Some family members and I are trying to organize a ski/snowboard weekend for the winter 2014-2015. Group size looks like it will be somewhere in the 8-16 person range, roughly half adults and half kids.
Abilities range from high intermediate to beginner, and some of the adults are non-skiers. Kids’ ages are going to be from 16 down to maybe 7-8 for the youngest.
People would be driving in from the Boston area, CT, and upstate NY so VT is more centrally located for everyone than, say, ME would be.
We’ve done this a couple of times in the last few years with a smaller, core group and this time we think we’d like to expand it. We have done Mt. Snow and Stratton in the last few years. Both mountains are a good fit for our core group in terms of size and terrain.
In terms of priorities I would say we are looking for:
- · Proximity to slopes, either ski-in ski-out or free shuttle ride
- · A base area (or town) with some dining and entertainment options (I found the Stratton base area rather sterile and we didn’t get the memo that if you wanted to eat dinner at one of the two restaurants you had to make reservations by 9 am).
- · If there are daytime entertainment options for the non-skiers that would be great but it isn’t mandatory.
I see both Smuggler’s and Killington have special packages for groups, does anyone have any experience with them? I’ve been to both, years ago, but it wasn’t with a group.
Thanks in advance for any advice.