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Jay Peak Vermont.....Trip

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Heading to the Northeast Kingdom mid March. Looking for recommendations on lodging at Jay. We plan to stay at Jay and use it as our base. Will most likely ski there 3 days and ski elswhere(probably Burke, Owls Head, and Orford). Have gone to Jay's site and are considering Village Condo- 2br Deluxe, Village Townhome- 2br Deluxe, StoneyPath "New Condo Building" 2 br Deluxe. Also if you think it would be an option...we would consider staying at one of the Canadian resorts. Thanks very much.
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jay peak is great

I have been at Jay three times. The mountain is great. I never stayed at the resort but the price always seems like a deal, especially the ski and stay package. Our weak American dollar and the need of a passport (or birth certificate and driver's license) would prevent me from staying in Canada. Also, why bother crossing the border and risk not getting to your destination on a powder day! Yes, they are now asking for passports as of this year. Again, your driver's license and birth certificate will suffice, but why risk it?

There are a few bed and breakfast joints close, also the village of Newport is about thirty minutes away, I believe they have some small motels/hotels. Burlington is not that far if you want Apres-ski scene. Jay nightlife is non-existent. It is truly a skiers mountain, excellent glade skiing. Def head into Beaver Pond or "Beyond" Beaver Pond for fresh powder when the groomers and steeps are skied out. Have fun and hope the winds are light so the tram is not on hold. Jay Peak rocks.
post #3 of 15
If you're going to ski in NE why go to Jay? It's a horrible mountain! There are at least a dozen mountains in NE I would recommend over Jay.

If you want to ski in Northern Vermont stay in Stowe and ski at Stowe, Sugarbush, and MRG. You'll have a lot better time.
post #4 of 15
cjb,

I've seen some really negative comments from you about Jay Peak, what's your deal? Have you never been lucky enough to get there when it's snowed and everything's open, or do you just avoid the woods, steeps, end everything else that make Jay great? Admittedly, if all you want to do is ski blue square groomers than Jay sucks... that's why gapers go to Smuggs. Were you unlucky with the weather, or just in over your head??


(BTW, I Like Smuggs, I Skied there for 2 full seasons before I moved to Jay...)
post #5 of 15
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If you're going to ski in NE why go to Jay? It's a horrible mountain! There are at least a dozen mountains in NE I would recommend over Jay.

If you want to ski in Northern Vermont stay in Stowe and ski at Stowe, Sugarbush, and MRG. You'll have a lot better time.

Dude, I'm calling you out. I think this is your home mountain and you want to deter people.
post #6 of 15
It's probably his home mountain and doesn't like to share.

Crank likes to stay in Newport. There is nothing going on a the mt. Doubt there is much going on in Newport either.

I stay in Stowe, since that's where I have a place to stay. Takes an hour to get to Jay from there. Then I ski Mad River on the other days. Jay is a great place and I love to go there, but MRG is ... not sure what..but special.

Jay is worth the trip especially if it snows. All of the woods are fun and there are even easy woods that flow.

I hear good things about this place. It's very close to the hill. Good food.

http://www.inglenookvermont.com/
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Newport City Motel Phone: 1-800-338-6558
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Newport is about a 20 minute drive to jay peak. and should put you closer to the Eastern Townships areas and Burke - mainly because it's right off I91. Watch out for speed traps. I got a ticket coming through Troy last year. (Troy VT not NY Paul.) I haven't found the border to be too much of a hassel, especially if you're just going skiing for the day. But we do bring passports. I travel with my son and I bring a letter from his mom saying it's ok to take him into Canada. (They ask for this.)

Newport has some pizza joints and, last time I was there, a really nice restaurant on main street where I had the best roast duck of my life for a ridiculously reasonable price.

I find the on-slope condo pricing at jay peak to be very good in their early and late season price period and somewhat over priced in the regular season.

Also, I've been lucky and had great conditions every time I've been to jay Peak in mid-March.
post #9 of 15
Jay has some condos on the mountain which I've stayed at in the past. We were able to get a killer deal on the condo and passes. Ski in, ski out, it was great. I'd look into local condos to see what's available.

My friends and I love Jay. It's probably my favorite mountain (for skiing) in the NE. Lots of snow and tons to ski. It just doesn't have the scene of some more popular mountains.
post #10 of 15
Yep, Newport has more to offer.

I have also stayed at Jay, lucky enough to have the very first end condo unit as you look up the hill. We were there when they had 523" by March 23rd and it snowed 4 more feet while we were there.
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 

Appreciate the information regarding Jay...

Thanks very much for your comments and advice. We booked the first 3 days at the Comfort Inn in St. Johnsbury(plan to ski Burke, Bretton Woods, and Burke again). They had a deal that included Breakfast and Skiing for $189/night. We have stayed there before and really liked it. Nice pool, hot tub, upbeat staff, clean, and rooms are good size. We also booked 4 nights on mountain at Jay, the Village , a condo. Looking forward to getting up in the Northeast Kingdom in March.

We are up at WhiteFace as I write this. They got a nice dump Wednesday night. Today delivered fantastic conditions.
post #12 of 15
Hav eany of you guys ever stayed in Montgomery? There seem to be some decent places there.
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Hav eany of you guys ever stayed in Montgomery? There seem to be some decent places there.
Stayed at the Inn on Trout River last month for PSIA event at Jay. Nice place, clean rooms, great breakfast included. price was about $77, it also includes a voucher for a $45 jay peak ticket I believe but I didn't need it.
post #14 of 15
The Snowshoe is the bar in montgomery that is frequented by many locals and mountain employees. They have rooms upstairs that are nothing special, but they're clean, convenient, and reasonably priced. Another option in Montgomery is Grampa Grunts. Mentioned multiple times on the "Funkiest Place You've Ever Stayed" thread, it has to be seen to be believed.
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cjb,

I've seen some really negative comments from you about Jay Peak, what's your deal? Have you never been lucky enough to get there when it's snowed and everything's open, or do you just avoid the woods, steeps, end everything else that make Jay great? Admittedly, if all you want to do is ski blue square groomers than Jay sucks... that's why gapers go to Smuggs. Were you unlucky with the weather, or just in over your head??


(BTW, I Like Smuggs, I Skied there for 2 full seasons before I moved to Jay...)
You can ski at Jay boring Peak all you want. I just got back from skiing in Utah for 10 days at Alta/Snowbird. I doubt you could have kept up with our crew.
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