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Jay Peak Lodging Recommendations

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I am heading to Jay Peak this weekend and am looking for lodging recommendations.

My other half liked the look of "Grey Gables" from the web site, anyone had any experience of it? Other suggestions welcomed
post #2 of 22
I ha' nae heard o' the Grey Gables, laddie despite goin to Jay many times. Try looking at the Hotel Jay post of 2/22.
post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:

Originally posted by Talisman
I ha' nae heard o' the Grey Gables, laddie despite goin to Jay many times. Try looking at the Hotel Jay post of 2/22.
Thanks, you get points for the correct use of the Scots language!

The Grey Gables is in Richford according to the Jay Peak site which is where I found it. I thought I had seen a recent post on this but my search didn't bring it up! However, it appears to be limited to underwhelming reports on the Hotel Jay and the lodge at Jay .

Any other suggestions?
post #4 of 22
Richford would be a way around the back side of the mountain and not real close.
Anything between Montgomery Center, the mountain, and North Troy would be closer.
post #5 of 22

Lodge at Jay

Been there several times.... Always liked the Lodge at Jay. As a bonus it has a bar and restaurant ( which is rare up in the northlands ). Young guy named Jamie runs it, bery nice, does a great job. Nice short ride to the mountain as well.
post #6 of 22

A Favorite Place

This B&B has always been a favorite.

http://www.riverbendvt.com/

Just on the edge of Troy. Great place to stay with a great breakfast.
post #7 of 22
If you don't mind staying in a modest B&B around Jay, you can't beat snowline. It's the closest lodging to the entrance of the resort (make a left out of the resort, then first place on the left) and it's pretty cheap. They also have a bar/restaurant downstairs ran by the son of the owner, who will make you some goooood burgers and pizza (the pizza is especially good). In the mornings, the owner basically cooks you breakfast to order..
post #8 of 22
If you can't find lodging close to the mountain stay in Newport, VT. There are plenty of clean motels ~$65 a night and a Super 8. There are some good restaurants around too. If you want to score romance points with your wife or girl friend drive up to Magog, Quebec and dine in one of the restaurants there.
post #9 of 22
Ingelnook! If you can get a res.
post #10 of 22
I live near Jay and am a regular there. I am also a ski writer and editor of a website that reviews resorts. I don't know what your price range is, so here's a link to what I have written, with price ranges and phone numbers included:

http://www.skisnowboard.com/jaypeak/lodging.html

Hope this helps!

Thatsagirl
post #11 of 22
How has the recent snow been up at Jay?

What are the conditions like?
post #12 of 22
As of 8:30 AM today Jay's reporting 12-16 inches from this current storm so far, and I believe it, because at my office (Enosburg), there's at least a foot. And it's still snowing like crazy (looking out my window to double-check that statement and yep, it's accurate!). It's supposed to snow all day, plus some snow over the next few days as well. Snow is light and fluffy too. I imagine the skiing is excellent right now. In fact, I wish I could be out there!

This past weekend, the skiing was very good. Of course, it was busy for Jay too, since it was President's Week holiday. There were some skied-off places, but overall, the 6+ feet of snow we received in February helped the mountain recover from all that nasty January weather. The woods were pretty skied out, but not icy, just moguls. Depending upon the shot, you could still find nice soft bumps and some untracked in the woods. This new snow can only improve the conditions.

Woo-hoo! Looks like New England is in for a sweet March and April!

Thatsagirl
post #13 of 22
We used to stay at Newport City motel....mainly for the nice pool and hot tub (and proximity to Sherbrooke for partying)...for some reason though, they got rid of the bubbles in the hot tub in around 2002.....

only thing about Newport...lot's of loud snowmachines firing up in the morning!!!

Call the mountain (800-451-4449) and work on them a bit....I heard they're hurtin for biz...if they're not sufficiently booked maybe you can nail a room right at the resort cheaper than advertised...although with the snow this week..maybe not...couldn't hurt to talk to them though!!

Hit the Belfry (right turn out of the resort - go about 10 minutes down toward Montgomery...it's on the left) for a great dinner and apres ski atmosphere!!
post #14 of 22
If you can stay near the mountain, you'll probably be happier. Newport is a bit of a drive, and if it's snowing like it's supposed to, the roads won't be the greatest. Plus, by the time you get to the mountain, you'll likely have to park pretty far out. I guarantee you the mountain will be busy (by Jay standards) this weekend, with all this new snow.

Also, the Belfry has been real hit-and-miss with its food for the past few years. I keep hoping they'll get it right because they have a great atmosphere, but so far, they haven't. You can find better food elsewhere.

Thatsagirl
post #15 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the recommendations, appreciated. Looks like it will be busy there this weekend judging by the lack of availability!

Still should be good with the new snow. Skiing at Sugarbush on Friday and Jay on Saturday
post #16 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thatsagirl
As of 8:30 AM today Jay's reporting 12-16 inches from this current storm so far, and I believe it, because at my office (Enosburg), there's at least a foot. And it's still snowing like crazy (looking out my window to double-check that statement and yep, it's accurate!). It's supposed to snow all day, plus some snow over the next few days as well. Snow is light and fluffy too. I imagine the skiing is excellent right now. In fact, I wish I could be out there!

This past weekend, the skiing was very good. Of course, it was busy for Jay too, since it was President's Week holiday. There were some skied-off places, but overall, the 6+ feet of snow we received in February helped the mountain recover from all that nasty January weather. The woods were pretty skied out, but not icy, just moguls. Depending upon the shot, you could still find nice soft bumps and some untracked in the woods. This new snow can only improve the conditions.

Woo-hoo! Looks like New England is in for a sweet March and April!

Thatsagirl
Thatsagirl:

Is there any good way to know what the winds will be like at Jay a day or two before? We're thinking about heading up this Saturday, but I was worried it might be too windy. Any thoughts? Also, if Jay is windy, does that mean that Smuggs, Stowe or Burke would be windy too, or would it be isolated?

Thanks, nhskier
post #17 of 22
NHSkier: Unfortunately, there's just no way to know about the wind. Heck, sometimes it's not windy at the bottom of the mountain access road but it's whistling at the base lodge. And some parts of the mountain will be windy, while others aren't. When it's windy, we just head into the woods.

Not sure what to tell you about the other resorts. I think it's all up to Mother Nature's whim...

Thatsagirl
post #18 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thatsagirl
NHSkier: Unfortunately, there's just no way to know about the wind. Heck, sometimes it's not windy at the bottom of the mountain access road but it's whistling at the base lodge. And some parts of the mountain will be windy, while others aren't. When it's windy, we just head into the woods.

Not sure what to tell you about the other resorts. I think it's all up to Mother Nature's whim...

Thatsagirl
Thanks. We'll just head up and hope for the best. I'm not much of a glades skier, but I can't really go to Jay and not get some practice in! If it's windy, I'll just have to get more practice than planned.
post #19 of 22
Got back Saturday night from a Mon-Friday at Jay-my 4th year up there. Monday the 21st was very windy-the HSQ and the tram were closed. Still plenty to ski-the wind and cold kept the crowds small. The weather improved with more snow during the week-we had a bluebird/no wind day on Thursday. Jay has some easy glades too-for practice start with Bushwacker and "graduate" to Stateside. We found some of the best snow in the North Glades and try Buckaroo Bonzai and Buck Woods for fairly easy to ski glades. We only took the tram twice the whole week-the Flyer quad (aka the Green Mountain Freezer) had short or no lines the whole time. Enjoy your stay!
post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 
Well, Jay on Saturday was big time busy, biggest lines I have seen all season. Didn't care though as I achieved a first ever in my skiing life by competing in the 25th anniversary George Syrovatka Downhill. Have skied plenty of GS and SL but never a downhill. What a blast!!!!. (once I got over the oh s*** : : on the course inspection!)

Biggest classes were the 40-49 and 50+ categories - you would think we would be old enough to know better! Pleased to report that I survived, finished ahead of a few others in the 50+ class and hit 69mph in the speed trap. Not bad on a pair of 190 GS skis!!!! May not have been a clean run but you should have seen the grin on my face at the finish. It is awesome when you can just point down and tuck on the second half of the course (Wonder if the deposits in my race suit slowed me down??!!)

I can see why people keep coming back to this event, I am already searching for a pair of 210 DH for the next one. Actually, this was a speed event weekend as I raced in the Masters Super G at Sugarbush on Friday as a warm-up, another first ever event. Now looking forward to the Super G at Sunday River in 2 weeks.

Oh, nearly forgot, the accomodation. Well, my other half decided she still liked the looks of the Grey Gables at Richford (and it had wireless access which was a priority) so we stayed there. One problem we cam across with a lot of the places was they wanted two night minimums at the weekend which didn't work with our schedule. A little bit of a trek from Jay but a great plaace and chef Bob was awesome. You need to check it out Thatsagirl and do a write-up.

Thanks again to everyone for their recommendations
post #21 of 22
ScotSkier, if I'd known you were in the race, I would have gone over to watch! Sounds like you had a blast! (On the other hand, my husband and I had some great skiing in the glades in the morning, so perhaps I wouldn't have watched after all! LOL)

Thanks for the heads-up on the accommodations. I'll check them out, though they'll have to be pretty fabulous to be included in my write-up because they are a bit far from the mountain (we have "distance limitations" that we try hard to adhere to, which is why Newport lodging isn't included). I'll look at them anyway.

Thatsagirl
post #22 of 22
Thatsagirl:
Family vacation at Jay for week of 20th. Two years ago Belfry was a hit not a miss. What do you recommend this year? Needs to be kid friendly!
Thanks
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