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post #61 of 79
Most areas you're consideeing have ski checks overnight near the lifts for a small fee.
99 to ski at the Bush for 5 days is a pretty amazing deal. You could combine that with the Stowe deal for 3 days.
As for distance, that's what online maps are for.

Skin/out is always more expensive so it's incompatible with doing it as cheap as possible.
Do you have a handicapped badge for the car? That'll help with parking location.
post #62 of 79
Finding CHEAP lodging is easy. There's this new thing called the internet. Search lodging near where ever you are ending up and presto. Look for mom and pop type places because not much for the Holiday Inn type of lodging in VT.
post #63 of 79
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Its been a challenge. I have been burning up the Internet for a full 3 weeks. You search out West and you can find anything you need, including pictures. Not so in the east. You cannot tell if lockers are available for overnight, see where the hotels or condos are located, find out if there is a shuttle, or many other needed information to plan a great ski vacation. In that regard and many others the websites for the east are lacking. 

post #64 of 79

Levy, post your question at this forum which is pretty much exclusively focused on New England ski areas.

http://www.alpinezone.com

People there will be able to answer your questions.

post #65 of 79
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Thanks
post #66 of 79

There are locals for most mountains kicking around here. If you have questions about Stowe stuff, Epic or I could answer most questions, or pretty easily get in touch with somebody who can. I can also give a pretty good rundown of Okemo stuff, as I worked there full time for 3 years as well, and have a number of contacts still in the area.

 

We're happy to answer questions you have.. we're a plethora of knowledge.

post #67 of 79
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Originally Posted by levy1 View Post

Its been a challenge. I have been burning up the Internet for a full 3 weeks. You search out West and you can find anything you need, including pictures. Not so in the east. You cannot tell if lockers are available for overnight, see where the hotels or condos are located, find out if there is a shuttle, or many other needed information to plan a great ski vacation. In that regard and many others the websites for the east are lacking. 
You're making this too complicated. All of that info except maybe shuttle is available.
- You're stopped because of lockers? ?
- shuttles are great but you're driving 10 hours to get to a ski arra and are skiing midweek. You're not going to Vail.
Shuttles may not run early season midweek as often as you want.

We've got Stowe, Sunday River, and Okemo covered with people who spend most of their ski time there.

If you want to ski Sugarbush, i recommend this place as a fairly cheap area with excellent home made breakfast and very helpful owners. They just re opened the place last year. Its between Mt Ellen and Lincoln Peak (the Sugarbush main mountain).
http://www.whitehorseinn-vermont.com/

I doubt youd find cheap ski in lodging on Sugarbush. Not sure they really have much.
post #68 of 79
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You're making this too complicated..

- I doubt youd find cheap ski in lodging on Sugarbush. Not sure they really have much.

 



Just to muddy the waters a bit more, Sugarbush just announced a senior midweek season pass for $99 ;-)
post #69 of 79

What I think Levy is looking for is a way to get to the lodge at the base of the mountain every morning without having to lug skis over his shoulder, and he wants to do that cheaply.  

He's mentioned ski storage near the lodge.  Some mountains provide that, but only on weekends so be careful to go to a place that has that option available during the weekdays you'll be there.  Ski storage works for skis, but those boots do need to dry out overnight.   Someone talked about one place that provides boot dryers for a price; that would be most excellent.  

 

Slope-side lodging would do the trick of course, but in no one's world is that option "cheap."  

 

As alternatives to those, valet parking might work if you can unload your vehicle right there at the lodge and pay someone else to drive the car away and park it.  

Any mountain that has a VIP parking lot near the lodge would work too.  

I bet both of those are cheaper than on-slope lodging, and either one would be a great alternative for a mountain that doesn't offer ski storage and boot dryers.


Levy, do those options sound like things that would make your vacation more enjoyable?  

post #70 of 79
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What I think Levy is looking for is a way to get to the lodge at the base of the mountain every morning without having to lug skis over his shoulder, and he wants to do that cheaply.  

He's mentioned ski storage near the lodge.  Some mountains provide that, but only on weekends so be careful to go to a place that has that option available during the weekdays you'll be there.  Ski storage works for skis, but those boots do need to dry out overnight.   Someone talked about one place that provides boot dryers for a price; that would be most excellent.  

 

Slope-side lodging would do the trick of course, but in no one's world is that option "cheap."  

 

As alternatives to those, valet parking might work if you can unload your vehicle right there at the lodge and pay someone else to drive the car away and park it.  

Any mountain that has a VIP parking lot near the lodge would work too.  

I bet both of those are cheaper than on-slope lodging, and either one would be a great alternative for a mountain that doesn't offer ski storage and boot dryers.


Levy, do those options sound like things that would make your vacation more enjoyable?  

Yes, you nailed it. At 67 I need all my energy to ski. I have to say East resorts are less expensive then West and I  can save even more driving. I found a great deal at Sunday River Grand Hotel for a over 50 week at $550 which includes 5 night, 5 days skiing, breakfast, pool, sauna lockers at the lift and other activities. You also receive 1.5 hours of free lessons daily. Very hard to turn down even though it is a 14 hour drive. We plan to ski other resorts in NY and Vermont on the way up. 

post #71 of 79
edit: Doubt you're going to beat the SR deal. Maybe at the Bush if you get the 99$ midweek pass. Of course you're adding a full day, 1/2 there and back for Maine.

Ski check:
http://www.stor-a-ski.com/okemo.htm
As close as you could get without someone carrying them the 20 yards to the lift for you.
Stowe has storage at Spruce Peak I believe and maybe the Mid Mountain lodge.

All of these one has to walk to the lodge. Vip parking at Okemo they don't carry the skis/boots to the lift or lodge. It's not worth it. Drop the stuff off and come back. The other option is to have them waxed overnight at the mountain. (do not get sharpening)

If he can get a deal at Okemo, look for condo at Winterplace. That would be walk to the trail and ski down to the base or ski to the new six pack lift. Or else the base condos which is ski in/ walk or pole out.
Kettlebrook condos may not have snow access early season.

Probably the shortest walk of those mentioned would be Stowe Mid Way Base Lodge.
post #72 of 79
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Originally Posted by LiquidFeet View Post
 

What I think Levy is looking for is a way to get to the lodge at the base of the mountain every morning without having to lug skis over his shoulder, and he wants to do that cheaply.  

He's mentioned ski storage near the lodge.  Some mountains provide that, but only on weekends so be careful to go to a place that has that option available during the weekdays you'll be there.  Ski storage works for skis, but those boots do need to dry out overnight.   Someone talked about one place that provides boot dryers for a price; that would be most excellent.  

 

Slope-side lodging would do the trick of course, but in no one's world is that option "cheap."  

 

As alternatives to those, valet parking might work if you can unload your vehicle right there at the lodge and pay someone else to drive the car away and park it.  

Any mountain that has a VIP parking lot near the lodge would work too.  

I bet both of those are cheaper than on-slope lodging, and either one would be a great alternative for a mountain that doesn't offer ski storage and boot dryers.


Levy, do those options sound like things that would make your vacation more enjoyable?  

Yes, you nailed it. At 67 I need all my energy to ski. 

 

Confess I don't really understand this. I'm 15 years younger, true, but I wouldn't think that would change much about what I'm about to say.

 

The amount of energy that I need to walk across the parking lot to the lodge, with a pair of skis on my shoulder and a boot pack on my back - something I've done on almost every one of a thousand-plus lifetime ski days - is maybe, at most, 10% of the energy I need to ski just ONE bump or tree or aggressive carving run. If I did ten runs in a day, the parking lot walk would be only 1% of the total energy. If making it to the lodge is that hard for me, it tells me I'd better sit by the fire and read a book, rather than boot up to go out and spend the whole day being athletic.

 

Would I LIKE not to have to schlep my gear? Sure. But as someone who, like you, apparently, doesn't operate on a big budget, it never strikes me as an area where it makes sense to spend money. 

 

In short, I'm with Tog: I think you're over-thinking, over-researching, over-optimizing. You can't control everything. Things are what they are. At some point you just make a decision and roll with it. If, in the event, the vagaries of an imperfect world mean that you end up spending 10% more than you thought you were going to spend to get what you planned on, that's life. This is a lecture I have to give myself from time to time, btw. The whole reason I'm responding is that I'm constitutionally prone to some of the same tendencies, and I have learned that I end up happier if I fight them a bit.

post #73 of 79

Re. lift tickets.  Check out getting a CHAD card.  This is a card that's a fund raiser for Children's Hospital at Dartmouth.  It usually has a bunch of 2 for 1s for places like Sugarbush and Mt. Snow good for midweek. There are 4 of them for each area. Web site is ridenski.com.

post #74 of 79
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Confess I don't really understand this. I'm 15 years younger, true, but I wouldn't think that would change much about what I'm about to say.

 

The amount of energy that I need to walk across the parking lot to the lodge, with a pair of skis on my shoulder and a boot pack on my back - something I've done on almost every one of a thousand-plus lifetime ski days - is maybe, at most, 10% of the energy I need to ski just ONE bump or tree or aggressive carving run. If I did ten runs in a day, the parking lot walk would be only 1% of the total energy. If making it to the lodge is that hard for me, it tells me I'd better sit by the fire and read a book, rather than boot up to go out and spend the whole day being athletic.

 

Would I LIKE not to have to schlep my gear? Sure. But as someone who, like you, apparently, doesn't operate on a big budget, it never strikes me as an area where it makes sense to spend money. 

 

In short, I'm with Tog: I think you're over-thinking, over-researching, over-optimizing. You can't control everything. Things are what they are. At some point you just make a decision and roll with it. If, in the event, the vagaries of an imperfect world mean that you end up spending 10% more than you thought you were going to spend to get what you planned on, that's life. This is a lecture I have to give myself from time to time, btw. The whole reason I'm responding is that I'm constitutionally prone to some of the same tendencies, and I have learned that I end up happier if I fight them a bit.

 

You have overlooked he's talking Blue/Green groomers. Let's give it one parking lot walk = 1/2 blue/green groomer run? Unless you're talking Stowe Mt. Mansfield lodge to the Four runner quad which is probably 2 runs. But there's no need for that.

 

levy1, that deal is only(?) for Jan 25-29. Which Grand Resort Hotel is it for? There's one way to the east, "Summit", and the "Jordan" one way to the west. Jordan is out in the boonies, it's the only thing out there, though it could be interesting. I assume there's a shuttle to the main area if you get stuck down there after skiing since it's a few lifts back.

Maybe @qcanoe could comment.

 

http://www.sundayriver.com/trip-planning/lodging-packages/go-50-5-day-ski-week

post #75 of 79
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You have overlooked he's talking Blue/Green groomers. Let's give it one parking lot walk = 1/2 blue/green groomer run? Unless you're talking Stowe Mt. Mansfield lodge to the Four runner quad which is probably 2 runs. But there's no need for that.

 

levy1, that deal is only(?) for Jan 25-29. Which Grand Resort Hotel is it for? There's one way to the east, "Summit", and the "Jordan" one way to the west. Jordan is out in the boonies, it's the only thing out there, though it could be interesting. I assume there's a shuttle to the main area if you get stuck down there after skiing since it's a few lifts back.

Maybe @qcanoe could comment.

 

http://www.sundayriver.com/trip-planning/lodging-packages/go-50-5-day-ski-week

I got stuck at Jordan last time I was at Sunday river by wind hold.  There are regular shuttles back to other base areas and they sent extra's during the wind hold event as it was late in the day and the lifts weren't going to reopen. 

 

Grand Summit and Jordan are as far apart as you can get. 

post #76 of 79
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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post
 

Confess I don't really understand this. I'm 15 years younger, true, but I wouldn't think that would change much about what I'm about to say.

 

The amount of energy that I need to walk across the parking lot to the lodge, with a pair of skis on my shoulder and a boot pack on my back - something I've done on almost every one of a thousand-plus lifetime ski days - is maybe, at most, 10% of the energy I need to ski just ONE bump or tree or aggressive carving run. If I did ten runs in a day, the parking lot walk would be only 1% of the total energy. If making it to the lodge is that hard for me, it tells me I'd better sit by the fire and read a book, rather than boot up to go out and spend the whole day being athletic.

 

Would I LIKE not to have to schlep my gear? Sure. But as someone who, like you, apparently, doesn't operate on a big budget, it never strikes me as an area where it makes sense to spend money. 

 

In short, I'm with Tog: I think you're over-thinking, over-researching, over-optimizing. You can't control everything. Things are what they are. At some point you just make a decision and roll with it. If, in the event, the vagaries of an imperfect world mean that you end up spending 10% more than you thought you were going to spend to get what you planned on, that's life. This is a lecture I have to give myself from time to time, btw. The whole reason I'm responding is that I'm constitutionally prone to some of the same tendencies, and I have learned that I end up happier if I fight them a bit.

 

You have overlooked he's talking Blue/Green groomers. Let's give it one parking lot walk = 1/2 blue/green groomer run? Unless you're talking Stowe Mt. Mansfield lodge to the Four runner quad which is probably 2 runs. But there's no need for that.

 

levy1, that deal is only(?) for Jan 25-29. Which Grand Resort Hotel is it for? There's one way to the east, "Summit", and the "Jordan" one way to the west. Jordan is out in the boonies, it's the only thing out there, though it could be interesting. I assume there's a shuttle to the main area if you get stuck down there after skiing since it's a few lifts back.

Maybe @qcanoe could comment.

 

http://www.sundayriver.com/trip-planning/lodging-packages/go-50-5-day-ski-week

Grand resort summit east looks like the best deal. When I talk about lugging my equipment what I mean is I want to access my equipment near the lift. I dont want to carry my skis and boots every morning to the lift. SR to me there are lockers at the lift area for overnight storage. It seems like it can be challaging getting around the lifts and the mountains  at SR. One pointer I read was to always ski down to a lift and never traverse over to one. 

post #77 of 79
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Yes, you nailed it. At 67 I need all my energy to ski. I have to say East resorts are less expensive then West and I  can save even more driving. I found a great deal at Sunday River Grand Hotel for a over 50 week at $550 which includes 5 night, 5 days skiing, breakfast, pool, sauna lockers at the lift and other activities. You also receive 1.5 hours of free lessons daily. Very hard to turn down even though it is a 14 hour drive. We plan to ski other resorts in NY and Vermont on the way up. 


That's about what our ski club week costs at SR with bus to and from Albany NY. 

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Grand resort summit east looks like the best deal. When I talk about lugging my equipment what I mean is I want to access my equipment near the lift. I dont want to carry my skis and boots every morning to the lift. SR to me there are lockers at the lift area for overnight storage. It seems like it can be challaging getting around the lifts and the mountains  at SR. One pointer I read was to always ski down to a lift and never traverse over to one. 

Grand Summit is slope side so no boot schlepping, and it also has inside (mandatory) ski check , you are not supposed to take skis and poles to your room, the ski check room is within 10 feet of the door.  Once outside, you have maybe a 30 yard walk to be able to ski down to the first lift of the day, less if you want to skate the slight uphill for 30 yards.  Jordan is probably the same setup.  It has even less distance to walk to be able to slide downhill.....

post #78 of 79
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  Hoping to catch a snowstorm at Plattekill again.

Plattekill after new snow is a hoot...and only 90 minutes from me. 

post #79 of 79

I'm an owner at the Summit, so you can PM me for any info.  We're retired and ski midweek.  We've been there for some of those GO50 weeks, and everyone seems to have a good time.  I can't believe how cheap Sunday River makes these deals.  It's almost like getting your lift tickets free.  As owners we get short money for rentals on our unit during these weeks, but then again, they always get rented so some income is better than none.

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