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Where should I Ski this Winter??

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Hey gang. I am looking to take a vacation somewhere out east this Winter for some nice skiing. I require really perfect corduroy, bumps, STEEPS, a good apres scene, and decent night life. Price is not an issue. Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 12

If you stayed in Burlington VT you could have all of that with MRG/ Sugarbush/ Stowe/ Smuggs/ Jay and B'town's nightlife. Killington VT would have you mostly covered as well. North Conway NH would be an option with Wildcat/ Cannon/ Sunday River as would Sugarloaf Maine.

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Huntah
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Originally Posted by DeepSouthMafia View Post

Hey gang. I am looking to take a vacation somewhere out east this Winter for some nice skiing. I require really perfect corduroy, bumps, STEEPS, a good apres scene, and decent night life. Price is not an issue. Thanks in advance.

 

Stowe and MRG.

post #5 of 12

Mont Sainte Anne.

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My sources tell me that MSA is a good ski hill. Underrated like Smuggs.

 

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 Hey gang. I am looking to take a vacation somewhere out east this Winter for some nice skiing. I require really perfect corduroy, bumps, STEEPS, a good apres scene, and decent night life. Price is not an issue. Thanks in advance.

An enviable problem to have, especially the price thing.

 

DV has some decently steep terrain and some of the best of the best grooming in the west. PC nightlife is also pretty vibrant. Solitude on the SLC side of the same range (and now owned by DV) also has very decent terrain and very good grooming. If you stay on the mountain, your nightlife options are limited but you can easily stay in SLC where there are decent offerings and drive (or take the bus) up to Solitude each day. You would also have the option to ski at Alta, SB and Brighton if you stay in SLC - DV or PC/Canyons from SLC by car is another option (~35 miles).

 

Many resorts in the Alps would also fill most of your bill, though "perfect corduroy" may be more difficult to find there than in North America. Chamonix is a pretty cool town and there are about 8 areas in Mt Blanc/Haute Savoire region, many offering very, very challenging skiing. It's a relatively short drive to other resorts in Italy if you're so inclined.

 

I'm sure there's dozens of other attractive suggestions. Like I said, an enviable problem to have.

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..vacation somewhere out east...Price is not an issue. 

 

Confused. If price is not an issue and you simply want the best groomers, steeps and Apre....why limit yourself to the east?

post #9 of 12

Best ski hill in the East for DeepSouthMafia: Smuggs without question. Midwest: Boho. West: Telluride. Alps: Kitzbuehel.

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I'll try not to take this thread sideways, as the OP did say "East."  An he/she did say that budget is not the issue, so I'm guessing that we're looking at a high end destination, with great restaurants and bars, a few other things to do, and great {by New England standards} skiing. 

 

My vote would be Stowe. All of the ski criteria gets checked. Food options are tremendous. Lot of aprez options. Tremendous places to stay, from cozy inns like Ten Acres, to a Spa-type destination like Top-Notch…..or even Trapp's.  

 

I grew up skiing there, bought our first ski house there, then moved our family ski destination to Sugarloaf in Maine. Sugarloaf has been great for our family for a long time, and it's more our kind of place,…..but based on the criteria as laid out…..I say Stowe. It's worth a hard look. 

 

Though, MSA combined with some time in Quebec City would be very tempting. I know the budget wasn't mentioned, but the exchange rate is kind of compelling. 

 

Waitsfield/Warren VT would also work. The Manchester/Stratton area is just beautiful, but I don't think it's going to have the ski experience that the/she is seeking. They call in "Flatton" for a reason. I think the OP wants the front four, and a steep race trail like Main Street, or Hayride. 

 

Smuggs would be great skiing, and worth a day or two…..but based on my perception of the other "criteria" Smuggs is no Stowe {some would say, thankfully!}

 

Nice "problem" to wrestle with….

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Originally Posted by CharlieRN View Post
 

An enviable problem to have, especially the price thing.

 

DV has some decently steep terrain and some of the best of the best grooming in the west. PC nightlife is also pretty vibrant. Solitude on the SLC side of the same range (and now owned by DV) also has very decent terrain and very good grooming. If you stay on the mountain, your nightlife options are limited but you can easily stay in SLC where there are decent offerings and drive (or take the bus) up to Solitude each day. You would also have the option to ski at Alta, SB and Brighton if you stay in SLC - DV or PC/Canyons from SLC by car is another option (~35 miles).

 

Many resorts in the Alps would also fill most of your bill, though "perfect corduroy" may be more difficult to find there than in North America. Chamonix is a pretty cool town and there are about 8 areas in Mt Blanc/Haute Savoire region, many offering very, very challenging skiing. It's a relatively short drive to other resorts in Italy if you're so inclined.

 

I'm sure there's dozens of other attractive suggestions. Like I said, an enviable problem to have.


My bad - missed the "east" part - though technically, my suggestions for Europe would apply and if the OP lived in CA, so would the Utah ones . . .

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Originally Posted by Muleski View Post
 

I'll try not to take this thread sideways, as the OP did say "East."  An he/she did say that budget is not the issue, so I'm guessing that we're looking at a high end destination, with great restaurants and bars, a few other things to do, and great {by New England standards} skiing. 

 

My vote would be Stowe. All of the ski criteria gets checked. Food options are tremendous. Lot of aprez options. Tremendous places to stay, from cozy inns like Ten Acres, to a Spa-type destination like Top-Notch…..or even Trapp's.  

 

I grew up skiing there, bought our first ski house there, then moved our family ski destination to Sugarloaf in Maine. Sugarloaf has been great for our family for a long time, and it's more our kind of place,…..but based on the criteria as laid out…..I say Stowe. It's worth a hard look. 

 

Though, MSA combined with some time in Quebec City would be very tempting. I know the budget wasn't mentioned, but the exchange rate is kind of compelling. 

 

Waitsfield/Warren VT would also work. The Manchester/Stratton area is just beautiful, but I don't think it's going to have the ski experience that the/she is seeking. They call in "Flatton" for a reason. I think the OP wants the front four, and a steep race trail like Main Street, or Hayride. 

 

Smuggs would be great skiing, and worth a day or two…..but based on my perception of the other "criteria" Smuggs is no Stowe {some would say, thankfully!}

 

Nice "problem" to wrestle with….

 

 Stowe or MSA. Quebec City is a great town. Tough choice.

 

Mount Bohemia: 900 FOOT VERTICAL DROP. :ROTF

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