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post #1 of 46
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I would like some advice in planning a trip to Vermont. I originally wanted to head for the Rockies but the cost of traveling from Michigan is turning out to be quite expensive.

 

I figure I can drive to Vermont (13hrs or so) for less than flying out west and I'll have a car to get around in.

 

We don't have much for skiing here in northern Michigan. I ski at a little resort called Schuss mtn. I spend my time exclusively on the couple of groomed black diamonds. I like to ski fast and aggressively, I don't like the moguls much. I don't like crowds.

 

I will probably have my wife along on this trip, she doesn't ski but it will be a good chance for her to get away, relax, sleep in, etc.......

 

I don't know much about Vermont skiing, I'm thinking of going to Vermont because it is fairly close to Michigan. All I knew was Stowe, and Killington. When I started to do some research I was shocked at the numbers of choices for skiing.

 

The first place that I looked into was Killington. I can't believe what they get for a condo per night, $400 per night???

 

I do not need a fancy resort, I like to ski aggressively on the steeper hills and avoid crowds if possible. I don't mind staying at a resort, ski in and ski out would be nice but not for $400 per night. I'd be OK at $150 per night. I'd like to go in mid January, probably a Fri, Sat, and Sun. or a Sat, Sun, Mon.

 

I'm open to using Airbnb and driving to different resorts for skiing. I'm much more interested in good skiing than I am in touristy stuff. With that said it would be nice to be close to a town where we could enjoy a nice dinner or two. (This is not a deal breaker) 

 

Where should I go?? Thanks in advance for your advice.

 

David

 

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I would like some advice in planning a trip to Vermont. I originally wanted to head for the Rockies but the cost of traveling from Michigan is turning out to be quite expensive.

 

I figure I can drive to Vermont (13hrs or so) for less than flying out west and I'll have a car to get around in.

 

We don't have much for skiing here in northern Michigan. I ski at a little resort called Schuss mtn. I spend my time exclusively on the couple of groomed black diamonds. I like to ski fast and aggressively, I don't like the moguls much. I don't like crowds.

 

I will probably have my wife along on this trip, she doesn't ski but it will be a good chance for her to get away, relax, sleep in, etc.......

 

I don't know much about Vermont skiing, I'm thinking of going to Vermont because it is fairly close to Michigan. All I knew was Stowe, and Killington. When I started to do some research I was shocked at the numbers of choices for skiing.

 

The first place that I looked into was Killington. I can't believe what they get for a condo per night, $400 per night???

 

I do not need a fancy resort, I like to ski aggressively on the steeper hills and avoid crowds if possible. I don't mind staying at a resort, ski in and ski out would be nice but not for $400 per night. I'd be OK at $150 per night. I'd like to go in mid January, probably a Fri, Sat, and Sun. or a Sat, Sun, Mon.

 

I'm open to using Airbnb and driving to different resorts for skiing. I'm much more interested in good skiing than I am in touristy stuff. With that said it would be nice to be close to a town where we could enjoy a nice dinner or two. (This is not a deal breaker) 

 

Where should I go?? Thanks in advance for your advice.

 

David


Take a look at the drive to Lake Placid.  Whiteface is a steep mountain with plenty of vertical and a gondola.  No ski in/out but with a non-skiing spouse, staying in town would be far more fun.  I have a friend who's been driving up from Philly over Thanksgiving weekend with her ski-1-day husband because he likes that there is so much non-skiing stuff to do in the area.  The Golden Arrow is a family-owned "resort hotel" right on the lake.  Not cheap, but under $200/night, and has covered parking.  Gore is about 1.5 hour away for variety.

 

Smuggler's Notch has good ski in/out lodging but not too many options for eating out.  An hour drive away from Stowe for both resort skiing (expensive lift ticket) and lots of restaurants in town.

 

Have read about folks from Ohio driving to Holiday Valley, but it's small compared to Whiteface/Gore and bigger places in VT.

 

Check the drive to Tremblant (west of Montreal) if you have passports.  Set up as a destination resort so plenty of slope side lodging that shouldn't be too expensive.

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I don't see how driving 13 hrs is better than flying 4 hrs to CO or SLC.  With just the 2 of you there can't be much savings w/ driving.  The scenery and atmosphere in the West is completely different, while Vt, although it has it charms, is more like where you live.  You can stay at the Midvale La Quinta SLC for $70/nt includes breakfast.  Flying to CO would likely be cheaper than SLC.  Stay in Frisco, CO and have your choice of world class skiing or stay in Midvale UT better yet.   If there are only 2 people then you are not saving much going E. 

 

Denver $188 RT from Detroit!

 

I'm planning a trip to Vt right now, it's only a 5-6 hr drive for me.  You could get a $125/nt room in Waterbury and be within 30 minutes of Stowe and Sugarbush 

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I don't see how driving 13 hrs is better than flying 4 hrs to CO or SLC.  With just the 2 of you there can't be much savings w/ driving.  The scenery and atmosphere in the West is completely different, while Vt, although it has it charms, is more like where you live.  You can stay at the Midvale La Quinta SLC for $70/nt includes breakfast.  Flying to CO would likely be cheaper than SLC.  Stay in Frisco, CO and have your choice of world class skiing or stay in Midvale UT better yet.   If there are only 2 people then you are not saving much going E. 

 

Denver $188 RT from Detroit!

 

I'm planning a trip to Vt right now, it's only a 5-6 hr drive for me.  You could get a $125/nt room in Waterbury and be within 30 minutes of Stowe and Sugarbush 


WOW! I would much rather head to CO. The problem is that I'm almost 4hrs from the Detroit airport and parking there is expensive. I would need to rent a car in CO. I assumed that there would be an extra charge for our luggage.

 

It would probably cost me approx. $400 for the round trip drive to VT and back since my wife would not like to go that far in 1 day. Adding 2 nights in a hotel would be around $200. That is quite a bit.

 

Thanks for the info!

 

David

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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post
 

I don't see how driving 13 hrs is better than flying 4 hrs to CO or SLC.  With just the 2 of you there can't be much savings w/ driving.  The scenery and atmosphere in the West is completely different, while Vt, although it has it charms, is more like where you live.  You can stay at the Midvale La Quinta SLC for $70/nt includes breakfast.  Flying to CO would likely be cheaper than SLC.  Stay in Frisco, CO and have your choice of world class skiing or stay in Midvale UT better yet.   If there are only 2 people then you are not saving much going E. 

 

Denver $188 RT from Detroit!

 

I'm planning a trip to Vt right now, it's only a 5-6 hr drive for me.  You could get a $125/nt room in Waterbury and be within 30 minutes of Stowe and Sugarbush 


WOW! I would much rather head to CO. The problem is that I'm almost 4hrs from the Detroit airport and parking there is expensive. I would need to rent a car in CO. I assumed that there would be an extra charge for our luggage.

 

 

Not if you fly Southwest.

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WOW! I would much rather head to CO. The problem is that I'm almost 4hrs from the Detroit airport and parking there is expensive. I would need to rent a car in CO. I assumed that there would be an extra charge for our luggage.

It would probably cost me approx. $400 for the round trip drive to VT and back since my wife would not like to go that far in 1 day. Adding 2 nights in a hotel would be around $200. That is quite a bit.

Thanks for the info!

David

It's not just the gas and hotel cost. Putting a couple thousand miles on your car will cost you in the long run with tires, engine wear, and depreciation on your vehicle. Don't forget about that.

Flying is cheaper for just two people.
post #7 of 46
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Originally Posted by dthogey View Post
 

I would like some advice in planning a trip to Vermont. I originally wanted to head for the Rockies but the cost of traveling from Michigan is turning out to be quite expensive.

 

I figure I can drive to Vermont (13hrs or so) for less than flying out west and I'll have a car to get around in.

 

We don't have much for skiing here in northern Michigan. I ski at a little resort called Schuss mtn. I spend my time exclusively on the couple of groomed black diamonds. I like to ski fast and aggressively, I don't like the moguls much. I don't like crowds.

 

I will probably have my wife along on this trip, she doesn't ski but it will be a good chance for her to get away, relax, sleep in, etc.......

 

I don't know much about Vermont skiing, I'm thinking of going to Vermont because it is fairly close to Michigan. All I knew was Stowe, and Killington. When I started to do some research I was shocked at the numbers of choices for skiing.

 

The first place that I looked into was Killington. I can't believe what they get for a condo per night, $400 per night???

 

I do not need a fancy resort, I like to ski aggressively on the steeper hills and avoid crowds if possible. I don't mind staying at a resort, ski in and ski out would be nice but not for $400 per night. I'd be OK at $150 per night. I'd like to go in mid January, probably a Fri, Sat, and Sun. or a Sat, Sun, Mon.

 

I'm open to using Airbnb and driving to different resorts for skiing. I'm much more interested in good skiing than I am in touristy stuff. With that said it would be nice to be close to a town where we could enjoy a nice dinner or two. (This is not a deal breaker) 

 

Where should I go?? Thanks in advance for your advice.

 

David

 

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you should try Burlington, nice town with lots of options for lodging, restaurants Church St. marketplace etc, You will have to drive to ski areas probably 1-1:15 hours max away you can hit Smugglers, Stowe, Sugarbush even go over to Whiteface. You won't find any resort type lodging that is ski in and ski out anywhere near $150/night.Your wife can stay in town and see what Burlington has as you go ripping up the slopes. She will be bored staying at a motel on some access rd or hanging out at the base lodge. I would rather have ski in/out but if you have to drive really not a huge difference in terms of convience between 20-30 minutes versus 45-75 minutes away just leave a bit earlier.

post #8 of 46

There is a not so well know ski area called Bolton Valley where you can get a ski-in-ski-out room for under $150.  It's not the biggest hill in VT but it's a lot bigger than anything in MI.  It is about a half hour drive from Burlington and about 45 minutes to Stowe or Sugarbush.

 

I am willing to bet that Burke will be offering great deals all winter long to fill their new slope side hotel.  Just learned they are offering a room with 2 lift tickets for $229 a night during Christmas week!  I may book one myself.

 

I agree with above that you won't find anything close to those rates for slope side at any of well known, major areas like Stowe or Killington.

 

Also,  I don't think that driving 11 hours to VT is such a crazy idea.  We have driven, at least 6 times from CT to Quebec for skiing and that is about a 10 hour drive.  

post #9 of 46

Tremblant is the closest big ski hill to Michigan, and it's a very easy drive - divided highway all the way until the last five miles or so (assuming you go cross at Port Huron and go through Montreal)  I take a shotcut through Ottawa which saves 20 minutes or so.

 

If you're starting from northern Michigan it might be faster to cross at the Soo.

 

Anyway, Tremblant has the kind of skiing you're looking for, the exchange rate is very good, and if you're into food the cusine is first rate. Plenty of reasonable accommodations within a short drive. Their pedestrian village at the base is a favorite among non-skiing spouses.

 

I usually ski at Nubs, but I do a week at Tremblant every year.  I've skied VT a bit, but Tremblant is closer and can be a lot less expensive.

 

Regarding crowds:  the big destination resorts in VT will all be crowded on weekends, not so much on weekdays.   Millions of skiers from Boston, NYC, Philly, etc descend every weekend. We're spoiled re: crowds here in Michigan.  My advice is to seek out the more modest areas on weekends and/or head as far north as possible.

 

 

How long are you going for?  Have you looked at the Max Pass? https://www.themaxpass.com/ 

post #10 of 46

Ok, I just re-read your post.  For a three-day weekend trip, 12 hours each way is a bit much and it means skiing on the weekend in VT.

 

Have you thought about Bristol Mt in NY?  http://www.bristolmountain.com/

 

8 hours each way from Kalkaska, 1200 vertical feet served by two high speed quads.  That's like three times the vert we're used to - should scratch the itch to ski something bigger and is reachable in a days drive.  Affordable lift tickets and lodging.  Since the "crowds" come from Rochester, shouldn't be as crowded as VT resorts.

 

I've skied Bristol and give it the thumbs up.  In the same league as the off-brand VT resorts you'd be looking at.  For instance, I'd say it's roughly equivalent to Bromley.

post #11 of 46

Tremblant might get you slopeside for under the $150 mark. I'm planning a trip there in late January and my son, who did the booking, found us a condo (advertised as ski in, ski out -- we'll see) for $150 U.S. Earlier, he had found us a house supposedly a five-minute walk away for $80 a night, but that fell through.

 

EDIT: What part of Michigan are you from? As you point out, a cheap flight to Colorado is fine if you're flying from a big city. If you have to drive four hours (or take a commuter flight that might double your flying cost), it's not so great. Then there's renting a car in Denver and fighting the traffic to the resort. Your four-hour flight has just turned into a 10-or-11-hour marathon with much airport schlepping and baggage annoyance.


Edited by slipshod - 12/12/16 at 9:04am
post #12 of 46

Just bring lots of layers. VT in January can get wicked cold.  Quebec in January can be even colder!!! 

 

There is a ton of ski-in-ski-out lodging at Tremblant and it's the kind of place where, after the long drive, you park you car and don't see it  again until you are leaving so that is kind of nice.  Lot's of long blue and green cruiser runs.  Does not seem to get as much snow as VT, but what it gets it keeps.  Plus they have good snowmaking and grooming.

 

Tremblant's village makes it a decent place for the non skiing wife, though not as much variety of things to do and see as there would be near Burlington.  A longer drive for you and possible more fun for the wife would be staying in Quebec city and driving out to Mont Ste. Anne and Le Massif from there.

post #13 of 46
I like the Lake Placid/Whiteface suggestion, but Mont Tremblant could be great too. Both are a comparable distance from you (approx. 11.5-12 hours). If you found an affordable motel in Lake Placid it would give your wife a very interesting place to hang out in the day while you make the 10 mile drive to Whiteface. I think you can get a three day Whiteface ticket off liftopia for about $160 during your timeframe. Whiteface has some of the longest groomed runs in the east, perfect for high speed cruising. Tremblant is renowned for some of the best skiing in Eastern Canada and has an excellent base village that would also be entertaining for you wife and you might not have to commute to ski. I would generally say Placid/Whiteface would be cheaper than Tremblant/slopeside, but dollar is strong in Canada at this time, so do your homework.

Here’s some commentary and photos from Whiteface: http://www.epicski.com/a/whiteface-mountain-ny-a-pictorial

I stayed at very inexpensive Tmax-N-Topo's Hostel outside Lake Placid, but that might not be good for husband and wife situation.

Four days driving for three days skiing is bad ratio. Stongly recommend early 5 or 6am departure to keep driving to one day each direction. Plus, eliminating two motel nights makes driving more cost effective.
post #14 of 46
Thread Starter 

Thank you for all of the input. After talking to my wife she would much rather have something to do while I ski, that makes staying in Lake Placid and skiing Whiteface sound good for both of us.

 

I get a week off of work starting on that Wednesday but I'll be coming off of working nights and that usually takes a couple of days to get back on a daily routine so I don't know if I'll feel like traveling before Thursday or Friday. More than likely I'll stay Sat, Sun, and Mon. in Lake Placid.

 

It will be convenient for us to have our own vehicle instead of having to rent one, we will be able to bring a cooler with food and drink, this will save us some money by not having to eat out every meal. I'm seriously thinking of doing the Airbnb thing that will allow us to have accommodations with a kitchen.

 

I think we will enjoy Lake Placid we will definitely enjoy going out for a couple of nice dinners.

 

David

post #15 of 46
Thread Starter 


This sounds interesting. I could see myself taking a quick 3 day trip here to ski. I had never heard of it before. I mostly ski at Schuss mtn. and it's getting pretty boring.

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Originally Posted by dthogey View Post
 

Thank you for all of the input. After talking to my wife she would much rather have something to do while I ski, that makes staying in Lake Placid and skiing Whiteface sound good for both of us.

 

I get a week off of work starting on that Wednesday but I'll be coming off of working nights and that usually takes a couple of days to get back on a daily routine so I don't know if I'll feel like traveling before Thursday or Friday. More than likely I'll stay Sat, Sun, and Mon. in Lake Placid.

 

It will be convenient for us to have our own vehicle instead of having to rent one, we will be able to bring a cooler with food and drink, this will save us some money by not having to eat out every meal. I'm seriously thinking of doing the Airbnb thing that will allow us to have accommodations with a kitchen.

 

I think we will enjoy Lake Placid we will definitely enjoy going out for a couple of nice dinners.

 

David

Lake Placid is a fun town.

 

My favorite motel that is not quite on the lake, but is <5 min walk is the Town House Lodge.  They have large rooms with very practical kitchenettes (sink, frig, microwave, coffee maker) and big picture window.  Family owned, great people.  Best to call when making a reservation.

 

If you stay in Wilmington, it would be cheaper.  However, that means driving into LP in the evening or to walk around town.  Wilmington is a small town close to Whiteface.

post #17 of 46
Thread Starter 
Well with the brutal cold Temps in northern Michigan right now my wife has decided against joining me on a skiing trip. She isn't excited about sitting in a motel room or Bed and Breakfast while I ski. It looks like if I want to go on a skiing trip I will be doing it by myself. Now I'm just looking for some great skiing. I will ski mostly groomed steep slopes I would like to avoid crowds if possible.

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Well with the brutal cold Temps in northern Michigan right now my wife has decided against joining me on a skiing trip. She isn't excited about sitting in a motel room or Bed and Breakfast while I ski. It looks like if I want to go on a skiing trip I will be doing it by myself. Now I'm just looking for some great skiing. I will ski mostly groomed steep slopes I would like to avoid crowds if possible.

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Then stick with Whiteface.  It is the king of steep groomed slopes.

post #19 of 46

I guess your lady won't be impressed if you tell her the temperature where you are now has nothing to do with the temperature you'll experience in a different place at a different time. But you never know, she might still reconsider. We picked Tremblant mostly for its size, but also for the non-skiing attractions. It's a getaway for my wife, too, and she doesn't ski. She does like spas, dining, shopping, snowshoeing, hiking, skating, tubing, and art. And she wants to try dogsledding. There's a lot to see and do there, mostly without having to drive anywhere.

post #20 of 46

If you are going to drive to VT then cross the other states and countries off the list. Vermont is an amazing place to ski if you go to the right Mt. Here are the right mountains:  Stowe, Mad River Glen, Sugarbush, Smuggs, and Jay Peak. Some would put Killington in the mix but it's a distraction for your trip.

 

Stowe has plenty of easier stuff and hard stuff too. It is an affluent ski resort. Jay Peak is notorious for it woods. It's a very challenging mountain and gets the most snow in the East. Smuggs has amazing terrain and slow lifts. Not much going on at night.

 

Mad River Glen and Sugarbush are in the Mad River Valley. Sugarbush is a resort - awesome, but Mad River Glen is tops in my opinion. If I were to direct a visitor to Vt skiing, Mad River is my favorite. It's old school with natural trails, no snowmaking, a fast single chair and dedicated skiers. If there is natural snow the skiing is the best. Just my opinion. Don't pick MRG if you want upscale and ritzy glitz resorts. Mad River is a ski area, not a resort. Don't go on the weekend. When you ski at Mad River, you will meet actual Vermonters.

 

"Ski it if you can" scares people away but the mountain is for everyone. Watch your skiing improve! 

post #21 of 46
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If you are going to drive to VT then cross the other states and countries off the list. Vermont is an amazing place to ski if you go to the right Mt. Here are the right mountains:  Stowe, Mad River Glen, Sugarbush, Smuggs, and Jay Peak. Some would put Killington in the mix but it's a distraction for your trip.

 

Stowe has plenty of easier stuff and hard stuff too. It is an affluent ski resort. Jay Peak is notorious for it woods. It's a very challenging mountain and gets the most snow in the East. Smuggs has amazing terrain and slow lifts. Not much going on at night.

 

Mad River Glen and Sugarbush are in the Mad River Valley. Sugarbush is a resort - awesome, but Mad River Glen is tops in my opinion. If I were to direct a visitor to Vt skiing, Mad River is my favorite. It's old school with natural trails, no snowmaking, a fast single chair and dedicated skiers. If there is natural snow the skiing is the best. Just my opinion. Don't pick MRG if you want upscale and ritzy glitz resorts. Mad River is a ski area, not a resort. Don't go on the weekend. When you ski at Mad River, you will meet actual Vermonters.

 

"Ski it if you can" scares people away but the mountain is for everyone. Watch your skiing improve! 

 

 

Good point on the temps in January. I just read that the average temp for that area was the high teens. Maybe that was wrong!!

 

She hates the cold.

 

David

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Originally Posted by Paul Jones View Post
 

If you are going to drive to VT then cross the other states and countries off the list. Vermont is an amazing place to ski if you go to the right Mt. Here are the right mountains:  Stowe, Mad River Glen, Sugarbush, Smuggs, and Jay Peak. Some would put Killington in the mix but it's a distraction for your trip.

 

Stowe has plenty of easier stuff and hard stuff too. It is an affluent ski resort. Jay Peak is notorious for it woods. It's a very challenging mountain and gets the most snow in the East. Smuggs has amazing terrain and slow lifts. Not much going on at night.

 

Mad River Glen and Sugarbush are in the Mad River Valley. Sugarbush is a resort - awesome, but Mad River Glen is tops in my opinion. If I were to direct a visitor to Vt skiing, Mad River is my favorite. It's old school with natural trails, no snowmaking, a fast single chair and dedicated skiers. If there is natural snow the skiing is the best. Just my opinion. Don't pick MRG if you want upscale and ritzy glitz resorts. Mad River is a ski area, not a resort. Don't go on the weekend. When you ski at Mad River, you will meet actual Vermonters.

 

"Ski it if you can" scares people away but the mountain is for everyone. Watch your skiing improve! 


Great info. Thank you!!

 

David

post #23 of 46

A couple of suggestions.  Go so you can ski during the week.  Avoid the weekends to avoid the crowds.  Consider going to an interesting town to have something for your wife to do.  Lake Placid is one, as is Stowe.  Other options are Woodstock and drive to Killington or Okemo, or Manchester and drive to Stratton, Bromley or Magic.  

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Good point on the temps in January. I just read that the average temp for that area was the high teens. Maybe that was wrong!!

 

She hates the cold.

 

David


When it's cold in the East, it's real cold - thinking Whiteface and Tremblant. I've had some nasty cold days at Jay too. If it's that cold in the East I don't ski. In the old days Mts like Stowe and Mad River

would provide wool ponchos for warmth on the ride up.

post #25 of 46
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Originally Posted by dthogey View Post
 

I would like some advice in planning a trip to Vermont. I originally wanted to head for the Rockies but the cost of traveling from Michigan is turning out to be quite expensive.

 

I figure I can drive to Vermont (13hrs or so) for less than flying out west and I'll have a car to get around in.

 

We don't have much for skiing here in northern Michigan. I ski at a little resort called Schuss mtn. I spend my time exclusively on the couple of groomed black diamonds. I like to ski fast and aggressively, I don't like the moguls much. I don't like crowds.

 

I will probably have my wife along on this trip, she doesn't ski but it will be a good chance for her to get away, relax, sleep in, etc.......

 

I don't know much about Vermont skiing, I'm thinking of going to Vermont because it is fairly close to Michigan. All I knew was Stowe, and Killington. When I started to do some research I was shocked at the numbers of choices for skiing.

 

The first place that I looked into was Killington. I can't believe what they get for a condo per night, $400 per night???

 

I do not need a fancy resort, I like to ski aggressively on the steeper hills and avoid crowds if possible. I don't mind staying at a resort, ski in and ski out would be nice but not for $400 per night. I'd be OK at $150 per night. I'd like to go in mid January, probably a Fri, Sat, and Sun. or a Sat, Sun, Mon.

 

I'm open to using Airbnb and driving to different resorts for skiing. I'm much more interested in good skiing than I am in touristy stuff. With that said it would be nice to be close to a town where we could enjoy a nice dinner or two. (This is not a deal breaker) 

 

Where should I go?? Thanks in advance for your advice.

 

David

 

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Could always look at Whiteface in NY as well. I have family out in Vermont and it certainly is beautiful and they get a good helping of snow. Mad river glen might be a possibility. Though I have to say a flight from Detroit to Denver can be had for under $300 bucks and alot of resorts out there will shuttle from the airport. 

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A couple of suggestions.  Go so you can ski during the week.  Avoid the weekends to avoid the crowds.  Consider going to an interesting town to have something for your wife to do.  Lake Placid is one, as is Stowe.  Other options are Woodstock and drive to Killington or Okemo, or Manchester and drive to Stratton, Bromley or Magic.  

Went last year on a trip out east from Michigan, nothing like out west, but Lake Placid was a blast with some buddies and the skiing wasn't half bad for a 9 hour drive to NY. Still prefer BC lol. 

post #27 of 46
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Tremblant might get you slopeside for under the $150 mark

 

$75-85 CAD ($55-63 USD) per night for a private room if you stay at the HI-Mont-Tremblant. 🇨🇦

 

I'm thinking about a few nights in the dorm-style rooms. $30 CAD ($22 USD).

 

Not slopeside but 5 mins by car/ bus. And there's no pool/ hot tub. 🙁 At any rate, I could probably buy a day-pass for a pool at a hotel, if I really needed it. It's nice to have cheaper options like this.

post #28 of 46

Thinking of a trip to Lake Placid/Whiteface, but does anyone have current info on whether the shuttle bus is running and if so the schedule/stops?  The links on the Whiteface and Lake Placid websites seem to be dead and there are several posts here and there on internet forums over the years but nothing too recent.  Anyone with current info (this season)? 

post #29 of 46
If the wife is not going, I'd find a cheap flight to Colorado, Salt Lake, Vancouver, Calgary, Reno, Spokane, Bozeman, Jackson, or Idaho Falls, etc. and staying in a cheap motel rather than driving to the east coast.
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I lived in Kalamazoo, MI for 30 years.  I used to journey out west to ski twice a year.  One year we decided to drive to Killington instead.  ONE year, and ONE year only.  It was a horrible trip.  We were sorely disappointed to ski Killington, it rained on us while we were there and the terrain was severely limited by being roped in on every run.  The day after it rained on us it froze, the hill was a complete lump of ice.  The tolls on all the roads on the way there weren't expected and ate up quite a lot of our expected savings.  To top it all off, someone broke into our car in the Killington lot and stole our weed.

 

I vowed never to drive East to ski again...

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