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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
3 of them. I plan on getting up there as much asn I can now. We will also plan a trip to Sunday River too.
post #2 of 29
Good move, but if you haven't been to Sugarloaf, I'd use those passes to go there first.
True, I only skied SR once, a few weeks ago, but I was a bit disappointed.

It's better than many areas, and has some good expert terrain, but I found that there was really nothing special about it. It was absurdly crowded compared to most mountains, and I left not feeling that I ever wanted to go back. Sugarloaf, on the other hand - I'm dying to get back up there.

Matter of fact, I find Killington a lot more interesting than SR as well, even though I'm a bit tired of it. But for that price I guess I'd try to ski them all.
post #3 of 29
Had email from Heavenly today annoucing thier $299. season pass deal, going on sale .
Wish i was able to get home more often i'd get one myself.
post #4 of 29
Thread Starter 
I haven't skied Sunday River in 12 years, actually never thought I would go back but with this, I will be hard pressed not to go back and at least try it again. There is about 40% more terrain then when we were thate last. Like most places in the east, hit it with the right snow... and all is good in the world. I figure @ 60-75/day to ski K-mart or Mt. Snow..6 days and I break even, everything past that is gravy. Thn if we do a week at SR, we are way ahead of the game. Plus with the other little benefits that are thown in, 2 for ones, "bring a friend" and a couple of free lessons, like the ad says, its a "no brainer"
post #5 of 29
By all means it's a no-brainer. If you have the time, ski them all. I just found that SR seemed like 8 peaks of all the same. But the lift system was pretty efficient in moving people around. However, as I said in another thread recently, I never skied anywhere where I had to do as much looking over my shoulder as I did at SR. They have to have a high number of bad wrecks there, IMO.

My main point is that if I'm going to go all the way to Maine, in the future, I'll go another 45 minutes to the Loaf. It's unique. I can get the SR experience in Southern Vermont for a lot less driving.

On the other hand, if SR were an hour drive from my house, I'd be pretty happy about that. It's probably a heck of a lot better on a weekday.
post #6 of 29
Thread Starter 
If Loaf is indead 45 minutes from SP, awesome. The pass is good there too. I agree about Suday River in the sence, there is nothing there that I cannot get in VT except a much longer drive to get there. If I lived in Boston, a different story. I need to look at it as a "free" skiing opportunity to go there, Sugarloaf too.
post #7 of 29
From Portland SR is 75 miles, and the Loaf is 120. 45 miles longer, but if I remember correctly, you spend a little more time on highway going to Sugarloaf.

However, if you go from SR to Sugarloaf, its a ~2 hr. trip on 100 miles of secondary roads, so for me it's one destination or the other. I also found that Bethel seemed to be a pretty dreadful place, whereas I found the Sugarloaf resort, and the Kingfield area a little nicer.
post #8 of 29
I had the pass this year and enjoyed skiing all six mountains on the pass even Pico. My least favorite would have to be Sunday River though. Sugarloaf being number one by far. Such a great place with nice sustained steeps. Much mellower atmosphere too than SR or Killington. It's well worth the extra drive... I'll probably get the pass again for next year unless if someone else offers a similar deal but so far the competition is not really knocking on the door very hard.
post #9 of 29
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Originally Posted by kelly001
... Such a great place with nice sustained steeps. Much mellower atmosphere too than SR or Killington. It's well worth the extra drive...
Yeah, it doesn't get much better than a soft snow day on Bubblecuffer, or ripping big turns down Narrow Gauge or Widowmaker!
post #10 of 29

sugar yumm

bottom line IMO the two sugars (bush and loaf) rock....sugarbush got bought back.....so you'll have to settle for the loaf on that pass.....enjoy.

BTW unlike most folks here I love kmart....but you gotta have a strategy for skiing it....the free mountain tours are a good intro for the newby kmart skier....stay away from snowshed and most connecting trails at all costs and ski against the grain..... My Killington fav is a bit of a surprise, the expert terrain is great....but huge high speed gs turns on Rime right under the lift? Yummy and whataview.....try it and tell me your not smilin? I like Mt Snow too esp midweek, sorry. Shame they are dumping Haystack tho....I like Haystack too (heck I like em all whaddaIknow!!) Enjoy the pass. Tell Les Otten you love the sox.

ps don't forget Pico great fall line skiing....rarely crowded worth a day IMO
post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by hrstrat57
bottom line IMO the two sugars (bush and loaf) rock......... My Killington fav is a bit of a surprise, the expert terrain is great....but huge high speed gs turns on Rime right under the lift...
I've always said the same thing. Overall, the best skiing in the NE, is at those two.

GS turns on Rime - yeah they can be good. It's a bit narrow, so you have to pick a time when it isn't crowded. My favorites at K-Mart for big fast turns are
Bear Trap/Bear Claw followed by Skye Lark and Bunny Buster.
post #12 of 29
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Originally Posted by carvemeister
Yeah, it doesn't get much better than a soft snow day on Bubblecuffer, or ripping big turns down Narrow Gauge or Widowmaker!
Sure it does, in Utah.
post #13 of 29
Hey, I hijacked this thread Underdog, so stop stalking my posts!

There's a Milk Bone on the shoulder of the LIE near Exit 48. You can wash it down with a beer, but still, you'd better get a move on it.
post #14 of 29
go to the loaf, the place is still itself. A classic ski area.
post #15 of 29
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Originally Posted by hrstrat57
BTW unlike most folks here I love kmart....
I like Killington myself. I skied there 6 days this year all midweek and one on Superbowl Sunday. The place is a blast once you know the layout and when there are no crowds. It's still put Sugarloaf as my #1 but Killington would have to be a somewhat close second on the ASC pass.
post #16 of 29
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Originally Posted by ski nose popsicle
go to the loaf, the place is still itself. A classic ski area.
Agreed. Great mountain. But the area is suffering from benign neglect. Lifts are aging and the lift system is inefficient. Base area is aging and there are little resources to change it in the near future. Area lodging is adequate but also showing its age. Having said all that, though, the terrain is great when the snow is good. The best part of the mountain is its atmosphere -- great people and staff. Still is my favorite ASC resort.
post #17 of 29
Thread Starter 
2/3 of my ski group that go on these "family" trips are mid to upper intermediates who love groomers. Looking at SR's map, there looks to be some nice glades which will keep me and my son happy. We might look at doing three and three. Three days at each SR and Loaf.

As far as Killington, I don't love it, but I don't hate it either. But I would rather ski Killington on the weekend than most other areas. At Killington, as long as you stay off the main lifts, you can go and hide on some of teh secondary lifts and you can still ski the whole place.
post #18 of 29

$10 per day for this season

My husband and I got silver season pass this year and brought it down to $10 a day by skiing every weekend. It was the best season ever for me, never skied more, we even got to squeeze in a week in Utah because we haven't spent all the money on ridiculously expensive lift tickets on the East coast.
Out of the six, our list would have to be:
1. Sugarloaf (our heart is there, we just follow)
2. Killington (good big mountain with decent early season)
3. Attitash/Bear Peak (sweet little place to ski and enjoy every minute of it)
4.Sunday River (some good trails, but no vertical and too streched out)
5. Pico (very nice on a powder day, but where is bad on a powder day?)
6. Mount Snow (not worth the ride, too flat and boring)


Of course, we've bought the 05/06 silver pass and will have smiles on our faces all summer long. Thanks ASC!
Have a great summer guys!
post #19 of 29
Is Sugarloaf crowded? I am considering getting one of these passes but it depends on a bunch of things.....

Alfonse
post #20 of 29

no crowds on the slopes

Hi Alfonse,
from my experience Sugarloaf's slopes are never crowded, lifts might be. There are Saturdays you have to wait in liftline ~ 10 minutes, but once you are on the mountain there are no such problems. Trails are long enough to keep the crowds dispersed. There is a Bullwinkle's Grill on the mountain, much nicer lunch spot than the base lodge. One thing that kind of bothers me is the only way to get to the summit. If you want to ski the steep Snowfields you have to switch chairs, Spillway to Timberline or SuperQuad to Timberline and that can be annoying on a busy day.
On ther other hand, if you ski Summit without a break you might be finishing your day earlier.... It is steep and demanding.
This season pass is worth the money if it was only valid at Killington and The Loaf. Few extra mountains make it the best deal around.
post #21 of 29
Crowds are always relative to the observer. I have never seen Sugarloaf crowded the way Mt Sneaux, Killington or Sunday River get crowded. I think it is cool that ASC was first in the East with cheap season passes.

In my opinion the ASC areas were really crowded this year perhaps because of the cheap passes. I didn't get an ASC pass this season and won't get a pass for the coming season as I like the flexibility and variety I get purchasing discounted lift tickets through my ski club.
post #22 of 29
The real question for me is, while 399 is a good deal I have a daughter and bring her skiing lots of the time. she will be 10 next year and I am sure not going to pay 399 for her as well since she can get free passes at places like Sugarbush and Mad River........

I am considering getting the sugarbush 6 days pass which gets her a free pass. A 3 day mad pass which gets her a free pass. She also gets a vermont ski book which gives her some free tickets at most areas in the state. Of course I have to buy a ticket for it to work. But it would leave saturdays for us to explore, Burke, Magic, Jay, Stowe, even Smuggs....

Alfonse
post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by Alfonse
Is Sugarloaf crowded? I am considering getting one of these passes but it depends on a bunch of things...
I would second the comment that the lifts can get crowded on weekends, but the trails don't feel crowded. Everyone seems to use the Superquad which accesses the greatest variety of trails. The alternates (Spillway, King Pine) are slow. Weekdays are superb.

If you are planning more than 6 days at ASC resorts, the pass pays for itself.
post #24 of 29
Thread Starter 
Al,

To get you AND her passes..as compared to her skiing free at MRG and 'Bush, your situation is different than mine. If where my house to stay was further north by MGR/Bush, I would be in the same boat since I have a 16 y/old.
post #25 of 29
Al do you live in NY or CT? If so getting a membership in a ski club to take advantage of ski council days and discount passes may work better for you than the ASC pass. An unrestricted Sugarbush ticket costs me $38 through my club and junior tickets are even cheaper. Ski council days are really cheap ~$25 but are at a wide variety of ski areas.
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by carvemeister
From Portland SR is 75 miles, and the Loaf is 120. 45 miles longer, but if I remember correctly, you spend a little more time on highway going to Sugarloaf.

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You might try going through Waterville. If I remember correctly, Sugarloaf is 62 miles of secondary roads from Colby College but I've seen it done in 47 minutes. Must be really good roads, or really stupid indestructable college students.
post #27 of 29
Thread Starter 
Alfonce,

Out of curiocity, how would you go to Sugarloaf from your area?
post #28 of 29
I have never gone, but I know if I did go the faster way from Central to Northern Vermont to the two Maine Ski Areas is to cut up through the White Mountains Rather than heading south to 95.

Alfonse
post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by newfydog
You might try going through Waterville. If I remember correctly, Sugarloaf is 62 miles of secondary roads from Colby College but I've seen it done in 47 minutes. Must be really good roads, or really stupid indestructable college students.
Hey, that looks like a great suggestion. I never would have thought of that, but I just looked at the map and even though it's 15 miles more overall, it's 30 miles less of driving on secondary roads. And it looks like a lot of traffic on Rt. 4 can be avoided.

Looks like it could save 15 minutes or more as long as road conditions are good. We're cutting this down to around a 30 minute difference now vs, Sunday River, at least if I can get in the draft behind a car load of those college kids!
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