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Base village/bars/lodging in the NNE

post #1 of 19
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Usually I stay in crappy places because I am cheap as hell. This year though I convinced my girlfriend to go skiing for new years. She wants something that has some sort of a base village/bars type thing so we can basically stay on the mountain and never have to drive anywhere at all. Places I have been looking at have been Sunday River Sugarloaf and Jay Peak. We are not willing to do Killington this time around but Stowe and Sugarbush are also options. Any of these mountains have a cool traditional mountain village scene or is it all just ticket counters lol. Also it seems that most of these mountains have about the same amount of snow right now so its hard to pick which one will have the best snow by jan 1.....

Thoughts opinions rantings etc are very welcome
post #2 of 19
I would try Sugarloaf, you will definately have a great time. You have the Widowmaker, and the Rack as some of the bars to go to. They have shuttles on the mountain so you will not need your car once you arrive.
post #3 of 19
Sugarloaf has everthing you want, stay on slope and there is plenty to do in the village at the base. None of the other places you mentioned have that type of set up.
post #4 of 19

One vote for Stowe

If you're looking for other things to do--I'd count out Jay Peak--the snow and riding are epic, but it's pretty barebones there, not much else worth seeing (part of its charm). IMO, Stowe offers one of the nicest ski town villages in all of New England if not the country. Tons of restaurants, local shops, etc. to check out when not skiing--a great place to visit with your girl.

The skiing is pretty excellent too, although a bit more expensive than other alternatives.

Don't know as much about Sugarloaf, never ventured that far north.
post #5 of 19

On 2nd thought..

Just reread your post and realized you were looking for a base village--the village of Stowe is actually a couple of miles down the road from the resort. Personally, I liked this a lot better, because it separates the true/skiers and riders from the tourists, but it doesn't sound like what you're looking for. Plus, there's not that many lodging options at Stowe Mountain Resort, although they've added more. There are a good variety of lodges and inns for all budgets around the village, though. Time for me to shut the hell up--it's your trip.
post #6 of 19
Go to Stowe, stay in the village.

Drive or find another way (shuttle possibly) up to the mountain, walk to dinner and bars. Haven't been to Sugarloaf or Sunday River, but Stowe offers the best options out of the rest of them (which i have been to) town wise. A lot of restaurants and a few bars, shopping, the whole chick deal, my GF loves there and she's never even been in the winter.

Or go to Jay, stay at Grampa Grunts, get the water bed room, I hear it's very romantic complete with mirrors on the ceiling. Some "romantic" TV channels too. Party at the BYOB bar at Grunts. Ski your asses off at Jay. Jay has the best skiing, although Sugarbush is damn good too and I've heard ( never skied there unfortunately) that Stowe is amazing.

What about Tremblant??
post #7 of 19
I'd recommend Stowe as well but it largely misses on the slope side lodging requirement. There is lodging at the Inn at the Mountain and, if $ is no object at Spruce Peak, but options are limited. And you'd still probably want a car to get to restaurants, bars, etc. Otherwise, I'd agree that Stowe is a very good choice. Pretty downtown with lots of restaurant choices.
post #8 of 19
No village at Jay. "Town" is small, and 8-10 miles away. There is no shuttle. There is a village area on site Smuggs, but it is mostly family based... there are a couple bars around though, and it would be a fun New Years spot. Stowe would probably be your best bet in northern VT if your ok taking the shuttle to and from the mountain.
post #9 of 19
Spruce Peak is really coming along. I don't know what they have planned for New Years, and I wouldn't call it a "village" yet, but those who haven't seen it may be surprised. The new Spruce Camp lodge is - WOW!
post #10 of 19
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Spruce Peak is really coming along. I don't know what they have planned for New Years, and I wouldn't call it a "village" yet, but those who haven't seen it may be surprised. The new Spruce Camp lodge is - WOW!
FWIW I just checked, and to stay at the new Stowe Mountain Lodge at Spruce Peak over New Years there is a minimum of an 8 night stay (really!) and the cheapest possible room is $804 per night, for a grand total of $7,075! I'm not sure that's what the OP is really looking to spend.
post #11 of 19
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FWIW I just checked, and to stay at the new Stowe Mountain Lodge at Spruce Peak over New Years there is a minimum of an 8 night stay (really!) and the cheapest possible room is $804 per night, for a grand total of $7,075! I'm not sure that's what the OP is really looking to spend.
I think they're sold out anyway. They were pretty much full last weekend too. Anyway, at least we can afford to go in the lodge.
post #12 of 19
For great terrain, on-slope lodging, and a small village with 3-4 restaurants and 2-3 shops, go to Sugarloaf.

For very good terrain, with on-slope lodging, and a large village with dozens of restaurants and shops, go to Tremblant.

For great terrain, non-on-slope lodging and a superb ski town with lots of eats and shopping, go to Stowe.

For great terrain, non-on-slope lodging and a very very good ski town with a number of good restaurant and shops, go to the Mad River Valley and ski Sugarbush and/or MRG.

For mediocre terrain, on-slope lodging, a village with several shops and restaurants and lots and lots of rich New Yorkers, go to Stratton. (why?)
post #13 of 19
Does Cranmore/North Conway count? I've never been to Cranmore. Could you say that it's in town? Like park the car when you get there and don't get in again?
post #14 of 19
Thread Starter 
sweet i really think its gonna be sugarloaf unless maine gets screwed and like sugarbush gets dumped on
post #15 of 19
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sweet i really think its gonna be sugarloaf unless maine gets screwed and like sugarbush gets dumped on
You will have a blast up there, if you want to stay as close as possible when reserving ask to stay in the Gondola village condos, you won't need to use the shuttle at all everything in walking distance.
Some other good places to look into are Timberwinds, the Sugarloaf Inn and or Sugarbush 1 or 2 condo units, that one has the health club/pool/ hot tub in it. All lodging on slope had rights to use the health club when it is booked thru Sugarloaf central reservations. All of those are literally put your skis on out the door and slide to a lift, Great locations for going back for lunch if not wanting to eat at the base village.
post #16 of 19
Sugarloaf has everything you are looking for. Stay at the base village and you'll never need to jump on a shuttle or get in a car for any reason.

Oh yeah, it's also one of the top 5 mountains in New England..right up there with the best in Vermont but just doesn't get as much snow as N VT though they get their share.
post #17 of 19
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Does Cranmore/North Conway count? I've never been to Cranmore. Could you say that it's in town? Like park the car when you get there and don't get in again?

WELL... I suppose you could park the car at Cranmore and not get in it again, if your the walking type. From what I recall there isn't much lodging right at the mountain there, and it's probably a ten min. walk into the center of North Conway. It WOULD be possible to find a hotel in the village and then hoof it to Cranmore every day, but I'd rather just drive the five minutes than try to haul all my junk there. Fun town for new years though, plenty of bars/resteraunts to choose from!
post #18 of 19
The village of Stowe is great but, it's like 7 or 8 miles from town....not a couple.

Park the car at Sugarloaf and that's about it. Everything is right there at the base. Good food. Music. Raucus bars...Widowmaker and The Rack. Not much there in the way of unique shopping but, there is some. At Sugarloaf it's like this....Ski, eat, drink, sleep.....repeat.

I am a local and I would love to spend a week at Sugarloaf!
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by JayPowHound View Post
FWIW I just checked, and to stay at the new Stowe Mountain Lodge at Spruce Peak over New Years there is a minimum of an 8 night stay (really!) and the cheapest possible room is $804 per night, for a grand total of $7,075! I'm not sure that's what the OP is really looking to spend.

OMG.......That is ridiculous.

I spent a week at Stowe last year. It's a fun mountain but, IMO....Sugarloaf ski's better.
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