|Originally posted by snow1214:
Hi everyone! I just moved from CA to the east coast and I am taking a tirp to VT with my wife and two friends before I head to UT. This is where the question comes in, I have never skied the east coast before. I was hoping to get some direction as to what resort would best fit our needs. I am an advanced skier who enjoys steeps, trees and some bumps every now and then depending upon how the knees feel. (Thanks to Squaw!) Anyway my wife is a first timer that is planning to take some lessons. The other couple is are also beginners who plan on taking lessons. Any suggestions are greatly welcomed!
Thanks a bunch!
If you can handle lots of bumps I recommend Magic Mountain, Mad River Glen, Stowe, Sugarbush, or Jay Peak. They all fit all of those criteria to a T.
If bumps are not a priority then check out burke mountain. They have lots of really really long untracked glades with some really steep drops (no long steep pitches, but no flat spots either).
Second choice would probably be Jay Peak (Really steep, lots of trees, lots of bumps, lots of variety, but a flat runout at the bottom)
Mad River Glen, Stowe and Magic Mountain may be too bump centered for your tastes, although all three have amazing stuff in those other categories.
Sugarbush has all of the above but is so spread out that it can be a bitch to get around. Also the bumps tend to be really hard everywhere except off the Castlerock Chair (an awesome chair to ski off of, but only a handful of runs).
Stowe and Jay both have areas above treeline.
Stowe, Jay and Burke have good backcountry access.
As a side note, Smuggler's Notch can also be great for the above categories but all their expert terrain gets really bumped up and almost never shaved down. (This is also true at Magic and Mad River Glen.)
Best Trees - Burke and Jay (tie)
Best Bumps - Mad River Glen and Magic (tie)
Best Steeps - Magic, Jay and Mad River Glen (tie)
best prices are at Magic and Burke, with Mad River Glen running third.
Stowe is ridiculously expensive, and sugarbush is a bit too pricey as well.