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Last minute east coast President's weekend overnight family recommendation?

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Based in New York City, debating whether to stay home and day trip over the weekend, or spend a few nights away with the family to enjoy this banner east-coast snow.  Would be me, wife, and teen daughter.  Let's just say that the other two are not quite as enthusiastic about skiing as I am.  My criteria:

 

  • Manageable crowds during holiday weekend;
  • Lots of blues for the family to explore and enjoy;
  • Advanced terrain, including glades, for me;
  • Nice place to stay, bonus for a hot tub.
  • Perhaps other things to do in the area (shopping, XC/snowshoeing, massage, etc.).
  • Driveable from NYC.

 

The more off-the-radar, less-crowded ski options don't have much in the way of nice nearby lodging.  The ones that came to mind first were Plattekill in NY (the Roxbury motel is super fun and nice, but is booked), Berkshire East (where I have never skied, but have heard nice things), Lake Pacid/Whiteface (not many hotel rooms left in town, which doesn't bode well for crowds), and Gore.  Lodging is tight at all of these, though.  

 

Any last-minute suggestions, both on ski areas and lodging?  

 

Thanks!

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Based in New York City, debating whether to stay home and day trip over the weekend, or spend a few nights away with the family to enjoy this banner east-coast snow.  Would be me, wife, and teen daughter.  Let's just say that the other two are not quite as enthusiastic about skiing as I am.  My criteria:

 

  • Manageable crowds during holiday weekend;
  • Lots of blues for the family to explore and enjoy;
  • Advanced terrain, including glades, for me;
  • Nice place to stay, bonus for a hot tub.
  • Perhaps other things to do in the area (shopping, XC/snowshoeing, massage, etc.).
  • Driveable from NYC.

 

The more off-the-radar, less-crowded ski options don't have much in the way of nice nearby lodging.  The ones that came to mind first were Plattekill in NY (the Roxbury motel is super fun and nice, but is booked), Berkshire East (where I have never skied, but have heard nice things), Lake Pacid/Whiteface (not many hotel rooms left in town, which doesn't bode well for crowds), and Gore.  Lodging is tight at all of these, though.  

 

Any last-minute suggestions, both on ski areas and lodging?  

 

Thanks!


Have you considered staying in Albany on the way?  Here's my thought . . . drive up to Albany Fri night, ski Gore on Sat, then head up to Lake Placid for a couple nights.  Could skip skiing on Sun.  Should be less crowds on Mon.

 

The Wild Center museum is well worth a little drive from Lake Placid.

https://www.wildcenter.org 

 

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is quite fun.  Looks like it goes through Feb. 15.

http://www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com

 

I like the Town House Lodge in Lake Placid.  Small, family owned place where you can park right in front of your room.  Best to call to make a reservation.  Not right on Mirror Lake, but walking is doable even in cold weather.

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.  Small, family owned place where you can park right in front of your room.  Best to call to make a reservation.

Ha, wouldn't be a selling point for "my" wife. Sounds like a motel.

 

Anyway, Bromley and Magic might work. Non enthusiastic family members could shop the outlets nearby too.

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.  Small, family owned place where you can park right in front of your room.  Best to call to make a reservation.

Ha, wouldn't be a selling point for "my" wife. Sounds like a motel.

 

Anyway, Bromley and Magic might work. Non enthusiastic family members could shop the outlets nearby too.


Yep, not a resort hotel but not the same price either.  I stay at the Golden Arrow when I want to be pampered.  Even have garage parking to keep the snow off the car.  In any case, I'm the ski nut in the family and my husband is the non-skiing shopper.  :) 

post #5 of 21

The fact that most lodging is booked up should tell you that #1 on your list won't happen...everyone else is thinking the same thing you are. You may be better off waiting a week., as there are more storms in the prediction, and it won;t be a holiday weekend.

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The fact that most lodging is booked up should tell you that #1 on your list won't happen...everyone else is thinking the same thing you are. You may be better off waiting a week., as there are more storms in the prediction, and it won;t be a holiday weekend.

Perhaps, but there are places I've skied President's weekend that haven't been terribly crowded.  Plattekill and Bromley are two. Part of it is that there isn't that much lodging right near them.  

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I don't know about NY, but the weather in VT looks COLD.  We will be at Killington Sunday and Monday and I am not sure we will have the stomach for temperatures that will max out at -1F at the base.

 

We've skied Killington Pres. Weekend (Sat and Sun) for the past 2 years and the crowds have been quite light, especially on Monday.  But that could be a function of the fact that the weather has been super cold on those days.

post #8 of 21

Crowds, cruisers, and shopping may be a hard combo to find in some sense.

 

Crowds will obviously be smallest at resorts without fixed grip lifts.

 

The Hanover/Lebanon area has a decent number of hotels (HIE, Hampton, Courtyard,...and boutique options) and you have Woodstock, Quechee, and Hanover in the area for the New England villages, plus strip malls in West Lebanon.

 

Whaleback, the Quechee Club, and the Dartmouth Skiway would all be very close with pretty low crowds. They are not big areas, but that tends to go hand in hand with things. If you can get away for the warmest day of the trip you can try Burke further up I-91. They will have crowds lower than Bromley I bet (not lift lines last Pres Week when I skied there).

 

The best skiing, shopping, and hotels are going to be busy--so this week is that Catch 22.

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Crowds, cruisers, and shopping may be a hard combo to find in some sense.

Crowds will obviously be smallest at resorts without fixed grip lifts.

The Hanover/Lebanon area has a decent number of hotels (HIE, Hampton, Courtyard,...and boutique options) and you have Woodstock, Quechee, and Hanover in the area for the New England villages, plus strip malls in West Lebanon.

Whaleback, the Quechee Club, and the Dartmouth Skiway would all be very close with pretty low crowds. They are not big areas, but that tends to go hand in hand with things. If you can get away for the warmest day of the trip you can try Burke further up I-91. They will have crowds lower than Bromley I bet (not lift lines last Pres Week when I skied there).

The best skiing, shopping, and hotels are going to be busy--so this week is that Catch 22.

Yep, undoubtedly looking for a unicorn. Now looking at the weekend weather with highs in the single digits, this whole plan might not fly with the sensible women in my family.
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Yep, undoubtedly looking for a unicorn. Now looking at the weekend weather with highs in the single digits, this whole plan might not fly with the sensible women in my family.

Come to the Shenandoah Valley in northern VA.  Drive through PA to avoid I-95 and DC traffic.  Highs in the 20s.  No trees to ski but no lift line for the lift to the top.  Your women folk would enjoy easy skiing, but you might be bored.  Lots of little shops with crafty stuff in and around Harrisonburg.  Spend a day visiting an underground cavern.  ;)

post #11 of 21
Pretty sure you could find something in Rutland and then you could ski Pico, Killington or Okemo.
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Come to the Shenandoah Valley in northern VA.  Drive through PA to avoid I-95 and DC traffic.  Highs in the 20s.  No trees to ski but no lift line for the lift to the top.  Your women folk would enjoy easy skiing, but you might be bored.  Lots of little shops with crafty stuff in and around Harrisonburg.  Spend a day visiting an underground cavern.  wink.gif

Unless it's to Chile or Argentina, I'm not heading south to ski!
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Pretty sure you could find something in Rutland and then you could ski Pico, Killington or Okemo.
Looked at hotels in Rutland already. Bupkis. I think given the frigid weather, I'll likely do a day trip or two, sans womenfolk.
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Come to the Shenandoah Valley in northern VA.  Drive through PA to avoid I-95 and DC traffic.  Highs in the 20s.  No trees to ski but no lift line for the lift to the top.  Your women folk would enjoy easy skiing, but you might be bored.  Lots of little shops with crafty stuff in and around Harrisonburg.  Spend a day visiting an underground cavern.  wink.gif

Unless it's to Chile or Argentina, I'm not heading south to ski!

:D  Just as I prefer to fly out west than drive 10+ hours to the northeast from NC just for some ski days.

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biggrin.gif   Just as I prefer to fly out west than drive 10+ hours to the northeast from NC just for some ski days.
Completely understandable.
post #16 of 21
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Looks like we've settled on Berkshire East, and have even convinced some friends to go. Selling point was Mass MoCA nearby if it's too frigid. We'll see if its the elusive unicorn!
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Looks like we've settled on Berkshire East, and have even convinced some friends to go. Selling point was Mass MoCA nearby if it's too frigid. We'll see if its the elusive unicorn!

It is going to be cold. Think wife and kids are backing out of even the day trip.

I was going to say we did this last minute one year and stayed in Burlington and skied Sugarbush and Stowe. Also went to Ben & Jerry's, Teddy Bear Factory and Magic Hat. Good dinners downtown. Nice indoor pool at the Sheraton. Cheap.
post #18 of 21

ADKS - look me up next time you need a place near platty - The Roxbury books sometimes a year ahead.  8 - 10" this weekend and next week looks stellar, We are wondering about pulling the plug on Utah for next month and hanging here. 25 of us at Platty on Monday ( not a typo ! )

UNFREEKIN REAL

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Platty is awesome, though not sure I'd pull the plug on Utah!  I went up to Catskills two weeks ago on Sunday, planning on taking off Monday during the snowstorm.  I had hoped to ski a "powder daize" at Platty Monday, but they were closed for a private event!  Oh well, Belleayre was pretty awesome that Monday too.  Do you have recommendations for places to stay in that area other than the Roxbury?  My go-to places are Roxbury (pricy but luxurious and fun), or Phoenicia Lodge (spartan but clean and friendly).  Or a day trip.

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It seems like every Monday this season is east coast epic! Belleayre, two Mondays ago was fantastic as well, very deep and untracked. Platty opened this last Monday the week after the private mtn. rental and NO ONE came! Conflicting reports on the total # of people but safe to say less than 40 with at least 5 being patrol. ADKS - look for a PM in your box as to the best place to stay as I'm not sure about EPIC advertising rules.

 

As far as Utah, powder mtn is running temps in the 50's and 60s with a 40" base currently and flowers coming up. Trip is planned for the 14 of March and have till the 11th to pull the plug with very little penalty. Things will have to change quick out there to pass on these local conditions. 

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May have found the unicorn.  Went to Berkshire East with another family.  What a wonderful ski area.  Never waited in line, good variety of terrain, and friendly vibe.  Skied Saturday and Sunday of President's Day weekend.  Saturday snowed most of the day and lodge was fairly full, but no lift lines and no crowding on any terrain.  Great snow.  Sunday (today) was seriously cold, but great conditions with a bit of fresh snow.  What's nice is that the main lift is surrounded by trees, so was not cold/windy on the way up.  Accommodations at the Warfield were way above expectations.  Newly renovated, clean, and comfortable.  Nice dinner at the pub in Shelburne Falls.  Everyone was impressed.  I'll definitely be back.

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