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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hey - my 11 year old son & I are headed to Waterbury, Vt. for 3 days of skiing on Thursday, Feb. 4th thru the 6th.  I was wondering if anybody could give me any advice on which resort to ski on Saturday?  Of course I'm looking for the smallest crowd!  Hook me up, yo !

- Patrick's Dad
post #2 of 21
 I can't say where the smallest crowd would be. I really don't know, but maybe we can discuss crowd avoidance at these resorts. Sugarbush must have some out of the way areas where you can escape the crowds. MRG probably not so much. The one place I do l know about is Stowe, and if you want to, you can avoid the crowds here. Having just gone through MLK weekend, I was watching where the crowds are. Here's what I'd do.

1 - GET UP EARLY. The Quad opens at 7:30. You can ski it until 10 with no lift line.

2 - maybe a quick break at the Octagon and ski down Nosedive to the Over Easy lift.

3 - Ski Sensation Quad on Spruce for an hour or two.

4 - Eat lunch at Spruce then take Over Easy back to Mansfield. People are leaving now.

5 - Ski the Quad or the Gondi, your choice.
post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
 Hey Epic - great advice, thanks.  I skied at Stowe about 20 years ago & I can't wait to check it out again.  
post #4 of 21
Sugarbush/Mt Ellen is not crowded on a weekend when compared to Stowe, MRG or Sugarbush/LP.  You can also take the inter-mountain lift over to LP which gives you access to the upper mountain pods while avoiding the much busier LP base area and lift pods. Regarding MRG If your wanting to ski off of the single chair your looking at long lines if it's a busy Saturday. Ski conditions will determine that. There is a Mt Ellen only ski tik if you want to keep the cost down. To be honest, you can't go wrong at any of you choices.
post #5 of 21
Bolton Valley is also close to Waterbury and was quite nice (and empty) on MLK Monday. Coverage was better than Sugarbush (Ski Patrol told me that  in the storm that buried Burlington the latter got "6 inches of snow and 10 inches of wind"). Mainly groomed cruisers with a few nice glades.
post #6 of 21
Jim, did you see the recent trip reports on those three areas at www.dcski.com ? You're gonna have fun! Don't miss MRG on a weekday. PS: I recently found a little trifold brochure/map at the Vermont Welcome Center on I91, later I also found them in a motel lobby near Hartford, CT. It's called Winter Go Play New England Map 2009/2010. It unfolds to a map about 15 x 20 inches and surrounding the map are about 15 coupons for discounted skiing. The best coupons are: -Jay Peak 2for1 anytime except Xmas week, Prez Week, and Ontario week -Smugglers Notch 2for1 anytime except Xmas week and Prez week -Sugarbush 2for1 midweek except MLK day and Prez week -Hunter Mtn $20 off adult ticket except Xmas week, MLK weekend, and Prez week -Stratton 2for1 Tuesdays, and $10 off adult tics other weekdays except MLK day and Prez week -Whiteface buy one adult, get one youth up to age 19 free midweek except MLK day and Prez week -Gore Mtn present any Coca Cola product on Wednesdays and get $38 lift tic except Feb 17 -Burke Mtn $10 off any day except MLK weekend and Prez week There are a few more for smaller places. Pretty good deals if you don't have any other discount angles working. Here's a picture of it, maybe they will send you one in the mail?? https://ettractions.com/store.php?cat=19 Liftopia.com is another place to look for discount tickets.
post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 
 drb - we will defintly consider Bolton Valley, thanx for the info!

JamesJ - you saved me a lot of money  with the NE Map. Sweet!  Found it online at http://massachusetts.ettractions.com/storage/location/pdf/Go%20Play%20Map%20Winter%202009-final.pdf





post #8 of 21
I was at Sugarbush Sat 1/16.  Started at the Lincoln Peak base and skied the double chair by the octagon for a few runs as the Super Bravo was not running until after 10am.  After that we shot over to the Castlerock chair.  The snowmaking runs tended to get scraped down to hardpack pretty quick, the natural snow runs had quite a bit of rock exposure in between the moguls (not that that stopped us). Didn't get to the top  of the main peak as the line for that chair was horrendous.  After lunch we rode the chair over to the Glen Ellen base.  Slightly better conditions, and the lift lines were nearly non-existant.  So Sugarbush has potential to find something you'll enjoy.
The previous weekend I was at Mt. Snow, and it was extremely windy.  I would imagine things weren't too different to the north which explains why the snowmaking trails have so little snow over the hardpack. In that case, Bolton Valley would be worth a try as per the previous report on the conditions there.
post #9 of 21
Ski Stowe on Thurs, Madriver Friday and Sugarbush North ( Mt Ellen) on Saturday, that should give you the best crowd avoidance and get to ski all three on 1 trip, have fun.
post #10 of 21
Thread Starter 
Snowbowler - you read my mind, I think that is what I am going to try & do! 
post #11 of 21
How's snow condition up there this week?  Rained lot and wet over mid 50's yesterday in NYC.
post #12 of 21
Sugarbush is usually never crowded accept for the base express quads.  Sugarbush South has some more harder terrain than North but is usually a little more crowded.  Both are great mountains.  MRG isn't usually packed and same with Stowe if you know where to avoid the crowds. All of them will be similar but you better hope for some big snow soon!  Hope that helped.
post #13 of 21
 The snow was softer than I thought it would be today. We had a little snow start moving in this afternoon too. As of 7PM we had picked up about 5" at Mansfield base.  Very altitude dependent, probably less than an inch in town, so I'm hoping there is even more up high.
post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 
 I checked out the forecast for the next week & 1/2 & its all snowmaking temperatures!  Not much snow in the forecast, but hopefully that could change.  I considered canceling our trip, but we are in desperate need of some longer, more challenging runs.  We have season passes at Camelback in the Poconos, which we enjoy, but we are dying to crank it up a couple notches.  Anybody know what shape the glade trails are in (Smugglers, Sugarbush, Stowe)?  Do they have snow making on the glade trails?  Let me know, thanks!
post #15 of 21
There are no snowmaking in the glade trails. No grooming either in case you were wondering too.
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by jim713 View Post

 I checked out the forecast for the next week & 1/2 & its all snowmaking temperatures!  Not much snow in the forecast, but hopefully that could change.  I considered canceling our trip, but we are in desperate need of some longer, more challenging runs.  We have season passes at Camelback in the Poconos, which we enjoy, but we are dying to crank it up a couple notches.  Anybody know what shape the glade trails are in (Smugglers, Sugarbush, Stowe)?  Do they have snow making on the glade trails?  Let me know, thanks!
I'm assuming that you don't ski many glades if you don't know if glades have snowmaking.  Well, of course they dont! They all natural so they might be a little sketchy with all of the rain, but I'm not sure. Some of the blues have snomaking but not many double blacks if you were looking for those.  And by the way, mad river doesn't make much snow.
post #17 of 21
 We got a lot of snow last night. Glades were pretty sweet today. Some of them are in tough shape because of brooks and streams opening up, but the mellower ones were nice.
post #18 of 21
Thread Starter 
 If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?
post #19 of 21
Snowbowler is spot on with a solid plan of attack......Mt Ellen is fun and if you have a kid with you the lift over to the other side is kinda like a disney ride. You will be nervous in your parent mode but the kid will love it. It is a pretty unique experience.

If you arrive early on Saturday Mt Ellen will feel like your own private little ski area for a while and you will get to park in the front row.

When in the MRV make sure you dial in some American Flatbread Pizza....well worth the wait and "epic"!

Extremely yum!
post #20 of 21
How's condition in general during the March?  I've never been up those area of Vermont in March.  Just get an idea planning the trip.  President week is peak so every where is expensive but like to get some good pkg. toward to end of Feb or early March.  Thanks.
post #21 of 21
 March is generally when the skiing is at it's best.
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