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Need some help deciding where to go in Vermont

post #1 of 16
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Thinking of taking a 3 night trip up to Vermont with my brother 3/18-3/21. Being that this year has been pretty dismal, I really need some suggestions as to what areas will have the best snow conditions. Normally I would just go to Stratton being that it is the closest. But this year I wouldn't mind driving a little further for some better snow.
post #2 of 16
Don't have much to compare it to other than Mt. Snow, but Stratton had some really decent conditions on 2/23. I was really pleasantly surprised and it snowed hard most of that day. It's been quite cold ever since and they may have been making more snow. I think it's going to warm up significantly this week, though.
post #3 of 16
STOWE
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by vlad
STOWE
That is what I'm thinking. I've never been there before but I hear lots of good things. Seems like they got a pretty decent amount of snow this year so far...260". Any suggestions regarding places to stay that are close to the mountain?
post #5 of 16
Think mid to northern Vermont. Sugarbush/MRG, Stowe/Smuggs and Jay all get a ton more snow than the southern Vt areas. Year to date at
Stratton: 114
MRG 135 - 195 (base/summit)

MRG is known for not exagerating their totals, so you can put good faith in their numbers. If you want snowmaking/groomers, southern VT is fine, and Okemo and Stratton are both known for those qualities.
post #6 of 16
Tumbler is right, resorts north of Kmart got alot of snow recently. The further north the better. A resort in northern Vermont that does alot of snowmaking will have the best cover during your trip. Stowe,the Bush or Smuugs will work fine. You can get a ski package that includes both the Bush and MRG. For Stowe, the Insbruck Inn is decent and reasonably priced.

FWIW..the snow total for the season has really no connection to how much cover/base a resort has at any given time. Most of the snow that fell in Oct,Nov and Dec was long gone by the end of the Jan thaw.
post #7 of 16
Stowe or Sugarbush. Both have good terrain. Better than lower VT. Depends on what you want. If you ski Jackson, I would head to the more northern areas.
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by eyeski
Stowe or Sugarbush. Both have good terrain. Better than lower VT. Depends on what you want. If you ski Jackson, I would head to the more northern areas.
I really just want the best conditions and least crowds, but I guess that is what everyone wants. I was hoping someone would know about some good deals, maybe something like a lodging and lift ticket package. I'm trying to conserve funds as much as possible.
post #9 of 16
Jay Peak had about three feet of snow on the weekend. It was incredible! So light and fluffy. Great glade skiing. Some of the trails had a fair bit of windlblown boilerplate, but once you know where it is, it wasn't quite so treacherous as the first time down.

But the accomodations are basic, and no night life except what you bring.
post #10 of 16
Stowe Jay or Sugarbush. Or MRG. You can say that Stratton or Mt Snow or Killington may have good conditions at any one time or whatever but come on- These 4 places are maybe the only ones worth going to if youre making a trip up there. Plus, Mt Snow/K/Stratton inflate their conditions like the corporate schemers they are. The quality/amount of snow and challenge/difficulty/whatever of trails is unmatched. Jay does have little nightlife (if any) but the skiing is absolutely incredible.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by vindog
I really just want the best conditions and least crowds, but I guess that is what everyone wants...
Looks like you will have a mix of weekend and midweek? Are you committed to skiing at one area? If not, you could try staying in Waterbury, and hit Sugarbush/MRG and Stowe. It's been a while since I've been there, but my recollection is that Stowe can get very busy on weekends. If this idea appeals at all, my advice would be to go there on Monday. For deals, check the websites at all of the resorts - some may require ski and stay, so that would probably not work with the other suggestion. Sugarbush has off site ticket sales for $55...
post #12 of 16
I sold lodging at the Bush for 5 years. If there are two of you you can stay at the Sugarbush Inn(nice place),includes great breakfast, for $60-70 per night per person. Includes lift ticket for both MRG and the Bush the Sunday and Monday night. The weekend nights will be more.

I like to find a place with a kitchen as it's worth the extra bucks but you save on food costs. If there was 4 people you could get a really good package deal on a 1br condo with sofabed.

There really is not any dumpy cheap places. Check the Garrison as they might have a decent price. The Eno Lodge in Montpelier(40 min to both MRV and Stowe) is cheap but the money your going to spend on lift tickets will make it more expensive than a package.

The offsite ticket thing is great but if you buy a multi day lift tik at the mountain it comes out about the same.

If you really want to save money there is an all year round campground in Stowe.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by vindog
I was hoping someone would know about some good deals, maybe something like a lodging and lift ticket package. I'm trying to conserve funds as much as possible.
I agree that Northern VT is your best bet, and you have plenty of resorts to choose from. I don't know about any deals off the top of my head, but how about going to each resort's website and seeing what they are offering for deals? This time of year you should be able to find nice deals. BTW, sometimes you have to look on the area's chamber of commerce site to find deals.

Thatsagirl
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by SnowSnake

Jay Peak had about three feet of snow on the weekend. It was incredible! So light and fluffy. Great glade skiing.
Jay's the way to go. If you are taking the time to go - go right. They have the snow and everything a skier could ask for.

The only problem in suggesting you go to Jay, is that you said you go to Stratton. Jay is real skiing - no fluffy women in white (except for the occasional Canadian: ). It ain't no Stratton.
post #15 of 16
I don't know what kind of skier/snowboarder you are. If you don't enjoy glades, and instead prefer groomed terrain, then Jay is probably not the best choice for you. Other Northern VT resorts offer much more variety in groomers and will keep you entertained for four days.

However, if you are a tree skier, or are ready to give it a try, then Jay is a great choice.

Another option is to go to Jay for one day and ski Stowe or Smuggs the rest of the time.

Thatsagirl
post #16 of 16
Been to Killington the last three weekends and again this weekend.
considering this witner, the conditions have been great, not alot of crowds, and the coverage has been as good as anywhere, albeit the thrre feet Jay got...
Go north and just explore different areas.
I would satart at Jay, then Sugarbush, then Killington.
Good luck
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