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Jay Peak, Smuggs, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf??? Where to go for New Years???

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Thread Starter 
I have not yet made my reservations for our annual winter ski trip.  I am looking for suggestions?  I am considering those listed in the title but I am open to others.  We are wanting to try something different than what we have already skied and that will have good snow coverage, not be a bitter wind storm, and have a nice town for those in the group that might not want to ski all day.

I was pushing for Stowe, but I will have been there only a few weeks prior with ESA, and again its a place that I have been to a few times, I want to try something that I have not been to, unless I will really be short selling myself by doing so.  We will be away for about 10 days.

Ill ski anywhere....I am just happy to be on the snow.  But if I were to pick based on what I look for, that would be a place that has plenty of room to go fast...and one that might have some NASTAR racing as well.  But these are not 100% necessary.

BTW, we do not care for bumps, terrain parks, or tree skiing.  West coast is not in the budget as much as I would like it so no flying destinations please.  Oh and being an East coast only skier, I am used to crowds, less is better of course, but as long as its a good mountain I can afford a minute or two more wait on the lift line.

Places we have already vacationed at:

Killington
Stowe
Mt Snow
Stratton
Okemo
Hunter
Whiteface
Windham
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
I am looking for ... a nice town.


BTW, we do not care for tree skiing.
You should probably cross Jay off your list.
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You could go to North Conway NH, that would allow:

Bretton Woods- great grooming and snow making, excellent easier terrain, not too much challenge

Wildcat- probably not what you're looking for, but a great funky mountain.

Cannon- great high speed steeps, a bit of everything. Plenty of challenge.

Attitash- closest to N.Conway, can have some steep cruisers.

Loon- pretty much exactly what you are asking for.

Sunday River- a bit of a drive, but it's not too far, definite easy day trip range.

North Conway has two parts, one is a cool old mountain town in the 'Yosemite of the East', the other part is outlet shopping malls. There are plenty of restaurants and shopping along with numerous lodging options, including the Mount Washington Hotel.

post #4 of 14
Last New Years was pretty much a bitter wind storm everywhere in the Northeast.

I'd say Sugarbush is the best in your list that meets the criteria that you describe.  I also agree with Whiteroom's recommendation of the North Conway area for something not on your list.
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Thread Starter 
Great tips thanks guys!  I will pass this on to the crew.
post #6 of 14
Besides Whiteroom's list near N. Conway, you could also base yourself in Lincoln, NH right next to Loon.  From there it would be easy to commute to Cannon, Waterville Valley and Bretton Woods, all good for groomer-zoomers.

Sugarloaf, ME is a fine mtn for your tastes.  I went there once for a week in Jan when they offered Jan discounts at their Grand Summit Hotel. Very chilly skiing that week though.

Although you might find frigid temps, another option for outstanding steep groomers and a terrific town for non/lite skiers is to stay in Quebec City and commute to MSA/LeMassif:  http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_article.php?article_id=1145&mode=headlines
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Cranmore is also right in North Conway. Watch out for outlet shopping traffic in that town, it can be really brutal.
Lincoln is a good central location for hitting a variety of hills, and there's plenty to do there, but it's a bit of a strip mall/tourist trap haven. Waterville Valley has a nice town center, but it's small and not as conveniently located as Lincoln for hitting other mountains.
I'm also wondering if you might like Smuggler's Notch...it has a reputation of being more of a family place, but I think there was some nightlife, and the skiing is pretty good. Stowe is a fairly short drive, although it is a bit frustrating when you realize how quickly you could get there if the Notch was open to winter traffic.
post #8 of 14
RR Looking at your list Sugarbush could fit the bill for you, Granted the town does not have all that Stowe does, it still is a nice little place. I think you would like Sugarbush North (MT Ellen) the best long wide open cruisers, fast lifts to get you back up quickly. Sugarbush South (Lincoln Peak), more variety of terrain, more crowds but some really good stuff. As conditions dictate or if a change of place is needed from the Mad River valley you could drive about 1 hr south and hit Killington or 45 min north and hit Stowe.

Personally I like Sugarloaf much more, bigger mt than the others, huge top to bottom cruisers 2800 continous vert ( 2 lift rides required), good grooming/ snowmaking, excellent lift system. The base area with on slope lodging is easy to use, enough places to eat/ drink for 3-4 days to keep you interested, shopping- not really its strong suit, there it really is all about the skiing. Can be very cold though. If you book any place keep your fingers crossed that the weather will hold out and we keep any snow we get in Dec or it is cold enough to make it before New Years. Last year I was skiing 2' powder Dec 22nd at Killington, all gone by Xmas week.
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Thread Starter 
We did reservations done, going to the Bush, 8 days.   Were staying at the Clay Brook, supposed to be a very nice place.  My understanding is the MRG is nearby too....so maybe I will visit that place while up there......cant wait!!!  Now my ski season is underway officially

Thanks for all the recommendations.
post #10 of 14
Nice!  Bet you'll have a great time.
post #11 of 14

Why is Whiteface so far down the list?

 

It's icy but that means FAST!

There's practically no bumps there at all. Nor trees. Don't know about crowds these days. But when I used to go there (some years back), the slopes were not that busy. At least not the black ones. ;-)

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Last New Years was pretty much a bitter wind storm everywhere in the Northeast.
 
Man, was it ever....was photographing the torchlight parade at the Bush and for the first time ever(30 years) my old manual Nikon froze up. What a crazy holiday season that was as it was 55F and rained over Christmas just a few days prior.


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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post

We did reservations done, going to the Bush, 8 days.   Were staying at the Clay Brook, supposed to be a very nice place.  My understanding is the MRG is nearby too....so maybe I will visit that place while up there......cant wait!!!  Now my ski season is underway officially

Thanks for all the recommendations.
Claybrook is very nice....just go to www.sugarbush.com for a detailed looksee. Private outdoor swimming pool/hot tub, free boot and ski valet, at the Lincoln Peak Base area, short walk to lifts.
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post

We did reservations done, going to the Bush, 8 days.   Were staying at the Clay Brook, supposed to be a very nice place.  

 

RR -- Cool!  We chose Stowe for the holiday period, but Sugarbush was also on my short list.  I hope you'll give a full report afterward: the slopes, the lifts, kid-friendliness, and whether the Claybrook residences are worth the extra $$ over the other lodging.

Have fun!!     
post #14 of 14
I've never been past the lobby of Claybrook, but it looks *very* nice.  I was skiing one of the last days in the spring when people were sunning by the outdoor pool (and kids were swimming!).  That was a little surreal.  And "short walk to lifts" is an understatement -- the hotel is between the main parking lot and the lifts, so us daytrippers walk around the hotel.

I really like Sugarbush, especially under the new (well, not so new anymore) owners.

Still, you should definitely go to MRG for a day or two -- it is right there.  Going down to K'ton or up (over?) to Stowe would be silly, in my opinion.  The Mad River Valley is big enough for a week.
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