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Christmas 23-26 in Stratton?

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Looking to get away with the wife for a couple of days. She doesn't ski but likes to snowshoe and "spa". I was thinking about Stratton (her favorite winter resort in Beaver Creek). Is this a good choice? Aslo, here to stay? Ski-in/out or walk to slopes. Thanks
post #2 of 13
You are obviously going at a VERY expensive and crowded time of year, but at Stratton I would think over the top crowded and expensive. Do a search on Stratton and you will find a lot.

We liked the Long Trail House for close to the slopes skiing. But as I said very very expensive and very very crowded. Okemo, K, all of them the same that week. You may want to price Okemo, Stratton and Mount Snow as well.
post #3 of 13
1. Go with GPAUL's friends to Bromley/Manchester/Johnny Seesaw, although I'm sure all will be busy too.
2. I've heard North Conway/Jackson NH is pretty good then.
post #4 of 13
That will be a tough week, most places are basing it upon renting the whole week. Killington might be another choice at the Summit resort. Plus I will be there skiing Christmas eve and Christmas day, so you will have someone to ski with.
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What about the Killington Grand report? Looks decent....?
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What about the Killington Grand report? Looks decent....?
I can say I have never stayed at the Killington one, but I have stayed at a Hollid... Sorry. I stayed at the Grand Summit Resort at Sunday River, a sister hotel. Very nice, workout rooms, Spa, indoor/outdoor pools. I am sure a smaller more romantic room is an easier find than a larger 'family' suite.
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What about the Killington Grand report? Looks decent....?
The east coast ASC Grand spas are "decent", but not hyper-lux. Most of the ASC Grands have been recently recarpted and spruced up - they were getting a bit long in the tooth. Nice but not luxurious accommodations which are owned by individual condo owners who don't like spending money they don't have to. If your wife wants a "walking village" to keep her occupied, K-ton is not so convenient.

The most "BC'ish" east coast experience for your wife is probably Tremblant- day spas, shops, and restaurants. Stowe has nice spa properties (ala Top Notch), but not an actual walking village.

You've already checked into Stratton, which has a very small village and some nice spa facilities. Parking is a nightmare at Stratton, so ski in/out or walk-to-slopes is worth the extra $. The old lodge is now condos (Landmark) and right at the village. Long Trail House et. al. is across the street, but easily walked. A few condo properties at the base are truly ski in/out.

Unfortunately it's a little more difficult to combine a well rounded mountain with non-skier activities in the East. A couple of days shouldn't be a problem anywhere (spa day one, exploring day 2), but a week-long stay might be challenging depending on the type of personality of the non-skier.

My wife and I have occasionally visited a small "resort" in Ste-Adele (Hotel Le Chatecler -ski in/out) for relaxing time together. Nice spa. Skiing is nothing to write home about, but enough mountain to play on. A real town/village and fantastic food are all within walking distance. Tremblant is 30 min away for a bigger mountain day.

Wherever you go - enjoy!
post #8 of 13
I am not a Trembaunt fan, especially coming from Pa/Jersey, just too far. Stowe is aslo a great "New England" type town. From what I here, where we are staying for ESA is supposed to be very nice.
post #9 of 13
Stowe - TopNotch spa and Resort....they just dumped a boatload of money into the spa in the last few years. Sugarbush - less crowded, amazing day spa down in Warren Village at Alta.
post #10 of 13
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If its too crowded, its a no go. I think we'll look out west.
post #11 of 13
For 12/23 – 12/25 you may not be too crowed at Stratton. IME most of their crowd comes in after the 26th. You will find as other people have said, that Stratton is very expensive.

Have you considered Whiteface. Good skiing if there’s snow, great activities in Placid. The downside is that the mountain is a 20 minute ride from town but it’s a great place for a non skier.
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Change in plans: We're going to either Steamboat or Aspen
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Change in plans: We're going to either Steamboat or Aspen
No good, that doesn't work for me
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