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post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
If I can convice my parents I will be going up north for spring break (end of march-early april). I went to Killington 2 years back and it was great. Should I look at other options (Stowe, Sugarbush) or is Killington the best bet for open terrain and affordable lodging?
post #2 of 7
Well, for a 'Spring Break' situation, Killington will be by far the best (best apres-ski stuff around the mountain for the younger crowd of any New England destination). For skiing, I would rather spend a week at Jay Peak (or Sunday River in Maine). But the skiing at that time of year can be really sketchy, and though it is too early to judge how this winter will turn out, it isn't looking particularly good at the moment. I'd look for really cheap tickets West (any destination will do - based on the snow they've seen so far, conditions should be good till Spring 2005).
post #3 of 7
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In terms of pure skiing though, which resort usually has the most to offer during the time of year?
post #4 of 7
You should seriously consider coming west. Read the reports. The east is having a awful snow year. Here in SLC we are getting DUMPED on. Tickets from Baltimore are about $200. You can do lodging for a week at Extended Stay America (studios with cooking stuff) for about $250. Tickets to Alta are $42/day at the resort, a few bucks cheaper if you get them at REI or somewhere like that (54 at killington if you buy them online). You don't need a car, the ski bus can take you up the canyon for dollars a day. And we have 4 resorts within 30-45 mins of downtown. There will be plenty of terrain open. Alta has 2100 acres, Snowbird about 3000, and similar amounts at Brighton and Solitude. Why go to killington to ski groomers ???? Come to Utah and ski POW !

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post #5 of 7
It depends on what you want out of your spring break - skiing, skiing, and more skiing, or do you want to have some fun at night and maybe some ok shopping.

I definately would recommend a trip out west b/c of all the snow, but if Mom & Dad won't spring for it, here are my recommendations...

1.) Sugarloaf, ME - ok, so I'm originally from Maine and this is my all time favorite mountain so I'm a little biased but Sugarloaf has great skiing and it usually lasts through March. The downside is that the nightlife is not very good. But if all you want is a burger, a beer, and maybe a band til 8 then Sugarloaf is your place because The Bag rocks. They have the best burgers in the world!

2.) Tremblant, Canada - While I hated Tremblant because I went January and -30F at the base without the windchill was not my idea of fun, I can see it's potential. The skiing is good if you are a beginner to intermediate. The mountain is flat in the middle so if skating uphill in the middle of a diamond isn't your idea of fun - don't go there. But they have a cute village with good food and shopping. The condos are amazing - lots of fun for staying in and playing drinking games. And you can always spend a night or two in Montreal (an 1 1/2 away). Montreal during spring break is nuts! It's definately a long drive though - but if you're with friends - it's part of the aventure!

3.) If you want nightlife and crowded slopes - go to Killington. Hey, if you don't get hangovers you can beat the crowds by skiing early, then nap when everyone else wakes up. Big plus - Killington is probably the shortest drive for you. But the way this winter is going, March conditions may suck.

Good luck and have fun!
post #6 of 7
In terms of skiing and snow Jay gets the most snow and it's the furthest north so it's gonna have a good chance of decent conditions.

Killington builds the biggest bases and has the most terrain, plus it's accessible and has great nightlife.

Sunday River is a close second on the base depths and terrain.

Sugarloaf gets a lot of its snow late in the year. I think their big snow months are march, february, april or march, april, february.

Wildcat usually holds snow pretty well, but it's just one mountain; ok if you're only going to be there for a few days. Other mountains in the area may be closed down by then.
post #7 of 7
Originally posted by Lonnie:
You should seriously consider coming west.

Where is the best place to head in Colorado for the 2nd week of April?

[ January 07, 2004, 01:31 PM: Message edited by: Jules ]
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