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post #91 of 108
re: Dec. 19-24

I am a little worried about snow coverage at this time. We lucked out last year when we booked Tremblant, at least they had a good number of runs open. Everywhere else basically had nothing open.

FYI: We are also planning a western trip Jan/Feb so was hoping to get something in early.

I might hold off until we get into late Oct. to book to see what the weather is shaping up for the East.

Addtional Note: We are traveling from the Toronto area and trying to keep the travel time below 8hrs. Both Sugarloaf, Mt St. Anne would be pushing it.
post #92 of 108
Jay peak! What else? Over president's day they had 5 fresh feet of pow! It was the only time I've ever experienced the whiteroom in the east. Sugarloaf is good too when their snowfields and moguls are open! But jay has the most challenging trails in the east(face chutes) and best snow and best glades.
post #93 of 108
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Originally Posted by JoeSchmoe View Post
For everyone who has claimed Stowe and Sugarbush the very best in the East, who has actually been to Le Massif or Mont Ste Anne? Do they compare? Anyhow, here is my list in order...

Le Massif- best combination of snow, vert, steeps, crowds
Mont Ste Anne- almost as good as Le Massif for the same reasons... with a little more steep, a little less snow and vert
Whiteface- best vert... I love non stop skiing, good steeps, caught some powder here before, but I've also caught lots of ice, no crowds
Jay Peak- Trees were fun for about an hour until my legs gave out for the weekend. Snow is overated. Most runs are not much more that 1000ft vert.
Mt Tremblant- Vert was okay, but crowds ruined this place for me.

This year, I'll probably head back to Le Massif or Mont Ste Anne, unless anyone who has been there can convince me to check out Sugarbush or Stowe.
I'm glad someone mentioned Le Massif. It Has some serious runs on it! Doesn't it have a triple black?!?!
post #94 of 108
Has anyone tried Bolton Valley. It's great dor the family and for people that like the woods. I found entrances to mountain bike trails and they were a blast to ski down. Very narrow, and remote feeling.
post #95 of 108
I skied Mt. St Anne 2 days last season and really enjoyed it. Great lifts and some nice challenging straight down the fall line runs, plenty of cruisers too. Skied Sugarloaf on the same trip and liked the mountian, did not like the lift system. Good steep skiing there too. Jay is great for the glades and back country the runs are ok. Stowe is Stowe and is hard to beat. Sugarbush is my favorite, but that doesn't necessarily make it the best. Whiteface is steepish, not steep, and it is boring. Killington is great but it's Killington by which I mean there is a certain attitude that I can live without. Stratton, Mt. Snow et all not worth talking about IMO.
post #96 of 108
yes I really like Bolton Valley. It's not the best in the east by any means, but I like it - smaller feel, cheap and uncrowded. Only one serious run IMO (and too short) unless others know of off-piste or whatever.

Nice family place though.
post #97 of 108
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Originally Posted by ski now work later View Post

Some day: MRG and Jay....
This season! We will be there and you should come join us. Mad River Glen is so fine! You will love it and we'll be there and it will be great. The hell with Killington
post #98 of 108
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yes I really like Bolton Valley. It's not the best in the east by any means, but I like it - smaller feel, cheap and uncrowded. Only one serious run IMO (and too short) unless others know of off-piste or whatever.

Nice family place though.
What's the 1 serious run?
post #99 of 108
RE: BV runs

Devil's Playground and Preacher, which are really two sides of the same run. It needs (natural) snow for that run but it's worth it if there is. It's treed but fairly steep in spots and narrow.

There are other double diamonds but they don't really compare to it in terms of difficulty.
post #100 of 108
ummmmm... What is any skiers/riders wet dream (if they're any good, that is)?

Pow

What ski area in the East gets the best pow?

Jay

nuff said.
post #101 of 108
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Originally Posted by soundrulz View Post
Our family is looking at booking a week starting Dec. 19-24 at one of the big eastern resorts. My girls are 9 & 13 and can ski all the blacks at Blue Mountain, Ontario (smaller ski hill).

Last year we have skied Tremblant and found it ok, too crowded and we saw way too many people crashing into others, mega injuries.

All of us skied Sunshine, Lake Louise, Panarama last year where my girls really started to ski good. They ski a solid parallel turn at moderate speeds.

Me on the other hand can ski difficult blacks and some double blacks.

I've been to Stowe, Killington, Sugarbush and Mt St. Anne many years ago. I was looking a booking Sugarbush because I really like this place.

Questions:
Can someone recommend a good resort where all of us can have fun skiing different terrain? Is Sugarbush a good choice? Is Dec. 19 too early for VT resorts?

Cheers
At that time of year, your best bet for snow quantity & quality is any resort in the Northern Green Mts of Vermont. They get more snow than virtually any place in the East, generally. I know there are exceptions to this but in general that would be your best bet IMHO.

Try Sugarbush, Stowe, Smuggs or Jay Peak. Bolton Valley might be a good choice as well. You said you've skied Stowe & Sugarbush before & those would be good bets for diverse terrain that your whole family can ski. Stowe is more pricey than Sugarbush by $10-$12 per day for lift tickets but it's a classic mountain. Sugarbush is my favorite, especially with Mad River Glen right nearby, but unless there's a ton of early season snow, MRG will probably be marginal then.
post #102 of 108
Best terrain parks, Killington. They got everything. Lots of parks to choose from.

I heard sugarloaf just added a back bowl or something this winter. One of the few recreational resorts in the east with above treetop skiing unless you want to hike.

Best steeps: Tucks... further away from lunch rocks is "the chute" Good steeps skiing if you know what your doing. Down side is the hike. But nothing worth having comes easy.
post #103 of 108
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Best terrain parks, Killington. They got everything. Lots of parks to choose from.

I heard sugarloaf just added a back bowl or something this winter. One of the few recreational resorts in the east with above treetop skiing unless you want to hike.

Best steeps: Tucks... further away from lunch rocks is "the chute" Good steeps skiing if you know what your doing. Down side is the hike. But nothing worth having comes easy.
The above treeline skiing at sugarloaf has been there for years!
post #104 of 108
oh god really... i've always skied at sunday river... they may have just added another above the treeline area. I'll have to try it out though.
post #105 of 108
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oh god really... i've always skied at sunday river... they may have just added another above the treeline area. I'll have to try it out though.
There is no new above tree line area....nothing's really changed at the top of Sugarloaf since they added the Timberline Quad for improved access back around 2000. Sunday River is great but so is The Loaf.....they ski completely differently but excellent terrain at both...
post #106 of 108
Again, ref. mid Dec family trip...

Smuggs can be very good by that time if they have a early snow season (last year was terrible but so were all others in the region). They used to brag to be second powderish in the East, second to Jay. It certainly has a good variety of terrain at different skill levels for all different interests.

The downside to Smuggs is that their snowmaking is still somewhat lacking as compared to the high capacity snowmaking mountains. Their lift system is somewhat slower like others have said, but the lines are never there, especialy during that time of the year. (a high speed quad supposedly is in the works)

For the kind of trip you're looking for, you can't beat smuggs family atmosphere (not compromised by the lack of challenging skiing). At most other place, the on premise apres-ski is either dead (like Jay) or really lively (i.e. noise, crowd, etc.). Although your kids are probably a bit too old for most of Smuggs programs.
post #107 of 108
Me, Sugarloaf is the best. Its got steeps in the snowfields, glades on Burnt Mountain and Brackett Basin, and great moguls all around the resort.
post #108 of 108

This is all out of Boston

Vertical: Stowe

Snow: Jay Peak

Glades: MRG and Burke

Crowds: Sugarloaf

Price: Burke and Jay Peak

Distance: Loon

Varied Terrain: Stowe or Killington

 

Overall: Stowe, you have the front four and good glades. The snow is almost as good as Jay but Stowe is an hour closer and that is huge for the weekend.

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