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Best Ski Resort in East for Season Pass

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I have skied all of the resorts in central and northern Vermont plus a few from Quebec. I have had a Jay Peak season pass the last three years and think I am getting tired of doing the same runs, I ski 60 plus days per season so I am curious what out there compares to Jay? For those that know Jay I ski Timbuktu, Valhalla, Kitz and Everglade when conditions are EPIC. Otherwise I ski Haynes, Jet and Can Am. That said these are all some pretty great trails and I am having a hard time determining if any other resort compares. So would Whiteface, Stowe or Sugarbush be worth trying if I am looking for challenging terrain, glades and bumps? Who else has back country possibilities?

post #2 of 13

Smuggs. About 30 minutes of Jay. Since they are not known for (but got plenty of) the backcountry and out-of-bound stuff, that means more runs for people like yourself and the locals.

 

Another good one is MRG. No need to say more.

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Well aware of MRG and the in bounds stuff. It could be an option as they have some really great stuff to ski. What do they have for out of bounds skiing?

 

Thanks for the feedback I will look into Smuggs. I have had a few good days there but always left feeling there were too many kids and lifts were too slow.

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Thanks for the feedback I will look into Smuggs. I have had a few good days there but always left feeling there were too many kids and lifts were too slow.

Lifts are definitely slow and old at Smuggs. Most of that is used by the area for crowd control. That has been an on-going debate for years and years. That aspect has never been the favorite part of "resort" or "destination" skiers unless they have a family with them. The locals and regulars love it though.

 

As far as kids go, if you saw too many "slow" young skiers at Smuggs, you were on the wrong trails and on the wrong mountain. Incidentally, both Smuggs and MRG the same, you can always find a few quick moving kids roaming around the different challenging terrains, particularly at MRG.
 

post #5 of 13

Come check out Stowe. Plenty of trees and backcountry here. Probably as much as you'll find anywhere on the East Coast. Whiteface has some amazing terrain in the Slides area, but it needs more snow than it gets. This year for example I am told that the slides were not open a single day. They look gnarly as all get out and fun IF they had snow. 

post #6 of 13

Consider Sugarloaf.  It has the only lift-served above-the-treeline skiing in the East.  Also has moguls, glades, etc.  If you're looking for challenge and variety, you'd love it there.

post #7 of 13

 Sugarloaf is nice, but it would really be a hike from Ottawa.

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Whiteface has some amazing terrain in the Slides area, but it needs more snow than it gets. This year for example I am told that the slides were not open a single day. They look gnarly as all get out and fun IF they had snow. 

 

The Slides are only open a day or two every year about... now. (typically between the very end of March to the very start of April-- aka about March 28 to April 3)

post #9 of 13

I would say take a look at Sugarbush, It has 2 big mountains, lots of terrain, bumps and lots of tree/ glades marked and unmarked. If you bought that pass and were coming to the Bush everyweek you could always take a day and go play at MRG.

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I have thought about Sugarbush and I like what I have seen from the few days I have been to Sugar. MRG is great and would even consider a pass there but like more your idea of a pass at Sugar and ski MRG on occassion. Can you tell me about what Sugarbush has to offer in the way of unmarked glades because glades is were I like to spend a lot of my time. Is the large area bettween Mt Ellen and Lincoln Peak accessible? What about between Castlerock and Lincoln Peak? What are the crowds like, I have never been during great weather or peak season.

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I have thought about Sugarbush and I like what I have seen from the few days I have been to Sugar. MRG is great and would even consider a pass there but like more your idea of a pass at Sugar and ski MRG on occassion. Can you tell me about what Sugarbush has to offer in the way of unmarked glades because glades is were I like to spend a lot of my time. Is the large area bettween Mt Ellen and Lincoln Peak accessible? What about between Castlerock and Lincoln Peak? What are the crowds like, I have never been during great weather or peak season.


 

I should clarify that I have not spent a lot of time skiing Sugarbush in the last few years. I went about 4 years ago and noticed some glades cut off on skiers left of the Mt. Ellen side and went exploring, didn't really notice a trail sign, for that matter I haven't looked at a trail map in years. I think the area betwenn Lincoln and Ellen (slidebrook) area is skiable via guides but haven't done that. I just think that the terrain selection for trails mainly steeps and bumps is better than Jay's. I ski more at MRG and know the trees better there. I think with any trees one has to do a little bit of scouting and bushwacking to find the stuff.

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Come check out Stowe. Plenty of trees and backcountry here. Probably as much as you'll find anywhere on the East Coast. Whiteface has some amazing terrain in the Slides area, but it needs more snow than it gets. This year for example I am told that the slides were not open a single day. They look gnarly as all get out and fun IF they had snow. 


 

 

If I lived in Ottawa, or anywhere else in Eastern Ontario, I'd have a Whiteface season pass for sure.  Even though the Slides hardly ever open, there is so much more terrain that will keep you more than happy... especially compared to what you say you're skiing at Jay.  With the new Lookout Mt, it may be the best spot in the East (either there or Le Massif).  Once they get the massive glades area open and the other run beside the Lookout lift (next year?) it'll be the icing on the cake.  Don't worry about the snow either, there's plenty... and the snowmaking is really good too.  I think the "Iceface" moniker must have come to be years before they put in all the snowmaking thay have now. 

 

Plus, from Ottawa, it'll probably be 3-4 hours less driving (round trip total) compared to Vermont.

 

If only I lived in Ottawa... 

post #13 of 13

There is no answer to this thread as it all depends on your personal preferences. BTW, if you have a pass at MRG your season is done while many other resorts are still going strong.

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