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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Hey all, back for another seaon and I can't wait! I am in the midst of planning a ski trip out East and just deciding where to go. I have been to St. Anne and Tremblant in Quebec so would like to try somewhere different..and larger perhaps. I was thinking of Jay Peak or Smuggler's Notch and ever Whiteface. Preferably somewhere with slopeside accmoodation and good snoe in early February.

Any recommendations???

Thanks!
post #2 of 20
Sugarbush/MRG. A ton of slopeside at Sugarbush and MRG is 15 minutes away.
post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 
What is MRG and where is sugarbush? I am from Ontario so looking for somewhere within a 7-10 hour distance...
post #4 of 20
Sorry, MRG is Mad River Glen. Sugarbush and its connection Sugarbush North are in Warren Vermont. It ia pretty much right in between Killington and Stowe in Warren VT. Sugarbush and MRG are what Vermont skiing is all about.
post #5 of 20
Whiteface (and the entire Lake Placid area) is great, I wouldn't let the lack of slopeside lodging eliminate it from your list. It can get quite cold there in early February, although I expect that will be common among most of the northern New England resorts it seems you're considering. And given your location, you're probably used to that.
post #6 of 20
I've always enjoyed Jay Peak and Owls head. I haven't been to Tremblant since they changed ownership. I liked the skihill at Tremblant (for an eastern location), but the staff prior to the change were not too friendly. Is it any better now?
post #7 of 20
Massif just past Quebec city is great. I like it a lot more than St. Anne. Long runs, variety, trees and steeps, it can be a lot of fun. The food at the hill is very good. Another option is the Eastern Townships. There are 3 good size hills, Orford, Sutton and Owl's Head. Just across the border is Jay Peak about 30 minutes from Owl's Head.
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by chanwmr
We ski Smugglers' each year and it's one of our favorite -- with or without kids. There are plenty of New England style trails - narrow, winding, rustic, scenic and often steep. It's a medium size resort with about 90 trails. The view is one of the best anywhere. The downside is, because of it's almost 360 exposure from the highest summit, the trail selection that gives you the whole length of vertical will be limited. You do have to ski a tiny bit to get to where all the trails split off. If you're advanced skiers going without kids, stay on the upper mountains. You'll run into kids there too but they are usually much more advanced than the ones down by the village.

I would also recommend Sugarbush and Gore. These are also mid-size ski areas.

The only big mountain I've skied is Mont Tremblant and have not been out West. You will find that any one of three above will give you much more elbow room than Mont Tremblant (especially on the Southside). You will also find the people much more friendly.

Wai Chan
I posted the above in your other thread.
post #9 of 20
I will second Phil on Sugarbush/MRG area, also Jay Peak as an alternative. You cannot go wrong with any of them. Terrain variety is excellent with relatively low $. If you choose Sugarbush / MRG there are plenty inns, hotels and condos in Warren VT. Jay on the other hand has a limited number of inns, with most lodging right on the mountain (ie Jay Hotel and condos).
post #10 of 20
Why hasn't anyone spoke about Stowe. When I go up to ski that area I stay at the Sunrise Motor Inn in Morrisville VT. They have two Houses you can rent. Morrisville is a nice old NE town. It is kind of quite but central to Jay, Smugg's, Stowe, Sugarbush and MRG. In the early 90's the movie therater had a lady playing the Piano before the movie.
post #11 of 20
By “larger” the only area with more vertical than Tremblant and MSA in eastern Canada is Le Massif. I would highly recommend it, it’d even better with the new chair lift and it’s accessible from the top of the mountain, so you don’t have to drive down to the base of the river anymore.

Places like OwlsHead and Orford in the Eastern Townships are smaller than Tremblant or MSA, Jay Peak would be your best bet if you’re heading to that area (but very cold, avoid the Green Mountain Flyer and try to take the tram).

Whiteface is good too, there are places to stay in Lake Placid, I stayed at a Ramada ( or something like that), it was o.k., but I was there for the skiing. The new gondola they put in a few years ago is great.

Can’t say anything about other places in Vermont like Stowe or Killington, haven’t tried them yet.

To sum up, as an alternative to Tremblant and MSA, in no particular order:

-Le Massif
-Jay peak
-Whiteface
post #12 of 20
If you pick the Valley (MRG/Sugarbush), I recommend spending a day at Bolton too, a very "local" ski area, and trying Stowe as well. All are within 30-40 minutes of each other by car.

But Jay is my favorite place to ski in VT.
post #13 of 20
As I stated on one of your other threads posing the same question;(I've lost track of them all) how many threads do you need asking which skating rink to go to? Here let me help you with the math. You say you want something within 7 - 10 hours. Drive to airport: 1/2 hour. Arrive 1 hour ahead of time. 4 - 5 hour flight to any number of destinations with real snow. 1.5 hour drive to resort from airport. Sounds like 7 hours to me.
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by TOLOCOMan
As I stated on one of your other threads posing the same question;(I've lost track of them all) how many threads do you need asking which skating rink to go to? Here let me help you with the math. You say you want something within 7 - 10 hours. Drive to airport: 1/2 hour. Arrive 1 hour ahead of time. 4 - 5 hour flight to any number of destinations with real snow. 1.5 hour drive to resort from airport. Sounds like 7 hours to me.
I like the way your mind works!
post #15 of 20
I love Jay, but haven't been there since the 80s. Stowe has a great town. I went to Whiteface last March and stayed in a B&B (red, large house-looking place. Might be called the Inn At Whiteface), which was cheap, REALLY nice, the owner was great, and it's about a 30 second (literally) drive to the mountain. You would be able to walk it if there weren't a creek in the way. Half of the rooms have a really nice view of the mountain. The price includes a nice hot breakfast. In the evening, the owner will ask you what you want for breakfast and what time you want it, and will have it for you when you come downstairs. The town of Lake Placid is a 15 minute drive. It's a nice place, but might be a bit far for what you are looking for.
post #16 of 20

Places to go. . .

I'm new to this forum and I hope this isn't blasphemous but if you’re looking for size and variety of terrain on the East, I would check out Killington.

There is PLENTY of ski in ski out and the night life is AWESOME! I wouldn't recommend this on a weekend, but the lift lines are very managable on the weekdays.

If you checking out Whiteface DEFFINETLY check out Gore, the terrain is fantastic and it's usually pretty dead since most skiers head to lower Vermont (their loss!).
post #17 of 20
Being from the East I wouldn't go to Killington, unless you are looking for super early or super late year skiing. Taking a wrong turn at the end of the day and ending up at the wrong parking lot after last run is frustrating. I don't know how many time I've ended a run and said "where the hell am I?" Vacation is about relaxation for most.

I agree with the Valley. The town is great, the locals are great and the skiing is great. You have several mountains to choose from and if you're feeling frisky you can head to K-town and get lost. Its best to be centrally located for the best available opportunity.
post #18 of 20
The Eastern Townships are great! Sutton is a pretty good place for glade skiing, and the only place where I ever got on a triple diamond (by accident, ironically called BouBou)!

If you stay at La Paimpolaise at Sutton, the lift is right there, no walking at all. And they have two beers for $2 if I remember correctly...the deal was good enough to induce the memory problem.
post #19 of 20
The best place I've found in the southern half of Ontario (I haven't skied the northern part) is Calabogie Peaks.
post #20 of 20
Hope ona jet from from TO to Deer Lake Airport (YDF) and ski at Marble Mountain on the west coast of Newfoundland. It truly is the best Canadian skiing east of the Rockies. With cheap lift tickets, and NO lift lines, you can get 30 runs a day! Check it out at www.skimarble.com Heck, the adult season lift ticket is only $300! You can't beat that!

Marbleman
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