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Recommended Place to Ski in Eastern Canada/Vermont Region

post #1 of 22
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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 22
Hi Langeguy:

We skied Whiteface, Jay Peak, Tremblant this spring. I think from a pure skiing standpoint, Whiteface is by far my favorite. The terrain is awesome, and the lift system is pretty good. No on site lodging though.

The snow at Jay wasn't the best when I was out there, so maybe my opinion would of been diff. under better conditions.

I had only skied in the West previously. Whiteface was the most western like in terms of terrain and difficulty. Try Whiteface! Lake Placid is a cool place to stay too.
post #3 of 22
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
post #4 of 22
You can't ski VT without hitting STOWE. Therafter take your pick of Stratton, Killington, Sugarbush.



Look into Sugar and Sunday in Maine; don't know them but they are big compared to many others.
post #5 of 22
You've gotta come to Stowe if you haven't been. The others are good too, but IMHO, Stowe is VT skiing.
post #6 of 22

Eastern Canada/VT

I like Jay Peak-They get the most snow in Vt. and they have something for
everyone. Also, they are considerably cheaper than other VT. resorts.
They have some great lodging and meal packages at the hotel-or you can stay at a condo and still buy the dinner meal package at the hotel. The food was outstanding VT. fare.
Stowe is nice too, but I find Jay is much less crowded. I guess b/c there's not much going on at night. If that is imp. then go to Stowe.
Whiteface can be brutally cold,I've heard. I will be going to Smugs in Dec. so I can't comment from personal experience, but I've heard good things about it.
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by hobojo
I will be going to Smugs in Dec. so I can't comment from personal experience, but I've heard good things about it.
Hobojo,
What week will you be going to Smuggs' in Dec?
post #8 of 22

Vt skiing

I've skied all the resorts mentioned, the only one which is constantly challenging is Stowe. It is also the only one with a real village.
If you come to New England, Stowe is a must visit!
Stowe and Tremblant have been rated #1 and #2 for years, but they are totally different experiences.
post #9 of 22
I will be going to Smugg's the weekend of Dec. 17-19. We are getting an early season
group rate with my son's high school.
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by skiswift
I've skied all the resorts mentioned, the only one which is constantly challenging is Stowe. It is also the only one with a real village.
If you come to New England, Stowe is a must visit!
Stowe and Tremblant have been rated #1 and #2 for years, but they are totally different experiences.
I've never skied Stowe but have visited numerous times in the summer. I do have to agree that the village is very nice -- expensive but nice.
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by hobojo
I will be going to Smugg's the weekend of Dec. 17-19. We are getting an early season
group rate with my son's high school.
We'll be there that w/e as well. I am hoping for good snow by that time. I think the chances are pretty good. *fingers crossed*
post #12 of 22

Where to go

So Chan,

Have you made your decision about where to go yet?
post #13 of 22
I hope those planning to be at Smugglers Notch Dec 17-19 will look me up.

oboe, also know locally as Bennett Greene
bg@vtlink.net
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by hobojo
So Chan, Have you made your decision about where to go yet?
We are staying for the week. Our check in is on 12/12 Sunday and leaving on the Sunday after (12/19).

Since it's early season, I have not decided whether to put my older daughter (8) through ski camp that week. Their camp is awesome but expensive. Maybe she can do like a day or two of freestyle or something, also to save cost. The younger one (5) is definitely going to be in camp. The wife doesn't ski.

Do you have other children besides your high school son travelling with you as well? What are their age(s)? Do you have an agenda for the w/e or you are just going to ski? If you're interested, we can hook up on Saturday.

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Originally Posted by oboe
I hope those planning to be at Smugglers Notch Dec 17-19 will look me up. oboe, also know locally as Bennett Greene
bg@vtlink.net
Did I read in another thread that you teach at Smuggs'? Maybe I ran into you before. What levels do you normally teach?

If we decide on what to do for the week before hand, I may touch base with you. If my daughter is to ski with me, do you mind slowing down for me while having my older daughter tagging along? I'm about a Level 7 and she is a Level 6.
post #15 of 22
Level 7 is about as high as I teach, and YOU may be asked to slow down for ME!


Do look me up when you're there.
post #16 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by hobojo
I will be going to Smugg's the weekend of Dec. 17-19. We are getting an early season
group rate with my son's high school.
hobojo,
Did you make it to Smuggs? How did you find it?

I had a great time. Even though only Sterling was open, there were enough snow and (range of) trails to make it fun. The condition was great during the week. The glades were nicely covered throughout the week and the weekend. Many of the other slopes definitely got more icy and patchy when it got to the 12/17 weekend.
post #17 of 22
hey Lange - Try Mount Sutton and Owls head in eastern canada - they are way cheap and steep and I have been told have some great tree/powder stashes - plus Jay peak is only an hour or two away.

owls head and sutton are in real beautiful areas too.
post #18 of 22
The best-kept secret in Eastern Skiing is Le Massif in Quebec.

It has the biggest vertical on the East Coast; spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River; some seriously steep trails; USUALLY good snow coverage. Feels like skiing out west.

It's about 30 minutes east of Mt. Saint-Anne (which is also good, but can get crowded).

And if you stay in Quebec City, it'll make for a great vacation (one of my favorite places in North America).

In Vermont, Burke is another hidden gem, as is Ascutney in Southern Vermont. Ascutney is now marketed as a "family mountain", but that hill has some "blues" that are steeper than anything "black" on Stratton or Okemo.

In NH, I usually stick to Cannon or Wildcat. Classic New England ski areas with great terrain.

And Sugarloaf in Maine is great. BIG moutain skiing. However, it can get REALLY cold.

Hope that helps.

-ray
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by vermont_skier
The best-kept secret in Eastern Skiing is Le Massif in Quebec.

It has the biggest vertical on the East Coast; spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River; some seriously steep trails; USUALLY good snow coverage. Feels like skiing out west.

It's about 30 minutes east of Mt. Saint-Anne (which is also good, but can get crowded).

And if you stay in Quebec City, it'll make for a great vacation (one of my favorite places in North America).

In Vermont, Burke is another hidden gem, as is Ascutney in Southern Vermont. Ascutney is now marketed as a "family mountain", but that hill has some "blues" that are steeper than anything "black" on Stratton or Okemo.

In NH, I usually stick to Cannon or Wildcat. Classic New England ski areas with great terrain.

And Sugarloaf in Maine is great. BIG moutain skiing. However, it can get REALLY cold.

Hope that helps.

-ray
Ray, never tried Le Massif - but judging by your taste in New england mountains I am sold - the mountains in NE you mentioned are all exactly my favorites - might be making a trip up to Massif this year
post #20 of 22

Smuggler's Notch

Quote:
Originally Posted by chanwmr
hobojo,
Did you make it to Smuggs? How did you find it?

I had a great time. Even though only Sterling was open, there were enough snow and (range of) trails to make it fun. The condition was great during the week. The glades were nicely covered throughout the week and the weekend. Many of the other slopes definitely got more icy and patchy when it got to the 12/17 weekend.
I thought Smuggler's Notch was just OK-lots of trails were closed. I was quite disappointed with the antiquated lift system-only slow speed doubles. I couldn't imagine being there during Jan./Feb. when the VT. winds are really ripping-boy would it be cold! It is a nice place for families though-everything being so close at the base and all. We hit Stowe Jan. 20-22. Found out there is quite a feud between Smuggs and Stowe. Seems Smuggs is independently owned while Stowe is corporate-another reason to go to Smuggs if one is interested in supporting smaller business vs. large corp.
post #21 of 22

Mad River Valley

check out Sugarbush and Mad River Glen. The Waitsfield village is cute and the skiing is awsome + some of the coolest dining experiences so far (Flatbread and Common Man are my favorites). You can always drive down to Killington (45 min) for some more fun if three peaks and ~ 160 trails are not enough...
Have fun!
post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by hobojo
I was quite disappointed with the antiquated lift system-only slow speed doubles. I couldn't imagine being there during Jan./Feb. when the VT. winds are really ripping-boy would it be cold!
Yeah, the slower lifts do make it a bit colder but one isn't better off by waiting in line either. The slower lifts are preferred by the locals (which I'm not) and are by design for crowd control.

Frankly, with all due respect, I don't know what the big deal is about modern/faster transport systems. Sure they're nice to have but I just don't find myself missing them that much when I'm sitting on a clunky chair.

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Originally Posted by hobojo
It is a nice place for families though-everything being so close at the base and all.
Their family program is much more than just convenience. You have to be there for a week in mid season to really appreciate it. Family stuff does not mean all easy kid's stuff either. The selection of trails are actually quite good (as good as any mid size resort) when they are open.

Quote:
Originally Posted by hobojo
We hit Stowe Jan. 20-22. Found out there is quite a feud between Smuggs and Stowe. Seems Smuggs is independently owned while Stowe is corporate-another reason to go to Smuggs if one is interested in supporting smaller business vs. large corp.
Sure they are rivals but I don't think there is all that much bitterness between the two. These two resorts actually have their own and separate customer bases. In fact, there have been on and off mutual business arrangements. And, the two businesses don't really bad mouth each other (that much). The rivalry, OTOH, is more on the people who frequent the mountains and it's quite obvious.
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