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Catamount or Butternut?

post #1 of 19
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I have this Saturday free to ski by my self...no kids! I am looking to do a day trip (no longer than two hours). Catamount and Butternut are about 2 hours from me.

Which mountain offers more blue cruisers? I haven't been to Catamount since the 80's. I was at Butternut not too long ago...it was very nice.

Belleayre is too far, as is Plattekill, and Windham.

Are there any other suggestions for places that are about 2 hours from the Tappan Zee Bridge that have long blue cruisers? I've ruled out Mountain Creek based on the reports by other people...not the place to be on weekends.

Thanks in advance,
Scott
post #2 of 19
Catamount lifts haven't changed since the 80's but they have added a few new trails.Butternut is low and slow.But they have two quads now.I just don't like peoples(skiers) attitudes there.Catamount is old but a real friendly place and has more challenge than Butternut imho.They both have lots of new snow.Just get there early its saturday
post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by Scott K
I have this Saturday free to ski by my self...no kids! I am looking to do a day trip (no longer than two hours). Catamount and Butternut are about 2 hours from me.

Which mountain offers more blue cruisers? I haven't been to Catamount since the 80's. I was at Butternut not too long ago...it was very nice.

Belleayre is too far, as is Plattekill, and Windham.

Are there any other suggestions for places that are about 2 hours from the Tappan Zee Bridge that have long blue cruisers? I've ruled out Mountain Creek based on the reports by other people...not the place to be on weekends.

Thanks in advance,
Scott
Hi Scott, you can comfortably make it in 2 hours from the Tappan Zee to Belleayre, which is definitely your best choice. Straight up I-87 to Kingston exit, then a half-hour drive on Rt. 4. Catamount is actually a little farther. I've been curious about Catamount myself.

I'm in New Haven and I like Mohawk Mountain (12 miles from Torrington) for quick day trips. You can take pretty route 7 or go up 95 and jump on 8; it often seems to be a little quieter, though I can't vouch for Saturdays. There's night skiing there, too. Watch out for deer on the way in.

Have fun!
post #4 of 19
No - I mean neither. If you can get to Catamount, you can get to Jiminy Peak. High speed 6 pack eats lift lines. If you are a good skier, exit left and ski those 4 trails. They are not crowded, even on weekends. Use the single line if it's crowded, but check to see which line is the best way to go.

Hell if you can get to Jiminy, you can get to Stratton, Bromly or Magic.
post #5 of 19
I missed the part about blue cruisers.

There is a quad called Widow's. Lots of plesant stuff there. It's a fixed grip lift so it is painfully slow vs. the 6 pack.

The right side of the mt is all blue but can be a bit crowded.

Post if you go - we can say hello.
post #6 of 19
Your choice betweeen Catamount and Butternut is like choosing which sister you want to kiss. They're both nice but not much of a thrill either way. The Jiminy option is worth it IMHO -- esp if you're w/o kids, you can just hit the single line on the 6 pack and you'll get 2 - 3x more skiing at Jiminy than riding the slow lifts at either Catamount or Butternut; it's well worth the extra 40 minutes drive (just keep going up 22 past rt 23 intersection; or follow directions on Jiminy web site via Taconic / 295 / 22).

OTOH - if you do Butternut Saturday let me know, I'm there with kids who'll ditch me we could do some runs.
post #7 of 19
Jiminy Peak (only a half an hour-20 miles further) and it's way way way better than Cat' and But'.
post #8 of 19
Just my two cents: my parents used to live in Litchfield Ct., pretty close to all of the above suggestions (not Belleayre or Windham). For best skiing, Jiminy Peak is your bet. However, to avoid lines, traffic and general hassle, I'd go to Mohawk -- even though it is a relatively small mountain, you can ski your butt off there, its never too crowded, the people are friendly and its real close. For some reason the classic obnoxious New Yorker (I lived in Manhattan for 15 years -- I may have resembled this remark) avoids Mohawk so your day is just that much brighter. Lots of Farifield County people ski Mohawk, its easy to get there, not too expensive and makes a great day trip.
post #9 of 19
Sorry for the double post but I forgot: Mohawk also has the best snow making anywhere I have ever been. Bar none. Sure, its a small mountain, but that might help in that regard. Also a little known fact: snow making was invented there by Walter Schoenknecht who back in the '60s also owned Mt Snow. His daughter still runs Mohawk.
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by Jurisproodenz
For some reason the classic obnoxious New Yorker (I lived in Manhattan for 15 years -- I may have resembled this remark) avoids Mohawk ...
Because it's not on a A line ... ?
post #11 of 19
Hi Scott - Saturday should be a great day. Enjoy it. I'm amazed to see such support for Jiminy Peak as it usually gets trashed in online forums. Anyway, I think Butternut will be your best bet, especially as you're looking for "blue cruisers". That's basically the entire mountain. There are some steeper trails (Lucifer's or Downspout) but they're not black diamonds by Vermont or even Jiminy Peak standards. Butternut also has a new quad which should alleviate some pressure from the Top Flight quad.

Regarding Jiminy: There is some nice intermediate terrain there, but much of the mountain is steeper than what you'll find at Butternut or Catamount. If you're interested in steeper terrain, it's the place to go. The six-pack is a great lift and you should be able to get in a ton of skiing. I don't typically ski there on a Saturday, but if the line does get long, try the quads.

Both Butternut and Jiminy will be crowded on what's predicted to be a warmer and sunny Saturday. If you're looking to avoid crowds, Catamount should be your choice, but again the lifts are slow.
post #12 of 19

Well, both are great mountains but it depends on your needs. If you are a beginning skier, go butternut. but if you are an advanced skier, try Catamount. Also it depends if it is a holiday weekend if it is early in the season or late in the season, try butternut because of its great snowmaking. But, right in the middle of the season is a good time for catamount. 

 

Guys, trust me on this one, I am on the butternut race team and I go to butternut at least both days of the weekend for three months and also i have been to catamount right near by

post #13 of 19

I can't speak for the NY areas (Belleayre, etc), but for sure if it's Catamount or Butternut.... you should go to Jiminy.  Folks already filled you in, but to make it clear: the time you save on the high-speed 6-pack will SIGNIFICANTLY make up for the slowness and long lines at Catamount or -- especially! -- Butternut.  Jiminy 6-pack goes up 1,000 vert in 4.5 minutes; Butternut goes up 800 in 9 minutes.  You do the math.  Five runs offsets 25 minutes of driving.  JP is also about half again as large as either B or C, so there's more variety. 

 

Mohawk is low-angle, so if you're intermediate.....maybe.  All I can say is that I am not an expert, and two years ago I got a free ticket there.... and left after awhile.  It just wasn't worth the hassle, even when it was free, for me.   YMMV.

post #14 of 19

Scott might have already made a decision about that January, 2005 day trip.  

post #15 of 19
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Scott might have already made a decision about that January, 2005 day trip.  

I've been waiting for a TR with baited breath....

post #16 of 19

D'Oh!

post #17 of 19

2005! 

 

Wow, this thread beats the thread about the best resort closest to NYC which ended in 2009 and then somone responded about two months ago.  Strangely though in both cases, the responders (many years later) made it their very first comment.

 

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post #18 of 19

To do some thinking about causes: Perhaps this reflects how they got here.  Looking up info about Catamount/Butternut, for instance, on google led to the thread, and then they posted w/o looking at date?

post #19 of 19

Exactly.  Bottom line is that max1 is trying to be helpful for a first post.

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To do some thinking about causes: Perhaps this reflects how they got here.  Looking up info about Catamount/Butternut, for instance, on google led to the thread, and then they posted w/o looking at date?

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