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Crowd Factor: Mount Snow or Stratton?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hi Skiers,

 

Need some informed opinions here:  Going to ski either Mount Snow or Stratton tomorrow (Friday the 30th).  What can I anticipate as being the lesser of two evils with respect to the crowd factor?  I did some ski testing at Mount Snow so I am familiar with the runs and the layout of the place, but it was on a weekday and the crowd factor was not an issue.  I have never skied Stratton.

 

Thanks for the insight(s)!

 

G

post #2 of 14

That's easy,

 

Both will be unpleasantly crowded, and there isn't enough off-piste challenging trails open yet (trees or real bumps) to hide from the hordes (and that goes for Okemo, too)....

 

Not for nothing, but unless you need to stay at a resort, I'd look for another hill (maybe even a closer one) that served upequivalent terrain at a better price...not sure where you are coming from, but I'd ski Berkshire East over either of these places on a Holiday week or high season weekend.  

 

You might push further North (to Northern, VT) as they've had a pretty stellar early season and will offer more critical terrain to allow the day tripper to escape the press of skidding humanity.

post #3 of 14
I spoke to my friend at Okemo this morning and he said the crowds were simply pouring in from the parking lot. 8:45 am.
post #4 of 14
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I spoke to my friend at Okemo this morning and he said the crowds were simply pouring in from the parking lot. 8:45 am.

 

I wonder how long that will last if today's snowstorm materializes in the amounts that are forecasted.  I've been at various places where the lift lines evaporated once the snow started piling up.

post #5 of 14
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I wonder how long that will last if today's snowstorm materializes in the amounts that are forecasted.  I've been at various places where the lift lines evaporated once the snow started piling up.

Thanks Kevin, et al.,

 

I am driving up from NJ.  The GF and I just want to get a day of skiing in.  She grew-up in CO and has never skied out east before.  I told her not to have the same out west expectations.  

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Originally Posted by Liam View Post
 

That's easy,

 

Both will be unpleasantly crowded, and there isn't enough off-piste challenging trails open yet (trees or real bumps) to hide from the hordes (and that goes for Okemo, too)....

 

Not for nothing, but unless you need to stay at a resort, I'd look for another hill (maybe even a closer one) that served upequivalent terrain at a better price...not sure where you are coming from, but I'd ski Berkshire East over either of these places on a Holiday week or high season weekend.  

 

You might push further North (to Northern, VT) as they've had a pretty stellar early season and will offer more critical terrain to allow the day tripper to escape the press of skidding humanity.

 

Thanks Liam, et al.,

 

I am driving up from NJ.  The GF and I just want to get a day of skiing in.  She grew-up in CO and has never skied out east before.  I told her not to have the same out west expectations.  The notion of Berkshire intrigues me a bit.  I am staying in Brattlesboro, VT.  This resort isn't much further away as compared to MS.  Can you provide some more details on East Berkshire?  The GF and I care nothing about gucci ski amenities.  Back home in CO, we be happy as clams skiing no frill places such as WC, Loveland, or Monarch.  Berkshire my be a better experience.

 

Thanks!

G

post #6 of 14

Hi!

 

@Liam, @SkiMangoJazz, and @hrstrat57 can give you much better info.  But you can see some of the trails here:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/148732/berkshire-east-the-character-from-the-mountain-full-of-character

 

thanks to Liam.

post #7 of 14
I've never skied Stratton but am familiar with mount snow. As long as you avoid the 6 seater bubble chair at snow you can hang out at other chairs (canyon/sundance) and have have less crowded lift lines. We eat at the summit bar (bullwheel) and avoid peak eating times to avoid crowds. They have a ski check for $2 for the day and a free bag check as well.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Liam View Post
 

That's easy,

 

Both will be unpleasantly crowded, and there isn't enough off-piste challenging trails open yet (trees or real bumps) to hide from the hordes (and that goes for Okemo, too)....

 

Not for nothing, but unless you need to stay at a resort, I'd look for another hill (maybe even a closer one) that served upequivalent terrain at a better price...not sure where you are coming from, but I'd ski Berkshire East over either of these places on a Holiday week or high season weekend.  

 

You might push further North (to Northern, VT) as they've had a pretty stellar early season and will offer more critical terrain to allow the day tripper to escape the press of skidding humanity.

 

Thanks Liam, et al.,

 

I am driving up from NJ.  The GF and I just want to get a day of skiing in.  She grew-up in CO and has never skied out east before.  I told her not to have the same out west expectations.  The notion of Berkshire intrigues me a bit.  I am staying in Brattlesboro, VT.  This resort isn't much further away as compared to MS.  Can you provide some more details on East Berkshire?  The GF and I care nothing about gucci ski amenities.  Back home in CO, we be happy as clams skiing no frill places such as WC, Loveland, or Monarch.  Berkshire my be a better experience.

 

Thanks!

G

Other places to consider within about an hour of Brattleboro: Pico (next to Killington but an entirely different vibe), Magic Mountain, Berkshire East.  These places are more akin to Loveland or Monarch, just much, much smaller.

 

Drive safe!

post #9 of 14

I love Magic, but  don't think Magic is open yet, though this snow hopefully will change that.  Berkshire East is pretty great, it's a similar vibe to loveland (which i always called the Berkshire east of Summit county). 

 

It's small, but I skied powder all afternoon and evening tonight (just called a it a day about 10 minutes ago) and never waited in a line, or had to adjust my speed because of crowds.  It has a sustained 1000 ft of vertical. I Skied a few trees, and wider, open, nicely pitched slopes.  Like I said, south of Killington, other than resort amenities, such as they are, the ski areas don't offer any advantages over Berkshire east, and have many draw backs mostly centered around crowds and skier quality.  Tomorrow morning will be stellar here.  Sure everywhere has something to offer, but unless you are planning on going further north than Okemo, you won't find more pleasant skiing.  And the Crazy horse Tavern, restaurant and deck is as lovely as any you'll find in the east.    And lift tickets are cheaper.  Brattleboro is only a 40 minute drive (I 91 south to exit 26 and rte 2 west to here). 

post #10 of 14
How did the Beast make out in this storm,? 6" reported so far but that was mid afternoon.
post #11 of 14

Might want to consider Bromley - can be lots of fun and doesn't get the Stratton crowds.

 

Bill

post #12 of 14
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I love Magic, but  don't think Magic is open yet, though this snow hopefully will change that.  

Got curious.  Magic is open as of 12/29 . . . barely.  Only a few trails for advanced/experts had enough snow.  The new website is pretty good.  Like the lift tickets prices.  There is actually a decent difference between full day and half-day (start 12:30).

 

post #13 of 14
Did Mt Snow on 12/30. Drove up 12/29, after picking up a buddy from a Phish Concert in MSG.

Got there 7:30 am.... and high winds delayed the first chair..... left at 1230 as the base was way too crowded, and drove back home to NJ

passed many stuck tractor trailers that ignored the chain controls.
post #14 of 14
12/30 was crazy everywhere. I was working the lift lines at Bromley and it was insane. 12/31 and 1/1 were way less crowded.
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