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post #31 of 94
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Last year tickets through the councils/ski clubs ran from a low of $41 for Pico to $68 for Okemo. Most of the major resorts were in the $60 range with Sugarbush being $63 & Stowe being $66. These tickets are good any day (including peak holidays) not just for specific dates. You do not have to pick a date you want to use them beforehand. You do have to be a member of a ski club & be able to prove it with either a current date on your club card or a current council sticker attached in order to use them as most areas do check.

If you take this route, I'd put Stowe back on the map for options. The one major hangup about Stowe is price, otherwise it has everything else you're looking for. 

post #32 of 94
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I would generally advise against doing this. Your main objective is to ski. If you stay in or around Burlington, it means taking 89 South through the mountains to get to a majority of the skiing. That particular stretch of road is the most accident prone stretch there is during snowy weather. It can close at times, and even when it doesn't close, it can get backed up pretty badly. This is from somebody who lives on the outskirts of Burlington and works at Stowe, so I travel that route all the time. It can get ugly, and the last thing you want is to be stuck in the Champlain Valley on a powder day.

 

Also, if your parents are interested in coming to Burlington while you guys ski, it doesn't make much sense to stay near Burlington. That means they drive you guys nearly an hour to drop you off at the mountain, then have to drive nearly an hour back to Burlington to do stuff... Then they have another 2 hour round trip at the end of the day to come pick you up and return to the hotel. Makes more sense for them to stay near the mountain, head to Burlington, then head back to get you at the end of the day and be near your lodging then.

 

My thoughts exactly.  Stay near/on the mountain and while the OP and his friends are skiing the parents can do what they want and not spend the day as shuttle drivers,

post #33 of 94

How old are you and your friends?

 

When I was 15 my buddy and I got his parents to drive us up to Sugarbush for February Break week.  They drove us up and dropped us off at a lodge that had a dorm/bunk room about a mile up the access road.  My parents then drove up to VT and brought us home the following weekend.

 

Man we had a lot of fun...even managed to get served in that bar - Bluebeard's I think?  Some kids from Rochester, NY happened to be sharing the room and one was 16 and had a car so we had rides to and from the mountain every day... If not we would have walked or hitched.  The lodge had breakfast and dinner included.  Can't remember the name of the place but it was across the street from the afore mentioned bar and burned down a long time ago.

 

Just some food for thought if you could find a dorm room or hostel close to an area and talk your parents into leaving you.... Way more fun for you and for your parents is what I'm thinking.  Food for thought...

post #34 of 94
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How old are you and your friends?

When I was 15 my buddy and I got his parents to drive us up to Sugarbush for February Break week.  They drove us up and dropped us off at a lodge that had a dorm/bunk room about a mile up the access road.  My parents then drove up to VT and brought us home the following weekend.

Man we had a lot of fun...even managed to get served in that bar - Bluebeard's I think?  Some kids from Rochester, NY happened to be sharing the room and one was 16 and had a car so we had rides to and from the mountain every day... If not we would have walked or hitched.  The lodge had breakfast and dinner included.  Can't remember the name of the place but it was across the street from the afore mentioned bar and burned down a long time ago.

Just some food for thought if you could find a dorm room or hostel close to an area and talk your parents into leaving you.... Way more fun for you and for your parents is what I'm thinking.  Food for thought...

But no beer for thought, right?
post #35 of 94


Sugarbush is the answer.

 

Plenty for the parents, go to downtown waitsfield, have lunch at chez henri. good book back at the condo etc.

Lots of Food options, probably second most next to Stowe in New England

Staying on mountain is Pricey, But they could look off mountain on the shuttle route.  The bridges and Club Sugarbush are nice condo style units and have pools etc. Are only a few minute shuttle ride to the mountian.

Last year sugarbush had a deal that you could buy lifts tickets in advance.  I believe you had to buy five of them but the cost broke out to around $53 per ticket.

Lots for the high school kids to do. Long vertical, Good woods, gets lots of snow, sugarbush athletic club, Mad River Barn etc.

post #36 of 94
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How old are you and your friends?

 

When I was 15 my buddy and I got his parents to drive us up to Sugarbush for February Break week.  They drove us up and dropped us off at a lodge that had a dorm/bunk room about a mile up the access road.  My parents then drove up to VT and brought us home the following weekend.

 

Man we had a lot of fun...even managed to get served in that bar - Bluebeard's I think?  Some kids from Rochester, NY happened to be sharing the room and one was 16 and had a car so we had rides to and from the mountain every day... If not we would have walked or hitched.  The lodge had breakfast and dinner included.  Can't remember the name of the place but it was across the street from the afore mentioned bar and burned down a long time ago.

 

Just some food for thought if you could find a dorm room or hostel close to an area and talk your parents into leaving you.... Way more fun for you and for your parents is what I'm thinking.  Food for thought...


OP also mentioned a "little sister" who skis greens.

post #37 of 94
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Realized that that timeframe was never mentioned.  Is this trip going to be during a holiday period?


I plan to do the trip during feb vacation. I'm not sure about the exact dates, but maybe something like feb 14 - 18.

post #38 of 94
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This is best answer so far. K-Mart is large, and can keep you busy with a lot of terrain, and Pico fine too. The 'rents can go to Rutland, or down to Ludlow to see things, and you also have the choice of going to that area to ski (if there's snow, go to Magic to to see how it SHOULD be done), but there's also Bromley, Okemo and Stratton in that triangle.

 

2nd choice is the S'bush area. Fine hill(s), and it a quant little VT town.


Correct me if I'm wrong, but I've heard that Killington gets massive crowds on holidays because it's close to NY. How does it compare to Sugarbush?

post #39 of 94

I think the reality is that it's one of the busiest ski weeks of the season in New England. Some areas literally sell out all of the lodging that they control during that week, if it's over President's Day weekend. So, expect some crowds. Once you decide on an area, make another post here asking for some local knowledge on how to handle crowds, minimize lifelines, etc. I think that every ski area has it's own quirks, and there are ways to avoid the longest lines, etc. 

 

The only way to avoid the numbers is to be at a pretty remote area, and a smaller one, which doesn't line up well with your parents needs, and your other criteria. You'll be fine….just ask for the info. Also keep in mind that not every NE state has the same vacation week in February. You might do some Googling to check the calendar for a school system in NH {Manchester?}, one in VT {Burlington?}, and one in Maine{Portland?} and see how they line up. At least you'll perhaps eliminate a lot of day trippers, if your vacation is during a week when the local in-state kids are in school. 

 

I do think that Sugarbush is a great option. 

 

Have fun. 

post #40 of 94

Want to avoid crowds Presidents week? Killington has Pico & Sugarbush has Mt. Ellen. Really want to avoid crowds Presidents week? Well they don't celebrate Presidents week in Canada. Quebec City ski areas would have everything both you & your parents could want & then some. You'd all need a passport though. Mt. Sainte Anne, Le Massif, Stoneham & Le Rollie are all within striking distance of downtown QC (with the exception of Le Massif less than a 1/2 hour). Le Massif a bit over an hour.. If you don't want to stay in QC or are looking for more affordable lodging options there are plenty both north & east of the city closer to the ski areas. Mt. Sainte Anne & Le Massif are east, Stoneham & Le Rollie are north of the city. If you're really want to be adventurous Massif De Sud is south of the City. It's actually an off week up there because the big Quebec City Winter Carnival is the week before Presidents week.


Edited by steamboat1 - 10/1/15 at 8:03pm
post #41 of 94
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I think the reality is that it's one of the busiest ski weeks of the season in New England. .... Also keep in mind that not every NE state has the same vacation week in February. 

 

NH is the week after, but I don't think that matters.  Mass and NY are the same week, and that swamps everything else.

 

Many years ago, we went on a cruise out of Florida that week,  I happened to run into someone that I knew who lived in another part of the country, and he said "I wondered where all these kids came from!"

 

Still, when my son was in school we always skied that week -- Tremblant, Sugarbush, Sunday River, Breckenridge, and Salt Lake.  Was it more crowded than the week before or after?  Sure.  Was it a problem?  Did it keep skiing from being fun?  No.

 

As Muleski said, "Have fun." 

post #42 of 94
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Want to avoid crowds Presidents week? Killington has Pico & Sugarbush has Mt. Ellen. Really want to avoid crowds Presidents week? Well they don't celebrate Presidents week in Canada. Quebec City ski areas would have everything both you & your parents could want. You'd all need a passport though.

 

Good point. Had completely over looked that. You could also weave in an extra day, if the parents were so inclined to explore Quebec City. Maybe a cultural component of the trip. When we did it with our kids one made the remark "Wow, this is like another country."  With the current exchange rate, the prices should be attractive, and it might well be worth the extra drive time.  Boston to Montreal is about 5 hours. Rush hour traffic there is best to be avoided. Can be brutal.  

 

MrB17, a lot of folks can weigh in with specific area options if you think your parents might be up for that. Tremblant, Mont St. Anne…..lots of options. 

 

Have fun!!

post #43 of 94
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Originally Posted by Muleski View Post
 

I think the reality is that it's one of the busiest ski weeks of the season in New England. Some areas literally sell out all of the lodging that they control during that week, if it's over President's Day weekend. So, expect some crowds. Once you decide on an area, make another post here asking for some local knowledge on how to handle crowds, minimize lifelines, etc. I think that every ski area has it's own quirks, and there are ways to avoid the longest lines, etc. 

 

The only way to avoid the numbers is to be at a pretty remote area, and a smaller one, which doesn't line up well with your parents needs, and your other criteria. You'll be fine….just ask for the info. Also keep in mind that not every NE state has the same vacation week in February. You might do some Googling to check the calendar for a school system in NH {Manchester?}, one in VT {Burlington?}, and one in Maine{Portland?} and see how they line up. At least you'll perhaps eliminate a lot of day trippers, if your vacation is during a week when the local in-state kids are in school. 

 

I do think that Sugarbush is a great option. 

 

Have fun. 


What Mdf said.  

It's the Massachusetts vacation that matters, and NY is right behind it.  They both send huge crowds north to ski on President's week.

post #44 of 94
No question. So does CT. It's the busiest week of the year. At my home mountain, a lot of people ski on seasons passes that black out that weekend, which I guess does help. We're also far enough North that day trippers are pretty minimal. Still, you can bet on a crowd. Asking for some local knowlege, IMO, will also help. It will be great fun, any place. Very nice of the parents to make the trip happen!
post #45 of 94
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I've heard that Killington gets massive crowds on holidays because it's close to NY. How does it compare to Sugarbush?

 

EVERYONE gets massive crowds on holidays, but at least K-Mart has enough lifts to try to deal with them. The farther north you go, probably the better as people prefer to go to the closest area that fills their needs (ie Sugarbush better than K-Mart), but anywhere will be a cluster during vacation weeks.

post #46 of 94
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EVERYONE gets massive crowds on holidays, but at least K-Mart has enough lifts to try to deal with them. The farther north you go, probably the better as people prefer to go to the closest area that fills their needs (ie Sugarbush better than K-Mart), but anywhere will be a cluster during vacation weeks.

Not really. I'vw worked at Okemo in Southern VT, and Stowe in Northern VT. Both get packed during Prez week, and it's all people from "down South" (meaning anywhere south of Brattleboro). Vermont vacation is the week after, but there is zero impact on the mountain from locals. When you live in VT and ski every weekend, lots of people head to warm weather for vacation.

post #47 of 94
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EVERYONE gets massive crowds on holidays, but at least K-Mart has enough lifts to try to deal with them. The farther north you go, probably the better as people prefer to go to the closest area that fills their needs (ie Sugarbush better than K-Mart), but anywhere will be a cluster during vacation weeks.
Not really. I'vw worked at Okemo in Southern VT, and Stowe in Northern VT. Both get packed during Prez week, and it's all people from "down South" (meaning anywhere south of Brattleboro). Vermont vacation is the week after, but there is zero impact on the mountain from locals. When you live in VT and ski every weekend, lots of people head to warm weather for vacation.

What? And miss a whole week of snow?? No way.
post #48 of 94
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What? And miss a whole week of snow?? No way.

I didn't say I did any such thing... just that many other Vermonters (and New Hampshireans) do.
post #49 of 94
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What? And miss a whole week of snow?? No way.

I didn't say I did any such thing... just that many other Vermonters (and New Hampshireans) do.


I suppose they do :eek

 

On the other hand, :D.

post #50 of 94
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the responses. I have decided to go with Sugarbush. Also, where can I find guides about trail info, lodging recommendations, etc.?

post #51 of 94
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Thanks for all the responses. I have decided to go with Sugarbush. Also, where can I find guides about trail info, lodging recommendations, etc.?


Suggest you start with the Sugarbush website.  See if there is a free mountain tour.

 

Click on the link for Sugarbush that I added under Topics Discussed (right hand column) to go to the EpicSki Sugarbush webpage.  Scroll down to the bottom to see a list of related threads.  Might find some useful info.

 

After you have a general idea of what's available and have more specific questions, consider starting a new thread with "Sugarbush" and your dates in the thread title.  The more info you put into Post #1, the more likely you will get helpful suggestions.

post #52 of 94
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Thanks for all the responses. I have decided to go with Sugarbush. Also, where can I find guides about trail info, lodging recommendations, etc.?

 

After you have been to Sugarbush.com

 

Visit this website:  http://www.madrivervalley.com/

 

Request one of these  http://www.madrivervalley.com/4-season-guide

post #53 of 94

Another ski forum, which has a Northeast bias, is alpinezone.com

I would search anything there under "Sugarbush", and also think about posting, asking for some tips, by just explaining what you'll be doing…as you did here. Suggest that people Private Message {PM} you, if they are hesitant to give up their best secrets, HaHa.

 

You'll have plenty to ski at the two mountains {Lincoln and Mt. Ellen as they're now called}, though plenty of people will suggest a day at MRG. 

 

I think it's a great choice. You'll all really like it. 

 

Have fun!

post #54 of 94

Even if you don't ski at MRG, it's worth driving over to take a look at the base and the single chair.  A completely different feel than the main base of Sugarbush.  The base lodge at Mt. Ellen is somewhat in between the two.

post #55 of 94
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Thanks for all the responses. I have decided to go with Sugarbush. Also, where can I find guides about trail info, lodging recommendations, etc.?

Well then I'd be checking the Sugarbush website often. Quad packs (discounted tickets) should be out soon. In fact they should've been out already as they said they'd be announcing ticket prices Oct 1. , now changed to mid Oct. I think they want to raise the prices they were thinking of since Stowe announced their pricing.

post #56 of 94
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Thanks for all the responses. I have decided to go with Sugarbush. Also, where can I find guides about trail info, lodging recommendations, etc.?

My number one recommendation for trails at Sugarbush: Stay away from Castlerock. As a group of teenage boys, the testosterone is going to flow out there, and you're going to see Castlerock on the map, and think "man, we should totally go shred that gnar." You've described yourself as an intermediate, so don't bite off more than you can chew. Castlerock is gnarly, steep, totally ungroomed, and there is absolutely no easy way down off that chair. I know you're going to be tempted. I was a teenage boy with fairly advanced-intermediate skills myself, and I know how quickly you can get in over your head when you're with other teenage boys. 

 

 

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Even if you don't ski at MRG, it's worth driving over to take a look at the base and the single chair.  A completely different feel than the main base of Sugarbush.  The base lodge at Mt. Ellen is somewhat in between the two.

 

Literally and figuratively. One end of German Flats Rd is the Sugarbush main access road, the other end of German Flats is Route 17, which leads to the MRG base. Right in the middle of German Flats Rd is the Mt. Ellen base area. Lincoln Peak is state of the art resort base area, MRG is purposefully ancient in its infrastructure, and Mt Ellen splits the difference. 

post #57 of 94
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My number one recommendation for trails at Sugarbush: Stay away from Castlerock. As a group of teenage boys, the testosterone is going to flow out there, and you're going to see Castlerock on the map, and think "man, we should totally go shred that gnar." You've described yourself as an intermediate, so don't bite off more than you can chew. Castlerock is gnarly, steep, totally ungroomed, and there is absolutely no easy way down off that chair. I know you're going to be tempted. I was a teenage boy with fairly advanced-intermediate skills myself, and I know how quickly you can get in over your head when you're with other teenage boys. 

 

I think of MRG and Castlerock areas as being essentially the same thing.  It's easy for an "advanced intermediate teenager" to get into "big trouble" at either one (or at least highly frustrated).

 

True, MRG has some groomed terrain available, but if you look at Castlerock and think "wow, people ski that?" you're going to be treading very carefully at MRG.

post #58 of 94

Good points^^^^^. I would NOT advise them to venture to MRG. My earlier point was that plenty of people will, including their age group, who will inflate the "Gnar" component. Between Lincoln , and Mt. Ellen, they'll have a lot of fun, and be sufficiently challenged. There's plenty to ski, explore, and enjoy. 

 

As I said, good choice. Mom and dad will like the area as well. 

post #59 of 94

How about a lesson at MRG?  Have heard good things about the ski school.  I assume the prices are a lot less than Sugarbush.  That would help keep the OP and his friend out of trouble.

post #60 of 94

MRG has some of the best rates on private lessons, especially if you can team up into a pair. Group lessons are also way way way cheaper than anything Sugarbush offers.

 

Take a lesson at MRG one day, then apply what you learned over at Sugarbush the rest of the time.

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