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post #31 of 35
Excellent advice here. Just say no to Camelback or any place in the Poconos Crowded and short runs.

I second the southern VT areas. Best bang for the buck and drive, especially with kids. Bromley may be smallish, but it is great for the type of skiing you're looking for. Very family friendly. Mount Snow too. And not too far from Stratton, Okemo, and Magic.

Second I'd say Lake Placid/Whiteface for the reasons stated above. It's just a fun place for families and plenty to do on non-ski days with all the Olympic facilities and relatively modestly priced hotels/resorts. There's plenty of terrain there for everyone, but not as many long green runs as the other mountains.

Unless you stay at the Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods is kinda far, but would be good for your needs. We rode out Hurricane Irene at the Mount Washington and my daughter still talks about it as her favorite hotel ever.

Quebec sounds good, but the car ride would kill me.
post #32 of 35
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Excellent advice here. Just say no to Camelback or any place in the Poconos Crowded and short runs.

I second the southern VT areas. Best bang for the buck and drive, especially with kids. Bromley may be smallish, but it is great for the type of skiing you're looking for. Very family friendly. Mount Snow too. And not too far from Stratton, Okemo, and Magic.

Second I'd say Lake Placid/Whiteface for the reasons stated above. It's just a fun place for families and plenty to do on non-ski days with all the Olympic facilities and relatively modestly priced hotels/resorts. There's plenty of terrain there for everyone, but not as many long green runs as the other mountains.

Unless you stay at the Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods is kinda far, but would be good for your needs. We rode out Hurricane Irene at the Mount Washington and my daughter still talks about it as her favorite hotel ever.

Quebec sounds good, but the car ride would kill me.


I have read too many of your posts to think you  believe that WF is good for green and blue cruising. ;)

 

The place is a disaster for this type of skiing. There is only 1 blue trail off the Gondola (no green trails, the rest are black trails) - the crowded, high speed, Excelcior that leads into Northway and eventually Upper Valley - all crowded drains for many black trails and loaded with high speed skiers. Then there are the blue Parons and  Follies from the very top. Both are fun - but can be incredibly icy and cold. As an added attraction you need to ride the Summit fixed grip quad - another cold lift that can suck the life out of you. Wilmington is another blue that is only blue during perfect conditions, and we know how often that happens at WF.

 

If you are an expert, WF has the wonderful, consistent steeps that many other ski areas lack. If you are a blue or green skier, WF is not a place to spend a week.

post #33 of 35

Note bene: I haven't read the subsequent posts but am responding to the OPs initial post.

 

Both these areas fit into the small category which you said you weren't interested in, but they are by no means tiny.

 

I haven't been to Saddleback in a couple decades, but it was a quintessential low key, family area. It is near Sugarloaf so you could try both. It is located on a lake, has other activities and is quite quaint. I'd expect prices to be lower than at most of the resorts you mentioned. There are smaller motels and a classic (old) large resort hotel.

 

Mt. Abram has also been left out. It is close to Sunday River and is also a low key, family area. It has fewer accommadations nearby, but gives you the choice of Sunday River for some change in scenery.

 

Staying at these areas would cut costs, broaden the experience and quite possibly satisfy your requirements. If I were going with a green loving family, these are places I'd consider over the 'top name' areas.

post #34 of 35
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I have read too many of your posts to think you  believe that WF is good for green and blue cruising. ;)

 

The place is a disaster for this type of skiing. There is only 1 blue trail off the Gondola (no green trails, the rest are black trails) - the crowded, high speed, Excelcior that leads into Northway and eventually Upper Valley - all crowded drains for many black trails and loaded with high speed skiers. Then there are the blue Parons and  Follies from the very top. Both are fun - but can be incredibly icy and cold. As an added attraction you need to ride the Summit fixed grip quad - another cold lift that can suck the life out of you. Wilmington is another blue that is only blue during perfect conditions, and we know how often that happens at WF.

 

If you are an expert, WF has the wonderful, consistent steeps that many other ski areas lack. If you are a blue or green skier, WF is not a place to spend a week.

Fair enough.  Can't say I've skied Whiteface all that much, but my family had a good time there when we did.  Recommendation is more for the whole Lake Placid package, which is great for families. 

post #35 of 35

I had made the original WF suggestion and it was not for a week but for a couple of days on the way to Canada. I had my family there 2 years ago and there is a whole area of greens at the bottom that most more advanced skiers never even think of. 2 of my family were beginners/low intermediates who were happy there and when they got bored I was able to take them on some of the easier terrain off the gondola and when the conditions were good we did the green or blue run that goes sideways off the top. It all worked out fine and the non-ski parts of the trip were very nice there.

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