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Best resort pick for Dec 19-24 in the East?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
FYI: I posted this in another thread

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.

Last year all of us skied Sunshine, Lake Louise, Panarama My girls ski solid parallel turns 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:
1) Can someone recommend a good resort where all of us can have fun skiing different terrain?
2) Is Sugarbush a good choice?
3) Is Dec. 19 too early for VT resorts?

Cheers
post #2 of 15
Come ski Stowe. That is a great week to ski Stowe. NOBODY will be here and they will be making snow as fast as they can.
post #3 of 15
Sugarbush is rapidly turning into the gem of New England skiing. They have some of the best and most diverse terrain in NE, a good lift system with superior snowmaking capability, and highly motivated local ownership. I had not been there for a few years until I decided to do some spring skiing there at the end of last season, and I couldn't believe the improvements they have made there. Stowe can be a good place to do some pre Xmas skiing, particulary if they get some early season snow, which they tend to do. However, the last time I went there before Christmas, they were charging holiday rates the weekend before Xmas, which was a real turnoff to me.
post #4 of 15
That is pretty early for any decent skiing in the east. My best advice would be sunday river or sugarloaf. With the family... i'd go sugarloaf because all the trails are at least relativly closer than those of sunday river. Sunday River is spread about on 7 (maybe 8?) different mountains... so skiing by yourself becomes a hassle.

However... those are all maine resorts. In vermont... i can really one vouch for killngton. and i'm pretty sure that week your thinking about going... college students get out for holiday? maybe not. Either way... killington is a great resort... however extreamly pricey.
post #5 of 15
I would monitor the weather reports and generally early season (and nowadays most of the season) further north is always better. Stowe, Jay Peak are good choices though Stowe would do better in the snowmaking department. S-Bush is also a good choice. The Maine areas that someone mentioned above would also be fine choices.

Where are you travelling from and how last minute can you afford to book?
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by gores95 View Post
Where are you travelling from and how last minute can you afford to book?
Traveling from Toronto, which is about 6-8 hrs from all the major resorts. We are looking to stay in a condo, when I checked last year around Oct. nothing was available at Stowe, Sugarbush etc. So I thought I would check things out early this year.

I know in the past Tremblant has done a really good job of making snow and usually has many runs open by this time. They have a huge snow making system and can open multiple runs a day. But we were there last year and are looking for some New England charm.
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by soundrulz View Post
But we were there last year and are looking for some New England charm.
If that's the case, one word......Stowe.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by gores95 View Post
If that's the case, one word......Stowe.
I'd love to go to Stowe, but it getting a little too pricey. Condo fees are about 30-40% higher just for the basic 1 bedroom compared to Sugarbush.

I'm also booking a week in Utah for Jan/Feb, therefore don't want to kill my funds.
post #9 of 15
I would go for jay.
post #10 of 15
We've been hitting Jay just after Christmas the last few years and while have had mixed luck conditions-wise due to thaws/freeze, there has been good coverage with a lot open. Pattern seems to be great skiing mid-December and then sucky for a while before the season really kicks in.

Other than that, Killington has more snow making muscle and generally is the best place to go for a good variety of challenging terrain.
post #11 of 15
How far is Quebec City from you? Le Massif, Mont. Ste Anne perhaps?

How about Whiteface or even Gore Mountain? Could be a long drive though. There is a Hampton Inn in Lake George which is FANTASTIC.
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
We actually had Quebec City first on our list. Although it does add two hours of drive time. No biggie. With the CA $ almost at par, seems like the time to return to VT. In the past, this was not really an option.

I know in the last two years, St. Anne had a good start. Two seasons ago a friend of mine skied power all thru the Christmas break. Not sure how often that happens?

Let's hope we get a good start this year. Last year was terrible.

If we find a good house/townhouse off site of Sugarbush, it looks like our choice for now. Anyone have some good suggestions?

Some nice listings on vrbo.com. What other sites are there for Sugarbush/VT?
post #13 of 15
Good message board for the Mad River Valley: http://forums.skimrv.com/

In addition to VRBO which we have used, we also used cyberrentals.com to rent a Sugarbush condo a couple of years ago. You should check them out as well.
post #14 of 15
The best in the East, I hate to say, is Killington. At least it used to be. They hammer the mountain with snowmaking, like no other mt.

The northern ski areas: Stowe, MRG and Sugarbush could see heavy snows in Dec and crack the whole season open. But if it's snowmaking only - Killington.

I'd save Jay Peak for later, when the woods are ready. They won't be around that time.

No New England Charm at Killington:
post #15 of 15
Stowe is pretty serious about snowmaking these days. That's really what got the whole expansion started - getting the new snowmaking pond (oops, Peregrine Lake). I don't think it's going to be long before it starts having that snowmaking rep.
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