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where to go this weekend?

post #1 of 14
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dead president's holiday can be a call to overcrowd the slopes. I hate the crowding mostly because the rude, new york snowboarders think they own the slopes. I live in MA and want to enjoy a few days of great skiing, perhaps with some good company from this board that is populatedx by some very knowledgeable and pleasant sounding folks. Where are you going this weekend? Smuggler's notch? Magic mtn? Waterville? (Dont say killington-that place is a zoo on weekends requiring football attire)

post #2 of 14

I was at Berkshire East two weeks ago on a weekend day and watched half the chairs go up empty for most of the day.  I chose BEast specifically for crowd avoidance and wasn't disappointed.

 

Otherwise, drive as far from Boston/NYC as you can.  Maybe try the Eastern Townships of Quebec?

post #3 of 14

+1 for Berkshire East.  When it's crowded the lift lines are maybe 5 minutes and the slopes are not crowded.

 

If you do come, let me know, I'll be there teaching all three days and would love to hook up to make some turns.

post #4 of 14

It just started dumping in Utah!  It is supposed to snow all week so next weekend should be epic.  Come west and give us a try!

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thanks hep4186 for the invite but three days is not enough for me to make that trip. maybe next year i'll plan a week but dont know which resort to go to. I eschew snowboarders and short runs. My favorite place so far has been the mountains in Banff. A single run could take more than an hour.

 

Locally, I absolutely loved superbowl sunday at B'East. No lines, bright sun, no wind,soft snow in 40 deg weather (is that what you call corn?)i didnt need a jacket or a hat-just sunglasses. I skiied it till closing and all day was wishing I could stop the earth's rotation so I could ski more. How do I find you there SkiMangoJazz?

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Originally Posted by bwana View Post

dead president's holiday can be a call to overcrowd the slopes. I hate the crowding mostly because the rude, new york snowboarders think they own the slopes. ... Where are you going this weekend? Smuggler's notch? Magic mtn? Waterville? (Dont say killington-that place is a zoo on weekends requiring football attire)


 

Can't speak for the other places you mentioned, but Smuggs should have relatively mild crowd that weekend. Give them a call, they may give you an idea. They should have plenty open for a w/e long fun. (I haven't checked their site)

 

BTW, Smuggs is a destination area that has traveler's mostly from NJ and MA. But, for whatever season, their harsh mannerism is toned down a lot to the point that they are pleasant when they are there.

post #7 of 14

I've never been there on a weekend, let alone presidents day weekend, but I just went up to Loon last wednesday and it was dead. Absolutely beautiful day, great conditions (nothing fresh, but very little ice), never more than one person in line in front of us, even on the gondola (it was pretty cold that day).

 

Loon Mtn. wednesday Feb 4, 2009

 

look at all those empty chairs!

 

I would think weekends might be a different story, being a straight shot from Boston, though.

post #8 of 14

Loon crowded?  Just kidding, from what I recall Loon is the Kmart of NH.  We approached it one weekend and there were so many cars spilling out of the lots we got back on 93 and drove to Cannon.

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Loon crowded?  Just kidding, from what I recall Loon is the Kmart of NH.  We approached it one weekend and there were so many cars spilling out of the lots we got back on 93 and drove to Cannon.

 

you'd never know it judging by last Wednesday. I'm already planning to go back up mid-week towards the end of the month. we were doing laps all afternoon with hardy anyone else around.

 

I'm not at all surprised though. I remember when I was a kid watching the Sunday afternoon traffic on Route 100 backed up from Wilmington VT all the way to the north entrance of Mount Snow. that's about 9 miles.

post #10 of 14

Im heading to Stowe this weekend. Im praying that it wont be that crowded. I can deal with all the people, but its always nice to have the mountain to yourself per se.

post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by crank View Post

Loon crowded?  Just kidding, from what I recall Loon is the Kmart of NH.  We approached it one weekend and there were so many cars spilling out of the lots we got back on 93 and drove to Cannon.


 

Loon is generally pretty bad on weekends, and it will probably be totally nuts all next week. Best thing to do if you're there is avoid the main quad and gondola and use something like Seven Brothers to access the higher quad. But, even those lifts will be busy. Loon is a nice mountain and it's just crazy accessible from 93, so it gets nuts.

Waterville was busy last weekend, so I'm guessing it will be pretty bad next week (we're not even planning to go, due to crowds and also having stuff to do at home). My best guess would be one of the Vermont resorts that is more of a hike from Boston and NYC. We used to go to the Jackson-N Conway area on Prez' Day, and it was so busy we could barely find places to eat.

It's nice that the NH vacation week is one week later than MA!!!

post #12 of 14

While I love Magic, they are dependent on natural snow.

Go as far north as you can; as far away from Boston / NYC as possible.

post #13 of 14

Loon is worse than KMart on a weekend. Get there after 8:30 AM on a Saturday and you have to take a shuttle from Concord.

post #14 of 14

It's a tough call because we were out this week and you really want either a place that hasn't warmed up since the storm (waaaaay north, think Sunday River) or somewhere that will be warm.

 

Ragged (mid-NH) was solid Tuesday.  Still fun, still a good time, but very very bad packed/solid powder except groomed trails were barely passable.  I don't go there for groomers, I go for the lack of crowds and easier tree skiing.  No snow in the forecast I guess a safe bet for snow would be Stowe or even Jay.  But they're way up.  Maybe Sunday River also

 

Up in N Vt also don't forget about Bolton Valley - nice little place and they get snow.

 

Magic I bet will be bony (although I love that place - hate to speak ill of it).  Bromley will have the southern exposure and be sunny so it might be OK.  They have a bit more snowmaking.  Okemo always does a great job and Stratton will have a nice base but gobs of those NY people ;).  I know my way around up there (Sunrise 6 chair all day) so it'd be OK for me.

 

Anywhere south will probably be crowded unfortunately.

 

All equal I'd fly standby to SLC and take my chances because Alta got pummeled this week (if I was unattached and available - got a wife though that would kill me on St V's day if I did ;)

 


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