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least crowded big mountain in the east?

post #1 of 23
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from the choices below, which will be least crowded come holiday weekends?

sugarbush, sunday river, smugglers notch, stowe, killington, jay peak, bretton woods, sugarloaf
post #2 of 23
Sunday River... The spread out 8 peaks make it feel less crowded...even when it is peak season the liftlines still zip right along...
post #3 of 23
I hear Mad River Glen has little people...I have never been there so take that with a grain of salt.
post #4 of 23
sunday river and sugarloaf becuse it is so far away (but a great mountain)
post #5 of 23
Kton, no one goes there anymore...its too crowded.
post #6 of 23
I'd have to say by distance Sugarloaf. But I've never been so maybe I'm wrong ...

That and maybe Sugarbush. I can never remember waiting in a long line there.
post #7 of 23
My experience is that both the 'Loaf and Sunday River are zoos on busy weekends. What I didn't like about Sunday River are all the cross mountain catwalk trails, which get crowded and are thus very hairy.

It also depends on your skill level. If you stick mostly to Intermediate trails any weekend anywhere is going to be very busy. If you ski the expert trails they are less crowded, and the bumps are never crowded.

For me on a weekend I avoid the big mountains, I ski Berkshire East in Mass. (of course I teach there as you can see) and it's rarely crowded. I'm sure there are other mountains like it that aren't as bad.

Weekend and Holiday skiing in the east really sucks. Get on the chair first thing and ski until 10 or 11 for the least crowds.
post #8 of 23
I would agree with SMJ-- in my experience holiday weekends are jammed at most Name eastern resorts . Try more regional hills or SKI at NIGHT during holiday weekends where its availble
post #9 of 23
Smuggs can get busy over busy weekends at a couple of lifts for a couple of hours but usually you can escape that by skiing a different hill during the rush. Or, you can just go through the maze like everyone else because the wait isn't really that long. (except for the beginner's lift at the village)
post #10 of 23
Are there actually big mountains in the east? Well, perhaps if you measure horizontally.
post #11 of 23
Montana Snowbowl 2,600 vertical feet
Sugarloaf 2,820 vertical feet
post #12 of 23
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Are there actually big mountains in the east? Well, perhaps if you measure horizontally.
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Montana Snowbowl 2,600 vertical feet
Sugarloaf 2,820 vertical feet
Ha, you even forgot Whiteface at 3,410 vertical feet.
post #13 of 23
don't forget Ward Hill 200 vertical!
post #14 of 23
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Ha, you even forgot Whiteface at 3,410 vertical feet.
Yes, but Whiteface has like 10 acres of skiable terrain?
post #15 of 23
I've skied at Sugarloaf over the Christmas holidays - a few years ago. Crowds were not bad... especially the day it rained...

I would say that Jay Peak would also be a good option. Not crowded at all the two times I was there mid-season. A bit on the chilly side, though.
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I would say that Jay Peak would also be a good option. Not crowded at all the two times I was there mid-season. A bit on the chilly side, though.
Not to mention the MASSIVE amounts of snow! Best bets for early season snow?
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Not to mention the MASSIVE amounts of snow! Best bets for early season snow?
Maybe it was unusual, they were no better than the other places in Northern VT last year.
post #18 of 23
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Kton, no one goes there anymore...its too crowded.

This is the funniest quote of the week...!
post #19 of 23
On list: Sugarbush North
Not on list: Burke
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
I hear Mad River Glen has little people...I have never been there so take that with a grain of salt.
Longest lift line in the East - Sat. especially. Weekday can be real quiet.

And Phil, that one's award winning and true
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Yes, but Whiteface has like 10 acres of skiable terrain?

Actually, Upper Cloudspin (Olympic DH course) is so wide, it's more than 10 acres by itself. 'course it gets pretty damn narrow as it transitions to Lower Cloudspin..still not sure how those guys made the fallaway turn after the flat traverse...there's a spring under that turn and looks like a tilted hockey rink.

Seriously, Whiteface skis really big for the east but nothing like Utah or Tahoe areas.
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by scmentz View Post
from the choices below, which will be least crowded come holiday weekends?

sugarbush, sunday river, smugglers notch, stowe, killington, jay peak, bretton woods, sugarloaf
If you are looking for place to go with your girlfriend you described in the ski coaching thread looking for lesson info I would only recommend going to Sugarloaf. Get an on slope condo ( Gondola Village, or Sugartree 1 or 2 healthclub and pool is there), ,right off the Birches trail which is very flat so she can do her snowplow as you described ( please get her into a lesson into how to stop ).
She can go up and down that trail all day long in relative safety. When tired or bored she can get back to your on slope lodging on her own and you can continue on to ski with out having to take her back. The prices are fairly reasonable especially for being on slope. There are plenty of after ski eating/ drinking choices on mountain so you never have to drive. Crowds should be the smallest of all the areas because it is the furthest away.
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by flugelwood View Post
Sunday River... The spread out 8 peaks make it feel less crowded...even when it is peak season the liftlines still zip right along...
awful. just plain awful. sunday river is crap. checkout burke mountain, vt. or in maine, saddleback.

weekends- smuggs and jay peak are relatively uncrowded now that they've opened up EVERYTHING!!!
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