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Last minute Xmas trip to Stratton or Okemo?

post #1 of 13
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I'm looking to head up to VT to ski on Xmas day & the 26th with the family. My wife hasn't been on skis since she tore her ACL last February.

Looking for blue groomers so she can build her confidence back up.

Any idea which mountain would be less crowded? Last year we were at Bromley those 2 days & it was surprisingly empty.

Thanks
post #2 of 13
Stratton and Okemo are both going to be zoo's, Okemo can disperse the crowds a bit better once you get on mountain.. but like you said Bromley is not crowded all that often and probably still the best choice if you don't want to ski with thousands of others or stand in line.

I skied Bromley a couple Sundays ago during a nice 6" snowfall, and there probably weren't 100 people on the mountain
post #3 of 13
I have been to both Okemo and Stratton in the days between Christmas and New Years and may well be there this year. Both will be very crowded. Bromely is not a bad idea at all.
post #4 of 13
If this natural snow pattern holds, consider Ascutney and Magic as options to avoid crowds, save a few bucks and ski some interesting terrain at medium sized resorts.
post #5 of 13
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If this natural snow pattern holds, consider Ascutney and Magic as options to avoid crowds, save a few bucks and ski some interesting terrain at medium sized resorts.
Not Magic for someone recovering from an ACL. Yes, Okemo and Stratton will be zoo's, I will be the one in the monkey cage at Okemo .

As much as anything she is going to be tentative and be aware of all the people skiing around her and not being able to concentrate on HER skiing. I would err to NOT taking her out this week and waiting..if you ever want her to ski again.
post #6 of 13
Actually Xmas day and the day after are probably the best to minimize crowds. Everyone is home for the 25th and driving north on the 26th. Another good choice would be Pico. Nice easy groomers from the lower quad and generally small crowds.
post #7 of 13
Heres my $.02

No doubt, go for the smaller resorts. Stratton and Okemo are to be avoided IMO!

This year, I chose to have 2 days at Hunter day trips vs. 3 days at a Stratton weekend during this week. Why? Not only am I saving some major cash, but Hunter just owns Stratton in terrain. If the summit quad is too crowded, then hit the F Lift or Hunter West. At Stratton, besides the Shooting Star and the slow triples, every lift has at least a 10 minute line. And plus I get to come back home in the afternoon .
post #8 of 13
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It will be Bromley.

Now I just need to book a room. This economy must be killing the hotels. I had emailed several places to check availability. I was given price quotes, typical holiday rates. Now with one day left I have recieved emails reducing their prices by at least $100/night. Almost every hotel I checked still has many rooms available.
post #9 of 13
That's good to hear about the hotels. I am waiting on the weather to decide where to ski and was concerned about finding a reasonable priced room around 27th - 29th.
post #10 of 13
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Not Magic for someone recovering from an ACL.
I disagree, with decent natural snow, Magic and Ascutney will have groomed Novice and Intermediate trails that because of light traffic will stay in reasonable shape all day. I'd take my chances with a newly healed ACL at Magic over the crowded inclined hockey rinks of Stratton or Okemo. The ungroomed at Magic is another story...
post #11 of 13
I have to go with Phil on this one. Okemo and Stratton's state of the art snow farming/mainenance/management equipment is capable of creating much softer, smoother and skier friendly surfaces than Magic or Ascutney.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by Talisman View Post
I disagree, with decent natural snow, Magic and Ascutney will have groomed Novice and Intermediate trails that because of light traffic will stay in reasonable shape all day. I'd take my chances with a newly healed ACL at Magic over the crowded inclined hockey rinks of Stratton or Okemo. The ungroomed at Magic is another story...
Last year we went up the same days. If you remember it rained in southern VT. several days before. Magic was a solid sheet of ice. On the groomed trails at Bromley you couldn't tell it had rained at all, and there was NO lift line for 2 days.
post #13 of 13
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Heres my $.02

No doubt, go for the smaller resorts. Stratton and Okemo are to be avoided IMO!

This year, I chose to have 2 days at Hunter day trips vs. 3 days at a Stratton weekend during this week. Why? Not only am I saving some major cash, but Hunter just owns Stratton in terrain. If the summit quad is too crowded, then hit the F Lift or Hunter West. At Stratton, besides the Shooting Star and the slow triples, every lift has at least a 10 minute line. And plus I get to come back home in the afternoon .
I have been to Hunter several times in the past few weeks-alone. Great during a typical midweek, but I try to keep my 8 yr old son (and newly healed wife) away from too much carnage.
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