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Easter weekend in Vermont for a family?

post #1 of 24
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So my family will be up in Vermont over Easter weekend, April 10-12.  We're looking for a good place for skiing and snowboarding (particularly the latter) that weekend.  We'll be starting out in Middlebury, leaving there Sat. morning to hit the slopes and then spending Sat. night closer to the slopes.

 

What we're looking for is something that has decent spring conditions, with a variety of trails open.  Our family ranges from beginners up, so we'd want something that has some green trails in decent conditions, up through harder blues and easier blacks.

 

We're also seeking any good lodging deals for Sat. night, so any tips appreciated there, too.

 

Stowe is within an hour or so of Middlebury and has some decent lodging and lift ticket specials going.  Unfortunately, Spruce will be closed by then so we'd be limited to Mansfield (which is fine for me but maybe not quite ideal for my 7-year old snowboarding son).

 

Any options out there better than Stowe for this kind of trip?

post #2 of 24

Originally from Burlington, VT now in Salt Lake City, UT and by far the best is Sugarbush, which is probably 30 minutes closer than Stowe, they will defenetely have a good variety at trails either at MT Ellen (north) or Lincoln Peak (south), also if they are not running late season passes, Sugarbush North or Mt Ellen has passes for strictly that mountain, which can  be signficantly less than a full day ticket. Smugglers Notch is really good too, a bit father, and they usually have an earlier closing date then Stowe or Sugarbush,  good luck. ..

post #3 of 24

Lived in NH for a while and skied all all over VT.  Skiut420 is on the money, Sugerbush is a great option but don't let Spruce being closed keep you from Stowe.  A 7 year old beginner will have a lot to ski on the main mountain.  Have a great weekend!

post #4 of 24

FYI, Mt Ellen at Sugarbush is closed.

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I'm not living in the East anymore but I heard they had a lot of snow this year.  What happened?

post #6 of 24

 

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Unfortunately, Spruce will be closed by then so we'd be limited to Mansfield (which is fine for me but maybe not quite ideal for my 7-year old snowboarding son).

 

Spruce will not be closed, but it will be pretty limited by then.

post #7 of 24
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epic, they told me on the phone today that Spruce closes after this coming weekend.

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epic, they told me on the phone today that Spruce closes after this coming weekend.

 

I guess that could be but I was just talking to one of the supervisors who says it will stay open through the 14th because we have more British groups coming on the 13th and they must have beginner terrain for them.

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I'm not living in the East anymore but I heard they had a lot of snow this year.  What happened?

 

Much of North East didn't have a lot of snow but we have had the most consistent snow with the fewest thaws in between in many years.

post #10 of 24

BTW, how is Jay's condition right now? Anyone can shed some light?

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BTW, how is Jay's condition right now? Anyone can shed some light?

 

Probably getting thin. It's pouring right now and it's pretty warm. Flood watch in effect. Snow is going fast. 49 degrees at my house as I type.

 

That said there's probably still good skiing. Stowe still had deep cover for the most part today. I skied on new skis and managed not to ding them though some trails are lost now and there are barespots growing into bare swaths even on some of the main trails. Bumps are big, soft and fun.

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I'm not living in the East anymore but I heard they had a lot of snow this year.  What happened?

 

They always close Sugarbush North (aka, Mt. Ellen) in late March now.  There just aren't enough people to bother keeping the place open.

post #13 of 24

 It's snowing.

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 It's snowing.


 

I was at Killington today and it was snowing the entire day - cold an blustery ( 30 - 50 mph wind gusts), but the trails were in decent shape.  However I hear that Okemo and Stratton got showers. 

 

I think Stowe or Sugerbush are still your two best bets.

 

Enjoy....

 

post #15 of 24

Killington will be open to May 2.  By next weekend they will probably "only" have Snowdon, Killington peak, and Skye Peak open, but they will provide a good mix of terrain for all abilities.  They got 7 inches in the last 24 hours.

 

post #16 of 24

In regards to beginner terrain at Stowe, they will be crushing the Tyro terrain park this week, so there will be a green trail with a ton of snow on it no mater how warm it gets.

post #17 of 24

Killington was awesome today.......... 7" yesterday, bear was really soft at the base but its closing today.

snowshed base has good coverage so your 7 yr. old will be fine.

Killington is closing  5/2 and they do move snow around. i think its the safest bet for this weekend. 

have fun.............

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 However I hear that Okemo and Stratton got showers. 

 

I think Stowe or Sugerbush are still your two best bets.

 

Enjoy....

 

 

I can tell you Okemo got snow both day's this weekend. I was the only one in Okemo's base lodge Saturday putting on boots and the only one that loaded the B quad at 7:45AM. That being said, I would recommend you go further north like everyone is telling you.

post #19 of 24
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the info, folks!  This is very helpful.

 

It sounds like Stowe and Sugarbush might be good bets (and possibly Killington).

 

Stowe has some good lodging deals, I believe.  But Sugarbush doesn't have anything at the resort that's suitable.  Any suggestions on affordable, clean lodging (nothing fancy needed) near Sugarbush?

 

We're a family of 5, so we'd likely need a suite.

post #20 of 24

cascades lodge....killington

its ok but close to the mountain 

post #21 of 24

I just got back from Killington and stayed at the Inn at six mountains.  The slopes that were openwere off the K1, Sky peak, and one other,I just can't remember.  Depending on the type of slopes you like, there was all available, green, blue, black.  The Superstar slope, which was fun to ski was particularly icy at the head wall on Tuesday.  Cascade also had icy patches but was still a fun slope.  East Falls was nice.

There is a nice winding green that is great just to ski, practice stuff, and winds all the way down the K1 peak.  In between there are a bunch of nice blues that have some nice pitches.  The K1 is the gondola lift. 

I know that they said that they would still be open until May 2nd.  It did snow on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Monday evening it did rain which then made for some icy conditions on Tuesday

 

post #22 of 24

Should be good skiing this weekend. Sounds like we'll eve see the sun. I don't know how much snow we got (trapped on the magic carpet), but my friends were skiing top of Starr, Goat and Lookout yesterday. I thought those were done for the year. Looks like I thought wrong. Nobody wanted to put a number on how much snow we got, but they said they didn't hit anything. The snow was very dependent on altitude as it was barely accumulating below mid-mountain.

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Should be good skiing this weekend. Sounds like we'll eve see the sun. I don't know how much snow we got (trapped on the magic carpet), but my friends were skiing top of Starr, Goat and Lookout yesterday. I thought those were done for the year. Looks like I thought wrong. Nobody wanted to put a number on how much snow we got, but they said they didn't hit anything. The snow was very dependent on altitude as it was barely accumulating below mid-mountain.


Excellent!  I just made reservations for Stowe last night.  Sounds like it should be pretty decent for this late in the season.

 

Thanks for all the tips, folks!  I'll report back next week.

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Excellent!  I just made reservations for Stowe last night.  Sounds like it should be pretty decent for this late in the season.

 

Thanks for all the tips, folks!  I'll report back next week.


I got one run off the top today then back to hand-holding British school kids. The woods were sweet. Actual real powder for the first thousand vert then cream cheese until it turned to corn right at the bottom. There must have been a foot of various forms of snow consolidated since Sat or Sunday you couldn't feel the hard bottom. Sank in up to my buckles - was very nice.

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