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Help me decide which mountain would be best for me !

post #1 of 9
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Hi folks, i'm planning a solo bus day trip, and this peticular travel agency visits several different NE  mountains every monday. I am a "comfortable" beginner, and I feel i'm not to far from attempting an intermediate trail in the near future. Here's my list:

Sunday River

Okemo

Stowe

Stratton

Jay Peak

I am looking for some input as to which mountain would be best suited for my ability, and a picturesque experience.  I am leaning towards a green trail abundant mountain with longer runs. From a trail map only perspective, Stratton looks enticing ! Everyone who skis at my work is pushing me to visit Sunday River.... HELP ! 

                                                            Rich K.
Edited by richkay228 - 2/1/10 at 9:41am
post #2 of 9
Skip JAY for sure. Long drive and not a lot to offer beginners. Stratton is nice but I've never looked at their green runs. I think Stowe is always nice also. Sunday River has a lot of terrain but for some reason, it just doesn't "do it" for me. I've only gone in the spring. Okemo would be OK too. Sorry,not much help....
post #3 of 9
Okemo and Stratton will both be very good choices. Sunapee and Gunstock, I know not on the list, would be spectacular.

My choice would be:
Okemo #1- great grooming, great snow making, nice mountain.
Stratton #2- very good grooming, nice lift system and layout.
Sunday River #3- not too far, lots of terrain, it's in Maine- Maine is nice.
Stowe #4 great mountain and a classic ski destination but not ideal for a beginner and maybe a little far for a one day trip.
Jay #5- distance and not the best 'trails', it's the woods that make it special (and snow).
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot for the mountain opinions! I've been to Gunstock, I wasn't impressed. They only have 2 novice trails, and both were a little too lame for me at the beginning of the season, but I didn't want to attempt the intermediate trails. After some input  I am really thinking Stratton ! It's $73 and that includes round trip motorcoach, coffee , donuts, and lift ticket. Sounds like a good deal, and I don't have to drive 2-1/2 hours home exhausted !!  :)
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Originally Posted by richkay228 View Post

Thanks a lot for the mountain opinions! I've been to Gunstock, I wasn't impressed. They only have 2 novice trails, and both were a little too lame for me at the beginning of the season, but I didn't want to attempt the intermediate trails. After some input  I am really thinking Stratton ! It's $73 and that includes round trip motorcoach, coffee , donuts, and lift ticket. Sounds like a good deal, and I don't have to drive 2-1/2 hours home exhausted !!  :)


 

I hear ya on the Gunstock, by far the lamest mountain I've ever been to.

post #6 of 9
Sunday River fits your bill.  Lots of good green and easy blue terrain.

Both Stratton and Okemo has plenty of terrain to fit your bill too.  Can be very crowded on weekends.  Monday they may be a bit skied off but shouldn't be crowded (except Presidents Day).

Stowe probably isn't worth the expense or distance but is very scenic.  The variety of easier terrain won't be as great but there the are some long greens (Toll Road) and maybe an easy blue (Perry Merril on Mansfield and easier stuff at Spruce but why go to all the way to Stowe to ski Spruce.  Be advised that some of the blues at Mansfield will be at least as steep as some blacks at Sunday River.

Jay, nope.

Waterville is a step above Gunstock and might be okay.

Loon also has tons of blue and is closer than the VT or ME.

Once you're solidly into the blue trails, Cannon and Wildcat are very scenic.

Never been to Bretton Woods but it is supposed to have tons of blue.

Sugarloaf as great long greens and blues but it's 45 minutes past SR.
post #7 of 9
Please keep in mind that trail ratings only really apply to compare slopes at that particular area. Don't assume that blues at one place compare with blues at another. It's all relative within the area. Blues at one resort would be greens at another. For example, most of the double blacks at Pat's Peak are pretty darn easy....but they're the toughest at Pat's.
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Originally Posted by skibumm100 View Post

Please keep in mind that trail ratings only really apply to compare slopes at that particular area. Don't assume that blues at one place compare with blues at another. It's all relative within the area. Blues at one resort would be greens at another. For example, most of the double blacks at Pat's Peak are pretty darn easy....but they're the toughest at Pat's.

I absolutely understand where you are coming from. I have a local to me smaller grade ski hill (Bradford Ski), and i've been there 4 times, and the most recent trip tackled Bradford's "Black" trails ! They are not steep, they are technical and narrow. Many frown on these trails as I hear teens whining in the lift line that they are not "fun" from a sheer speed standpoint, but you better know how to turn precise or you will smack a tree. Perfect for me for honing my novice turning skills at this time...  However, a "bradford black" is comparative to an easier "Killington blue"....
post #9 of 9
Agreed. I've never skied Bradford but that's where I put my kids in lessons for a few years. It's only a mile from where I used to work. I would've skied there during their lessons but the ticket prices at Bradford weren't very friendlly for a few quick runs. My kids go to middle school now so they ski Pat's with the ski club. I'm actually working in Bradford today.
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