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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
So after four years of school in Colorado, I'm going to be moving to Boston for a few years.  I normally ski Breck/Vail in Colorado, and I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction as far as resorts in the NE area.  I like a variety of skiing (bumps, steeps, etc.) and would consider myself a fairly decent skier.

I've been reading up on some of the Vermont resorts (Stowe, Killington, etc.) and they look fairly promising.  They're four hours away, but that's not too far for me.  But I'd like to get an idea of some places to visit, and I'd probably consider a season pass.  Stowe's passes are expensive, but I'll be a college student so it'll be similar to the 5-mountain pass in Colorado.

I appreciate any help.
post #2 of 22
http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/87882/why-do-people-think-east-coast-skiing-sucks/390

Save your season pass $ and hoard airplane tickets to SLC, DEN, EGE, HDN, YVR, etc.

Really.

It's not even like the same sport.
post #3 of 22
Mt Mansfield at Stowe is a great mountain. Sugarloaf in Maine is great and maybe a little closer. Cannon Mt in NH is much closer and also very good. Never skied at Jay but I've heard that’s as close to a Western type experience you'll get in the East, but it's a long way from Boston.
post #4 of 22
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/87882/why-do-people-think-east-coast-skiing-sucks/390

Save your season pass $ and hoard airplane tickets to SLC, DEN, EGE, HDN, YVR, etc.

Really.

It's not even like the same sport.
If you have nothing constructive to say, just stay out of the thread.

There is plenty of excellent skiing in the east, check out the i93 ski areas, Loon Waterville and Cannon, for quick access from Boston. Sunday River in Maine can be really interesting and is not too far. Southern VT areas are not a bad daytrip from boston and offer some good options... Killington is generally the advanced/ expert skiers choice (it takes a while to learn the layout, a guide helps). Northern VT is an entirely different world from the rest of 'the East', we get snow, we have powder days and we have legit steep-ass terrain. Sugarloaf and Saddleback in Maine are just far enough to deter big crowds and can often get pounded by storms off the Atlantic that miss the rest of NE.
post #5 of 22
Nashoba Valley Ski Area has a vertical drop of 240 feet and is close to Boston.  When I lived near by I use to hike/run up and down it a few times a week in the morning, go home shower, and then go to work.  I have never skied there.  Looks like they have night skiing. 

Dude you got to check this stuff out before you move. 

You may want to plan those early morning flights to Salt Lake City.  I believe if you show your morning  airplane ticket to Alta they will let you ski the afternoon for free.  

On a more serious note you may want to check out Monadnock Mountain just over the border in Southern NH.  Great mountain to hike.  Maybe a good place to BC ski.   

Horseback riding try http://www.volofarm.com/ and then go to http://www.scupperjacks.com/home.nxg

Here is what Nashoba Valley ski area looks like.  All 240 vertical feet.  Enjoy. 

Noshobal Valley Ski ARea
Edited by catskills - 2/20/10 at 6:34am
post #6 of 22
Once again... if you have nothing constructive to say, perhaps you should refrain from posting?

I forgot to mention Wildcat as a great option in NH.
post #7 of 22
You'll find steeper better terrain, bigger mountains,  and better snow the further north you go in NE.

That would include places like Jay, Burke, Stowe, Smuggs, Sugarbush, MRG, Killington, Cannon, Wildcat, Sunday River, Saddleback and Sugarloaf.

Of these, Cannon is the easiest to reach from Boston. Straight shot, superhighway all the way.

Keep an eye out for discount tickets. Liftopia.com is a good place to start. Also,the Boston ski expo in November usually has some great deals available.

I would suggest you make it a goal to try to ski each of the 12 areas mentioned above at least once. Then, you'll be fully qualified to say whether or not eastern skiing sucks. At the very least, you're bound to experience a wide variety of conditions and terrain that is far different from what you're used to. You'll be a better skier for it.

Enjoy!
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by catskills View Post

Nashoba Valley Ski Area has a vertical drop of 240 feet and is close to Boston.  When I lived near by I use to hike/run up and down it a few times a week in the morning, go home shower, and then go to work.  I have never skied there.  Looks like they have night skiing. 

Dude you got to check this stuff out before you move. 

You may want to plan those early morning flights to Salt Lake City.  I believe if you show your morning  airplane ticket to Alta they will let you ski the afternoon for free.  

On a more serious note you may want to check out Monadnock Mountain just over the border in Southern NH.  Great mountain to hike.  Maybe a good place to BC ski.   

Horseback riding try http://www.volofarm.com/ and then go to http://www.scupperjacks.com/home.nxg

Here is what Nashoba Valley ski area looks like.  All 240 vertical feet.  Enjoy. 

Noshobal Valley Ski ARea

What exactly is your point? That there still exist a number of small scale ski areas within a short drive of downtown Boston? I think most real skiers lament the fact that so many places like this have disapeared in recent years. A large percentage of the best skiers started out at small hill like this. Including 6 time national champion Pam Fletcher, who grew up on that little hill in your picture.

Or, are you trying to imply that the photo of Nashoba Valley  represents the best skiing in New England?

The OP is coming to Boston for school. Moving  from Colorado, he's trying to make the best of the skiing situation. As someone who's spent as many days skiing the Cottonwood Canyons as New England in the past year, I'm not going to pretend that eastern skiing is as good as western. But at it's best, it's pretty damn good. Enough that that the OPshould be looking forward to skiing some different....and some very exciting...stuff during his time in New England.

New England does have places like Nashoba and King Pine (thank God)...all the way up to places like this:loaf
post #9 of 22
Whiteroom and DropKickMurphy have good suggestions. As a student, you probably won't have trouble finding like minded skiers that you can car pool with. Those that live on the east coast and denegrate for skiing while only ski west of the Mississippi should submit their skiing budgets along with their recommendations.

Depending on what you want to do for access and reducing costs, look into ski clubs, there are tons in the Mt. Washington Valley and certainly likely to be others. You can earn your keep by doing work around the club house before, after and during ski season. AMC has lodges in Pinkham and Crawford Notches that provide accomodations on the American Plan (dinner and breakfast included) and are convenient to Cannon, Bretton Woods, Wildcat, Attitash, Cranmore and Black.
post #10 of 22
By the way....

One of the lights in that picture I posted above is a pub called "The Rack". If you stop in, you might want to congratulate the owner on his back-to-back Snowboard Cross Olympic Gold Medals.
post #11 of 22
LOTS of choices from MA in VT, NH and Maine.  And there are some good pass deals, but you usually have to buy in the spring/summer.  Some are multiple area passes.  Killington has a college pass at $399 which is also good at Pico.  Don't listen to those who run down eastern skiing.  Yes it can be icy, but the northeast does get a lot of natural snow and with snowmaking and grooming,  skiing is very reliable.  One positive - the narrower trails and firmer conditions will force you to improve your technique.
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/87882/why-do-people-think-east-coast-skiing-sucks/390

Save your season pass $ and hoard airplane tickets to SLC, DEN, EGE, HDN, YVR, etc.

Really.

It's not even like the same sport.
If you have nothing constructive to say, just stay out of the thread.

There is plenty of excellent skiing in the east, check out the i93 ski areas, Loon Waterville and Cannon, for quick access from Boston. Sunday River in Maine can be really interesting and is not too far. Southern VT areas are not a bad daytrip from boston and offer some good options... Killington is generally the advanced/ expert skiers choice (it takes a while to learn the layout, a guide helps). Northern VT is an entirely different world from the rest of 'the East', we get snow, we have powder days and we have legit steep-ass terrain. Sugarloaf and Saddleback in Maine are just far enough to deter big crowds and can often get pounded by storms off the Atlantic that miss the rest of NE."

Not for nothing, but I was thinking the same thing as SnoFun. There's definitely good skiing in the east, but to go from Colorado to Mass. is a big step down.

That said I'd second votes for Stowe, Jay, Cannon and Wildcat.
post #13 of 22
i'll recommend jay peak and cannon.

jay has good pow and trees.  cannon is a lot more accessible and has some good terrain.

you should also check out tuckerman ravine in the spring.
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by JoeUT View Post

Not for nothing, but I was thinking the same thing as SnoFun. There's definitely good skiing in the east, but to go from Colorado to Mass. is a big step down.

That said I'd second votes for Stowe, Jay, Cannon and Wildcat.
Snofun lives in Florida, I believe. If I had to fly to ski, well, I'd fly west or east (to Europe). That's not what the OP is asking, the OP is going to be in Boston, he will have some excellent ski options within 3hrs, many under 2hrs from him. He won't need plane tickets to enjoy skiing.
post #15 of 22
Defens. The East is completely different from the West but there is plenty of good skiing to be had. Most of the previous posters have given you great advice as to where to go. The Maine areas and Vt areas from Sugarbush and North are you best choices. The large NY NJ crowds do not make it to NH or ME. Cannon and Wildcat are the best NH mountains and probably the least crowded. Check out all the  New England Ski resorts at www.new-england-ski-mountain-resorts.com I am still building the site and haven't got out much this year but I have just about every mountain in NE on the site with details, locations, prices etc. I also have links to most resorts from their spot on my site. There are some places 1- 2 hours from Boston with verticals between 1200-1500 feet that make decent daytrips. (Ragged, Sunapee, Gunstock) Sunapee can get pretty crowded and none of these will scare you but they are good options for close by turns. OH yeah and those that want to bag on the EC go to the thread on the link posted by Snofun. Lets try to give Defens the info he wants. I am sure he is well aware that Snowbird is bigger, gets more snow, etc,etc, etc than Okemo.
post #16 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the replies so far, I'm going to start looking at some of these places.  I'm also starting to get into moguls a bit more, so I'm hoping to find someplace with a few decent runs.  I know I won't find a Vail Highline out east, but a few mogul runs would be good.  I'm thinking that is at least one kind of skiing you can find everywhere that will be challenging.

I'll also be looking for some clubs that do things.  As for the season pass, I really would like to get one to save money, but I guess for the first year it's better to explore and see what I like.
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post

Once again... if you have nothing constructive to say, perhaps you should refrain from posting?

I forgot to mention Wildcat as a great option in NH.


Seriously, the cat is asking for some help. 

Weak, let's show some welcome here c'mon!!!!

In Massachusetts Berkshire East is outstanding and closer than the other Berkshire Mtn areas.

Wachusett works, feel free to join in on our wa thread in the trip forum.....if going get there early esp on weekends....as a student on a budget I expect mid week is just a better choice......AAA members can sign up for a $8 off discount and if you leave early clip you tix to get $5 back.....

Only 1 steep pitch at wa but despite what others might say it is a real ski area and you can have fun cruising there if you hit it right.....but if conditions are good Berkshire East is much better.

Post a bit about what you like in a ski area and I can give you some more focused suggestions re NH, ME and VT.
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/87882/why-do-people-think-east-coast-skiing-sucks/390

Save your season pass $ and hoard airplane tickets to SLC, DEN, EGE, HDN, YVR, etc.

Really.

It's not even like the same sport.

snofun you suck and didnt even help out the guy moving to mass!!! you could NEVER ski with me at stowe or anywhere for the matter but you could never do it here because you have no idea just how tough it is. Plus you do nothing but bring other people down on this site and NEVER post stoke. 

To the original poster if your not a wimp ski in the east. Northern Vermont gets the best snow and has some of the biggest and steepest hills. You wont get as soft of snow everyday as the average colorado day but do you really need that?

with that said search my TR this year and you will see it snows alot in northern Vermont!

this was yesterday, we had turns like this for nearly 3000 vertical feet. alot of ski areas west or east dont have that much vertical.
post #19 of 22
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snofun you suck and you could NEVER ski with me at stowe or anywhere for the matter but you could never do it here because you have no idea just how tough it is. Plus you do nothing but bring other people down on this site and NEVER post stoke.

Just a question - why do you think I would WANT to ski with some loser who comes off as a spoiled 8 year-old, who can't even hold a job as a ski instructor while posting unreadable and undeciferable nonsense?

And, here's something for you, Mr. Loser, I'll bet you can ski better than me - OK - now where will all the posturing, posing, and nonsense go now?
post #20 of 22
You'll find it's easier to get to New Hampshire ski areas than Vermont, because Rt93 out of Boston is a straight shot up there at about 75mph all the way. Vermont gets the Connecticut and NY skiers as it is a straight shot up 91 for them.

You can pick up 89 off 93 in Manchester NH and that will shoot you over into Vermont too.

If you have access to a car and can get up early you'll be stylin'!

Many of the college crowd shows up at Wachusett (affectionately called WaWa here on Epicski) to do some night skiing, Nastar racing and a bit of partying. There is always something happening at WaWa and many ski clubs in Boston will get you up there for the price of pitching in for gas. it's a good place to go mid week to scratch the itch. Less than an hour away up Rt 2.

Where you going to school? I'll bet they have a ski club with numerous trips. Boston is College Heaven so you'll enjoy life there, but it's expensive too.

Good luck!

http://www.skisite.com/clubslist.cfm?state=MA
post #21 of 22
Closest to Boston with decent vertical is Waterville Valley, NH. Pros: close, nice fun trails, decent grooming, accessible & about 2 hrs north. Minuses: crowds, mediocre food in base lodge, lots of stolen skis on the w/e, nothing challenging. My NH fave: Loon. Pros: gondola, some nice cruisers, some decent steeps, superpipe, about 20 mins north of Waterville. Cons; can be busy, nothing super steep. Cannon: old school big mtn NE skiing. A bit wild & wooly. Pros: not expensive, a real skier hill, the tram, decent steeps, some okay fast cruisers, some hairy ungroomed trails. Cons: no Tram mid week, gets windy, upper chair is fixed (not detachable) and slow, only way to the top midweek.

I love Jay, Killington, Vt, Stratton, Okemo, Wildcat for the view (nothing steep though), Attitash (NH) is a gem with a great terrain park. Please avoid Killington weekends, it's a total zoo. Mt. Snow in southern VT is nice, Sunapee in the NH lakes district is nice - both have nothing really steep. Sugarbush and Smugglers Notch are nice. Stowe is nice but snobby  and expensive. If you love bumps ski Chin Clip. For challenge, Starr & National.  Sugarloaf in Maine is about 5 hours from Boston and probably not worth the trip unless the snowfields are open. Best of luck.

If you want company skiing the east, let me know. I'm just north of Boston.
post #22 of 22
I have skied alot of Vermont and if your looking for alot of different terrain i would recommend Killington.Lots of steeps and woods, plus some great mogul runs.I have yet to ski N.H. or Maine so cant comment on them
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