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Rank VT/NH areas with short lift lines on WEEKENDS?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
What's an advanced weekend worrior do in the northeast? I like to find somewhere not totally crowded, to spend more time on slope than on lift lines. "Not crowde" in relative terms, of course.

I don't need a lot of terrain to be happy for just a weekend. Some bumps or trees will do. Or any good mix of variety. So it need not be big mountain, as long as there's enough interesting terrain.

Where can I find any place that's not jammed packed with people, while not too limited in terrain?
post #2 of 14
IF it's open -- and this is a big IF -- try Magic in Londonderry, Vermont. Good terrain, no crowds. They've had a tough few years because of bad weather, limited snow making, and management problems; they were hardly even open last year. But now they have new owners, so hopefully things will change.
post #3 of 14
Think smaller areas that aren't as well known -- Burke, Cannon, Ascutney, Bromley, Magic, Bolton Valley, Magic, etc. i.e., if John Q. Public hasn't ever heard of them, they're probably usually fairly empty.
post #4 of 14
You can ski pretty much everywhere on weekends without hitting the crowds by avoiding the main chairs and gondolas. I don't think I ever had to wait longer then 45 seconds on Canyon Quad on Killington, even on the worst crowded days. Don't go to the bottom lifts and you will be fine. Sunday River's right side (Aurora Peak, Oz ...) is usually pretty good too. Attitash/Bear Peak is always decent. Ski early, eat early and ski during the lunch hour. Afternoons are much better than mornings. Sunday afternoon (after 2 PM) is heaven everywhere.
I hope this helps.
post #5 of 14
Don't go to Burke...not worth the trip

Cannon may be the best area in NH that nobody goes to. Everyone from Boston stops at Sunapee, Waterville or Loon. Cannon is only 15 minutes past the exit to Loon on I93. Burke is another 30 minutes past Cannon.

If you're coming up I-91, get off at the Springfield exit and head west on VT 11 to Londonderry. Magic is aptly named.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post
Don't go to Burke...not worth the trip

Cannon may be the best area in NH that nobody goes to. Everyone from Boston stops at Sunapee, Waterville or Loon. Cannon is only 15 minutes past the exit to Loon on I93. Burke is another 30 minutes past Cannon.

If you're coming up I-91, get off at the Springfield exit and head west on VT 11 to Londonderry. Magic is aptly named.
Don't go to Cannon either... definitely not worth the trip.
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
I don't know about Cannon. It's just as long a trip as Burke from where I'm coming (I-91). And it seems all the slopes run next to each other (lacking variety)?

But I'll give Magic a try for sure. Thanks.
post #8 of 14
If you are going to Magic and heading iup I-91 North, get off at Rockingham VT 103 North versus Springfield, VT. VT 103 mergers with VT 11 West in Chester, VT and is a more direct route.
post #9 of 14
Magic: if there's good snow on the weekend then the lift lines will be long. If the snow is not good, don't go.

I have never had a problem with crowds at Killington as long as you stay off the K1. Killington no longer exists.
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
Killington? I guess everyone's definition of "crowd" is different.

On weekends, the lines are long. If a single's line takes 10 minutes, it's long by any standard!

Worse still, the slopes are crowded too!
post #11 of 14
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Killington? I guess everyone's definition of "crowd" is different.

On weekends, the lines are long. If a single's line takes 10 minutes, it's long by any standard!

Worse still, the slopes are crowded too!
Killington is manageable on the weekend's, but you have to know your way around (and I mean really know). Keep moving around, stay ahead of where the masses are going and it's do-able.
post #12 of 14
Cannon rocks. I can't imagine stopping at Loon when Cannon is only 15 minutes up the road. But hey, it's nice that the masses see something in Loon that I don't.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by at_nyc View Post
On weekends, the lines are long. If a single's line takes 10 minutes, it's long by any standard!

Worse still, the slopes are crowded too!
I'm no expert on Killington's crowds, but I skied there last year on weekends and never experienced a problem. Stay away from the K-1. I like Needle's Eye and that always seems to be fine. The Sky chair can be busy.

But that was last year and the season was late and so were the crowds.

Re trails, the steeper stuff seems to be fine.
post #14 of 14
i'm kinda a weekend warrior myself right now (until the big move!) i'd say that all things equal (i.e. no predicted snowfall) i would avoid k-ton, and head toward magic maybe... friday's are great- $50 per car load!. and after a decent snowfall, they have some fun terrain on the far skier's left heading down. after a thaw/light snow period, i would avoid magic, though.

canon is worth the trip- good terrain, fun mountain. all i can say is mittersill.....
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