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Mt Snow, VT?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

Hi gang!

 

Has anyone skied Mount Snow, VT?  Wondering specifically about crowds on weekend and holidays.  I have found Pico, VT to an outstanding mountain and very UN-CROWDED during MLK and President's day weekend but we might not be able to ski there this year.

 

Thanks.

 

John from South Jersey.

post #2 of 18
Mt. Snow gets very crowded during weekends, especially holiday.

Bromley is a better choice in my mind, if you're driving, because they don't take bus trips. Much less crowded and very family friendly.

Magic is awesome but I think missing in the intermediate terrain department.
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thank you.  What about Okemo?  Same?

post #4 of 18

I second the Bromley choice. Although I love Mt. Snow mid-week. Great lodging deals mid-week too.

post #5 of 18

Mt. Snow, NoSKimo, and Stratton are all regional destination resorts and very sensitive to holiday crowds.  They have lots of lodging and tend to pack it in during peak times. So, where ever you go, look for places that aren't full of densely packed lodging options, 'cause that's what brings the skiers on the Holidays.

 

That said, conditions are really quite good in southern. VT.  If you guys can ski moguls and trees, you can ditch the crowds and hang on the North Face lifts, and those fixed grip front side lifts.  I skied Mount Snow last friday on the 12 dollar founders day, it was as crowded as I've ever seen it, but except for a few back ups on the base area lifts, we didn't wait all that long.  The front side trails were full of bad skiing mayhem, however so we stuck to the trees and the one or two available bump runs.  It was a good day.

 

Bromley sounds like a nice option, haven't been there in ages, though.  Magic, is, as another poster said, not Ideal for an intermediate crew.

 

On holidays I tend to look for resorts that have a lift served area that is expert focused and doesn't require constant trips back to the base area (which is where you'll find the crowds).  Mount Snow has this, Gore in North Creek, NY is another.

 

I can also recommend a closer option that pretty good for intermediates and is never crowded, and is cheaper and that is Berkshire East in Charlemont, MA.  

 

QUESTION:  Why can you get to Mount Snow/ Bromley but not Pico??  It's only an hour further (at most)??

post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thank you for the help guys!

Liam:  It's not the distance, I LOVE Pico, its a lodging issue.  Our two normal lodging options fell through and the other lodging through Pico/Killington is very expensive.

post #7 of 18
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Thank you for the help guys!

Liam:  It's not the distance, I LOVE Pico, its a lodging issue.  Our two normal lodging options fell through and the other lodging through Pico/Killington is very expensive.

 

Pico (and Killington) is just down the road from Rutland which is a "big city" by Vermont standards.  There's all kinds of lodging at various price points available in Rutland.  Just go onto hotels.com (or your favorite travel search engine) and enter Rutland.  Is that city entirely booked for the holiday weekend's already?  That would be amazing.

post #8 of 18

If you want to stick to Southern VT, and you're looking for uncrowded on MLK and Prez week, I agree your choices are pretty much Bromley and Magic. Bromley is family focused and more mellow, Magic has much more difficulty. Mt Snow, Okemo, and Stratton are all absolute zoos during holiday weekends. 

 

If you're willing to venture further upstream, you could look into the Middlebury Snowbowl, Bolton Valley, Smuggs, or even Burke. All fairly uncrowded compared to their neighbors (Sugarbush, Stowe, Jay). 

 

Correction/addition: If you like Pico, and you're willing to travel a little further north, Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush might be a good option. Its very analogous to Pico/Killington. Mt Ellen is the smaller peak, usually much less crowded than Lincoln Peak, 'Bush's main area. You can buy a Mt. Ellen only pass for fairly cheap. 

post #9 of 18

Go to Gore. It is never crowded - not even on holidays. The lodging is generally less expensive than VT and it is easier to get to than anything in VT for you.

post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by x10003q View Post
 

Go to Gore. It is never crowded - not even on holidays. The lodging is generally less expensive than VT and it is easier to get to than anything in VT for you.

I'm with you on this.  I love Gore, I like how it spreads out people and the lift system serves separate nooks and crannies around the hill.  Also, North Creek is a nice town and Adirondak skiing is a little different than VT.  I'm guessing it'll be a bit cheaper than VT, too.

post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by x10003q View Post
 

Go to Gore. It is never crowded - not even on holidays. The lodging is generally less expensive than VT and it is easier to get to than anything in VT for you.

Gore can get plenty crowded on holiday weekends.  It is farther than MT Snow for the OP though mostly on 87.

post #12 of 18
Bromley can get crowded on holidays, but the crowds tend to gather at the high speed quad. Even then the waits are 20 min tops. The rest of the lifts should have minimal waits. The blue ribbon quad on the eastern side of the mountain is the best bet for short lift lines, but serves more difficult terrain.
post #13 of 18
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Bromley can get crowded on holidays, but the crowds tend to gather at the high speed quad. Even then the waits are 20 min tops. The rest of the lifts should have minimal waits. The blue ribbon quad on the eastern side of the mountain is the best bet for short lift lines, but serves more difficult terrain.


Twenty minutes?  Really?  I haven't experienced that, but I'm not a regular there.  Great little mountain, though, with interesting terrain -- most of which isn't extremely challenging.  (That's not criticism.)

 

At about the same terrain level, Sunapee, NH, is bigger and pretty close, too.  Holiday crowds might be an issue, but I've never waited longer than, say 15 minutes -- and those lines cleared after lunch.

post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thank you so much for the feedback guys!  Keep it coming!

post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by crank View Post
 

Gore can get plenty crowded on holiday weekends.  It is farther than MT Snow for the OP though mostly on 87.

 

There can be cars parked down the access road and the lodge can be a zoo, but the only lift line will be on the gondola(max 15 min). When compared to Mt Snow/Stratton/Okemo/Killington on any weekend (holiday or not) Gore can be considered hardly used.

 

Gore is about 15 miles further (than Mt Snow) from north NJ but about 45 minutes less driving time on a Friday night. The 60 miles of single lane from Troy, NY to Benneington, VT, to West Dover, VT are difficult at best on a weekend. If you are really lucky maybe there will only be one or two 18 wheelers or buses in front of your car.

 

Gore is an easy 20 miles off the 3 lane Northway (I-87).

post #16 of 18
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Twenty minutes?  Really?  I haven't experienced that, but I'm not a regular there.  Great little mountain, though, with interesting terrain -- most of which isn't extremely challenging.  (That's not criticism.)

 

At about the same terrain level, Sunapee, NH, is bigger and pretty close, too.  Holiday crowds might be an issue, but I've never waited longer than, say 15 minutes -- and those lines cleared after lunch.

Its the only lift at the base that serves the summit, so people tend to flock to it.  To be clear, 20 min is the worst case scenario, usually between 10:30 and noon on a bluebird day during a holiday weekend.  Typically the lines are much shorter.

post #17 of 18

I ski Mount Snow regularly.  It gets busy on weekends and holidays, but there are ways to navigate the mountain and plan your runs to avoid the big lift lines.   Generally, we start early and do a few runs on the main face, and after about 10am, move over to North Face for more difficult runs, or Carinthia and Sunbrook areas for easier runs.  Also we plan an early lunch, and are back skiing while everyone is in the lodge having lunch.  That being said, MLK weekend is probably the busiest the mountain will get all season.  

post #18 of 18
I think given your locale Bromley and Magic are the obvious choices. Magic has intermediate terrain.
Freeski919 summed it up well. That's pretty much it. It's not like there's secret ski areas no one else knows we could tell you about.
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