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post #31 of 40
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This one posted above? That's Bromley.

 

 

Yes grooming at the two is comparable.

Actually, the best thing would probably be to plan to ski at least two of the mountains and maybe 3-4. Okemo, Stratton, Bromley, Mt. Snow. That way you'll stay interested. Even Mt. Snow from Ludlow is only about an hour.

 

Btw, you can see all of them from Okemo plus Magic, Ascutney (defunct now) and Killington. Not much of Bromley or Kton but they're there. There's also Mt. Sunapee in NH which is about an hour from Ludlow. Can see that one too.

Great idea, any slope-side less expensive you can recommend. Can I find a steam and sauna somewhere? Or I can take a shuttle daily. Recommendations?

post #32 of 40

You know that thing isn't stopping!? ^^

But that's right. I got a good one of those. You just get better but don't remember anything about it.

You didn't see Men In Black? Good movie if you're ok with a little weirdness with Aliens.

 

In terms of grooming, Stratton/Okemo maybe the same. I haven't skied Stratton in a few years though. Bromley, I don't know, but it's decent I would think. Okemo was known for years for the best grooming. Last year was pretty good. Year before that not so much but standards are high.

 

If weather is iffy, ie the liquid stuff is coming, Stratton, Bromley, Mt. Snow esp. are further south. Sometimes, Okemo does not get it and those do. However, more likely, and happens a fair amount, Killington might get snow. Or, Kton gets snow when the others don't. It has sort of it's own micro climate.

 

In terms of heated outdoor pools, this place is tops. Went there once. The outdoor pool is right by a stream. Really nice. 10x nicer than the outdoor pool at Solitude lodge at Okemo. However, you'd have to drive there. About 15 min. Maybe one can get a day pass or something. I'm not a big winter pool person, but that was really nice. I'd go there. Solitude? meh, never even been. There is the Spring house at Jackson Gore. That has a bigger pool indoors and excercise place. Maybe your Sauna. Don't know.

 

Not great pictures. Trust me, it's nice in the winter. Indoor part is just average, not 4 star hotel like, but the pool outside is.

Don't recall a sauna, but maybe. They have a spa. Worth a trip if they sell day pass. Afaik, the restaurant closed down.

http://www.hawkresort.com/pool/swimpools.html

 

  

 

Condos? I guess you want Winterplace. That's at the top of the bottom lifts. Easy walk to trails. Kettlebrook works to. Sachem also, but those are just houses I believe. Pretty sure everything has to be booked through the mountain. That's where Pres week will prob be more expensive.

post #33 of 40

Oh, other place I'd recommend. If you have time, or take a day off, go to Woodstock.

Quintessential New England , VT town.

Incredible apple pie at Mountain? Cremery on Main St. Also, visit Simon Pierce to see the glass blowing and gift shop up the road 20min in Quechee. Remember Kevin Pearce the snowboarder who got severly injured? That's his dad's business. If you want a good meal, but expensive, their restaurant is very good and very worthwhile.

 

Check out the two covered bridges near there. You have to go over at least one. Both were destroyed by Hurricane Irene. Took years to rebuild them.

Also, unlikely you'll go, but just so you know. There's a very small ski area right near Simon Pierce, Quechee, it's just called for the town.

Also number 2, is the ski area very near Woodstock, Suicide Six. I'd recommend it if it wasn't so expensive. Maybe you can get a deal.  Great small area, very historical. I believe the Ski Patrol started there and or early teaching association. Forerunner of Psia.  800ft vertical. The face is very steep. Many years ago it used to be ungroomed and very tough. I pretty much learned to ski there. You'll also pass a now long closed ski area, Mt. Tom. It's now like a day care center or crafts thing.

 

It's said that Route 100 has more ski areas off it, like within 20mi or something, then any road in the country. Probably true. It basically runs from Mt. Snow to Stowe and all the way to near Jay Peak.

post #34 of 40

Slope side is always gonna be pricey.  There are shuttle busses that run through the town of Ludlow where Okemo is and I am sure some of the properties in town must have hot tubs.

post #35 of 40

You will be driving right past Gore, which is full of blue groomed cruisers, and its cheaper than Vermont.  I'm sure you can find a lodging in Lake George with Sauna and outdoor pool.  If that's not important than you can find a motel 3 minutes from the mountain. And we skiied there Saturday, pretty good cover.   They closed on Easter.

post #36 of 40
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Great idea!

post #37 of 40
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You will be driving right past Gore, which is full of blue groomed cruisers, and its cheaper than Vermont.  I'm sure you can find a lodging in Lake George with Sauna and outdoor pool.  If that's not important than you can find a motel 3 minutes from the mountain. And we skiied there Saturday, pretty good cover.   They closed on Easter.

 

Option #2 if you want to break it up a little closer to home is Bristol Mt near Canandaigua, NY.  1200ft vertical... and great as a warmup for the bigger mountains ahead.  It would be a good mountain to scout out for those weekend type trips where you don't want to go ALL the way east.    

post #38 of 40

Can someone refresh my  memory?  Doesn't Stratton have a village at the base which is pretty good sized. I remember a red steeple pretty close to where you go to ski, and a village maybe the size of Vail built up around the base??  Am I confusing this with another mountain.  I also remember the mountain being mostly blue cruisers like the OP is looking for. I only skied it one day, but I thought the village was quite nice and the mountain mostly cruisers.

 

I have skied Mt Snow, nice mountain, lots of terrain, don't remember much of a village atmosphere. I have never skied Okemo, want to some day, and hear it has a lot of cruiser terrain. The trail map looks impressive.

 

Stowe is a very nice ski town, and very pricey. Not a low budget ski vacation, but a very nice splurge. I second visiting Woodstock, Vt. just love that town. They have a quintissentail inn that I have always wanted to stay at, I think it is called the Woodstock Inn. Lots of cross country skiing right from the inn. If you stayed there, you will love the place, and you could drive to any of the mentioned mountains within approximately 1 hour. Take a look at the map. The Inn skies at an area about 3 miles away called Suiside Six. Mentioned in a post above. I have been there, it is a hill and not a large mountain.

 

You won't go wrong with any of the suggestions mentioned above.

post #39 of 40
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Thank you for the info and recommendations. Great ideas.

post #40 of 40
Don't know any place with sauna and hot tub.
The Spring House at Jackson Gore has sauna and hot tub. Not sure what the rental is for those facilities.
http://www.okemo.com/activities/springhouse.asp
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