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post #1 of 24
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In gearing up for my UT trip I been going to Stratton to ski some. My g/f likes the want to be aspen atmosphere and the manchester shopping. I know real skiers think it's too easy but I suck anyway..

Okay any of you guys try driving via triboro hutchinson/merrit I-91 Parkway instead of Albany/I-87/Palisades Pkway. I am finding the "Albany" route pretty slow going.
post #2 of 24
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Originally Posted by GuyClinch View Post
In gearing up for my UT trip I been going to Stratton to ski some. My g/f likes the want to be aspen atmosphere and the manchester shopping. I know real skiers think it's too easy but I suck anyway..

Okay any of you guys try driving via triboro hutchinson/merrit I-91 Parkway instead of Albany/I-87/Palisades Pkway. I am finding the "Albany" route pretty slow going.
I use Hutch, Cross County P'way west , Sprain, Taconic, 295 east (north?), 22 north, NY7 east, 279, VT7 north. That's definitely faster than the NYS Thruway, and there's hardly any traffic once you clear the Bronx. From the Triboro, I take Major Deegan to the Thruway,off the Thruway at Central Ave in Yonkers, go about a half mile east to the Sprain.
Where do you live that you take the Triboro to the Hutch?

BK
post #3 of 24
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Originally Posted by GuyClinch View Post
In gearing up for my UT trip I been going to Stratton to ski some. My g/f likes the want to be aspen atmosphere and the manchester shopping. I know real skiers think it's too easy but I suck anyway..

Okay any of you guys try driving via triboro hutchinson/merrit I-91 Parkway instead of Albany/I-87/Palisades Pkway. I am finding the "Albany" route pretty slow going.
I've done the Triboro/Hutch/Merrit/W. Cross/I-91 run from a friends place in Queens... I think it is by far your best/fastest route. I've done this way and the Taconic route and find this much faster for Stratton(I'd day the Taconic way if you were going to Mt Snot.) DO NOT use the I-87 route, takes you too far out of your way... there's no reason to cross the Hudson!
post #4 of 24
I really didn't mean to call Mt. Snow Mt. Snot... although I find that one of the funniest typos I've ever had. To all Mt Snow fans, my apologies!

I did learn to ski much better there 15-20 yrs ago, so it does have a place in heart...
post #5 of 24
Thread Starter 
Sweet guys thanks for the alternate routes. I got my route from looking a the stratton directions and comparing them to google maps. But I feel I can do better and I think you guys have show the way..

I am going to try both those methods. I live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. I don't like going across the George Washington Bridge..but was just following the computer directions..

Sadly I only really drive when I go skiing - cause I don't have my own car. I don't know the city as well as the real locals as I am not from NYC either.

Pete
post #6 of 24
I've done that I-91 route from the UES when I lived there a couple yrs back... you'll be amazed how fast you're in CT and on your way. I'm stunned they tell you to take the GW... thats ridiculous to have people cross the Hudson twice!
post #7 of 24
i took the I87 route a couple times to sugarbush from manhattan, but my latest trip to stowe i took 95,91,89 route and it got me to stowe faster than i had gotten to sugarbush previously. definitely the way to go. only thing is if you come back on like a sunday night traffic sucks around the 91/95 ramp...
post #8 of 24
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only thing is if you come back on like a sunday night traffic sucks around the 91/95 ramp...
You're nuts to go all the way south to 95... take 91 to the Merritt Parkway through CT.
post #9 of 24
Since both Stratton and Bromely are not far from I91 I think that way is a good way. Here at the Bush we always reccommend 95>91>89 vs I87>149>4>100 as 20 miles from the interstate vs 75 miles of state roads plus getting thru the Rutland mess makes the I89 way abit longer but faster.

BTW via I89 the Bush is alittle faster to get to than Stowe. You get off one exit before the Waterbury exit plus Stowe(the resort) is 8 miles from Stowe Village.
post #10 of 24
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You're nuts to go all the way south to 95... take 91 to the Merritt Parkway through CT.
they're not that far apart but i can see how avoiding new haven traffic would be nice. on the other hand i figured it would be slower since the speed limit is lower and it's probably narrower than an interstate...

i dunno i never have taken it
post #11 of 24
VT resorts, Only Killington is easier to reach from the East (I-87). The rest are better approached from 91.

However, I-95 gets really slow during rush hours. I agree the Hutch to Merritt is much faster.

The last few weeks, I had good luck with I-87, not much traffic. Maybe because the perception of not enough snow? It's just very long and slow once you leave the Through way. But I was going to Rutland/Killington so that's a better way (for me).

I like Stratton even though it's too easy even for me. But I don't go looking for a challenge every weekend. My recollection is they really menicured their trails. So making for lovely effortless cruising.
post #12 of 24
Since this became an NYC thread, anyone ever take those day trip buses. I would normally drive, but if I can't find anyone to drive with me, I'd rather leave the driving to someone else. Any recommendations?
post #13 of 24
Thread Starter 
http://adventurenortheast.com/stratton.htm

My friend took that Stratton one and met us up there one time. She loves to ski so she didn't mind but its not very luxurious. Its a shuttle bus not one of those big buses that goes to the Hamptons.

I would ask her more about it - but she is off skiing in the ALPS!

Pete
post #14 of 24
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on the other hand i figured it would be slower since the speed limit is lower and it's probably narrower than an interstate...
The Merritt is like a Formula 1 race course. I keep it at 70 and people fly by me. Not everyone's cup of tea, but rarely, if ever, are there any backups. 95, meanwhile, sucks on every measurable level.

I live in NJ now, so the whole thing doesn't affect me anymore, but those are my two cents.
post #15 of 24
I'd take the Deegan (or whatever has the best current conditions leaving the city - sometimes traffic is insane until you pass the exit for 95) to 287E > 684N > 84E > 91N

I hate the Taconic because of the slow speed limit, cops (and their sniper like hiding spots on the road) deer, traffic crossing the highway (insane!) and the lack of street lights
post #16 of 24
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I'd take the Deegan (or whatever has the best current conditions leaving the city - sometimes traffic is insane until you pass the exit for 95) to 287E > 684N > 84E > 91N

I hate the Taconic because of the slow speed limit, cops (and their sniper like hiding spots on the road) deer, traffic crossing the highway (insane!) and the lack of street lights
Cops def hide like snipers on the Taconic... much moreso than any other option presented here.
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by jamesdeluxe View Post
The Merritt is like a Formula 1 race course. I keep it at 70 and people fly by me. Not everyone's cup of tea, but rarely, if ever, are there any backups. 95, meanwhile, sucks on every measurable level.

I live in NJ now, so the whole thing doesn't affect me anymore, but those are my two cents.
While the Merritt is like a F1 racecourse, the cost of a speeding ticket in CT could nearly be challenged on the grounds of "Cruel and Unusual Punishment!" as they're really really expensive...
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by aschick View Post
Since this became an NYC thread, anyone ever take those day trip buses. I would normally drive, but if I can't find anyone to drive with me, I'd rather leave the driving to someone else. Any recommendations?
I'm taking an Emilio's bus to VT this weekend. I'll let you know...
post #19 of 24
taking Palisades sux.

If you're gonna go across the GWB you might as wel do the 4->17->Thruway route. I do it very weekend and have almost never been f*cked
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by Bode Klammer View Post
I use Hutch, Cross County P'way west , Sprain, Taconic, 295 east (north?), 22 north, NY7 east, 279, VT7 north. That's definitely faster than the NYS Thruway, and there's hardly any traffic once you clear the Bronx. From the Triboro, I take Major Deegan to the Thruway,off the Thruway at Central Ave in Yonkers, go about a half mile east to the Sprain.
Where do you live that you take the Triboro to the Hutch?

BK
It's Taconic to the last exit before toll 295 E. Go until you see the little town sign for Queechy Lake and then go left at the Backwater restaurant sign. Go around Queechy lake until the road ends. You'll see the reform school. Go Left this is NY 22. Stay on 22 until you hit 43 make a right. Go past Jimminy Peak and continue until you hit 7. Make a left. Stay on 7 all the way until The Manchester exit. Make a right on 30 and follow to Stratton access road.
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by volklskier1 View Post
It's Taconic to the last exit before toll 295 E. Go until you see the little town sign for Queechy Lake and then go left at the Backwater restaurant sign. Go around Queechy lake until the road ends. You'll see the reform school. Go Left this is NY 22. Stay on 22 until you hit 43 make a right. Go past Jimminy Peak and continue until you hit 7. Make a left. Stay on 7 all the way until The Manchester exit. Make a right on 30 and follow to Stratton access road.
The shortcut around the reform school is a nice touch (the reform school is closed now IIRC), but I don't know about going by Jiminy Peak. That takes you over a pass that can be difficult in bad weather, then through Williamstown, then through Bennington. My way stays on good roads from 22 all the way to Manchester, including a new road around Bennington, so there's no serious hills and there's never any traffic at all.

BK
post #22 of 24
Try this route- 95N to 287W (Cross Westchester) to 684N (Brewster) to 84E (Danbury) to 91N (Hartford) into Brattleboro, Vt (Exit 2). Take Rt 30 N around to Stratton. May be quicker and you avoid both the NYS Thruway and Rt 100 in VT.
post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by TonyP View Post
Try this route- 95N to 287W (Cross Westchester) to 684N (Brewster) to 84E (Danbury) to 91N (Hartford) into Brattleboro, Vt (Exit 2). Take Rt 30 N around to Stratton. May be quicker and you avoid both the NYS Thruway and Rt 100 in VT.
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Originally Posted by jgb
I'd take the Deegan (or whatever has the best current conditions leaving the city - sometimes traffic is insane until you pass the exit for 95) to 287E > 684N > 84E > 91N
I agree, sorta

Usually when the Deegan is a mess, 95 is MORE of a mess (and most likely the cause of traffic on 87)
post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by TonyP View Post
Try this route- 95N to 287W (Cross Westchester) to 684N (Brewster) to 84E (Danbury) to 91N (Hartford) into Brattleboro, Vt (Exit 2). Take Rt 30 N around to Stratton. May be quicker and you avoid both the NYS Thruway and Rt 100 in VT.
This route is good when EVERYTHING else is jammed up. I've never had any problem with 684 even in the worst of holiday traffics. But otherwise, this route is longer, and 84 east is curvy and poorly lit. Also, it does get more snow if it's snowy to begin with. And not the first to get plowed either.

I do this on holiday weekends when I KNOW the rest of every freeway is bumper to bumper. Despite its drawbacks, moving traffic in a longer route is still way faster than non-moving traffic on 95.

I've had terrible luck with 95 in the evening so far. Always slow down in too many places. Much faster on the Merritt.

By the way, instead of 95->287, you can also skip 95 altogether. Just go up 87N and cut east on Cross County Pkwy, that takes you to the Hutch, then 684.
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