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December 11-15 Skiing, NY and VT

post #1 of 15
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Hi guys, I really need recommendations on where to go for this weekend. We are heading out from NJ tonight and need to book a hotel ASAP. I was looking at killington(most open area right now) and whiteface. I'm open to other suggestions. It looks like NY is getting about the same amount of snow, just without any rain/wintry mix on top. VT seems to be getting some mixed precipitation.

 

Thoughts,opinions??

post #2 of 15

I hear there is a power failure at Killington today affecting some of the lifts, some power lines down.  I guess there was ice mixed with snow in much of New England, but still they got a good amount of natural (10 inches?).  My son will be at Killington on Sunday, but a report then is too late to be of help to you.

post #3 of 15

MT Snow is running a $12 lift ticket for Friday in honor of their founding.  I don't know how you could beat that.  Go to the website and find it.

They got snow/sleet/rain altogether, with a total expected at about 11".  It won't be stupendous conditions there, but the price is right.  I gather that the mixed precipitation extended all the way north.  I'm thinking this is base-building snow and most areas will have it groomed out and managed by the weekend.

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Originally Posted by tch View Post
 

MT Snow is running a $12 lift ticket for Friday in honor of their founding.  I don't know how you could beat that.  Go to the website and find it.

 

That does sound like a winner.

post #5 of 15

Keep in mind that this storm isn't done yet...  Checking online weather for various Vermont locations shows another couple inches are on the way in the next couple days.  Still raining here in Massachusetts.

 

It does seem that most places got "mixed" precipitation yesterday but I'm thinking this weekends trail conditions are going to be velvet once the groomers do their thing.  Nobody is skiing woods yet unless you seriously don't care about your bases, so your choices for a while yet are going to be groomers and a few scattered bump runs.

post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 

I'm not really taking price into consideration here. I'm aiming for more northern resorts as I don't get to visit them often, so MT snow is out. Yeah there's not enough snow out there for woods skiing. I'm trying to figure out where which resort(s) will have the best/most open terrain.

post #7 of 15

If you're willing to drive to more northern resorts that you don't get to visit very often, then your list should be expanded to include Stowe.  The mountain was skiing really nicely last weekend with a couple pitches of bumps (one dedicated trail and moguls off to the side of a few others).  Snow-guns have been rapidly expanding the available terrain.  Good amount of natural snow this week.  Look at http://www.gostowe.com/ for available lodging in Stowe village, or look on any of the hotel booking websites for the "greater Stowe area" (for lack of a better term).

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hmm, do you think Stowe will be better than Whiteface? We narrowed our options to one of those 2 resorts.

post #9 of 15

Whiteface has to be getting more snow, but I'd expect more terrain and better grooming at Stowe. $59 lift tickets through the 14th.

post #10 of 15
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Hmm, do you think Stowe will be better than Whiteface? We narrowed our options to one of those 2 resorts.

 

I'm not exactly an unbiased source of information when it comes to "Stowe vs. Anywhere Else".  ;)  (And I am not on their payroll either...).

 

One of the many things that I love about Stowe is that all of their trails ski differently from each other, and for many, even the left vs. right side of the same trail skis differently.  That's a feeling that I don't get at many other Eastern areas.  It's obviously early season, so everybody is operating under limited terrain, but I think Stowe's terrain remains interesting even after multiple laps.

post #11 of 15

I have not gotten the impression this storm is opening up much in the way of quality terrain anywhere.

 

I would throw my vote behind Stowe as well. It is a great mountain, and signing up online for Stowe ByPass does let you grab $49 lift tickets, which is about as good as you will find for Thurs-Sun.

 

If you want some variety thrown in you can always drive over to Sugarbush, and depending on your driving route and timing, hitting up Killington or Okemo on your way home could work out for you as well on the 15th. Check Liftopia for discounted tickets.

post #12 of 15

Whiteface sent out an email saying they have gotten 9 inches and expect another 9 before the storm moves out.  Of course, that means the drive up I-87 could be a bit of a pain.

post #13 of 15

US Weather Service just announced a winter storm advisory for northern NY and VT for tonight (Wed).  Supposedly 6-12".  You should check all the weather sites carefully.

post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 

Stowe was the winner. Thanks everyone!

post #15 of 15

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Originally Posted by vwluke View Post
 

Stowe was the winner. Thanks everyone!

 

I'll be there as well; shoot me a private message here on this site if you want to hook up for a few runs.  I'd be happy to show you around if you're not familiar with the resort layout, etc.

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