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Where east-coast slope side with a 5yo for a few days?

post #1 of 15
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Can't believe I'm asking for advice on where to go having skied almost every destination resort in NE the over the last 30 years.

I (PSIA-L2) would like to go with my wife (level 6) and 5yo (level 4) for a three-day somewhere toward the end of the season. Requirements--

1/2-day kid's program so my kid can ski with a coach in the morning and with me and my wife in the afternoon. Easy walk from lodging to lifts, kids-program drop-off, pool, village, etc. so it feels like a vacation. I want to be able to ditch the wife and kid when they get tired at 2:00 PM some place where they will have fun so I can hit the blacks for a couple hours. Terrain should include a lot blue terrain for wife and kid, some easily accessible black/double-black terrain for me.

I was thinking maybe Sugarloaf if we got a one-bedroom condo either right in the village or by the Inn since that's near the pool. It's a pretty long drive for just three days with a 5yo.

Some place like the Jordan hotel at SR doesn't work as it's too far from the dropoff for kid's program.

Any place that's condo a shuttle bus ride away from everything isn't really great either.

Suggestions?
post #2 of 15
Smugglers Notch...is it open?
post #3 of 15
Yeha its open, not sure on terrain. Bretton Woods is good for the wife/kid, buuut youll be bored. Id try Sunday River and stay in the slopeside condos- Cascades/Sunrise- its a short trip on skis down to South Ridge where the learning area is.
post #4 of 15
Maybe also Stowe or Killington, but they may not have as much convenient lodging as the other two good options Sugarloaf and Smuggs. The Sunrise condo area at Killington is surrounded by very mellow terrain, yet not far from Bear Mtn and other late season steeps usually open at Killington. Don't know about the kiddie school set up on that side of mtn though?
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
I still haven't crossed Loaf off the list. If I drive up on a Sunday, it's not bad. Ski Mon, Tue, Wed. and bug out at like 3:00 on Wed. would get us home by 8:00 with stops.

Thought about SR also staying by South Ridge. I ski there a lot and was hoping with some terrain that's more of a treat. If the woods aren't open, White Cap is the only thing that really gets me excited there.

KMart is too spread out.

Smuggs I'll look at also.
post #6 of 15
I work as an instructor at Killington. You would be able to put your child in a Mini star class (4-6 yr olds) for half day or full days. There are plenty of blue (for your wife) and black (for you) trails available. Go to Killingtonblog.com for a review of the conditions. There is plenty of attractions for the whole family as well as bars and restaurants. With your PSIA cert you can get a discount ticket for yourself (unsure about the rest of your family). Green Mountain is a great place to stay (pool, game room, restaurant, close to the lifts, and even has a shuttle to Snowshed (main building). Just a short walk under the tunnel get you over to Ramshead (kids program).

I know I am biased but Killington has it all, plus they have been cranking out the snow.

Have a great vacation whatever you do!
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
What is Green Mountain, is that a hotel? If all that stuff (pool, games, etc.) is right there and it is indeed a short walk to kid's dropoff (you mentioned Rams head), that might work.

I used to ski K-mart all the time so I know what's there with respect to terrain. Just don't want to subject the wife and kid to too many connectors. You really have to know your way around to avoid them. It can be done if you plan your route but it's been a while.



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I work as an instructor at Killington. You would be able to put your child in a Mini star class (4-6 yr olds) for half day or full days. There are plenty of blue (for your wife) and black (for you) trails available. Go to Killingtonblog.com for a review of the conditions. There is plenty of attractions for the whole family as well as bars and restaurants. With your PSIA cert you can get a discount ticket for yourself (unsure about the rest of your family). Green Mountain is a great place to stay (pool, game room, restaurant, close to the lifts, and even has a shuttle to Snowshed (main building). Just a short walk under the tunnel get you over to Ramshead (kids program).

I know I am biased but Killington has it all, plus they have been cranking out the snow.

Have a great vacation whatever you do!
post #8 of 15
Yes, Green Mountain is lodging (condo apartments).

Also, there is a morning tour (believe it starts at 9am and goes for 2 1/2 hours). It is better for the intermediate rider as the group stays on mostly green and blue trails, but the group gets a sense of the mountain and where they want to ski / ride. Just a suggestion.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by learn2turn View Post
Can't believe I'm asking for advice on where to go having skied almost every destination resort in NE the over the last 30 years.

I (PSIA-L2) would like to go with my wife (level 6) and 5yo (level 4) for a three-day somewhere toward the end of the season. Requirements--

1/2-day kid's program so my kid can ski with a coach in the morning and with me and my wife in the afternoon. Easy walk from lodging to lifts, kids-program drop-off, pool, village, etc. so it feels like a vacation. I want to be able to ditch the wife and kid when they get tired at 2:00 PM some place where they will have fun so I can hit the blacks for a couple hours. Terrain should include a lot blue terrain for wife and kid, some easily accessible black/double-black terrain for me.

I was thinking maybe Sugarloaf if we got a one-bedroom condo either right in the village or by the Inn since that's near the pool. It's a pretty long drive for just three days with a 5yo.

Some place like the Jordan hotel at SR doesn't work as it's too far from the dropoff for kid's program.

Any place that's condo a shuttle bus ride away from everything isn't really great either.

Suggestions?
Go to Sugarloaf, they have everything you want. Try to stay in Gondola village then you can just walk (50') over to the base lodge where all the kids programs are. You might also ask for a unit in Sugar Tree 1 that is the building that houses the pool and fitness center and can ski right out to the mid station on the triple chair to get up the mountain. They should have all types of terrain open at that time of year. The kids programs are great up there. Best of all you park the car and never have to use it until you leave. Its worth the long drive. I go every year with the family and I drive 5 hours from Vermont.
post #10 of 15
+1 on smuggs

its where i learned how to ski for the most part. Best instructional program ive ever had. Theres something for everyone there, and with a 5yo you cant go wrong, theres tons to do in the village there, for adults and kids
post #11 of 15
Smuggs is open and it's perfect per your description. You own it to your 5-yo to pay them a visit. Plenty of inclusive activities for him and the family.

Now, if you're more hard core and are looking for a more vast selection of the double diamonds, there may be something better elsewhere. But, if it's a couple of hours over three days, there is plenty of challenge for you and you'll have a blast. They have very nice challenging glades there as well. You just have to go when there is new freshies.

For your wife and kid, there are a variety of blue groomers and some nice ungroomed ones if she is up for them. In fact, I would just put the kid in a lesson (better if it's weekdays as they are more likely to have filler instructors on the weekends) and have him show off what he learns at the end of the day/trip.

When exactly is end of season for you? At that period, the cost to stay should be quite reasonable.
post #12 of 15
A note abot K-mart. I go up there every December for the Masters Academy, and this year I stayed at the Killington Grand. You just walk across the bridge to the Snowshed Lodge. From there you have good skiing for the wife and kid. Just don't be there on a weekend. The Grand has heated outdoor pool/hottubs, restaraunt, bar, spa, etc. And Killington road has everything else. You take the Snowshed lift, then go skier's left and you're at Superstar and the K1 Gondola. Plus, Snowshed is better than KBL. As mentioned, Green Mountain condos are also right there. I've stayed there, and they have good facilites and you can also walk to Snoshed, but it's a longer walk across a large parking lot, or a 15-30 second drive. From what I heard, the Grand had condos in it, but they may get pricey (if that matters).

no one has metioned Stratton yet. I have only been there once, 4 years ago, but recall it had a nice, small walking village right at the bottom of the hill. It looks like a typical Intra West village (don't know if IW built it or not), but everything is walk-to. Speaking if IW, how about Tremblant? (I don't know anything about it, except that it's an IW village at the bottom)
post #13 of 15
Jackson Gore at Okemo. Great kids programs, and everything you and your wife want. Depending on how late your planning your trip. You'll want to go where the snow is. It's hard to beat Okemo's late season coverage.
post #14 of 15
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Speaking if IW, how about Tremblant? (I don't know anything about it, except that it's an IW village at the bottom)
Been there with my young ones.

Mont Tremblant has a nice village (actually a couple), especially if you like good French food and don't want to overpay like you would elsewhere.

The selection of trails however are not kid friendly. In fact, the crowd attitude is very similar to what you would find in a place like Hunter or Killington. My then 8-yo got ran over by an adult skier and he didn't even bother to turn around to check but to ski on. The back of the mountain is a lot of fun and far less crowded but it doesn't have much for the green/blue aspired. On the base side, just about all trails merge into one spot in front of the base (including the greens). If there's anything going on in that section, like grooming or some sort of a contest, you might as well save the gas and deal with simlilar crowd closer to NYC.

The kid's ski school is lame and very unimpressive. It costs about the same as what you would pay at Smuggs but without the magnitude of after-camp activities. My 5-yo at the time gained nothing in skills after a full week of lesson, which is rare based on the numerous lessons that she has taken over the years.

After that said, just down the road from it is Gray Rock. That place is small but it offers very good instructions and is very welcomingly friendly. And, it's really cheap. It's a good place for your kid and perhaps your wife. A good arrangement would be for you to break away for a day and ski Tremblant.
post #15 of 15
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We did mt t for a week every year for about 8 years. love it but too far for 2-3 days
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