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Day trip from Boston...

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
For the advanced/expert skiers who live in the Boston area...what is your go to DAY TRIP (i.e. drive up in the morning and back by night)?

Doing the whole cost (time in car) / benefit (best terrain) thing...Jay/MRG/Sugarbush are a bit too far to be worth it....Kmart sucks to much to be worth it...Stowe, Okemo and maaybee Mt. Snow are pretty close.
post #2 of 25
If I remember correctly, Stowe is further than Warren/Waitsfield. When I lived in Boston, I looked around and tried many of the New Hampshire options. The only one I really liked was Canon, which is a nice easy drive from Boston. But ultimately, I decided that the 3 plus hours to Mad River was worth it, and my go-to ski day came to include a 445 wakeup call.
post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 
Warren and Waitsfield are closer to Boston "as the crow flies", but Stowe is closer to I89 than MRG/Sugarbush. The pass you have to drive over to get to MRG/Sugarbush from I89 usually ends up making the trip longer than the drive up to Stowe.

With the storm and all, I might have to set my alarm to 4:45 and head up to MRG instead of Stowe on Sat.
post #4 of 25
I think it's pretty safe to say, won't be running into you on Paradise.
post #5 of 25
Thread Starter 
What is that supposed to mean?
post #6 of 25
That I don't think I'll make it to MRG this weekend!
post #7 of 25
Thread Starter 

ooooohhhh

Ohh..hahahaha. Sorry.

I thought you were doubting my motivation.

I apologize.
post #8 of 25
Nah, it's mine that's lacking. If I were a mensch I'd hop a plane and hit that storm. But then, we have almost three meters up at the hill two hours from here...
post #9 of 25
Thread Starter 
Yeah...I think I'd stay over there then.
post #10 of 25
No Dunkin' Donuts, though. It's possible to ski without them, but only just.
post #11 of 25
My preferences (other than Italy) are Cannon, then Loon, then Waterville for day trips. Mt. Sunapee looks mildly interesting (never been), but I figure its like WaCHOOsett and just too crowded (altho the latter makes for an entertaining afternoon/evening). Can't see bothering for Okemo or Mt. Snow. Sunday River is a tad farther than Stowe; the latter has the virtue of being highway mostly, which might make a difference for a one-day trip.

Ski Market used to run a pretty reasonable bus; let someone else do the driving.
post #12 of 25
Attitash is great, bigger than Cannon & Waterville, with more varied terrain (but little off-piste). Or Wildcat, if you want retro New England skiing. Then you have North Conway with all its bars and restaurants for apres ski. Both about 2 3/4 hours from Boston via 95/16.
Sunapee and Wachusett are small; skip them if you ski all day. Sunday River is worth the ride for its size and varied terrain- about 3 1/2 hours from the city. Same for Stowe.
Waterville Valley is medium in size with decent terrain variety, but again you may prefer a larger place if you ski all day. No apres ski town nearby.
Bretton Woods is an intermediate hill, unless there is a lot of natural snow and you can access all the glades. Those are nice.
post #13 of 25
We picked up about 8" last night/ this morning here, looks like more for Friday, then Sun/Mon will (possibly) be pretty sick.

Canon is a great expert skiers mountain, it would be my pick for a day-trip from Boston... but none of the NH areas get the snow that N.VT sees, if you like tree skiing and soft snow think MRG and North of that, it's just different up here (we get snow).
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by atantri View Post
For the advanced/expert skiers who live in the Boston area...what is your go to DAY TRIP (i.e. drive up in the morning and back by night)?

Doing the whole cost (time in car) / benefit (best terrain) thing...Jay/MRG/Sugarbush are a bit too far to be worth it....Kmart sucks to much to be worth it...Stowe, Okemo and maaybee Mt. Snow are pretty close.
Maybe for you. I make about a dozen day trips to Jay a season from Boston. If it snows 18in or more overnight, I'll be leaving Malden at 3:30 or 4 so I can make first tram.

If it doesn't snow we ski around North Conway. My parents live there, so we rarely do day trips. Really the only time I don't stay over where ever I'm skiing is if I'm blowing off work for a powder day. And if I do that, I go to Jay.
post #15 of 25
i'd be at jay this saturday if i didn't have a commitment in the evening.
post #16 of 25
Thread Starter 
So it looks like this Friday's snow is not going to do a ton for N. VT...where do you folks think the best skiing is going to be on Saturday in VT? As much as I hate the place, it looks like Killington is going to get much more snow on Friday night than farther north...and skiing on Sunday is tough with the afternoon snow making my drive home risky. Where would you all go?
post #17 of 25
Are you stuck on VT? When it snows south and not north Wildcat and Cannon can be pretty good in NH...
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by JayPowHound View Post
Are you stuck on VT? When it snows south and not north Wildcat and Cannon can be pretty good in NH...
NOAA predicts 1-2 inches at Wildcat for Sat. I don't believe it- bet it's more. But cooooollldd. Wind chill below zero. I do believe that.
post #19 of 25
Thread Starter 
well it looks like the storm is going to stay south and not stretch too far northeast into NH. NOAA is predicting significant snow for S. VT (Okemo, Mt. Snow) less for Killington and less for Stowe, Jay, MRG and Sugarbush. do i follow the snow for less exciting terrain?
post #20 of 25
I'd follow the snow, much of the better terrain at MRG, 'bush, smuggs and Jay is still not 'quite' ready, I'd save the longer drives up to here for a little later when there is more base.
post #21 of 25
I don't think Sunday River is 3.5hrs. from Boston?? Much less if I were to guess. And, though I am not a huge fan of SR, it should be condidered for a day trip out of Boston.
post #22 of 25
For me a day trip is 2 1/2 hrs each way...no more

The best really good mtn with lots of expert terrain within 2 1/2 hrs of Boston is KMart IMO

The place has it's flaws for sure but it gets snow, has plenty of steep terrain, bumps/trees, good lifts and IF....big IF...you know the mtn you can avoid the nasty crowds.

Not my favorite mtn but within 2 1/2 hrs from Boston it's my go to day trip.
post #23 of 25
SR is definitely 3.5 hours, possibly lots more with traffic/bad weather. Its a 2-lane road for a good part of the drive. It is a do-able day trip, and they farm their snow well so the skiing will be ok there when it is marginal elsewhere, but it is a long day.
post #24 of 25
Sunday River is 3 hrs from Boston/Zakim Bridge.

1:45 to exit 63 off I95
1:15 on rt 26

You can make it in 3.5 if you drive REALLY slow
post #25 of 25
Takes me 20 min to get to Zakim Bridge so we are in the same ball park.
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