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Where to go for early season (Dec. 1-3) in the East?

post #1 of 19
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A few friends and I have Monday and Tuesday off the weekend of December 1 and were thinking about trying to go skiing. The guy who came up with the idea suggested Mt. Snow, but I wanted to check around just to make sure there isn't some great deal/skiing we'd be missing out on.

We're mainly looking for a good deal on lodging (lodging/lift packages are good) and a place that should have a decent amount of the mountain open. Only one of us is what I'd call an expert, so it's not like we'll be disappointed if we can't ski double black diamond bowls, but we don't want to drive 6.5 hours to ski greens and easy blues either.

Any suggestions or ideas are more than welcome.
post #2 of 19
At that time in the East it will be something of a crapshoot. For years the standard answer would have been Killington. It is not quite the fringe season dynamo it used to be, but might still work well for you. Mt. Snow is also not a bad option. Another strong candidate for your interests and timing would be Okemo. All those are pretty large areas within about 90 mins of each other south or central VT. One other option if mother nature is especially cooperative could be Hunter Mtn in NY, a couple hours closer than Mt. Snow from MD. Of course if mother nature is insanely generous you could shoot out west and ski Wisp in MD.
post #3 of 19
this is a tough call since last year, the ski season didn't really start until valentine's day. given the balmy weather we're still having in the northeast, my guess is that the farthest you can tolerate driving up north on I-91 or Rt100 the better the conditions would be. If there is no early storm, i bet the skiing in the souther vt mountains-snow, stratton, okemo-would not be great given your desires. Killington would be the first mountain i'd look at. Probably the best nightlife also.
post #4 of 19
wait until a couple days prior to make plans where the best snow is...if there is any.
post #5 of 19
In spite of all the dire predictions for K because of the new ownership, I'm betting that come early December, it will still be the place to go.
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by powderhound24 View Post
wait until a couple days prior to make plans where the best snow is...if there is any.
I wouldn't make any concrete plans to ski New England in early December. Nobody is going to have advanced / expert terrain open in early December (barring some massive early season storms).

Okemo does a good job of blasting their snow guns early and often. Killington is in a major state of flux right now (changing ownership), so their past early-season snow-making history has little bearing on what will happen this year. There are some Stowe regulars here who might be able to chime in on how aggressive Stowe is on getting terrain open.
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by powderhound24 View Post
wait until a couple days prior to make plans where the best snow is...if there is any.
definitely. We know better than to book a hotel this far in advance. I was just looking for more opinions from people who know the area.
post #8 of 19
If its cold enough, Hunter makes some major snow, so consider it.
post #9 of 19
Keep going east until you hit Colorado.
post #10 of 19
Seven Springs, Pa
post #11 of 19
I'd say Okemo has done the best job recently for early season conditions, that would be the safest eastern bet.
post #12 of 19
Most know I work there but Okemo is hard to beat for early season. Killington is also good but sometimes they open trials you really don't want to ski on if your not one of the first ones down it, think rock skis. Okemo, you could ski new skis on opening day.

I would have to think Killingtons new owners are going to blow as much snow as possible to carry the Killington rep on.
post #13 of 19
If you want to go farther north think of Tremblant. Opening is November 21. Great village, great nightlife, and will have a few runs open for sure. You can always spend a night in Montreal, which has the most beautiful women in North America, great bars and is loads of fun. Don't woory about the french, everyone speaks english.
post #14 of 19
Sunday River does a good job quickly.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by Max Capacity View Post
I would have to think Killingtons new owners are going to blow as much snow as possible to carry the Killington rep on.
No faith in Killington. So far their performance is poor. I'd say wait and see and head to Okemo.
post #16 of 19
Killington's only real performance under the new ownership has been in pricing and PR. I guess you could make a case that they have done a poor job of those.

I agree that Okemo does have some of the best early season conditions due their snowmaking expertise and commitment. And, I like the place. However, Killington, historically, has much steeper terrain open in early December. Either way, it's easy enough to wait and see as they are practically next door to each other.

I need to ski.
post #17 of 19
Mt. Snow may get off to a better start this year, new owners and lots of new snow making gear, they may want to show off a little. A great place to stay near Mt. Snow is the Andirons Lodge, it is only one mile from the area.
post #18 of 19
Mt Snow is pretty far south. Okemo has great snow making. Killington - if it does not snow you can still party your face off and they blow snow too. For "snow" - I would say keep going North. Maybe Sunday River or S-Loaf? Stowe?
post #19 of 19
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Sunday River does a good job quickly.
Shhhh ... you"ll have every eastern race team there again like last year Tday to Xmas.

Guns started blowing yesterday at SR and SL as you know. K too.
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