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Vermont Skiing at Christmas - question [about Sugarbush with teens]

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I am not a big skiier but my 4 kids are.  I want to plan a vacation next year over Christmas and New Year at Sugarbush.  Can anyone answer these questions:

 

1.  Is there enough snow at Sugarbush at this time of year to ski?

2.  Is there plenty to do for a family vacationing for 10 days?  (ages of kids:  13, 16, 19, 21)

3.  Is the crowd young, middle-aged, or is it mostly families?

 

Many, many thanks !

 

Rose

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I have never skied sugarbush early season or Christmas... and also haven't focused too much on nightlife or things to do, except there are great Bed and Breakfasts and restaurants in the Mad River Valley.

Sugarbush has been my favorite resort for many years now, and the terrain variety and natural terrain combined with good snowmaking and lift infrastructure make it great in many respects. If you're there for 10 days and the snow is deep, you can add a day or two at Mad River Glen (assuming your kids are good skiers who like a lot of moguls and are up for a challenge/workout).

All that being said... weather changes rapidly at Sugarbush and conditions can be totally different each day on all the terrain. There is lots of ungroomed terrain daily and the mountain can ski more difficult than it looks from the trail ratings, especially on some of the natural snow trails and ungroomed trails.... including all of Castlerock Peak.

There are two large ski areas to explore, both with a single concentrated base area that can make skiing separately and meeting up easy. However, the Slide Brook Express lift, if open, is amazing and a truly awesome ride, taking you up and over several large ridges and canyons in just over 2 miles. If you're afraid of heights, just try not to think about the fact that you're nearly 200 ft off the ground at one point.

Finally... to answer at least one of your questions... the crowd at the mountain is definitely different than mountains in southern Vermont, even nearby Killington. There are definitely more locals and upper New Englanders there than people from Boston or outside New England, which makes the mountain less crowded on non-holiday periods at least. On an especially crowded day, Mount Ellen is your best bet to avoid long lines. Also, ski Castlerock early on crowded days to avoid long lines for its ultra low capacity lift... a pain, but worth it to limit skiers on some awesome, challenging trails.

In my experience, the typical crowds are all ages, but tend to be mid 20s and up with many of the young children staying on the lower mountain terrain (Gate House Quad)... which also has awesome terrain, however. Your younger teens would love to lap Sleeper and Sleeper Chutes off the Gate House lift.

I know the mountain well, so if you have questions about the terrain and facilities, I can answer them, but I dont know much about the off-mountain scene.
Edited by winterdude87 - 1/16/15 at 10:38pm
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