Don't want to hijack your thread, but I'm curious, MrExtrm, what your preferred route between Detroit and Burlington is.
I live in the Detroit area too and I've made the trip a number of times between Detroit and Sugarbush. (I used to have some relatives to stay with in Northfield, VT, and an occasionally available place to crash in Warren, VT.) My route has always been Detroit area -> Southern Ontario -> Buffalo to NY Thruway -> Amsterdam to Malta shorcut -> Northway to Glens Falls -> Fort Ann -> Whitehall -> Rutland -> specific destination.
But I've always wondered (and have played around with mapping software) if I would go to a northern Vermont resort, where the tipping point would be that it would it make sense to go through Toronto and north of Lake Ontaio. On route to Burlington, where do you cross the St. Lawrence and what's the best route to Vermont after crossing? (Google Maps, for example, takes you nearly to Montreal on Canadian 401, then ultimately south to I-89 and Burlington.)
This year between Christmas and New Year's I rode at Whiteface for the first time. I drove to Whiteface from Pittsburgh (was there visiting relatives), then back home to the Detroit area. For Whiteface -> Detroit I used the recommended route for Toronto on Whiteface's website: Whiteface -> Malone -> cross the St. L at Cornwall -> 401 to Toronto, then home to Michigan. But I wondered whether it would've made sense to cross the St. L further south.