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So I decided to do a non holiday pass for the gore whiteface bealleayre deal in ski3 NY .

I want to try out some different places during Christmas break , MLK , and Presidents' Day weekend .

I know tremblant and sugarloaf arnt bad during the holidays based on what I am used to . But I figured change it up.

Where will I not have insane lift lines (I know stowe and stratton will be rough ).

I think Sunday river Maine shouldn't be bad (I doubt people drive that far ).

Would jay peak be not as busy or am I better off just driving to tremblant because they don't share American holidays .

any other sleeper picks in NH or Mass ? Would prefer like 200 acres or more or whatever acreage whiteface is .
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So I decided to do a non holiday pass for the gore whiteface bealleayre deal in ski3 NY .

I want to try out some different places during Christmas break , MLK , and Presidents' Day weekend .

I know tremblant and sugarloaf arnt bad during the holidays based on what I am used to . But I figured change it up.

Where will I not have insane lift lines (I know stowe and stratton will be rough ).

I think Sunday river Maine shouldn't be bad (I doubt people drive that far ).

Would jay peak be not as busy or am I better off just driving to tremblant because they don't share American holidays .

any other sleeper picks in NH or Mass ? Would prefer like 200 acres or more or whatever acreage whiteface is .

 

Sleeper picks and >200 acres is kind of a contradiction.  Usually, the larger areas are more popular, and thus no longer sleepers.  Coming from the NY area, Magic, Bromley, Middlebury, and Bolton Valley are in the 2nd tier of VT resorts, and solid holiday options.

 

Believe it or not, but there are a whole bunch of people who live in Maine, and Sunday River isn't a far drive for them.

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Sleeper picks and >200 acres is kind of a contradiction.  Usually, the larger areas are more popular, and thus no longer sleepers.  Coming from the NY area, Magic, Bromley, Middlebury, and Bolton Valley are in the 2nd tier of VT resorts, and solid holiday options.

 

Believe it or not, but there are a whole bunch of people who live in Maine, and Sunday River isn't a far drive for them.

 

Bromley on holidays can be pretty jammed up at the base but if you stick to the Blue Ribbon Quad not so bad.  But still, I wouldn't call it a sleeper for holidays.

 

Otherwise, 2d this list, would emphasize Magic if there's a decent base, and also suggest you consider Burke and Pico.

 

Many of these places ski much bigger than their official acreage if you go into the woods.

 

Also strongly recommend checking out Plattekill, just up the road from Belleayre.

 

 

 

 

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Have you been following this thread?

http://www.epicski.com/t/129013/best-weekend-trip-mountain-on-east-coast
Yeah it looks like I need to consider sugarbush also .

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Bromley on holidays can be pretty jammed up at the base but if you stick to the Blue Ribbon Quad not so bad.  But still, I wouldn't call it a sleeper for holidays.

Otherwise, 2d this list, would emphasize Magic if there's a decent base, and also suggest you consider Burke and Pico.

Many of these places ski much bigger than their official acreage if you go into the woods.

Also strongly recommend checking out Plattekill, just up the road from Belleayre.




Thanks a million
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Magic, Burke, Plattekill, Mt. Abram - any of the smaller places are good as long as there is snow. Or hope for extreme cold. A couple years ago I was at Killington on a VERY cold MLK day and it was empty. The previous year with normal weather conditions, it was a complete zoo.
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and Gore.........

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Since you mentioned New Hampshire, let me recommend Cannon Mountain, a state owned area in beautiful Franconia Notch.  Over 2100 vert, lots of steeps, friendly people, and small waiting lines.  Even on the holiday period, I doubt if your wait would be over 5 minutes. 

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I think Sunday river Maine shouldn't be bad (I doubt people drive that far ).

Your logic has an incorrect implicit premise, which has to do with where "people" are starting from. (The bipedal mammals living in Boston and Portland qualified as people last time I looked.) In any case, it absolutely does get crowded.
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Magic, Burke, Plattekill, Mt. Abram - any of the smaller places are good as long as there is snow. Or hope for extreme cold. A couple years ago I was at Killington on a VERY cold MLK day and it was empty. The previous year with normal weather conditions, it was a complete zoo.

Awesome thanks for the list will check them out .

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and Gore.........

Yeah I have a season pass there so was looking to change it up, over Christmas break it was a zoo parking wise (never saw those super low lots used ), but how their lifts are all spread out it's super easy to avoid the crowds as long as you don't use the gondola till after 2pm.


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Since you mentioned New Hampshire, let me recommend Cannon Mountain, a state owned area in beautiful Franconia Notch.  Over 2100 vert, lots of steeps, friendly people, and small waiting lines.  Even on the holiday period, I doubt if your wait would be over 5 minutes. 
Will check it out . I know NH has some spots but sadly we don't see many advertisements in NJ ski shops for there .
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Your logic has an incorrect implicit premise, which has to do with where "people" are starting from. (The bipedal mammals living in Boston and Portland qualified as people last time I looked.) In any case, it absolutely does get crowded.

Your right sadly I have ony been to Boston once so I forget about it . Is sugarloaf likely to be less crowded vs Sunday river ? I always did a dec 26-jan2 school trip at sugarloaf and it was awesome only that one lift in the corner near the medical center ever had a line.

Mind you when I'm talking lines I'm trying to avoid the hunter mountain 25 min a lift line or the camelback / mountain creek ski for 45 seconds wait and ride the lift for 15-25 minutes .
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I'm all over this one! In general you will find New Hampshire and Maine to be noticeably cheaper and much less crowded than Vermont. If you're looking for big mountains, the terrain in the White Mountains on NH and ME is much more dramatic than anything in Vermont. Have you seen pictures from Wildcat or Sugarloaf? Be forewarned that the weather can be that much more severe.

 

Vermont:

Jay Peak and Burke. No question about it. They are so relatively uncrowded that they are the only ones that do not blackout MLK weekend on the Ski VT vouchers. These are my favorite areas in Vermont by far. Both are formerly true skier's mountains, but are trying very hard to reinvent themselves are modern resorts like you find elsewhere in VT.

 

Have you thought about Quebec? Jay is very reasonably distance to some of the areas in the Eastern Townships.

 

As for NH and ME areas worth going to:

 

Most crowded:

- Loon

- Sunapee

- Bretton Woods

- Waterville Valley

- Cranmore

 

Least crowded (and worth going to):

- Cannon

- Wildcat

- Saddleback

You will never, ever, ever get a 25 minute line those mountains. Cannon and Wildcat are a lot closer than the Maine mountains, and rarely have lines on Sundays.

 

Attitash is hit or miss on crowds. Because they operate on a single ticket with Wildcat, they get very crowded when conditions are less than pleasant at Wildcat. When Wildcat is good, then lines will be non-existent at Attitash.

 

Sunday River also gets very crowded, but you can avoid the crowds if you know where to go and move around. Avoid the base lodges.

 

I can't speak to Sugarloaf. I am from central New England, and I find it hard to justify the drive up there given all the other closer options.

 

Advice for planning your trip:

Christmas week is especially hit or miss on snow, though we've gotten very lucky the last two years. However, last year MLK Day was a bust.

 

I see some obvious trip options, where you're not driving more than an hour between subsequent mountains:

 

1) Jay Peak, Burke, ... Cannon or Sugarbush?

 

2) Cannon, Wildcat, Burke -- this would change your preconception of what a ski area should be. All 3 are true "skiers mountains".

 

3) Mount Washington Valley (Attitash, Cranmore, Bretton Woods, Wildcat) -- a taste on New Hampshire

 

4) Sugarloaf, Saddleback, Sunday River -- the Maine option

 

5) Eastern Townships, QC

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