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post #61 of 72
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Originally Posted by NYCJIM View Post
I'm planning my first ski trip ever to Vermont this winter. I hope I'm not going to be treated like someone who is "infecting" the Vermont landscape.
I think it all depends on how you act, from the sounds of it, I think you'll be ok.
post #62 of 72
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Originally Posted by swisstrader View Post
Interested in why you would say Mt Snow sucks...I've skied all over the world and while it's not Chamonix, I find it to be a good solid mountain with varied terrain, more high tech snow making machines than any other mt in VT, rarely as crowded as Killington or Okemo and now with one entire side of the mountain dedicated to freestyle terrain, great bar scene at night with a batch of knock-off rock and roll bands, etc.
Southern Vermont is a waste of time. Okemo, Stratton, Mt Snow are rarely worth it. Id rather drive another hour or two then fight the crowds and jerks at these mountains.

I can't explain why I dislike Killington. Yes it has nice vert. Yes it has some challenging terrain, but the vibe is just all wrong for me.

MRG, Sugarbush, Stow, Smugs and Jay Peak are all I am interested in skiing in VT anymore.
post #63 of 72

MRV

I've had excellent ski days at Mt Snow, Okemo and Killington. Excellent mountains all with good stuff.....especially mid-week.

In your situ tho, Sugarbush/MRV should be your destination of choice in VT.

MRV rocks. The poster above who raves about the terrain variety at Sugarbush is spot on! .....and don't forget Mt. Ellen either....plus the Slidebrook Express is kinda like a disney ride....

Just does.....blows the other stuff away IMHO.

Tip,
If you join www.alpinezone.com you can get a discount at the Golden Lion which is across from Sugarbush access road. Nothing fancy just a good nights sleep....I put up a thread on AZ last February and got a lot of good tips on MRV as well as in the thread I posted here at the same time....


Don't miss the American Flatbread!

Enjoy QC too.....very jealous I am!

Here's the links to my threads from last year.

http://forums.alpinezone.com/22482-f...garbush+family

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...garbush+family
post #64 of 72
If you are around Quebec City, you have no choice:

Le MASSIF

I have skied all over the Northeast and nothing touches this place for pure skiing. No night life, no mountain village, just pure skiing. May be a bit early in the season, as they open the 6th, but you can't pass it up.

Oh, and the views are pretty nice as well.
http://www.lemassif.com/en/index.php

As for Tremblant..well it blows as far as skiing is concerned. Great nightlife, fun vacation spot, but between lifts constantly breaking down/closed and a poorly laid out mountain, really not worth the incredible hype. The Bottom of the south side of Tremblant is one of the most dangerous ski funnels you will ever see; the entire mountain comes together over one trail 100 yards wide and it is almost always icy due to the incredible traffic.
post #65 of 72
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Originally Posted by HudsonHacker View Post
As for Tremblant..well it blows as far as skiing is concerned.
It's also really far from QC it probably shouldn't even be in this thread.
post #66 of 72
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Is Killington fairly uncrowded Mon-Fri? What's the bad vibe there some people refer to?

PS: We got cheap hotels at Killington. $65 per night at:

The Mountain Inn at Killington
47 Old Mill Rd
Killington, VT 05751
post #67 of 72
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Originally Posted by DC_SKI View Post
Is Killington fairly uncrowded Mon-Fri? What's the bad vibe there some people refer to?

PS: We got cheap hotels at Killington. $65 per night at:

The Mountain Inn at Killington
47 Old Mill Rd
Killington, VT 05751
Like most places mid week in VT. Not very crowded,ski right on to the lifts , enough terrain to spread out any mid week crowds, some times you might be only person on a trail, especially on Tues-Thurs
post #68 of 72
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Originally Posted by DC_SKI View Post
Is Killington fairly uncrowded Mon-Fri? What's the bad vibe there some people refer to?

PS: We got cheap hotels at Killington. $65 per night at:

The Mountain Inn at Killington
47 Old Mill Rd
Killington, VT 05751
Yes Killington is uncrowded during the week. I've stayed at The Mountain Inn before it's a decent place.

On weekends Killington becomes a testosterone fueled sword fight as the parking lots swell with NY and NJ plates. I've got nothing against anyone from NY or NJ, but when you get all those guys together on a crowded mountain it just seems that, well, let's just say sometimes people forget their manners and the skier's code "more of a suggestion" is nowhere to be found.

I have skied and still ski K because it does have some very nice terrain and often has very good conditions.

Just for example, here are some things that have happend to me or people I have been close to:

Bro in law almost had head taken off by jumper on blind jump.

Coworker, girl, slammed into while stopped - broken arm.

Wife, cut off and caused to fall. I approached the culprit looking to enlighten him and perhaps get an apology, instead was offered a fight. I declined.

Witnessed a fight over a parking space.

Worst though was when bro in law introduced me to a friend who was an instructor there. First thing he said to me upon being introduced was, "If you want to ski better get a new pair of boots." Those who know me knows thems is fighting words.


Killington is a victim of it's own success. For years it marketed very agressively in the NY, NJ metro area as the biggest , the best, yadda yadda yadda... Whatever it is, it was definately the most overhyped hill in the east for a long, long time. Yet underneath it all is a very good ski hill with lots of vert and some nice steep trails.
post #69 of 72
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Originally Posted by DC_SKI View Post
Is Killington fairly uncrowded Mon-Fri? What's the bad vibe there some people refer to?

PS: We got cheap hotels at Killington. $65 per night at:

The Mountain Inn at Killington
47 Old Mill Rd
Killington, VT 05751
If the conditions are OK you will have a good time at K midweek. I have had some great midweek days there, and a not so good weekend day.
post #70 of 72
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Originally Posted by crank View Post
Yes Killington is uncrowded during the week. I've stayed at The Mountain Inn before it's a decent place.

On weekends Killington becomes a testosterone fueled sword fight as the parking lots swell with NY and NJ plates. I've got nothing against anyone from NY or NJ, but when you get all those guys together on a crowded mountain it just seems that, well, let's just say sometimes people forget their manners and the skier's code "more of a suggestion" is nowhere to be found.

I have skied and still ski K because it does have some very nice terrain and often has very good conditions.

Just for example, here are some things that have happend to me or people I have been close to:

Bro in law almost had head taken off by jumper on blind jump.

Coworker, girl, slammed into while stopped - broken arm.

Wife, cut off and caused to fall. I approached the culprit looking to enlighten him and perhaps get an apology, instead was offered a fight. I declined.

Witnessed a fight over a parking space.

Worst though was when bro in law introduced me to a friend who was an instructor there. First thing he said to me upon being introduced was, "If you want to ski better get a new pair of boots." Those who know me knows thems is fighting words.


Killington is a victim of it's own success. For years it marketed very agressively in the NY, NJ metro area as the biggest , the best, yadda yadda yadda... Whatever it is, it was definately the most overhyped hill in the east for a long, long time. Yet underneath it all is a very good ski hill with lots of vert and some nice steep trails.
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^ Well put. The only weekend day I ever spent there was filled with not so firendly incidents & near incidents both witnessed and experienced. The one that stands out in my mind was the snowboarder girl who hit both my wife & me and who cursed me for not getting out of her way after I righted myself. I was waiting for the apology that I was certain would be coming.
post #71 of 72
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Originally Posted by DC_SKI View Post
Is Killington fairly uncrowded Mon-Fri? What's the bad vibe there some people refer to?

PS: We got cheap hotels at Killington. $65 per night at:

The Mountain Inn at Killington
47 Old Mill Rd
Killington, VT 05751
The Mountain Inn is very close to the mountain and at that price, a great deal. As a condo owner there with a mid-week season pass, I can state with some knowledge that Killington is a great place to ski mid-week. Great mix of terrain and no lines. Early season no one makes snow like Killington. The negative impression some have is usually due to a bad experience with crowds on a busy weekend or holiday. It's another place during the week.
post #72 of 72
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Originally Posted by NYCJIM View Post
Living in New York City, I enjoy the influx of tourists. I enjoy talking to them and I like that they appreciate my hometown enough to visit.

I'm planning my first ski trip ever to Vermont this winter. I hope I'm not going to be treated like someone who is "infecting" the Vermont landscape.
The OP wasn't referring to you. He was referring to the teenagers (and I use that term loosely, more like 12-15 yr olds) whos parents buy them new gear every year and have a different outfit for each day of their 3-weekends they get to spend in VT snowboarding every year. You will notice them because they hang out in the middle of blue diamonds in large, 7-12 person packs, and are currently wearing florescent colors and have handkerchiefs hanging out of their back pockets. These kids are easily discernable from the snowboarders who can thrash and tear up the park, because these kids will be hanging out on the side of the jump, watching the townies throw backside 7's off tables.

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Originally Posted by crank View Post
Killington is a victim of it's own success. For years it marketed very agressively in the NY, NJ metro area as the biggest , the best, yadda yadda yadda... Whatever it is, it was definately the most overhyped hill in the east for a long, long time. Yet underneath it all is a very good ski hill with lots of vert and some nice steep trails.
Spot on.
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