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Killington, Mt Snow, Okemo or Stratton on pres. day weekend

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Haven't ski'd any of these resorts on a holiday weekend before, byt considering a 2 night trip starting this Friday. Don't want to go any further North than these.

Any advice on which would be "less" crowded on Sat/Sun? Also, any thoughts as to conditions or %/makeup of open terrain at these resorts by the weekend?

Thanks.
post #2 of 18

Mt Snow

Will be a zoo!

But it is skiing quite well.

CalG
post #3 of 18
I've got a condo at Stratton, and we've got it this weekend (we use a matrix to divide up weekends among the family). This is usually the weekend I choose to stay in Boston due to the crowds. It's just as bad, if not worse, than the MLK weekend. You can't get reservations anywhere for dinner at a reasonable hour, the bars are at max capacity, and the slopes are dangerous.

So I'd suggest you stay away from Stratton. Killington has the most terrain over which to spread the masses, so that would be my suggestion.
post #4 of 18

Talk about a rock and a hard place...

I think the 4 places you named will all be very busy this weekend. I like CP's logic of choosing the biggest one (K) as it potentially has more room to spread people out. My experience tells me to stay away from Stratton, for sure.
post #5 of 18
There are places at Killington that never get skied, even on the busiest weekends. Among them are, Canyon Quad, South Ridge Quad, North Ridge triple(formerly glades chair) the far Snowdon Quad. None of these ever have lines even on the busiest of times. The gondola, Superstar and Bear Chairs will be mobbed also possible needles eye depending on the sun and conditions.

Alfonse
post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by Alfonse
There are places at Killington that never get skied, even on the busiest weekends. Among them are, Canyon Quad, South Ridge Quad, North Ridge triple(formerly glades chair) the far Snowdon Quad. None of these ever have lines even on the busiest of times. The gondola, Superstar and Bear Chairs will be mobbed also possible needles eye depending on the sun and conditions.

Alfonse
EXACTLY. You can ski Kton any weekeend without huge lift lines, you just have to be smart. Now. the trails, they are another story.
post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thanks..any CHEAP lodging ideas?

I'm running into the 3 night minimum problem and can't spend any more than necessary - 2nd trip in two weeks and wife is being very patient...

So far, it looks like my best/cheapest option is the Rodeway in Rutland. How far is this to K? any other ideas?
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by DaveM
So far, it looks like my best/cheapest option is the Rodeway in Rutland. How far is this to K? any other ideas?
20 min. Park at either Ramshead (if you need to be near the base lodge) or Bear Mountain.
post #9 of 18
If you park at Bear, or the Gondola down at the bottom you can avoid the traffic on the Access road at the end of the day. Of course you may want to eat out on the Access road. If you stay in Rutland Sugar and Spice in Mendon is great for Breakfast, The long Trail Inn great for a beer on the way home(Cool Rustic Irish Pub with a boulder in the middle of it!) Sals in Rutland is excellent Italian food, and reasonably priced.

If you park at the Gondola at the bottom beware of the end of the day ski out. Its very long and flat. Its fine for skiers who know what they are doing but a nightmare for any boarders. Its a nice little adventure though and I have seen keg parties on the side of the trail before.

Alfonse
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by DaveM
I'm running into the 3 night minimum problem and can't spend any more than necessary - 2nd trip in two weeks and wife is being very patient...

So far, it looks like my best/cheapest option is the Rodeway in Rutland. How far is this to K? any other ideas?
If you can wait, call all those places back on Thursday and inquire about the rooms again. If they stil want the 3 nights, tell them they're crazy, since you're ready to pay for two nights, or the rooms may go vacant.

We're running into this same situation in Manchester VT for our wedding weekend at the end of October. Lots of places want a two night minimum, but nobody wants to go up Friday night, or pay leaf-season rates.

At any rate, sounds like the Big K is your best bet. It's got the best nightlife by far, even if every bar is packed with jerkoffs from NYC.
post #11 of 18
You might want to try out Pico, which is a pretty neat mountain and has never been crowded when I've been there, even on Saturdays. It is located a few miles south of KTon and you will pass it on the way up. If you can get a room at the Best Western, they have a good free breakfast, including excellent make your own waffles. You can also get a 2 br suite with adjoining, separated rooms and a nice living area and kitchen. Thay have a AAA discount that can save a few bucks.
Gregg
post #12 of 18
Pico is a great option, though it too can get crowded on holidays.
Killington is your best bet, Ski smart and start at Bear, then head to South ridge and Ski the Triple for a few (theres really good skiing in there), then head to the Canyon quad, lots of terrain here, then head over to Snowdon for a couple cruisers to the quad. Head back to Bear via the gondola now, it will be less crowded for sure and you will have nice cruising over to bear and finish skiing Bear.
good luck.
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 

Whiteface

Thanks everyone for the advice.

Changed plans, based on crowd estimates. Will be headed to Whiteface in hopes of fewer people based on some advice I have received. Also, can stay 5 min from mountain base for $30 less/night than I would pay to stay 20 min form Kton. Also, I've never skied Whiteface, in the mood for something new. May check out Gore on the second day (sort of on my way home) - any thoughts on that option? Never skied Gore either.
post #14 of 18
Last year for the holiday week I hit killington for a couple of days. It wasn't as crowded due to it not being a weekend, but there was alot of people. Honestly it wasn't too bad if you stick to the runs that aren't as crowded. There's some obscure oens that get passed over, and there was no one on superstar (which i found to be really fun even with all the snowmakers going). What I did though was hit Killington for the first day (there was actually a big snow dump that night so it was awesome). Then went back on the 2nd day to try the same runs except actually groomed this time. But around half way through I went over to pico. It was little, but fun and had some good runs. And was alot less crowded. Not sure how VT has been this year due to the crappy northeast winter we've been having. I'd imagine most of the snowmaking efforts have been at killington thus leaving pico behind a little.
post #15 of 18
Glad to see you changed plans--those Four Resorts are ground zero for a miserable Presidents Day Weekend ski trip. Whiteface was a solid choice-it will still get nightmarishly crowded--but the crowd will be less down state aggressive (sorry down staters but you all know it's true!) and since there's no condo scene at the hill you won't get the bee-hive swarming at 10:00am like you would at those Vermont realestate-er, I mean-ski hills. Gore and Belleyeare would've done the trick, too. Also-you drove to Placid-you might have taken a shot at some nice less frequented Canadian places right across the Border Like Owl's Head and Mount Orford (for some reason Canadians just don't seem to celebrate President's Day--but be careful Prime Ministers Weekend!)

General Advice--On holiday weekends-if you must ski then-head for a hill with NO on-hill or resort lodging (find somewhere smaller to stay in a nearbyy-within 15 miles-town)!!! President's Day/MLK Weekend are just another Saturday at smaller ski places while this weekend the Grand Summit Hotel at Mount Snow will be packed to the gills with once a year vacation skiers

Liam
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by DaveM
Changed plans, based on crowd estimates. Will be headed to Whiteface in hopes of fewer people based on some advice I have received. Also, can stay 5 min from mountain base for $30 less/night than I would pay to stay 20 min form Kton. Also, I've never skied Whiteface, in the mood for something new. May check out Gore on the second day (sort of on my way home) - any thoughts on that option? Never skied Gore either.
Good move, I was going to suggest Gore but WF is a great choice too and ought to be good for 2 days. If not by all means check out Gore on your return.

Both WF and Gore have gondolas that can crowd up starting 10 a.m. and lead to summits with only one blue trail down that gets crowded and scraped off. "Excelsior" at WF, I forget the trail name at Gore. You want to avoid that ... take black trails if you can down from the gondis or even better, get to less crowded and more interesting terrain by going to the upper mountain at either area.

Enjoy.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by DaveM
Thanks everyone for the advice.

Changed plans, based on crowd estimates. Will be headed to Whiteface in hopes of fewer people based on some advice I have received. Also, can stay 5 min from mountain base for $30 less/night than I would pay to stay 20 min form Kton. Also, I've never skied Whiteface, in the mood for something new. May check out Gore on the second day (sort of on my way home) - any thoughts on that option? Never skied Gore either.
Gore is in my top three favorite resorts on the east coast. I'm not sure how much of the mountain is open, but they have an interesting setup and a lift that only serves advanced terrain, so that should cut down on the line.

I've never waited in huge lines at gore. Deffinetly worth checking out.
post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thanks

Thanks everyone for the responses - will check out Gore.

But, most of all, I'm really looking forward to the forcasted high temp of 2 : at Whiteface on Saturday...yikes..
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