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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
The family is thinking about spending a week at Okemo this year. We might stay at a condo in Cavendish. We were thinking about taking a day trip to Smugglers Notch. How far a drive is it, and what would be the best route to take?

Thanks,
post #2 of 23
It's farther than you might think, because in the winter the most direct route between Stowe and Smugglers Notch is closed. It's 2 hours to Stowe from Ludlow (where Okemo is), and beyond that, I'd say it's another 45 minutes.
post #3 of 23
Thread Starter 
3 hrs eh? I guess if we are up early one morning we may check it out. I am used to driving 2 hrs even for crappy ski areas, so an extra hour is not that bad for me.

Thanks,
post #4 of 23
Why Smugglers? Not that there is anything bad with it, but you will be passing Killington, Sugarbush, Mad River Glen and Stowe to get there. All of those areas are IMHO better areas. Let alone areas in NH that would be closer.

BTW, while at Okemo make sure you look up some Bears like Max Capacity and TCarey.
post #5 of 23
My home mountain is Okemo, too!

Phil has a good point. Okemo is only half an hour from Stratton, half an hour from Killington, and an hour and a half from Sugarbush and Mad River. So you really do have a lot to choose from.
post #6 of 23
Thread Starter 
We have been to all the others, the wife and kids (me too I guess) just wanted to see what Smuggs was like. We may just stay at Okemo the whole time. I wouldn't mind a MRG day trip though.....................
post #7 of 23
An entire week at Okemo is way too much, IMHO. If you haven't been to Pico, go for 1 day, it's a nice secret. Also, Mt. Snow for 1 day can be nice.

Enjoy!
post #8 of 23
Oboe teaches at Smuggs. It is about a 3 hour drive up Rt 7 from Okemo---if you have never been, why not go for it? It is a nice area. Family oriented as well.
post #9 of 23
Smuggs is really good skiing, and skis really big. Its is nice family mountain yes,dont let that fact fool you into thinking it mellow and easy. The terrain is some of the toughest I have encountered on my trips up to Vermont. Upper Madonna Lift Line is IMO one of the most intimidating showcase trails in the east. Also had tons of tree skiing off and on the map. I would take the trip there if you havent been there to check it out.
post #10 of 23
lLet me know when you are coming maybe we can make a few turns. I live in Cavendish. It is just a stone's throw away from the Mt.I agree with the others about Smuggs. I would just drive a bit further and hit Jay and ski the trees all day!! Just my .02.

Happy sliding!

Terry
post #11 of 23
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by tcarey
lLet me know when you are coming maybe we can make a few turns. I live in Cavendish. It is just a stone's throw away from the Mt.I agree with the others about Smuggs. I would just drive a bit further and hit Jay and ski the trees all day!! Just my .02.

Happy sliding!

Terry
Will do. My wife is thinking of trying the Women's Adventure class. You teach that don't you? My son has been eyeing up the terrain park specific classes all summer..........................
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by Ullr
Will do. My wife is thinking of trying the Women's Adventure class. You teach that don't you?
Do it do it do it. My wife has been taking them the past 5 years and loves the program. Terry was her coach last year.
post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by Ski Diva
Okemo is only half an hour from Stratton, half an hour from Killington, and an hour and a half from Sugarbush and Mad River. So you really do have a lot to choose from.
bromley is also a close option that is a great family mountain with a few decent expert runs. a week at okemo does seem like a long time and there are no shortage of decent ski areas in that neck of the woods. if you don't mind the drive though, definitely head to smuggs! especially if you have already been to the other places along the way, i always love crossing a new area off the to do list.
post #14 of 23
Teaching Women's Alpine Adventure is the best ever. I have alot of fun and I think that all the women do too.Check out the website for all the details!

Terry
post #15 of 23
ok ..what did i miss?

what is the web sit address?
post #16 of 23
If you haven't been dissuaded from coming to Smuggs, please send me a private message and we can swap contact info. There's a very, VERY wide range of terrain at Smuggs - something for everyone.
post #17 of 23
From Ludlow I think it would be faster to get off I89 at the Richmond exit and head up to Underhill thru Jericho Center to Rt 15 to Cambridge to Jeffersonville than going up Rt 100 thru Stowe and all the way around Mt Mansfield thru Morrisville and Johnson. The road from Richmond to Rt 15 is as good as Rt 100.
post #18 of 23
www.okemo.com Go to the winter site and click on learning programs then on clinics.

Terry


PS-Obeo I don't mean to trash Smuggs-just like Jay a bit better.If there was someone to show me around Smuggs I would grab the chance and go for it!!
post #19 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks t, I will talk her into taking it.

I'll go that way JH, that was the type of info i was looking for!!

Oboe, I'll pm you when it get's closer to the date. Will be either end of Jan or the end of Feb.
post #20 of 23
Make sure you let us know when you'll be at Okemo, I'm an Ambassador there.

Looking forward to meeting you.

Byron
post #21 of 23
Jay is a nice place to ski, but I'm a volunteer patroller at smuggs, and I never get bored with skiing the resort 20+ hours every weekend
post #22 of 23
If there's snow-the best kept secret (and less than 1/2 south on rte 100 from Okemo), is Magic Mountain-but the 'if there's snow' is a big sub-clause.

None the less--For a couple of weeks a year when S. Vermont has snow--Magic Mountain is the best skiing (and cheapest!) terrain south of Mad River Glen.

Liam
post #23 of 23
Smuggs is definitely worth checking out. I had a pass there one year in college and think it's the most underrated mountain in New England...big vert, killer terrain and probably gets the most snow in New England outside of Jay. Has some of the toughest top to bottom runs in New England with great bumps, steeps, glades and long cruisers. ONLY downside IMO is lack of any high speed lifts and grooming could be better BUT Madonna will give you all you can handle in a day. Also Sterling Mtn is pretty good too.
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