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VT/QC in mid November (Opening Weekend)

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Hi All, 

 

I'll be in VT and QC in mid-November (week 47) and I'm curious about how the conditions are typically for opening weekend (Nov 22-23).  I'm aware its far too soon to speculate, and the conditions will be almost entirely man-mad.  However, being as I'm from MN, and I won't be able to get out west till mid-Dec., I may need a fix earlier.  

 

I'm thinking Killington or Tremblant at this point, any other suggestions?

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I know nothing of Tremblant, but K-ton may likely be your ONLY option in the NE at that time....and it generally isn't so great....just a few trails and not top to bottom.
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I had a good day at Tremblant in early Dec last year after spending Thanksgiving in Lake Placid.  Only groomers were worth skiing, but could ski top to bottom on the south side.  I was with friends who are locals.  A couple people took a peek at a tree area and did not recommend it at all.  My home mountain is in northern Virginia so completely understand wanting to get a headstart.

 

Spent 4 hours skiing at St. Sauveur in the late afternoon/early evening the day before going to Tremblant.  Price was right.  Plenty of groomers and good lights.  But I don't know when they usually open.

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Hi All, 

 

I'll be in VT and QC in mid-November (week 47) and I'm curious about how the conditions are typically for opening weekend (Nov 22-23).  I'm aware its far too soon to speculate, and the conditions will be almost entirely man-mad.  However, being as I'm from MN, and I won't be able to get out west till mid-Dec., I may need a fix earlier.  

 

I'm thinking Killington or Tremblant at this point, any other suggestions?

Did you notice this thread?  Might find some relevant ideas.

http://www.epicski.com/t/128867/best-north-eastern-skiing-over-thanksgiving

post #5 of 10

I skied Bromley last year on the 23nd. It was a bit hard, there wasn't a lot open, but it was a start.  Seemed early for Bromley. 

post #6 of 10

Killington has recently returned to the trying for the "first to open/last to close" policy of years ago.

 

All of this is weather dependent--a week of cold weather could get half the mountain open if they really wanted to with the snowmaking capacity they have.

 

Killington, Tremblant, Stowe, and Sunday River are your better bets.

 

Last year with colder temps Okemo also made mountains of early season snow, but the new lift install might hold up those plans until the shiny new lift is ready.

 

The North Ridge Triple with uploading and downloading on the K1 is probably the first lift you will be able to lap in VT. One advantage they have over "top to bottom" openings, like at Stowe or Sunday River, is the area is all above 3400'. Snow quality might be higher, and the new Peak Lodge would just be a stair climb away.

 

If you wait and the weather turns cold, you could luck out. If you want to play it safe, go to Killington, and buy a K-Ticket before 10/16 and you can get lift access for $61.

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tremblant around the 22nd is probably open, at least the top half and you might be on opening weekend. You migth expect hard snow and crowded slopes, still it's pretty good (just don't have too high of expectations)

 

as mentioned earlier st sauveur migth have more open becasue they make a ton of snow (they probably open in october) but i personally don't like st Sauveur as i find it boring. It's probably be less crowded than tremblant in that period.

 

i think Bromont also makes tons of snow but i haven't skied there so i can't comment on how it is late november.

post #8 of 10

Stowe opens the weekend before Thanksgiving every year, so you do have that option. Typically they open Lord and North Slope as the WROD. Last season they opened Liftline to start as well, because the new snowmaking system created so much pressure they had to release it somehow, and they chose to release it by making more snow. And Stowe just dumped another $2+ million into snowmaking upgrades this summer. So if you're looking for early snow, Stowe has the best in the business now. And you're lapping 2100 vertical feet, rather than a few hundred vert of an upper mountain lift.

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Thread Starter 

Thanks for the advice, I'll add Stowe and Sunday River to the short list.  Now if we'd just get some colder weather!!!

post #10 of 10

Killington was open at the end of October last year and is shooting to do the same this year.  They were very aggressive with early season snowmaking with quite a bit of terrain open by Thanksgiving.  All we need is a good stretch of cold weather and the guns will be blazing.

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