usually doesn't push the season but will most likely still be open when you plan on going. Might actually be their last weekend. The big storm last week was only from Killington north. Areas south of there got more rain than snow. This past week (today included) they've been picking up at least a few inches almost every day with the northern areas generally seeing more accumulation. I think Wed. Stowe reported 9"-14" & at least several inches everyday thereafter. They're saying almost 6ft. of snow so far in March.I don't know about ticket sales being up this year. Win Smith (the owner of Sugarbush) reported ticket sales being down 5% in one of his blogs in Feb. I believe Killington reported the same thing. I think your good to go anywhere in northern New England now but who knows. Stranger things have happened, this is New England after all.

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As you may know we just got back from the Saddleback/Sugarloaf, ME Gathering.  They'll be good through anything between now and your dates.  You'll be praying for spring conditions.  We spent two days at Sugarloaf where it never got above single digits. Big reggae fest there on Apr 12th weekend.


Had not thought about Maine. Not a bad idea to keep in mind.

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post #10 of 19

hello,

 

Can anyone recommend some specific resorts? Do any of the resorts have any lights for night skiing? (it's looking like no night skiing options)

 

I just called Jay Peak and they have a deal for $237 (2 adults, 1 night stay (ex. Sat, April 5th) and 2 days of skiing from 8am to 4pm---this package is good from March 30th to May 3rd, btw)

 

I am an advanced skier and I want to bring the GF who just started skiing this year, so we need a variety of terrain.  I have been to Killington, but that was in 1990. :-)

 

We will be driving up from Washington, DC as the flights are just too expensive to Burlington, VT ($200ea), so will have probably stop at a hotel on Friday night on the way there.

 

We don't have to ski the weekend of April 5th, we can also go on the 12th or 19th based on snow conditions.

 

***ok, still having trouble finding discounted lift tickets for an alternate option like skiing at Stowe on Sat morning, stay at a cheap hotel in Burlington Sat night, then ski Sugarbush the next day. I've been on the resort websites, but can't tell if there are any discounted lift tickets being sold at this point, so that Jay Peak deal is a pretty good value***


Edited by hrbngr - 3/24/14 at 3:59pm
post #11 of 19

I can recommend small resorts that have night skiing, but nothing of any size.  I believe -- I may be wrong -- that bigger resorts in New England don't do night skiing (I understand Steamboat does, but it's a long drive to Colorado).

post #12 of 19
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We did the Stowe/Sugarbush split one year for a last minute holiday weekend. Stayed at the Sheraton in Burlington.

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post #13 of 19

NJSkier72,

 

 

How did that work out in terms of logistics and value for you?  Hotels in South Burlington definitely seem to be a viable alternative when looking for value.  Did either Stowe or Sugarbush discount their lift tickets when you went?

post #14 of 19
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NJSkier72,

 

 

How did that work out in terms of logistics and value for you?  Hotels in South Burlington definitely seem to be a viable alternative when looking for value.  Did either Stowe or Sugarbush discount their lift tickets when you went?


No. Full price. Holiday weekend bought at the last minute. But a great value compared to a rainy weekend in NJ. wink.gif

Price was insane at Sugarbush lodging and only slightly better at Stowe. This let us do both. Plus get some nice meals in Burlington and hit the Teddy Bear Factory, Ben & Jerry's and of course Magic Hat.

Overall a great weekend. I can deal with a half hour drive.

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Sugarloaf is my home hill. Jamesj's suggestion for the Loaf (above) is right on. Since the gathering two weeks ago we have gotten about 15" more  and it has stayed cold. Thre is a ton of snow. Even got on the back snowfields last weekend which is unparalleled terrain in the NE -  like skiing above tree line out west. Barring a washout, we will ski easily into early May. And the Loaf is not averse to staying open that late - if for no other reason than bragging rights. I skied the first weekend in May last year and there was full coverage from mid mountain up and decent coverage on the lower half. The also hill gives very good ski and stay deals on the hill that time of year as well.. If you have never skied the Loaf, it is not to be missed. I wait all year for spring skiing. 60's on corn snow is pure magic. Your kids will dig it and think that you are one cool dad.

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They get all enthused until they look at a map.
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They get all enthused until they look at a map.

Every party has a pooper....

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post #19 of 19
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Sugarloaf is my home hill. Jamesj's suggestion for the Loaf (above) is right on. Since the gathering two weeks ago we have gotten about 15" more  and it has stayed cold. Thre is a ton of snow. Even got on the back snowfields last weekend which is unparalleled terrain in the NE -  like skiing above tree line out west. Barring a washout, we will ski easily into early May. And the Loaf is not averse to staying open that late - if for no other reason than bragging rights. I skied the first weekend in May last year and there was full coverage from mid mountain up and decent coverage on the lower half. The also hill gives very good ski and stay deals on the hill that time of year as well.. If you have never skied the Loaf, it is not to be missed. I wait all year for spring skiing. 60's on corn snow is pure magic. Your kids will dig it and think that you are one cool dad.

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Thanks. I know the wife was interested in Sunday River but both look good to me. She is a more cautious skier than myself or our girls. Any opens on Sunday? Assume conditions would be similar. Never skied either. Would like to ski both.

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