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Sugarbush or Stowe in March?

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My family and I just got back from Park City and had a blast, but we only got to ski 2 1/2 days.  My wife and I want to do a 2-day trip to VT in mid-March, but I've never skied in the east.  What would be the best destination:  Sugarbush or Stowe?

We are green to blue skiers in Colorado and Utah, and we prefer groomed trails for the most part.  Mostly, I want the best chance at skiing on powder vs. ice.
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I would say Stowe.  Sugarbush has limited cruising opportunities, and skiing off the top of either North or South Sugarbush could be a bit intimidating.  Stowe has an entire mountain (Spruce Peak) dedicated to skiers like yourself.  The Mansfield side of Stowe has some terrain that you'll find enjoyable as well.

As for conditions...  Stowe historically gets a little more snow then Sugarbush does, but it's rare that one would have awesome conditions and the other terrible conditions (they aren't that far apart).  New England ski conditions are always something of a crap shoot.  That said, March is one of the snowier months up here in New England, so as these things go, it's a good bet.  School vacations will be over, the crowds should be thinning out by then, etc.
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Originally Posted by SkiFamDad View Post

My family and I just got back from Park City and had a blast, but we only got to ski 2 1/2 days.  My wife and I want to do a 2-day trip to VT in mid-March, but I've never skied in the east.  What would be the best destination:  Sugarbush, Killington or Stowe?

We are green to blue skiers in Colorado and Utah, and we prefer groomed trails for the most part.  Mostly, I want the best chance at skiing on powder vs. ice.

in all honestly unless your good enough to ski trees niether and none are a good choice for you to ski powder. 

Stowe on average has slightly better chance of snow than the other two but its a total crap shot of what happens and the snow will last for about 2 hours on the open but otherwise groomed runs. 

stop 'prefering" groomed trails suck up andski the snow and terrain thats good for you and then maybe youll get to ski powder on the least coast.
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in all honestly unless your good enough to ski trees niether and none are a good choice for you to ski powder. 


stop 'prefering" groomed trails suck up andski the snow and terrain thats good for you and then maybe youll get to ski powder on the least coast.

Everybody has their own comfort level.

Are you surprised that a couple from Florida isn't prepared to rip Eastern trees?
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Everybody has their own comfort level.

Are you surprised that a couple from Florida isn't prepared to rip Eastern trees?
 

not at all that why I suggested to go out west :). their expectation already sound to high.

If they realize its a crap shot their chances are better at stowe.
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I have to agree with Bushwacker that if OP is getting in a plane to do this, he is better off going back West again, especially mid-March, which can be great or not so great in New England.  Another thought, if flying and insist on staying East, go to Quebec City ski a few days at Mont Sainte Anne and/or Le Massif. Be sure to tour the beautiful, historic part of Quebec City which will, in part, justify the flight.
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not at all that why I suggested to go out west :). .

Yeah, that makes sense.
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We are green to blue skiers in Colorado and Utah, and we prefer groomed trails for the most part.  Mostly, I want the best chance at skiing on powder vs. ice.



SkiFamDad may have a better idea of conditions than you are giving him credit for.  I think he may be concerned about Eastern ice, and wanting packed powder (i.e., not icey) conditions, not necessarily fluffy powder.  March would seem to be the best chance for that in the East, if they want to try New England or Quebec.

 

I do agree that if I were getting on a plane to ski I would go West, however.

 

 

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