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Northeast skiing MLK weekend. Am I crazy!

post #1 of 16
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So me and three other friends want to stay over Friday and Saturday night and ski Saturday and Sunday (of MLK weekend)

I know MLK is usually very busy. What resorts should I stay away from? What resorts would have less crowds? I'd prefer to go no further north than Killington, but would also consider Gore or Whiteface.

Any good lodging/discount lift ticket deals would be appreciated.
post #2 of 16
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Originally Posted by deltat
So me and three other friends want to stay over Friday and Saturday night and ski Saturday and Sunday (of MLK weekend)

I know MLK is usually very busy. What resorts should I stay away from? What resorts would have less crowds? I'd prefer to go no further north than Killington, but would also consider Gore or Whiteface.

Any good lodging/discount lift ticket deals would be appreciated.
Unfortunately holiday weekends mean the most expensive lodging and lift tickets. Most of the major resorts will probably require 3 nights. They will be very busy although many season pass holders are blacked out from skiing then.

If you are price sensitive maybe a mid size mountain would work better for you. A Ma and Pa motel instead of a slopeside condo will save you some money. All ski areas will be busy. Check out Ascutney or Pats Peak.
post #3 of 16
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I was thinking about gore or whiteface in NY or Okemo in VT
post #4 of 16
Okemo will be a zoo. I would lean to a smaller "less known" area like Gore, Bromley, Magic (if they are open) and some of the New Hampshire mountains.
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
Okemo will be a zoo. I would lean to a smaller "less known" area like Gore, Bromley, Magic (if they are open) and some of the New Hampshire mountains.
Phil's right about Okemo. Magic is open right now, but that area relies on natural snow so if there is melt look elesewhere. I would add Pico to the list of Ascutney, Bromley, Burke and Magic in VT.

NH is always less crowded than VT in ski season. Many people in CT and NY don't realize NH has skiing and march like lemmings to So VT.
post #6 of 16
A great place closer to NYC that won't be ridiculously crowded is Plattekill. If they've got decent snow by then you might want to save the drive time to VT.
post #7 of 16
A great place in NY that won't be ridiculously crowded is Plattekill. If they've got decent snow by then you might want to save the drive time to VT.
post #8 of 16
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How far from NYC are some of the New Hampshire resorts. Keep in mind that I like large resorts, so anything smaller than Gore wouldn't really appeal to me that much.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by deltat
How far from NYC are some of the New Hampshire resorts. Keep in mind that I like large resorts, so anything smaller than Gore wouldn't really appeal to me that much.
I want a pony.

I'd recommend Burke, but it doesn't have shopping and 4 star restaurants and it's a loooong drive from NYC. Guess you're screwed.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by deltat
How far from NYC are some of the New Hampshire resorts. Keep in mind that I like large resorts, so anything smaller than Gore wouldn't really appeal to me that much.
Gore is really not a resort in that they have no lodging at the ski area. It's got great skiing but will be crowded.

Resorts in NH are 4-6 hours depending. Cannon has great skiing but there is no lodging at the hill and won't be as crowded as the Vermont resorts. Being a state owned hill not as expensive either but it's 6 hours. Ascutney, Wildcat, Loon and WV might work for you. Ascutney has resort lodging and is about 4 hours from NYC. Ascutney has 1600 vert, while the others are all 2000+ so there is plenty of terrain to ski.
Check out www.skimaps.com
post #11 of 16
I went to gore last season on the Sunday of MLK weekend and was very surprised at how not crowded it was. Previous years we had skied smaller areas like West Mtn. to avoid the crowds at the majors. We will most likely try Gore again this year.
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Originally Posted by deltat
How far from NYC are some of the New Hampshire resorts. Keep in mind that I like large resorts, so anything smaller than Gore wouldn't really appeal to me that much.
What smerham said!

Gore's your best choice then. But chances are you'll stay on the upper mountain all the time to avoid crowds and ski the better terrain. Which turns your "large resort" into something a bit smaller, doesn't it?
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Originally Posted by crank
I went to gore last season on the Sunday of MLK weekend and was very surprised at how not crowded it was. Previous years we had skied smaller areas like West Mtn. to avoid the crowds at the majors. We will most likely try Gore again this year.
I think I might just head up to Gore. The lodging prices look pretty resonable as well.
post #14 of 16
Having been at Okemo on MLK weekend for the last 10+ years I can tell you Sat will be the worst day and Sun will be crowded, but Mon is mostly like a normal Sun. It's not bad at all. Not everyone has or takes the Monday off.
post #15 of 16
I've had good luck at Sugarbush on holiday weekends. Good lift system seems to help and the lack of a gigantic base villiage is probably a good thing as well. Pretty much everywhere is gonna be crowded, but some places are less crowded.

Stay away from the likes of K-mart, Stowe, Okemo, Loon, etc.... it'll be a madhouse. I'll echo what another said about Cannon. It's kinda in the middle of nowhere and there's nothing around it. Great skiing, cheap, and much less crowded than the destination resorts. If you can deal with staying a little ways off the hill, it should all be good.

Jay Peak may be an option as well. I've skied there Christmas week and had almost no lines except at the tram.
post #16 of 16
First, the word discount doesn't generally apply at that time. You can also expect a 3 night requirement anywhere near a mountain. Loon might be a good choice in NH for you, as its pretty big and while there can be big crowds, if expert terrain is what you seek, the North Peak there tends to be less crowded than the terrain served by the main gondola. Lots of different lodging, but if you want to be on the mountain expect it to be expensive.

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So me and three other friends want to stay over Friday and Saturday night and ski Saturday and Sunday (of MLK weekend)

I know MLK is usually very busy. What resorts should I stay away from? What resorts would have less crowds? I'd prefer to go no further north than Killington, but would also consider Gore or Whiteface.

Any good lodging/discount lift ticket deals would be appreciated.
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