Lots of good comments in here. The thing about Jay, IMHO, is that many of their glades are on the map. That means that those runs get tracked out pretty quickly, and you end up skiing a mogul field with trees by 2PM on a snow day. Again, that is simply in my experience. I'm sure there are a number of stashes that see less traffic, but many of the best ones that used to exist have been brought onto the map. Places like Stowe, Smuggs, Sugarbush, and MRG strike a MUCH better balance between leaving things on and off the map. The Smuggs/Stowe combo is absolutely gynormous and has some real big mountain skiing lines. Down near MRg/Sugarbush, basically the entire ridgeline between Appalachian Gap and Lincoln Gap is skiable in one form or another - that's a good 6-8 miles, maybe more. Once the snow covers up the gremlins (normally in early January, sometimes earlier, sometimes later like last year) it's open season in the woods. You'll go through spells with a warm-ups and rain, but they usually end with a cold front and 10-14" new along with it. Burlington as a base of ops is a fine idea. As others said, follow the weather reports and make an effort to understand which areas will benefit from the pattern du jour. You'll find fantastic skiing, especially in the trees, everywhere from Killington north, and you'll become a much better skier for it.