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Here is a report so far on our trip to The Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and The Eastern Township area of Quebec Province, Canada:

Sunday- Took the long drive up from PA...weather was fine...arrived in St. Johnsbury at about 8:30pm. Staying for the first 3 nights at the Comfort Inn. Not to many people at the hotel...a few snowmachines parked outside as well as a couple of trailers hauling snowmachines. We got a package deal to ski and stay.

Monday-We skied Burke today(monday) ....bright sunshine...about 1" of new snow dusted from the mid station to the top. Really enjoyed the mountain....there was basically no one there until 11am...we skied in the glades and never ran into another skier all day! On the trails we would see one or two skiers max per run. Burke has some very nice steep gladed areas, our favorites were Dixeland and The Jungle although there were many more. The mountain skis bigger than the numbers. Checked out Kingdom Trails(one of our favorite summer spots for mtn biking) while we were there. Enjoyed a nice dinner at the Freight house in Lyndonville after the day... Ski On!

Tuesday-Took the quick drive over to Bretton Woods in N.H.. Haven't skied there in a long time. Was amazed at how much development has taken place. There were at least 4 hi speed quads running although the area was pretty light on skiers. Lots of nice glade skiing has been added. We enjoyed picture perfect weather, what a view of Mt. Washington and the cog railway, as well as the massive hotel where the presidents once met...Some might dismiss this area as light on challenge...I would say don't miss it if your in the area...we skied and skied and skied...those hi speed quads really max out your skiing! Wanted to go to the Miss Lyndon Dinner in Lyndon VT...it was closed..ended up at Hoagies...enjoyed the food and micro brew on tap...
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Wednesday St "Jay", Lyndon, Burke, Newark, Sutton..

Wednesday: Day off from skiing. Worked out at the Comfort Inn, had some breakfast, lounged around , and finally checked out around 11am. Travelled up to Lyndon and hooked up with Realtor to look at 5 properties in Burke, Newark, and SUtton. Got stuck in a snowbank at the last property...spent approx 55 minutes shoveling..backing down the drive and shoveling more as the snowbank kept sucking us in...finally got free when a local stopped offered to help push and voila..we were out. We drove up to Jay Peak...arrived about 6pm to freezing rain just turning into snow...should be great skiing tomorrow.. Here are a couple links to vids we shot.

Burke arrival and discussion

Burke Skiing the Glade

Burke first tracks

Bretton Woods first look

Bretton Woods Thinkin' things are flat

Bretton Woods Glade Skiing
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Jay Peak....whoa!!!!

Thursday: It has been a Pow Wow WOW !!!! up here at Jay Peak. Has been snowin' about 24 hours now and is not predicted to stop until 2pm Friday. Ripped it up all over the mountain....the glades were full of snow ....as well as the rest of the trails........one of those days where every run you can find untracked pow..........the storm was fillin' in most tracks very fast....Here are a couple links to skiing in Beaver Pond Glade, Andres Glade, and a shot of the inside of the village condos:

Ride On!




Planning on skiing at Jay Friday and Saturday, with all this snow not sure I want to drive as well as there is plenty to explore still. Will have to hit Sutton and Owls head on next trip up this way.
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Thanks for the posts! We are heading to Jay this weekend. See you in the glades!
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Friday Report

Friday: We woke up to plenty of new snow...wind was howling(blowin' a steady 20 to 25 with gust to 50!!) ...and temps around 12....we knew it would be questionable for most of the lifts operating. The Metro lift was the lift we used throughout the day as none that accessed higher terrain opened. In the woods the snow was between 2 and 3 feet deep depending on location. There were some areas of drifting in the 4 foot range! Jay has some pretty hardcore skiers who stayed out all day....and hundreds climbed up the slopes to get more freshies:. Enjoyed the day even though there was limited lifts open. After skiing we travelled to Montgomery Center to visit FIrst Trax Ski and Bike shop. The shop had a 2008 Santa Cruz Superlight out front on the porch parked along side the demo ski sale equipment. The shop was heavy on the all mountain skis as well as plenty of tele/bc equipment. We ended up purchasing some Karhu XCD skis, boots, and bindings for my daughter. On the way back to Jay we stopped at the Belfry for a micro brew and dinner. All in all a great day. Here are a couple of short vids:



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Saturday Update

Saturday: Woke up early anticipating a great day of skiing::. Temp was about 9 degrees and the wind was still howlin'. Bonaventure Quad, Metro Quad, T Bar, and Village lift opened on time...the Jet Triple opened shortly after...and finally the Tram opened. The hi speed quad near the tram never opened...it did not open any of the days we were here:. Skiing was fantastic...nice powder on all the runs...the tree runs had up to 3 feet of new snow:. Things started to get crowded in the lift lines pretty early though. Made the best of it by checking out people in the liftlines and talking with my wife and daughter. On the slopes it was not crowded especially in the glades like Vertigo, Everglade,North Glade, Show off Glade, Kitz Woods, Timbuktu. All in all another great day at Jay! I would definitely recommend a trip here to others, just remember this is a hardcore mountain .....but it has luxury condos to stay in....people in the area, working here and skiing the mountain were very friendly. Here are two vids:

Discussion outside the condo in the morning...nice and sunny

View from the Tram tower above Vertigo..last run of the day..
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Sunday Update...the end of the trip....

Sunday (Easter): Last day at Jay and end of a great ski vacation. Well we got up early after hearing some of our neighbors leaving for the early mass at the top of the tram, 5:15am or so. Packed all of our stuff except a change of clothes and decided to get some last runs in prior to the drive home. The sun came up and it was pretty calm in comparison to the last few days, temps around 7 degrees. Got out at 7:45am and waited for the lift to open at 8 am surprisingly we were not alone:, ;there were maybe 15 people by the time the lifts opened.) We got the first chair! Skied over to the tram and were the 10th, 11th, and 13th person in line. Whisked to the top we were greeted by our first day of actually seeing all of the mountain and off in to the distance. We could see Montreal from the top! Finished out the morning by skiing JFK, Vertigo, Beaver Pond, Upper Exibition, and Upper Goat Run. Finished skiing by 10 and drove home(8 hours). Great vacation. Here are a couple of last videos:

Both have shots of the Tram off in the distance as we ride the Bonaventure and believe it or not the "Green Mountain Freezer" was running! It lived up to its nickname, whoa what a cold ride, especially near the top as you look up or down on Everglade and Staircase Glades.

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Sounds like a great trip.
I think you may have posted one of the first video trip reports.
It took a little getting used to, but when I turned my sound on (to hear your narration) and decided to let you run with it I enjoyed watching.

Your condo was a lot nicer than where we stayed back in December (but then, it was me, my teenage son, and two of his friends, so luxe would have been wasted.)

Jay is great when the conditions are right, isn't it?
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