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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Myself and a buddy are heading up to Vermont for 2 nights/3 days and are wondering where exactly we should stay. We are what most would call beginners (skiing around 10 times total before this trip) and would like to stay in one location for the entire trip. Even though we want to stay in one place we would like to experience at least 2 mountains if it's possible.


I was thinking of either getting a room in Burlington so we could shoot off to stowe and sugarbush. or perhaps a room in Rutland so we could zip off to killington or okemo. and finally I was thinking perhaps a room in Bennington so we could dart off to mt. snow or stratton.

What does everyone think would be the best place for us to establish a base camp?

also, it would be helpful if you factored in the ski babe ratio in your decisions. (more being better)
post #2 of 14
If you want to do Stowe and Sugarbush, stay at Waterbury. It's roughly half way between these two ski areas and it's right off I-89. Bolton is also less than 30 mins away.

Actually IMHO, since most VT resorts do not have night skiing, based on your background and the short duration of your trip, why not just ski at one mountain on both days. Any ski area of medium size or bigger has more than enough terrains to last you more than 2 days of skiing -- particularly at Killington where you'll spend a day just finding your way around without much on snow enjoyment.
post #3 of 14
I would forget about going to Killington unless your goal is to do a little skiing and a lot of partying. There are a lot of green-circle trails at Killington, but a lot of them are also "connectors" -- i.e., they see tons of traffic. There are some nice cruisers, etc. at Killington -- but you have to find them first.

I think Stowe is a great area, even though it has gotten really expensive. You don't mention where you've skied before; be aware that Stowe's idea of a "blue" trail is a bit steeper then a lot of places. You would probably be most comfortable over on Spruce Peak, which is less steep and sees far less skier traffic then tne Mt. Mansfield side.

Okemo... Pretty much everything is immaculately groomed. Their clientele is families and intermediate skiers like yourself; it would be hard to get yourself into trouble terrain-wise there. There is no way you could ski everything on that mountain in two days.

Along the lines of Okemo is also Stratton and Mt. Snow (both pretty close by to Okemo).

Note that all the big-name areas in Vermont can get pretty crowded on the weekends.
post #4 of 14
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Actually IMHO, since most VT resorts do not have night skiing
wrong! Bolton has night skiing.
post #5 of 14
Staying in Manchester would give you access to Bromley, Stratton and Magic.

Okemo is a haul from Rutland, but Pico is close (and a great intermediate mountain).
post #6 of 14
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Actually IMHO, since most VT resorts do not have night skiing,
wrong! Bolton has night skiing.
How is that wrong? Did I miss the uncommon use of "most" that means "all" in the English language? I was aware that a few do have night skiing. Was just too lazy to look them up.

Besides, the OP was primarily referencing to the big box resorts in VT. In which case, my response of "most", I think, is quite valid.
post #7 of 14
Ya know, I noticed the word "most" right after I posted and thought I deleted. You're right, but at any rate, Staying in Waterbury would give them Sugarbush, Stowe and Bolton where yes, they can night ski if they want. Honestly, I'm not sure why we're talking about night skiing at all, but hey, why not?
post #8 of 14
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Ya know, I noticed the word "most" right after I posted and thought I deleted. You're right, but at any rate, Staying in Waterbury would give them Sugarbush, Stowe and Bolton where yes, they can night ski if they want. Honestly, I'm not sure why we're talking about night skiing at all, but hey, why not?
Just thought I mentioned that because if night skiing was an option, then the OP can stretch the days a lot longer, which in turn would make more sense to ski more than one area over the short 2/3 days -- assuming that they can ski 2 or 3 days and nights with little rest in between.
post #9 of 14
Being a beginner, you mayb want to ski at a lesser known resort to experience the most skiing as the bigger resorts tend to be very crowded.

But, Smuggs is a great choice for beginners!
post #10 of 14
He mentioned the bunny factor as well. Pretty much all of VT is a sausage fest. SO either ignore that part of the deal (my advice), go to somewhere in Quebec or go to Killington during one of the collegiate ski weeks (if they still do that, usually the 1st week of January).

Otherwise go somewhere with good beginner terrain (a few good choices have already been mentioned) or go to one of the lesser known, less crowded joints, Burke, Bolton, Magic, etc.

Where are you guys coming from? Is there a reason you are only looking at VT? Are NY, NH or Quebec too far??

For the record, Lyndon Outing Club has night skiing too. So thats what 2 out of say 10-15?
post #11 of 14
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But, Smuggs is a great choice for beginners!
Yeah, Smuggs would be great as far as skiing goes for the OP and his bud. But, there are very ski babes to be found there unless you count the married ones.
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
we will be coming from NJ so actually anywhere in the north east is good for us. Somewhere with night skiing would be nice too. As far as our experience, we have only been to places around NJ and PA. Thanks for everyone's responses so far!
post #13 of 14
Ya somewhere near Mt Snow and Stratton or even Okemo.

Many people I know started skiing at Okemo - it's a great mountain for that! Nothing too steep, great consistent surface, grooming and lifts too.

Pretty close for NJ or NY too.

Stratton is a boarder haven to a degree but I'm partial to it because I have family in the area and a place to stay. Again really good lifts, surface and snowmaking. Pricey because of the NY factor but big, good vertical also (legit 2000 ft top to bottom run). ALso some stuff you can get into trouble with (steep and bumps) but they can be easily avoided also. If Sunbowl is open it diverts any crowds well. Good snow school too, lots of instruction at various levels and skills available (twin tip, park etc). Nice little Intrawest faux alpine village at the bottom.
post #14 of 14
I enjoyed skiing Okemo when I had about your level of experience. I think you would too, especially if your 3 days do not include weekends. Late season is also good in terms of lack of crowds.
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