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VT and NH, end of March

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
My sons and I are visiting colleges at the end of the month and hope to grab a day or two of skiing as well. We're looking for the best resorts (that is, best chance of still decent conditions) within our travel constraints. In terms of skill level, we're blue cruisers.

We need to be able to drive to a resort from the Burlington/Middlebury area on Friday afternoon/evening, March 31 to spend the night and then ski all day on Saturday, April 1. We then want to drive to a second resort closer to Manchester, NH Saturday night (after skiing that day) so we can get up early Sunday and have a morning half-day before our 4 pm flight out of Manchester. We've never skied the northeast so we're not at all familiar with the resorts. Suggestions? Thoughts? Thanks!
post #2 of 18
Jay peak is about 1 hour from burlington and is vermonts finest skiing. Stowe is overhyped, gets less snow, and is more expensive, but is close to burlington(ten minutes). Theres a few smaller resorts which are also close to stowe but I'm not very familiar with them. Youve also got mad river about an hour away or less which is excellent skiing but they may not be open by that time as they have minimal snowmaking capability. Sugarbush is right up the road from mad river but they have better snowmaking. Theres also Smugglers Notch but I've never heard anything good about that place aside from decent glade skiing. I think your best bet is jay as its the farthest north, coldest, gets the most snow, is less crowded than other vt. resorts, and is less expensive. For info on NH resorts go to Skitown.com. Theres a lot of info on that site. Good luck! I'll be up there at the same time. Lets pray for snow!
post #3 of 18
sorry for the bad link. try this one: www.skitown.com
post #4 of 18
CSO is probably right - Jay is your best bet. Stowe is more convenient and not as bad as he makes out, but given the snow this year I'd try Jay. You may want to reconsider your plan to ski Sunday; the closest thing to Manchester is Sunapee (say 45 minutes to be safe). Pretty views and blue cruisers, but might not be worth rushing around for it.
post #5 of 18
Stowe is definitely fine skiing, dont get me wrong...sorry if I gave that impression
post #6 of 18
If, as you say, you are a group of intermediate cruiser skiers, Jay is not your best option. Jay really is all about the tree skiing. If you're ready to give tree skiing a try, though, Jay is perfect because they have glades for all abilities. Jay is my home mountain and I love it, but I'd hate for you to think you'll find a bunch of cruisers there, because you won't. Stowe and Sugarbush have much more intermediate terrain to choose from, and both have some great cruisers.

Thatsagirl
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by CSOcean10
Jay peak is about 1 hour from burlington and is vermonts finest skiing. Stowe is overhyped, gets less snow, and is more expensive, but is close to burlington(ten minutes).

Do you have a helicopter to make it from Burlington to Stowe in 10 minutes? It's really an hour from door to door with traffic in Waterbury, Stowe village, and the Mountain Road - hell, it's 26 miles from the Hawthorn Suites (highly recommended) on Dorset Street to the Waterbury exit. I never made Jay in an hour either. I lived in Burlington for 5 years, I would say that my experience is probably more realistic.
post #8 of 18

Jay Peak

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Originally Posted by Thatsagirl
If, as you say, you are a group of intermediate cruiser skiers, Jay is not your best option. Jay really is all about the tree skiing. If you're ready to give tree skiing a try, though, Jay is perfect because they have glades for all abilities. Jay is my home mountain and I love it, but I'd hate for you to think you'll find a bunch of cruisers there, because you won't. Stowe and Sugarbush have much more intermediate terrain to choose from, and both have some great cruisers.

Thatsagirl
i concur. The best skiing I had all season was at Jay Peak. Amazing tree and glade skiing. Some nice groomed cruising runs too. It's far but worth the drive.
post #9 of 18
I was thinking more from burlington to the town of stow but was even a little off on that estimate. I apologize. And my jay calculation was actually from the town of stowe to jay. As for the groomer skiing at jay...they have some nice intermediates such as northway, vermonter, montrealer, milk run, goat run, etc. Theres a couple of beginner glades near the bottom as well. I must admit though that my groomer experience there is limited since I usually am in the woods the entire time and only use groomers to get from glade to glade. Also beware of winds as they get them a lot and close the tram and quad often. Just call ahead. This is an open area(not as open as it looks from the picture) of a nice glade off of the vermonter called valhalla....check it out if theres snow and you get tired of the cruisers
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by CSOcean10
As for the groomer skiing at jay...they have some nice intermediates such as northway, vermonter, montrealer, milk run, goat run, etc. I must admit though that my groomer experience there is limited since I usually am in the woods the entire time and only use groomers to get from glade to glade. Also beware of winds as they get them a lot and close the tram and quad often.
They do have some nice intremediate runs, but the choice is limited, and several of them are the main pathways to get around the mountain and, as CSOcean says, to get from glade to glade. That means they get a lot of traffic and get skied off by noon. So then you have to ski some variable and icy conditions to get to the few intermediate runs that are not main trails. Most intermediates don't enjoy that experience. Add the high winds that the mountain sometimes gets, and any snow is blown off the trails and into the woods. Which, of course, is why the tree skiing is so fantastic! While Jay's grooming has improved over the past few years, it is still not the best grooming you can find, and really, it's not their priority because they know their target market is skiing/riding in the woods.

Thatsagirl
post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks to everyone!

We live in Nashville and, lamentably, don't get to ski too many days each year. So I'm not comfortable in trees nor would I want to put the boys there.


It's sounding to me like Stowe or Sugarbush might be a better bet for us. Hey, for us, if we get to ski at all (to use the vernacular): "It's all good!"
post #12 of 18
I think those two resorts are the wise choices for you, wa4cru. We're having a snowstorm up here in Northern VT. Snow is supposed to last into this weekend. Keep an eye on Stowe's and Sugarbush's websites to see how much snow each gets, then decide where to go. At the moment, Stowe has gotten almost twice what Sugarbush has gotten, which is common but not always the case. Also, Stowe has a greater base depth.

If you can wait till the very last minute, you could always decide once you get here. A lot could happen in two weeks. You shouldn't have problems getting a room at either resort since it's late season.

Thatsagirl
post #13 of 18
Why not smugg's?

I'd say there or Sugarbush.
post #14 of 18
Stowe will certainly be the most direct resort in your travels, just off of 89 which is what you will take to get to NH.
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by epic
Stowe will certainly be the most direct resort in your travels, just off of 89 which is what you will take to get to NH.
Good point and definitely worth considering.

Thatsagirl
post #16 of 18
Here is what Stowe looked like yesterday...I'd say it's definitly worth considering!

http://www.stowe.com/mountain/pod.php

That's where I'll be next weekend.
post #17 of 18
I'd say convenience wise Stowe would be your best bet, but pricewise, combined with convenience, you can't really go wrong with Sugarbush.
post #18 of 18
Stowe or the Bush then Sunapee would be your best bet. Doesn't look like the "new" Whaleback will be open...but ya never know. Heard lots of good comments about the rebirth of Whaleback. If by some miracle it's open it's literally a snowball's throw from I89.

BTW from the Waterbury exit Stowe, the resort, and the Bush are about the same distance, just opposite directions. Jay is an excellent choice but if your headed to Manchester it would be way out of your way. One other choice in NH would be Crotched Mt. Not real big but they make a ton of snow all winter long.

Have fun.
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