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Best EARLY snow in the EAST

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Looking to head out ASAP. That'd be first weekend of December. Where too?

Top Options:

Jay, Mont-ste-anne, mt tremblant, Sutton/Orford.

And others as suggested by this esteemed community.

Cheers!
post #2 of 21
Watch the weather channel hoss, that's a sketchy week ANYWHERE in the NE.

Think "Best Snowmaking".
post #3 of 21
If you want the natural stuff, that's too tough to guess. If you can deal with dependable man-made stuff, I'd say Killington, Okemo or Sunday River seem to be good bets.
post #4 of 21
first week of december you should be thinking "reliable" instead of "best". kmart will be your best bet for more reliable (man made) snow in the east that early in the season. natural snow could be any where or no where. don't book until the last minute if you can and follow the patterns and forecasts two or three days before the weekend. that early, you really can't even roll the dice on natural snow any where in new england, it's a losing roll of the dice.
post #5 of 21

Early Season

I agree with the general thrust of the other posts. Snow is both: a) highly unpredictable and; b) highly variable. Pre-December 13 there should be lots of good early season deals as well. Best option is just to sit tight. If you're near Boston, you might also go by the ski show in mid-November. You can sometimes pick up really good deals there.
post #6 of 21
On top of Mount Washington.
post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 
No doubt, the decision will be delayed. Just wondering where to look....

thanks for the help!

Cheers
post #8 of 21
I skied Killington once on Thanksgiving weekend. It was dumpin and it was packed. I would be reluctant to do it again even though the snow was fantastic. It was a full blown powder day. One of my worst experiences with the type of clientele - the people seemed to be total A-holes.

Skiing the glade triple in early November is usually a blast. But I ski Jiminy in early Nov and it can be even better. All depends on a little natural snow.
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by SKI-3PO
If you want the natural stuff, that's too tough to guess. If you can deal with dependable man-made stuff, I'd say Killington, Okemo or Sunday River seem to be good bets.
I agree about the above three.

Those are all the places I usually hit before December most years.
post #10 of 21
I'd ahve to say Okemo. Although come to think of it, Stowe has done alright the past three years.
post #11 of 21
Any thoughts on Stratton? Usually mentioned together with Okemo for snowmaking, etc.
post #12 of 21
Okemo has excellent early season snowmaking and grooming. Stowe has all new snow making capacity on Spruce Peak that is state of the art. For the possibility of natural snow northern Vt is the safest bet (read: Stowe, Jay, Sugarbush)
post #13 of 21
Killington, Sunday River or Okemo for snowmaking, although Okemo suffers some because it tends to be somewhat warmer there due to its location. And all of them will be busy. Stowe might be a good bet, fewer crowds and the chance of some natural snow by then. Sugarloaf can also be a sleeper for that time of year. Good snowmaking, further north and generally colder, and a chance of natural snow. I went there for Thanksgiving a few years ago and had a very good time. Great facilities there too, to keep you busy if the weathers not good. Just for the record, I wouldn't go to Killington over Thanksgiving, way to crowded. Strictly hand to hand combat on the trails.
post #14 of 21
Skied Stratton on turkey day 3 years ago it was great. Snow was awesome despite 2 days of rain. It was my first time to stratton and was impressed with the village.
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by ts01
Any thoughts on Stratton? Usually mentioned together with Okemo for snowmaking, etc.
Stratton doesn't seem to press early season snow making as hard as K'ton, Okemo, Mount Snow and Sunday River. From mid-December on the snow making seems to push all out for for X-mas week.
post #16 of 21
what about for New York?>thats more of a tough 1: ....Whiteface is good... but next to that there isn't much i would say
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by Sandman
what about for New York?>thats more of a tough 1: ....Whiteface is good... but next to that there isn't much i would say
If they get the cold weather, Hunter seems to try really hard to get as much open as possible fast (they were almost open as early as Killington last year I believe). Of course, the challenge is getting the sustained hours around freezing down in the Catskills...

-Craig
post #18 of 21
I've spent the past three Thanksgivings at Sugarloaf. It is cold up there so they usually have the temperatures to make a lot of snow and there were a variety of runs open. Not too crowded and a nice buffet dinner at the Inn.
post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by Talisman
Stratton doesn't seem to press early season snow making as hard as K'ton, Okemo, Mount Snow and Sunday River. From mid-December on the snow making seems to push all out for for X-mas week.
also gotta factor stratton is further south and lower elevation which could be the difference between cold enough weather to make snow or not, and natural snow or rain.
post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by riverc0il
also gotta factor stratton is further south and lower elevation which could be the difference between cold enough weather to make snow or not, and natural snow or rain.
Obviously Stratton is further south -- but the elevations at Stratton are higher I think. Resort guides on www.skitown.com put Stratton's summit / base elevations at 3,875 / 1,872 feet, and Okemo's at 3,344 / 1,144.
post #21 of 21
Okemo has the best early season snow, and fewer skiers than Killington. If you ski all day can can get a little bear in the afternoon, by early I mean the first two weeks there open. I have been there opening day (weekend) since about 1996, I have also skied Killington the week before, one word, zoo.
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