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Where to go in NE this Dec, beginners, ski & snowboarding

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Florida family looking for some experienced opinions on where to go this December 18-20. We went on our first snow trip last December to Stowe and Mont Tremblant and enjoyed ourselves enough to want another winter vacation. Two skiers (44 and 13), one snowboarder (10), one looking for other things to do while family is on the slopes. We don't want to take the chance on Tremblant again as last year we got caught by the strike and lost money and skiing because of it. We're flying into Manchester, NH, driving to Stowe for one night, then to Montreal for a city visit for a couple of nights, then three days open for skiing/snowboarding (location TBD), then down to NYC. So, considering QC/NY/VT.

What we're looking for:
snow, of course
good instructors (we liked the Stowe instructors)
not too crowded on those weekdays
affordable (rental, lift tickets, lessons) (We have sent away for the 5th grader Vermont passes for $10, just in case we can use them)
decent accommodations & restaurants nearby
things to see/do for non-skier
Christmassy atmosphere a plus

I've browsed through these forums for ideas and have jotted down: Suicide Six-Woodstock Inn ski free (many bad TripAdvisor reviews but seems most affordable with free equipment and lift tickets and I read it's family friendly); Bromley (snow?); Stowe (sort of expensive but we loved it last year); Lake Placid (too cold?).

Where would you recommend?
Thank you for your help.
post #2 of 14
Check out Quebec City.3 pretty good ski areas within an hour(Le Massif,Mont Ste Anne and Stoneham)Most hotels in town offer plenty of shuttles to the hills.Oldest walled city in North America,lots to see and do for the non-skiers.Great walking town.You'll be impressed.Some of the best restaurants I've ever been to.Check out Le Vendome,which is just below the Chateau Frontenac.Heck,stay at the Chateau and you can't go wrong.As long as there is snow,you'll have no problem getting in the spirit of the season.
post #3 of 14
If you decide on Quebec City,you may want to head straight there once your plane lands.After Quebec,head to Mtl which is about a 4 hr drive.Montreal to Stowe and then Stowe to NYC.Might save you a bit of driving.Don't forget your passports!!
post #4 of 14
Just off the top of my head.... Smugglers Notch, Sunday River, Okemo, Stratton. Don't discount Sunday River because it's Me., it's 3 - 31/2 hrs from Manchester (if memory serves).
post #5 of 14
You've already skiied the best mountain in the region (not that I'm biased or anything...). My 2-cents. Come back to Stowe at least one day. Quebec City is really cool and I'd like to ski there too, but it's too far from Montreal. The other areas I'd hit. Sutton for sure. I think I'd skip Suicide Six, but spending a night in Woodstock is probably a great idea. From there you'd be in striking distance of Pico/Killington and Okemo. I like Pico if they've had some snow and if youy like antique chairlifts.

So do something like this

Manchester to Stowe - Ski Stowe

Stowe to Montreal - do your Montreal thing and then hit Sutton

depends how much time you have, but from Sutton head back across the border and hit one of the following Stowe again, Jay, Smuggs or Burke then travel to Woodstock

from Woodstock ski Pico K or Okemo then go to NYC.
post #6 of 14
Yeah I was gonna say, if you've been to Stowe and admittedly liked it go back it's a great place. Else if you want similar type stuff, Waitsfield, Killington, Okemo are all possibilities given your parameters.

Bromley is a great family mountain - south facing which is warmer, but you need more snow as a result (if we don't get a storm soon they may not have much open by then!). Stratton is nearby btw in case they don't have snow over at Bromley . I know that area well PM me if you decide and I can point you to some things to do etc. It's a nice little area of Vermont in addition to the others.
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the replies!

Quebec City sounds great, but is a bit too far for this trip. The reservations for Stowe on Friday the 15th can't be cancelled. Maybe next year if possible.

epic, your suggestions follow a reasonable path for us, we were looking at the map tonight. My husband prefers three nights in only one hotel/inn between Montreal and NYC, so from your suggestions, would Sutton be your top recommendation? I'm off to research it next. Hm, I see that they have a $5 day on the 17th and are only about an hour and a half from Montreal...

ct55, yes, I wasn't sure about whether there'd be snow at Bromley. I've read that snow in December can be hit or miss in the NE. It would definitely be a good location for us and the $25 lift tickets beat what we would pay in Stowe. I'll look into instruction prices and accommodations and see what else is around to do. If we decide on this, I'll PM you. We have friends near Albany whom we could possibly swing by and visit if we chose this.

Any comments on Lake Placid? Our son was excited about the bobsled idea, but it looks like they don't start until the 26th. Also looks like the lake won't be frozen yet for the toboggan rides and dog sled tours. Perhaps I've just answered my own question.
post #8 of 14
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The reservations for Stowe on Friday the 15th can't be cancelled.
Wait I'm confused. You are in Stowe on the 15th? I thought your trip was for the 18th-20th or something. Are you aware of this - http://esa.epicski.com/esa2007/stowe/? There are a limitd number of spots still open.
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
Yes, I saw that when I was doing searches on Stowe. However, considering the facts that my husband and kids are almost beginners, the hotel was out of non-smoking rooms, and we don't even own ski equipment, the $400 (or $800) cost (plus accommodations and rentals) does not seem justifiable for us. It sounds like many from here will be having a great time and improving their skiing. Will you be there?

Sorry for the confusion. The itinerary as stands includes:
Dec 14 Manchester, NH (around midnight) (cancellable)
15 Stowe (prepaid)
16 Montreal (cancellable)
17 Montreal (cancellable)
18 location undetermined - affordable skiing/snowboarding & lessons, sightseeing, good restaurants and accommodations
19 same
20 same
21 NYC (prepaid)
22 NYC (prepaid)
23 undetermined - somewhere between NYC and Manchester, NH
24 fly home at 4 pm from Manchester

Thank you for mentioning the ESA event to us.
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
I'm looking at the weather predictions and thinking that perhaps Quebec City isn't a bad idea after all! If there's snow, I guess the extra driving will be worth it.

IS there enough snow for skiing/snowboarding in Stowe, Lake Placid, Mont Tremblant for any three days between the 16th and 21st? I'm assuming that Woodstock and Bromley are completely out. Maybe I'm just panicking.
post #11 of 14
I think your best bet is ski at Stowe a little, do some stuff in Montreal and then go to Woodstock. It's a super nice town and will be very "Christmas in Vermont". It is also relatively close to Killington and Okemo which both have monster snow-making systems.
post #12 of 14
Woodstock is around 1 hour south of Hunter Mountain and not too far from Bellayre. I would stick to the places with good snowmaking: Okemo, Hunter, etc. Hunter is around 3 hours from NYC, Okemo is in Southern Vt, around 5 hours or so.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by epic View Post
I think your best bet is ski at Stowe a little, do some stuff in Montreal and then go to Woodstock. It's a super nice town and will be very "Christmas in Vermont". It is also relatively close to Killington and Okemo which both have monster snow-making systems.
I think every town in Vermont is very "Christmas in Vermont" but I know what your saying as Woodstock(not to be confused with Woodstock,NY) does bill itself(they used to have a big billboard declaring it before they were banned) as the "prettiest village in Vermomt". Unfortunately, most of the stores in Woodstock are very un-Vermont.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by nyskier View Post
Woodstock is around 1 hour south of Hunter Mountain and not too far from Bellayre. I would stick to the places with good snowmaking: Okemo, Hunter, etc. Hunter is around 3 hours from NYC, Okemo is in Southern Vt, around 5 hours or so.
Woodstock, VT
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