Originally Posted by Philpug
When is Canada vacation week, ideally first week of March works best for us, coincides with Ty's college break?
IIRC the vacation weeks in Canada are staggered, so it's not like here when all the eastern states give Pres week as a school break and crowding ensues. I remember being told its staggered by Province so if that's true I guess what you'd want to avoid is Quebec's vacation week. Hopefully a neighbor to the north can confirm. This is just what I recall being told at Mt Ste Anne last year.
FWIW - I've never skied Jay, so I can't "sell" you. But if you're not sold by others, here's another concept which in my mind would "split the difference" between a trip to Jay and a trip out west. My impression of Jay is it's along the lines of a Stowe/Smuggs/Whiteface/MRG hodgepodge - great eastern skiing to be sure, maybe some issues with ice / cold / wind, some steeps and great tree skiing if you hit it right -- but similar to what you'd find at those places which I think you already frequent. OTOH if you drive a bit further up to the Quebec City area you've got Mt Ste Anne and Le Massif, which are different in interesting ways (especially Le Massif), and probably have more reliable snow than Jay. Less exposure for it to blow off, and the "lake effect" off the St Lawrence is considerable, especially at Le Massif. Good slopeside options at MSA and Le Massif is 30 - 40 minutes up the road. Just a thought.