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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
I'm a western skier but have managed to squeeze a weekend out of the first of January and my wife wants to go to the northeast. She is not a skier, more the resort type. She likes to snowshoe, hike and massages.

Looking for something close to an airport serviced by Southwest Air.

Any suggestions?
post #2 of 23
I don't think Southwest flies into Burlington, VT so your best bet is to fly into Manchester, NH to get you close to ski country. From there you're about an hour away from some of the smaller but nice resorts in NH like Cannon, Loon, Waterville, Sunapee, etc. Within a two hour drive you can hit the VT resorts like Okemo, Killington, Sugarbush, etc. or the NH resorts like Bretton Woods (for a pampered experience), Attitash / Cranmore (in scenic North Conway which has some nice hiking trails & lots of outlet shopping). etc. You'd still be probably 3-4 hours away from areas like Jay Peak, VT or Sugarloaf, ME.
post #3 of 23
The only place in New England that is going to come close to satisfying both of you is probably going to be Stowe. Plenty of spas, shopping, dinning and off mountain activities in a real romantic setting. Genuine New England town that has managed to retain it's charm while still being a major resort destination. Plenty of challenging terrain to keep you busy, although a lot of it won't be found on the trail map, so seek out one of the friendly locals.
If you like major glitz, try Stratton. No real town to speak of, just a lot of developement, aimed at attracting the upper crust. If you like Vail, then you'll probably feel right at home, although the mountain doesn't quite measure up.
Whiteface in upstate New York is a nice place to visit, near Lake Placid, lots of off hill activities, athough it's probably a more fun place to visit in the summer, and the mountain may be somewhat different than you're used to skiing out West (they don't call it Iceface for nothing).
Killington is always an option, it's got lots of everything, (except the charm factor), something for everyone. You might go away loving it, or you might go away hating it. Can't talk about New England without mentioning the big K. I know it's not a place my wife looks forward to going to.
Other than that, the only other place I could think of might be North Conway in NH. Plenty (and I mean plenty) of shopping and lodging, lots of factory outlets, so if the wife's a shopaholic, then you're in the right place. Doen't have the charm of a place like Stowe, though. A couple of smaller but interesting mountains in the area that will keep you busy for a day.
However, none of these places are real close to a major airport. I know that Southwest flys into Manchester, NH, which is kind of centrally located in New England, but most of these places are probably a two hour drive from there.
post #4 of 23
Southwest to either Manchester or Albany,~2 1/2hr from Killington, 3hr from MRG (though I doubt MRG will meet your wifes requirements).
post #5 of 23
If shopping is a major factor in choice, I second North Conway. Start your virtual quest here:

www.mtwashingtonvalley.org

The Red Jacket Inn is very nice for starters...

My crew will be in the valley somewhere after Christmas as usual, we tend to do one day at a mega resort and then hit the smaller hills to keep the cost down. Easily reachable(w/i 1 hour or less) from the valley are:

-Wildcat, Black Mtn, Bretton Woods, King Pine, Cranmore, Attitash, Shawnee Peak and of course Sunday River.....

Bretton Woods and Sunday River can usually be counted on for some of the best conditions you will find in the NE. Attitash at times can approach same level. I have ski'd these areas extensively. PM me if you need more detail on each. All have good web sites you should be able to link from the above. Slopeside options would be avail for Bretton Woods, Attitash and Sunday River....and perhaps Cranmore...but from your initial post I think you would be happier chosing a 5 star location either in North Conway or Jackson, getting up a bit earlier and taking the short road trip to the hill. This is how we do it. No worries and I am packing up 5 skiers remember. I strongly suggest 4wd for rental if you can....the weather worm turns very quickly.

As for as the mountain goes.....Wildcat is the best for terrain of the above. Not even close. But it can be cold and sketchy...when it is good, it is very very good.

If Vermont is in the hunt for you....Manchester is similar to North Conway...factory outlet central...Bromley is a very nice hill. Mac nailed it I think with the Vail comparison for Stratton. Manchester is straight jog down Rte 7 from Burlington. Burlington BTW is a great town....home of UVM, it has a real college ski town feel.....Stowe, Bolton Valley, Smuggs, Jay and the Mad River Valley (Sugarbush, MRG) are among the hills within easy reach.....and of course Montreal is in the picture from Burlington.....one of my favorite places on earth!

If she likes shopping.......

Montreal
post #6 of 23
Well, IMO Stowe is the best in the northeast. I dont think SW services burlington, but jet blue does. your wife can go to Trapp Family Lodge and the nordic center to hike, and to TopNotch to get a massage, and you can RIP UP THE SLOPES. HAVE FUN
post #7 of 23
If your wife does not ski try Lake Placid & Whiteface. http://lakeplacid.com/
Plenty to do, see, shop, eat, hike and get massaged! Try the Mirror Lake Inn. http://www.mirrorlakeinn.com/
post #8 of 23
Amother place to consider is Manchester, VT and skiing at Stratton, Mt. Snow, Okemo. There's lots of non-skiing stuff to do in Manchester (including outlet shopping ). Manchester is less than 1.5 hours from the airport in Albany (SW flies into ALB) - go north on I-87 a couple miles to NY 7 east through Troy which becomes VT 9 in Bennington - go north on VT 7 22 miles to Manchester, VT. These are all very good roads. Another great option is staying in Bennington and skiing Mt. Snow and Stratton. None of these options is a "resort" experience and will require driving to the slopes each day. Oh, and dress warmly.
post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys. Lots if good info.

Will look into these.
post #10 of 23
I also vote for Stowe. FYI....... Manchester is the better airport to fly into. It's cheaper rental car and better drive than anything from Albany.
post #11 of 23
Manchester is a GREAT airport, easy in and easy out. I second the Topnotch Resort on the Stowe Mt Rd(Rt 108). 5 min to the mountain. You get one of those soft plush robes to walk around in. You will get mucho points from your wife if you take her there.
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by bjohansson
Amother place to consider is Manchester, VT and skiing at Stratton, Mt. Snow, Okemo. There's lots of non-skiing stuff to do in Manchester (including outlet shopping ). Manchester is less than 1.5 hours from the airport in Albany (SW flies into ALB) - go north on I-87 a couple miles to NY 7 east through Troy which becomes VT 9 in Bennington - go north on VT 7 22 miles to Manchester, VT. These are all very good roads. Another great option is staying in Bennington and skiing Mt. Snow and Stratton. None of these options is a "resort" experience and will require driving to the slopes each day. Oh, and dress warmly.
How could you mention all of those mountains around Manchester and not mention Magic? I think people would rather wait in lines and go to the hip, "big mountain" of the week. Ski Powder at any of the mountains mentioned above on a weekend and its skied out by 10 AM. At magic its just you and 200 friends on a weekend.....

Of course if groomers is your cup of tea it may get boring to you, but I could care about that since magic is loaded with interesting of-piste options and a heck of alot steeper than any other southern vermont destination like Flatton or Okeslow...........

If you want my opinion about skiing East I would go with the suggestion above, Stowe. Burlington is beautiful, Stowe has good skiing and good spas. Montreal is a stones throw away. If you wanted strictly skiing I would recomend some other mountains, but stowe would not be too far down the list. If you really want to freak your wife out stay at the Von Trappe Family Lodge(The sound of music) Ironically stowe is doing really well with snow right now and got dumped the other day......

Alfonse
post #13 of 23
You don't mention what you are looking for in a resort for skiing. I agree that Stowe and Whiteface/Lake Placid are the best options for keeping your wife pampered and happy while you ski some of the best terrain in the East. Great dining and lodging at both, plus plenty of things off-slope to keep you busy. If you are not as hardcore a skier, more an intermediate skier who likes lots of groomers, you also could consider Bretton Woods and stay at the Mt. Washington Hotel (one of the grand hotels from the late 1800s that looks like a castle--you'll feel like you've stepped back in time).

All have excellent cross-country skiing and snowshoeing for your wife, plus some of the best spas in the country. If you're dying to try bobsledding, you'll want to go to Lake Placid. :

If neither of you have have ever been to the Northeast, these three areas are the best at giving you a taste of the best we have to offer as far as traditional New England atmosphere (though Whiteface is in NY, it's Adirondacks and still has that "feel" to it).

January in New England/upstate NY is often very cold, could very well be frigid. Watch the weather forecast and bring appropriate clothing! And remember that you can always cuddle near a huge fireplace and drink apres-ski drinks if you just can't stand being outside.

Thatsagirl
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by Alfonse
How could you mention all of those mountains around Manchester and not mention Magic? I think people would rather wait in lines and go to the hip, "big mountain" of the week. Ski Powder at any of the mountains mentioned above on a weekend and its skied out by 10 AM. At magic its just you and 200 friends on a weekend.....

Of course if groomers is your cup of tea it may get boring to you, but I could care about that since magic is loaded with interesting of-piste options and a heck of alot steeper than any other southern vermont destination like Flatton or Okeslow...........Alfonse
Yep Magic rocks

When it is operating and not bankrupt.....by far the best terrain in s vt....that likely is it's problem. Not big with the Bogner crowd. Doesn't work for me either when I bring some of my family members along. Yep, too steep for em....

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Bromley on the other hand works great....

Not a huge fan of Stratton, just not my thing.

BTW, Mt Wash hotel is a great suggestion....if you do want to introduce mrs to alpine skiing BW is the place....real user friendly hill with a good ski school. Big $$$ tho....but real nice.

You could spend even more and take her to the Balsams, and really get pampered.
post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by Alfonse
How could you mention all of those mountains around Manchester and not mention Magic? Alfonse
The snow at Magic is going to be sketchy at best in early January unless the weather patterns change drastically. He and his sig other don't sound like the hard-core types. Magic scares people. I made my recommendations based on my perception of their skier types. He sounded like he was leaning more toward the resort-type area. Maybe I was wrong, but he did mention shopping....
post #16 of 23
If it were only for skiing, Sugarloaf, the closest thing to out west!

But for skiing and wifey, Stowe in VT, and Tremblant in Quebec.
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by Gpaul
If it were only for skiing, Sugarloaf, the closest thing to out west!

But for skiing and wifey, Stowe in VT, and Tremblant in Quebec.
And which airport serviced by Southwest is close to these resorts?

MHT - Stowe = 3 hours with good weather
MHT- Sugarloaf = 4 hours, 30 minutes in good weather
ALB -Tremblant = 5 hours in good weather
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by Thatsagirl
If you are not as hardcore a skier, more an intermediate skier who likes lots of groomers, you also could consider Bretton Woods and stay at the Mt. Washington Hotel (one of the grand hotels from the late 1800s that looks like a castle--you'll feel like you've stepped back in time).

All have excellent cross-country skiing and snowshoeing for your wife, plus some of the best spas in the country.

January in New England/upstate NY is often very cold, could very well be frigid. Watch the weather forecast and bring appropriate clothing! And remember that you can always cuddle near a huge fireplace and drink apres-ski drinks if you just can't stand being outside.

Thatsagirl
BW with Mt. Wash Hotel is what first came to my mind. Straight 2-3 hr shot up I93 from Manchester NH (not to be confused with Manchester VT near Stratton/Bromley/Magic). If the weather is really brutal which is likely anywhere in VT or NH in early Jan, Mt. Wash hotel at BW is the kind of big, historic, pampering, one-stop-does-it-all Hotel that your wife could hang-out in for 3 days and never step outside. Cannon Mtn is also close-by for some more advanced ski terrain.
post #19 of 23
The Mt. Washington is a great place, but there is really *nothing* in the immediate vicinity of the place. I absolutely recommend Stowe, there is no place (in my opinion) that has a more quaint New England feel to it, with great restaurants, some spas, and great skiing. Von Trapps for snowshoeing is a great idea, too. Stowe has done a great job keeping out chain stores and restaurants, which New Hampshire has not managed to do. And your wife can go to outlet malls anywhere!
post #20 of 23

Albany Airport

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Originally Posted by bjohansson
And which airport serviced by Southwest is close to these resorts?

MHT - Stowe = 3 hours with good weather
MHT- Sugarloaf = 4 hours, 30 minutes in good weather
ALB -Tremblant = 5 hours in good weather
3 hours to Stowe. (ski capital of the East)
2 hours to Stratton, Bromley and Magic (near Manchester Vt)
2 hours to Mt.Snow (nothing to do)
2 hours to Lake Placid (no snow)

Please don't go to Stratton. I think Stowe will have the best snow. Lots of easy stuff for spouse. Some shopping. Bromley is too small. Magic is a risk for snow - if there is no natural - no snow.
post #21 of 23
So, Ciao457, what are you thinking after all this advice? Anything sound like your cup of tea?

Thatsagirl
post #22 of 23
They say Tremblant is a great place in the east for a romantic get away....very popular with the honey mooners...rather close to Montreal
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by gretch6364
They say Tremblant is a great place in the east for a romantic get away....very popular with the honey mooners...rather close to Montreal
It's 2 hours north of Montreal, too far away for someone flying in on Southwest (Manchester, NH, or Albany, NY, are the only airports this far north where Southwest flies).

Thatsagirl
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