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MLK Weekend: Loon vs. Killington

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
What is going to be less crowded over MLK weekend -- Loon or Killington?
post #2 of 18
Flip a coin. I personally wouldn't want to go to either one of them. If I had to pick, I would probably choose Killington, just because it is bigger and more spread out. You also have the option if things get too bad of skipping over to Pico. At Loon, there really is no way to beat the crowds, although the North Peak area would probably be your best bet.
post #3 of 18
You picked the two busiest weekend resorts in the east, possibly in the country (if you factor ski able acreage vs. ticket sales) to compare. I'd say Killington will spread the crowds out better than Loon...I'd suggest you pick the area you like the best, 'cause they're both gonna be packed. I'd pick a different option (like Cannon instead of Loon or Sugarbush instead of the big K) but that's just me.
post #4 of 18
Sugarbush is a good suggestion. Big mountain feel, much better trail layout than Killington, IMO. Doesn't seem to get the crowds like Killington to the south and Stowe to the north does. The Bush really seems to fly under the radar for some reason, but for my money, it's one of the best resorts in the east.
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 

Pico and Okemo

Sugarbush would be a good alternative, except I am flying into Manchester, NH and I really don't want to drive more than two hours (airfare costs an arm and a leg into Burlington compared to Manchester).

Pico sounds good, particularly for the Satuday and Sunday of the weekend. We get Monday and Tuesday off too and I am guessing that's when the crowds will be less of an issue at Killington or anywhere else.

I am also thinking that Okemo won't be any better for crowds than Killington.
post #6 of 18
If it's a good snow year, why not ski some of the classic smaller NE ski areas? Mt. Ascutney is good for a day. Sunapee is really pretty sweet, and Cannon is a real classic...my dad and brother won't ski anywhere else in NH. Ragged Mountain is much better than it sounds and is another classic that's good for a day. Stay in a cheap hotel in Lebanon and use that as a base of operations to discover the roots of NE skiing. Hell, Magic's only about 90 minutes from Lebanon (Google says 79 minutes).

Killington and Loon will both suck because of the crowds. There's no getting around that fact.

Lebanon is an easy hour (or just a bit more) drive from MHT.

Get away from the resorts. This trip is all about old school vibe.:::
post #7 of 18
I agree that Ascutney, Sunapee, Cannon are all good mountains within 2 hours from Manchester and should be better alternatives than Loon or Killington. If, God forbid, MLK is like last year - limited spring conditions. Just go to Killington because it won't be crowded and they'll probably have the most open terrain.
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by wingnutter View Post
Sugarbush would be a good alternative, except I am flying into Manchester, NH and I really don't want to drive more than two hours (airfare costs an arm and a leg into Burlington compared to Manchester).

Pico sounds good, particularly for the Satuday and Sunday of the weekend. We get Monday and Tuesday off too and I am guessing that's when the crowds will be less of an issue at Killington or anywhere else.

I am also thinking that Okemo won't be any better for crowds than Killington.
I think you've got a good plan. Pico or Sugarbush for Sat/Sun, and Killington for Monday and Tuesday. I was at Killington last President's on Monday. There's very little crowd. Feels more like a normal Sunday, when everyone is heading out instead of hitting the slope. And that was on a weekend right after 3' of snow.

Okemo on weekends is a rip-off as far as I can tell. Mid-week is great. Just not weekends.
post #9 of 18
I would add Burke to some of the MLK weekend suggestions above. Loon, K'ton Okemo et al will be zoos. I give up on New England that weekend and drive to Quebec. It is cold but just another weekend for Canandians.
post #10 of 18
Mount Snow / Haystack might be another good option. Mount Snow is a good mountain, and Haystack, which you can ski with a Mt Snow ticket, is usually empty and since it only opens on weekends, the snow there is in better shape.
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Mount Snow / Haystack might be another good option. Mount Snow is a good mountain, and Haystack, which you can ski with a Mt Snow ticket, is usually empty and since it only opens on weekends, the snow there is in better shape.
Except ASC sold Haystack and Mt Snow to different companies. Haystack if it opens will be a private club and won't honor a Mt Snow ticket.
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by at_nyc View Post
I think you've got a good plan. Pico or Sugarbush for Sat/Sun, and Killington for Monday and Tuesday. I was at Killington last President's on Monday. There's very little crowd. Feels more like a normal Sunday, when everyone is heading out instead of hitting the slope. And that was on a weekend right after 3' of snow.

Okemo on weekends is a rip-off as far as I can tell. Mid-week is great. Just not weekends.
There were no crowds anywhere last year because the season was so sucky at that point in time. We skied Okemo on Sunday of MLK weekend and there was no one there. No lines at all all day.

Also, Mt, Snow would have crowds on par with Kton or Loon as it is the closest to NY and CT.

I would think that Burke is a good possiblity and probably on the edge on the 2-hour range from Manchester.
post #13 of 18
You can get to MRG/ Sugarbush as easily as Burke (Burke is 3 hrs from manchvegas).
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by Talisman View Post
Except ASC sold Haystack and Mt Snow to different companies. Haystack if it opens will be a private club and won't honor a Mt Snow ticket.
Didnt know that....well thats one disadvantage for us of that transaction.
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post
You can get to MRG/ Sugarbush as easily as Burke (Burke is 3 hrs from manchvegas).
If there's snow, Burke would be high on my list. Mad River Glen will be a zoo with snow. Sugarbush will have it's crowd. Burke could be the place to be, if there is snow.

No motivation for Loon. Mt Snow will be rush hour. Cannon would be a great choice but they don't get much snow.

I like Burke and Sugarbush, Killington as a last resort.
post #16 of 18
Don't know why I left Burke off my list before. Actually I do....it's a secret that's best kept. But since the cat is out of the bag, let me chime in on Burke.

There have been Christmas weeks that most of Vermont (including Jay) got rain. Burke got snow. We drove over from Barre and skied in powder all day. I haven't been there in years, but I've never stood in line there. Ever. Classic old school New England skiing and some sweet tree skiing if there's fresh snow. It's one of my favorites.

Again, I go back to my advice to get a cheap hotel in Lebanon and use that as a base of operations. Lebanon to West Burke comes in at 86 minutes according to Google.
post #17 of 18
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Sugarbush would be a good alternative, except I am flying into Manchester, NH and I really don't want to drive more than two hours (airfare costs an arm and a leg into Burlington compared to Manchester).
I've made it from the parking garage at Manch to the base area at Sugarbush South in 2 hours 10 minutes...breaking a few speeding laws here and there...the upshot is that it's really only about 2 1/2 hours, so that extra 1/2 hour shouldn't stop you - you'll make it up by not standing in lines!
post #18 of 18
There's also Wildcat and Sunday River. Even though SR is really popular, it's so wide the crowd tends to spread out and you usually can find somewhere that's okay. Wildcat I don't ski enough to really comment on in detail but it's a nice skiers mountain a little below the radar screen.
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