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My time frame is when ever the weather is best and crowds are the least. I can't do any earlier than January 1st, as I have no more vacation!

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My time frame is when ever the weather is best and crowds are the least. I can't do any earlier than January 1st, as I have no more vacation!

 

School vacation week(s) in New England are the last two weeks of February.  After that, crowds slowly but surely start diminishing as spring starts moving in on the cities (Boston and New York) and people start losing interest in skiing.

 

January is known for being brutally cold with usually sketchy snowpack in the woods (i.e., the famed January thaw).  Which basically brings you into March which is the snowiest month in New England, at least in the mountains.  Mid-week anywhere is deserted....  wait until the second half of March and the weekends are pretty manageable anywhere as well.

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School vacation week(s) in New England are the last two weeks of February.  After that, crowds slowly but surely start diminishing as spring starts moving in on the cities (Boston and New York) and people start losing interest in skiing.

 

January is known for being brutally cold with usually sketchy snowpack in the woods (i.e., the famed January thaw).  Which basically brings you into March which is the snowiest month in New England, at least in the mountains.  Mid-week anywhere is deserted....  wait until the second half of March and the weekends are pretty manageable anywhere as well.

Kevin types truth.

post #94 of 116
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I guess that answer the time frame, I just need to run it by the crowd of guys I want to go with. I just need to figure out how to get the wife into downhill skiing. The problem is my friends are hers.

post #95 of 116

Plenty of places for xc in VT.

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I guess that answer the time frame, I just need to run it by the crowd of guys I want to go with. I just need to figure out how to get the wife into downhill skiing. The problem is my friends are hers.

Has she been on skis at all?

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My time frame is when ever the weather is best and crowds are the least. I can't do any earlier than January 1st, as I have no more vacation!

 

School vacation week(s) in New England are the last two weeks of February.  After that, crowds slowly but surely start diminishing as spring starts moving in on the cities (Boston and New York) and people start losing interest in skiing.

 

January is known for being brutally cold with usually sketchy snowpack in the woods (i.e., the famed January thaw).  Which basically brings you into March which is the snowiest month in New England, at least in the mountains.  Mid-week anywhere is deserted....  wait until the second half of March and the weekends are pretty manageable anywhere as well.

What about the last weekend of Feb, meaning Feb. 28 and March 1?  Jay is too far for the OP, but that's where I'm thinking of going that weekend.

 

I was at Stowe the first weekend of March last season.  Definitely not crowded.

post #98 of 116
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Stowe seems to be something I am seeing people talk a lot about. While I guess I don't need a ski-in/out, I would like a hot tub. I guess as we don't have woods/off piste here, I would like to have it, where ever I go.

Sorry for the hijack.  We were talking about Stowe but not necessarily because it's the best place for you and your friends.  Although it certainly would be fine as long as everyone is willing to do the longer drive.

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What about the last weekend of Feb, meaning Feb. 28 and March 1?  Jay is too far for the OP, but that's where I'm thinking of going that weekend.

 

I was at Stowe the first weekend of March last season.  Definitely not crowded.

 

I think that's the first weekend after school vacation weeks...  lot of people were probably heading home.

post #100 of 116
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I think that's the first weekend after school vacation weeks...  lot of people were probably heading home.

 

President's week is the big vacation week, so typically 3rd week of February. Vermont school vacation is whatever week precedes the first Tuesday in March, so usually the last week of Feb into March. That's because the kids are off til that Tuesday, which is Town Meeting Day here in Vermont.

 

But we don't have many people here in Vermont, so the impact on the slopes is minimal. Especially in a place like Stowe, which isn't as heavily patronized by residents of the Champlain Valley.

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I think that's the first weekend after school vacation weeks...  lot of people were probably heading home.

 

President's week is the big vacation week, so typically 3rd week of February. Vermont school vacation is whatever week precedes the first Tuesday in March, so usually the last week of Feb into March. That's because the kids are off til that Tuesday, which is Town Meeting Day here in Vermont.

 

But we don't have many people here in Vermont, so the impact on the slopes is minimal. Especially in a place like Stowe, which isn't as heavily patronized by residents of the Champlain Valley.

Looks like VT Town Meeting day is March 3, 2015.  Remember hearing the VT residents talk about it last season when I was at Stowe.  I have to get to Lake Placid by that evening.  Will keep it mind as a I decide where to go the weekend before.

 

Anyone know of school holidays in Quebec in February?

post #102 of 116

IDK about holidays, but Ste. Anne and Le Massif get pretty busy on weekends.

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Realize there's often more pow in depth in northern VT, but both Sugarloaf and Saddleback are spared the crowds even up from Boston.  Sugarloaf often gets a little fresh snow daily and once the Basin is open there's a lot of territory that scatters even the weekend crowd and if Saddleback has recent pow...it can be fun too, it's always lower key.   Sugarloaf is often windy on the upper mtn...and faces northward so chances are it won't be the bluebird sun and warm sky every minute..and what "when ever the weather is best" means is up to you....;-)  Weekend of college vacations the mtn usually gets hit with the crowd....

fwiw....


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post #104 of 116
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Realize there's often more pow in depth in northern VT, but both Sugarloaf and Saddleback are spared the crowds even up from Boston.  Sugarloaf often gets a little fresh snow daily and once the Basin is open there's a lot of territory that scatters even the weekend crowd and if Saddleback has recent pow...it can be fun too, it's always lower key.   Sugarloaf is often windy on the upper mtn...and faces northward so chances are it won't be the bluebird sun and warm sky every minute..and what "when ever the weather is best" means is up to you....;-)  Weekend of college vacations the mtn usually gets hit with the crowd....

fwiw....

 

Northern VT is pushing the limit of how far the OP wants to travel, I think Maine is well out of range.

post #105 of 116
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Looks like VT Town Meeting day is March 3, 2015.  Remember hearing the VT residents talk about it last season when I was at Stowe.  I have to get to Lake Placid by that evening.  Will keep it mind as a I decide where to go the weekend before.

 

Anyone know of school holidays in Quebec in February?


Hi marznc,

 

The Quebec break starts Saturday Feb 28 and they are back to school Mon Mar 9th. The Ontario break is Saturday Mar 7th and they go back to school Mon Mar 16th. Not sure if many Quebecers would go to Stowe for the week though I'm sure their are some, bur probably not enough to significantly make lift lines longer, Jay would be a different story as it's literally a few miles from the Quebec boarder. The worst week would be when the two provincial breaks overlap Sat Mar 7th and Sun Mar 8th. Their are a few people from eastern Ontario, Kingston, Ottawa, ect.. that visit Jay and Vermont in General during the school break. Whiteface would probably be busy Mar 7th and 8th as well being 3.0 hrs from Ottawa, Kingston, and 2.0 hrs from Cornwall and Montreal.

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Looks like VT Town Meeting day is March 3, 2015.  Remember hearing the VT residents talk about it last season when I was at Stowe.  I have to get to Lake Placid by that evening.  Will keep it mind as a I decide where to go the weekend before.

 

Anyone know of school holidays in Quebec in February?


Hi marznc,

 

The Quebec break starts Saturday Feb 28 and they are back to school Mon Mar 9th. The Ontario break is Saturday Mar 7th and they go back to school Mon Mar 16th. Not sure if many Quebecers would go to Stowe for the week though I'm sure their are some, bur probably not enough to significantly make lift lines longer, Jay would be a different story as it's literally a few miles from the Quebec boarder. The worst week would be when the two provincial breaks overlap Sat Mar 7th and Sun Mar 8th. Their are a few people from eastern Ontario, Kingston, Ottawa, ect.. that visit Jay and Vermont in General during the school break. Whiteface would probably be busy Mar 7th and 8th as well being 3.0 hrs from Ottawa, Kingston, and 2.0 hrs from Cornwall and Montreal.

Very helpful.  Thanks!

post #107 of 116
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 Which basically brings you into March which is the snowiest month in New England, at least in the mountains. 

According to data from Mount Mansfield, March is the 4th snowiest month with December surprisingly leading the way.  Though since snow accumulates over the winter, snow depth is greatest in March and the storms have a greater impact on what you can ski.

 

http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?vt5416

post #108 of 116
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According to data from Mount Mansfield, March is the 4th snowiest month with December surprisingly leading the way.  Though since snow accumulates over the winter, snow depth is greatest in March and the storms have a greater impact on what you can ski.

 

http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?vt5416

 

That is a rather small nit to pick. When I think 'snowiest', I think 'most snow'. Since we don't usually start losing snowpack until the very end of March, March is the month where there is the most snow on the mountain. Which is largely what I care about. 

post #109 of 116

And I said what you did in my post.

 

However if you want to ski fresh snow which is what everyone wants with the fat skis than it is not a small nit to pick.  In terms of storm snow I think the Mansfield plot data reflects my experiences in terms of which moths I am most likely to ski storm snow.

post #110 of 116
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Has she been on skis at all?

XC skis only. She does well on them, things we do in XC are more scary than skiing. Granted she has a lot more things going...unfamiliarity with the equipment, lots of people, and also scared about the lifts. She seems to forget how to ski on real skis, they have a lot more control and stability than XC skis. Also we do trails in XC, which are a lot narrower and would be considered off piste blacks to some. Nothing like going down a steep hill and u can only plow as a foot on either direction are brush and trees. LOL

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Has she been on skis at all?

XC skis only. She does well on them, things we do in XC are more scary than skiing. Granted she has a lot more things going...unfamiliarity with the equipment, lots of people, and also scared about the lifts. She seems to forget how to ski on real skis, they have a lot more control and stability than XC skis. Also we do trails in XC, which are a lot narrower and would be considered off piste blacks to some. Nothing like going down a steep hill and u can only plow as a foot on either direction are brush and trees. LOL

Yeah, my daughter was an advanced alpine skier before she ever tried XC.  She thinks that's a lot harder and has ended up in a tree or two. :)

 

Has your wife done any lessons on alpine skis?  Beginner packages that include lift ticket and rental gear often mean the lesson is almost free.  There are even a few places in the northeast that offer a bonus for doing 3-4 lessons over the course of a season.

post #112 of 116
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Yeah, my daughter was an advanced alpine skier before she ever tried XC.  She thinks that's a lot harder and has ended up in a tree or two. :)

 

Has your wife done any lessons on alpine skis?  Beginner packages that include lift ticket and rental gear often mean the lesson is almost free.  There are even a few places in the northeast that offer a bonus for doing 3-4 lessons over the course of a season.

 

They do have a 4 lesson package including tickets, rentals, meals, and lesson. If you complete it you get a free pair of skis for $299. I want to sign her up for that lol! We tried it once and it was about $80 and she went down the bunny hill a few times. She has an interest in it, though the problem is we need to work one one thing at a time. The greens were very crowded on that day.

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Yeah, my daughter was an advanced alpine skier before she ever tried XC.  She thinks that's a lot harder and has ended up in a tree or two. :)

 

Has your wife done any lessons on alpine skis?  Beginner packages that include lift ticket and rental gear often mean the lesson is almost free.  There are even a few places in the northeast that offer a bonus for doing 3-4 lessons over the course of a season.

 

They do have a 4 lesson package including tickets, rentals, meals, and lesson. If you complete it you get a free pair of skis for $299. I want to sign her up for that lol! We tried it once and it was about $80 and she went down the bunny hill a few times. She has an interest in it, though the problem is we need to work one one thing at a time. The greens were very crowded on that day.

I noticed that Ski Magazine mentioned that Killington is expanding their program after success last season.  Cranmore is working with Rossi and Bromley is doing something for kids.  The idea is that students can end up with skis, but still have to buy boots, etc.  Killington is working with Elan for 500 pairs of skis and Burton for 200 snowboards.

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Has she been on skis at all?

.... She seems to forget how to ski on real skis, they have a lot more control and stability than XC skis... 

 

:rolleyes

post #115 of 116
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:rolleyes


Poor choice of words :)

 

Bristol is getting 500 pairs of Elan skis as well. It is part of some pilot program.

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I noticed that Ski Magazine mentioned that Killington is expanding their program after success last season.  Cranmore is working with Rossi and Bromley is doing something for kids.  The idea is that students can end up with skis, but still have to buy boots, etc.  Killington is working with Elan for 500 pairs of skis and Burton for 200 snowboards.

 

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Bristol is getting 500 pairs of Elan skis as well. It is part of some pilot program.

Guess Elan was happy with the pilot at K-ton last season.

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