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good NE resort for New Years?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hi everyone,

 Looking for some opinions here. We are a motley group scattered between NYC and DC on the East Coast. We are planning (somewhat on impulse) a New Year trip to a resort. We are looking primarily for a fun town or resort with lots to do, as some in the group are beginners and don't plan to ski more than maybe one day (others are pretty hard core skiers so it does have to be a decent skiing mountain). For several years, we have done a trip to Lake Placid. Lots of fun, caught the occasional show at the Olympic complex, and for New Year's night we typically skated around the outdoor olympic speed skating rink (stays open on New Year night) drinking champagne smuggled in little plastic bottles :) We want to try a different location, but with similar offerings of a fun little town. 

 Any suggestions? Someone suggested Okemo, I know the mountain is great for skiing, but how is the town/resort? Are we likely to find similar amenities? What else would you suggest?

 Thanks for any and all advice. 

post #2 of 9

Okemo isn't great for hardcore skiers.  I like it fine, but there is nothing steep there.  The town is nice and is bigger than Lake Placid but there are no attractions like the Olympic rinks, etc.  in LP.

 

Killington has the challenge and lots of restaurants spread out along the access road, but no real town or village.

 

Stowe would be good.

 

Maybe North Conway in NH though that gets kind of far from NYC and DC.

 

Even farther and not a village, Quebec is alive at that time of year with plenty of shopping, eating and drinking and free outdoor skating rinks.  A half hour's drive gets you to Mont Ste. Anne which has plenty of challenging terrain.  Can be colder than a witch's you know what there though.

 

Your best bet is likely returning to LP.


Edited by crank - 10/12/16 at 4:50pm
post #3 of 9

Do you plan to drive or fly?  If driving I'd say Stowe, with possibly a day trip for non-skiers to the pedestrian only Church Street Marketplace part of Burlington.  If flying, then Quebec City would be a lot of fun or maybe Mont Tremblant.

Report on trip I made to Quebec a few years back:  http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_article.php?article_id=1145

post #4 of 9

I'd vote for Killington with a New Years Eve visit to Rutland to get arrested.

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thank you all, this is very helpful

 To clarify, when I said hardcore skiers, I meant we definitely want to ski. We're not really chasing the steepest, gnarliest terrain, and we're fine with mellow stuff - we're more about enjoying it than going fast and running the craziest lines.

 We were thinking of driving, so yes, the farther South the places are the more interesting, especially for those of us from DC. If the town at Okemo is nice that would do it. Any other places to consider, that are nice for non-skiing activities?

post #6 of 9

Look at North Conway in NH.  It's a skier's town.  Lots to do.

The mountains within a 20 minute drive from downtown North Conway:

 

Wildcat

Black

Cranmore

Attitash

 

A little farther drive (45 minutes to 1 hour) gets you to 

 

Bretton Woods

Cannon 

Loon

Shawnee Peak (ME)

Sunday River (ME)

post #7 of 9

Town at Okemo (Ludlow) is OK (at least is real Vermont) but not the nightlife like at Killington.  Stowe has a great classic Vermont town, but its a bit of drive up to the ski area.  One option for keeping the one-day skiers occupied if you go to Okemo or Killington is Woodstock.  It's the classic Vermont village.  Only a short (1/2 hour) drive in good weather and lots of shopping, bars and restaurants, etc.  Billings Farm is worth a visit over the holidays also (just outside of Woodstock).

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Originally Posted by JimH View Post
 

Town at Okemo (Ludlow) is OK (at least is real Vermont) but not the nightlife like at Killington.  Stowe has a great classic Vermont town, but its a bit of drive up to the ski area.  One option for keeping the one-day skiers occupied if you go to Okemo or Killington is Woodstock.  It's the classic Vermont village.  Only a short (1/2 hour) drive in good weather and lots of shopping, bars and restaurants, etc.  Billings Farm is worth a visit over the holidays also (just outside of Woodstock).

Woodstock is definitely the quintessential VT town, covered bridge and all.  Simon Pearce Glassworks also nearby.  I agree that it would be worth  the short drive for the non skiers, if you are at Okemo or Killington.

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone for your input. We have just booked a house in Ludlow (Okemo) and couldn't be more excited. We'll definitely look at these options for our stay there. 

Cheers

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