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Places to ski on the way back from MSA

post #1 of 6
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Hello Bears! I hardly ever post here, because I rarely ski out side the Mid-Atlantic, however I have some questions that would be perfect for some of you less latitudinally challenged northern folks.

I am taking a trip to MSA / Le Massif during mid January.
We will be staying at Quebec City the nights of the 1/9-1/14. We hope to ski both MSA and Massif during the week. Due to a strange scheduleing snaffo and the need to get back to DC for the start of spring classes we will be returning on MLK weekend. We will then have 3 days Saturday, Sunday and Monday to make the estimated 14 hour drive back to DC. It would be a shame to waste the opportunity to hit up Northern NY or VT by just driving back directly. We were planning to drive down 87 From Montreal.

Whiteface is directly on our prefered path home. I am worried that it will be crowded or that lodging will be difficult to come by on that weekend. I prefer to stay as cheaply as possible and near the highway. What is the lodging like in lake placid? We could almost ski 2 days at Whiteface.

Coming from the north, Jay Peak would be an option as well it seems. Is Jay a better option for crowds? I assume we could stay in St. Johnsbury and then get back to 87 that way. Or we cold go down 91 from there. Hey how about Jay and then Whiteface? Might be doable if my CC isn't maxed otu by then! We have 3 days!!!
post #2 of 6
Jay Peak is quite a bit out of your way. The fastest route from Jay to Whiteface is to cross Lake Champlain at Rouses Point, and pick up 87 there.
If you have the time to go to Vermont, Jay is the least crowded, but longest drive. Stowe, Mad River Glen and Sugarbush are all less out of your way, but will also be more crowded. You could do Stowe, MRG or Sugarbush, then Gore or Hickory Hill the next day. I avoid Killington holiday weekends.
If you don't go to Vermont, Whiteface is a good choice, especially if the Slides are open. Gore is another possibility. It's closer to I87 than Whiteface, cheap lodging is always available, and there is more tree skiing than Whiteface, but it will be more crowded.
Hickory Hill in Warrensburg has the best mogul skiing in NY if there is good natural snow, and it's only a few miles from I87. It's not as glitzy and modern as Mad River Glen, but on cold days the Poma lifts are way better than chair lifts.
post #3 of 6
Two suggestions for great, uncrowded skiing that weekend:

As you drive south through Montreal, take Autoroute 10 about 30 minutes east to ski at Mont Shefford. Stay the night in Montreal.

Continue south into New York State on 87 and ski at Hickory Hill:

Also, since you're staying in Quebec City, you really should spend one day at Le Massif du Sud (different from Le Massif).
post #4 of 6
Pa Ridge racer will have you stop at Blue Mtn.
post #5 of 6

On the Way Back from MSA

Due to the horrible snow conditions for XMAS 2001, we drove to MSA from NYC for the vacation. I would suggest that it would be faster to head SW from Quebec City (avoiding Montreal) to connect onto I-91 near Jay Peak. You could save money by staying on the Canadian side of the border the night before skiing Mount Sutton (great tree skiing & CN$ saving) or Jay Peak.

After skiing there you could take the VT State Rt# (??) west toward Stowe/Burlington/NY/I-87 to get to Whiteface.

The problem with I-87 is that the holiday traffic on the NY Thruway south of Albany can be terrible. I have always had smoother trips by going down I-91 from VT.

Be sure to go for the buffet dinner at Chateau MSA. Bon Voyage to Quebec!
post #6 of 6
Give Whiteface a try, you won't regret it. It will not be crowded and there are alot of options as to where to stay. Here's a link to some:


Do a little research and you'll find many more especially if you want to stay on the cheap.
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