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post #31 of 53
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Originally Posted by skibum185 View Post
From MA?? its a 3 hour drive. give or take
Google maps says 6 hours and 15 minutes from where I'm staying. Maybe if you start in the northeast corner of MA...
post #32 of 53
It's a good list. I don't think you could go wrong with any area from that list on the weekdays.

The bigger, more expensive places have faster/newer lifts...generally. That may not be better when it isn't crowded.

Don't get caught traversing the entire mountain at Killington. You will loose a lot of time that way.

For the sunday pick, check the event calendars on each website and call the places directly to see if anything is going on. Some of the smaller hills have races and college carnivals, etc which could add to the crowds on the weekends.
post #33 of 53
I'll echo Catamount again. Very nice mountain.

But Jiminy Peak should be your #1 choice. Steep groomers with no crowds on 1k vertical serviced by a high speed six pack. Pretty nice, eh?
post #34 of 53
I like Bromley. Pico is not on your list, but drive time is the same as Killington.

How far would Waterville Valley or Cannon be for you?
post #35 of 53
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Originally Posted by skiprob View Post
Some of the smaller hills have races and college carnivals, etc which could add to the crowds on the weekends.
But only in the lodges, parking lots, and the race trail.
post #36 of 53
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Originally Posted by Walt View Post
Google maps says 6 hours and 15 minutes from where I'm staying. Maybe if you start in the northeast corner of MA...
They are thinking Sugarbush probably. Sugarloaf is in Maine, Sugarbush is up in the mad river valley VT.
post #37 of 53
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Originally Posted by epic View Post
I like Bromley. Pico is not on your list, but drive time is the same as Killington.

How far would Waterville Valley or Cannon be for you?
Pico was on my original list, but from what I understand, it's only open weekends this year.

WV would be 3:15. Cannon 2:56. I've certainly driven that far for a day trip before, but the idea of doing it six days in a row with a 12 hour drive the day before and the day afterwards is not appealing. It seems that there's enough skiing in western MA and southern VT to keep me occupied for a week. But thanks for the suggestions, I'll file them away for another trip.
post #38 of 53
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Originally Posted by Walt View Post
Pico was on my original list, but from what I understand, it's only open weekends this year
I'm not sure if that's the case. I just looked at their website and there is no mention of that. They claim to be operating three lifts today. http://www.picomountain.com/winter/index.html
post #39 of 53
Pico is open Thursday through Monday. Closed Tuesday and
Wednesday non-holiday. Absolutely empty during the week and $52 tickets.

Bromley had $25 midweek tickets last year. Not sure if they are doing that this year.
post #40 of 53
Just remembered about this for Stratton freebie Link:
http://stratton10k.com/form.php
Are they still offering them? I'm the last caveman on Earth without regular use of a cell.
post #41 of 53
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Originally Posted by skibum185 View Post
gotta get sugarloaf on there. greatest place ever imo. only a couple hours from MA
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Originally Posted by skibum185 View Post
From MA?? its a 3 hour drive. give or take
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Originally Posted by Walt View Post
Google maps says 6 hours and 15 minutes from where I'm staying. Maybe if you start in the northeast corner of MA...
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Originally Posted by skier_j View Post
They are thinking Sugarbush probably. Sugarloaf is in Maine, Sugarbush is up in the mad river valley VT.
The OP is coming from Sunderland, MA, which is in the Western part of MA. Sugarbush is a little less than 3 hours from there, up in the Mad River Valley of VT (as skier_j stated). I would recommend checking out Sugarbush & Mad River Glen. Those are 2 of the best places to ski in the East IMHO & while they are a bit longer of a drive for you, they are well worth it.

Sugarloaf is 2-3 hours from Portland, Maine, not anywhere near 3 hours from anywhere in Mass let alone Western Mass. From Western Mass, it would take 3 to 4 hours just to get to Portland so the 6 + hours you're getting quoted from Google Maps is correct.

BTW, the mileage that you quoted in your original post to each of the resorts from Sunderland are inflated IMHO. There's no way it is 84 miles to Mt. Snow from Sunderland or 51 miles to BEast from there. Much shorter.

I wouldn't bother with Wachusett unless you want to night ski for a couple of hours, which you can do at BEast Wed thru Sat. Wachusett is a small, feeder hill for the Boston/Worcester area to get in day trips, not a place to go when you're visiting New England from Michigan IMHO. There are so many better places to spend a day skiing while you're out here, don't waste you're time there.
post #42 of 53
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Originally Posted by madskier6 View Post
BTW, the mileage that you quoted in your original post to each of the resorts from Sunderland are inflated IMHO. There's no way it is 84 miles to Mt. Snow from Sunderland or 51 miles to BEast from there. Much shorter.
I think those were drive times in minutes, not miles.
post #43 of 53
Dude,

Ski Berkshire east this tuesday-it's be 30 bucks to ski until 5-6pm and the conditions will be great.

I might be able to meet you and show you around to boot-PM me.

Trust me on this anyway-the BEast this tuesday-you'll be all alone with plenty of great skiing to be had-for 30 dollars. Can't beat it.

Liam
post #44 of 53
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Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post
I think those were drive times in minutes, not miles.
Even if they are minutes & not miles, they're still inflated. There's no way it takes 51 minutes to get to BEast from Sunderland, nor 84 minutes to Mt. Snow. They must be assuming you're driving a steady 30 mph.

It's not a big issue, I just thought I would point out to the OP that his drive times will be significantly less than that unless he drives like my blue-haired grandma.
post #45 of 53
I dunno....

Sunderland to Mount Snow shows 60 miles on Google maps. Less than half of that is on I-91. I find VT9 to be slower than you think it will be, especially between Brattleboro and VT100. If there's snow on the road, you gots to go slow over Hogback.

Probably less than 1+25, but "significantly"? He may want to stop for some DD coffee on the way...do they have that in Meeshigan?
post #46 of 53
It's probably 30-40 minutes to Brattleboro from Sunderland, and then easily another 30-40 to Mount Snow, if you take Rt. 9 to Rt. 100. Especially on a weekend, the traffic can be slow through West Brattleboro and often bottlenecks at the traffic light in Wilmington, and can back up quite a bit - worse if there's weather. It's only about 10-12 minutes from downtown Wilmington to Mount Snow and that usually goes pretty quickly.

There is a shortcut from Brattleboro via Route 30 to a bunch of back roads into Dover, but if you don't know the area it's easy to get lost. Total drive from I-91 in Brattleboro is about 25 minutes that way if you're not driving in a storm.
post #47 of 53
Oh you're in sunderland? That's my backyard-Berkshire east is exactly 32 minutes from Sunderland-mountsnow just a hair under 1 hour. Tuesday at the BEAST-I'm telling you-it will be the best 30 bucks (and the only 30 dollar lift ticket) you'll spend all season.

From Sunderland-screw Catamount and Jiminy (no reason to pass the beast). Mt Snow is an easy shot-killington is under two hours as well.

Sugarloaf is further than 3 hours (try 5)-unless you mean Mt. Sugarloaf in Deerfield which is 2 minutes from Sunderland, Ma.
Though Sugarbush, VT is only 2 hours and 50 minutes (and it's better).

Anyway-have fun-next week will be a good one all over new england.

Liam
post #48 of 53
If it is cruising you desire I think I'm in agreement with others on Okemo. Blue square heaven, esp the Solitude area....

Mt Snow midweek offers great easy cruising....and some steeper cruising over on the North face if that is your thing. I think Olympic is one of the nicer steep cruisers in VT.

I would not suggest driving by Berkshire East to get to Wachusett but if that is something you are inclined to do just for giggles Thurs 1/22 there might be some bears hooking up....post in the Wachusett thread(trip reports) if you are going....

Liam's offer for Tues is pretty rock solid for BE I think.....but, a half day of skiing at wa when it is 100% open...well I can think of worse things....



I really think Bromley is a fun hill too classic old school friendly VT....they used to have some sweet mid week deals...check their web site....

Never done Suicide Six but always wanted too....

Unlike a lot of K bashers I think a mid week day there with good conditions is a blast.....

I think you are in for a fun week.

Enjoy.
post #49 of 53
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Originally Posted by Liam View Post
Oh you're in sunderland? That's my backyard-Berkshire east is exactly 32 minutes from Sunderland-mountsnow just a hair under 1 hour. Tuesday at the BEAST-I'm telling you-it will be the best 30 bucks (and the only 30 dollar lift ticket) you'll spend all season.

Sugarloaf is further than 3 hours (try 5)-unless you mean Mt. Sugarloaf in Deerfield which is 2 minutes from Sunderland, Ma.
Though Sugarbush, VT is only 2 hours and 50 minutes (and it's better).

Liam
Yes, thank you for confirming my points about driving distance. It takes me about 1 hour to get to BEast & less than 1.5 hrs to get to Mt. Snow & I live on the MA/CT border. Sunderland is 30-35 minutes north of me. Liam's times are right on in my experience.

In any event, if it were my itinerary to plan, while understanding that you like groomers better than pow, trees & bumps, I'd suggest the following:

BEast
Mt. Snow
Magic
Okemo
Bromley
Killington
Mad River Glen (Just for the experience)
post #50 of 53
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Again, thanks for all the advice; there's not enough time to thank everyone individually, so a blanket "thanks" will have to do. Individual comments below:

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Originally Posted by JimH View Post
Pico is open Thursday through Monday. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday non-holiday.
Reviewing the correspondence, I was was discussing meeting a K-mart regular on a Wednesday and I suggested Pico instead. He said that Pico is not open mid-week - which is correct if "midweek" means Tues and Weds. I misinterpreted it as mon-fri. Pico's back on my list.

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Originally Posted by madskier6 View Post
I wouldn't bother with Wachusett unless you want to night ski for a couple of hours, which you can do at BEast Wed thru Sat. Wachusett is a small, feeder hill for the Boston/Worcester area to get in day trips, not a place to go when you're visiting New England from Michigan IMHO. There are so many better places to spend a day skiing while you're out here, don't waste you're time there.
I've been to Wachusett before (the only one on the list BTW, other than Sunapee) and thought it was worth skiing. But I'm a cheap date - 1000' of vert and a HS chair seems pretty good to someone who skis 450' and fixed grips all the time. Plus, I'm trying to meet up with an old friend from Boston for the day, and Wa Wa Wachussett is the obvious mid-point resort. If he can't get out of work, I'll probably skip it.

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Originally Posted by JimH View Post
Bromley had $25 midweek tickets last year. Not sure if they are doing that this year.
Bromley's $39 midweek this year. Unless you know something I don't... Bromley's on the short list, especially if it's sunny and cold.

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Originally Posted by Liam View Post
Ski Berkshire east this tuesday-it's be 30 bucks to ski until 5-6pm and the conditions will be great.

I might be able to meet you and show you around to boot-PM me.
BEast is most likely my Sunday choice. I have it in my head that I want to see six different resorts while I'm there, but if it's really as close as people say (see below) and I like what I see Sunday I might make a return trip mid-week. I'll send up a signal flare if I do. Any chance you'll be out Sunday?

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Originally Posted by madskier6 View Post
It's not a big issue, I just thought I would point out to the OP that his drive times will be significantly less than that unless he drives like my blue-haired grandma.
The numbers are straight out of Google GMaps driving directions, using my brother-in-laws address as a starting point. My experience is that GMaps driving time is typically 10 to 15% high. Add in the fact that I'm starting about 10 miles east of Sunderland, and the numbers make sense. Glad to hear that the usual time-inflation is applicable.

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Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post
He may want to stop for some DD coffee on the way...do they have that in Meeshigan?
Drunken Donuts? Yeah, we've got those, but I haven't braved their "coffee" in many years.

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Originally Posted by Liam View Post
Tuesday at the BEAST-I'm telling you-it will be the best 30 bucks (and the only 30 dollar lift ticket) you'll spend all season.
I'll go along with "best", but not "only". I've already bought a $30 lift ticket this year ( opening day at Mt Holly). And that won't be the cheapest ticket of the season - $9 at the Mighty C will probably be the winner.

Looking forward to some good eastern skiing next week.
post #51 of 53
Have you made a decision yet?
post #52 of 53
check out the CT ski council here http://www.aeskiclub.com/

if you have time to wait for the ID card there are discounts to a bunch of NE areas
that would more than offset the cost of membership IF they are at the areas and times you can swing! You have to have the card in hand thoo-----so it might be too late to do for you!
post #53 of 53
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Have you made a decision yet?
Not really, other than to take it day by day once I get there. Probably BEast on the first day (Sunday), then figure out the plans for the next day the evening before, based on weather, how far I feel like driving and how much $$$ I feel like spending.
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