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Budget skiing in the East?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Hey guys, I'm just getting back to skiing after a 9 year drought. I live in NJ and this year have got in 2 days at Mountain Creek with one more coming next week. It only took about 30 seconds of skiing for me to be hooked like a crack addict again. I want to get the heck out of NJ for some skiing next season, hopefully to Vermont. Problem is with the economy the way it is, and me being a family man the budget is real tight.

Now Ive only been to Vermont twice in the past, both times at killington which was pretty expensive. I'm wondering if you guys can give a little insight into finding a good deal at a nice mountain. Doesn't have to be too fancy..  nice mountain with quality snow and someplace to sleep that isn't dirty. I really know nothing about VT mountains so i don't even know where to start looking..  there seem to be too many choices.

Also, i am not a great skier, just average, so i don't need the most challenging terrain or anything.

Sorry for such a broad question, but I'm just not sure where to start. What can you all recommend that i look at?

Thanks all,
---Joe

post #2 of 17
I'd suggest timing is probably more important than a specific resort. Skier visits really drop off after Feb. Vacation weeks at most eastern resorts, deals start to really appear and the skiing is at it's best in late Feb. through March. If you can work a trip in at this time you can save boatloads vs. Christmas/ School Vaca weeks.

There are plenty of slightly smaller ski areas that can be a great time and offer much lower prices than the big 'resorts', places like Bromley and Magic in southern VT, Sunapee in southern NH, Attitash, Bolton Valley, Burke, Cranmore, Saddleback the list goes on...
post #3 of 17
Sugarbush, while about as expensive as killington, has this awesome little hostel right next to the access road that costs $30 a night. What you save in lodging can go to the lift tickets. It is called the Hostel Tevre. Sugarbush when it has good snow is awesome.
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by AKiss20 View Post

Sugarbush, while about as expensive as killington, has this awesome little hostel right next to the access road that costs $30 a night. What you save in lodging can go to the lift tickets. It is called the Hostel Tevre. Sugarbush when it has good snow is awesome.
 


Lol, when it has snow? Im going to have to imagine though that a bad day at sugarbush is still probaly better than a good day in New Jersey, NO?
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hmmm, im not sure a hostel is up my alley, but i will keep it in mind. Thankd for the heads up!
post #6 of 17
Jay peak has a special for $109 per person per night with lift tickets
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by 92hatchattack View Post





Lol, when it has snow? Im going to have to imagine though that a bad day at sugarbush is still probaly better than a good day in New Jersey, NO?

As a NJ native, yes obviously any day at sugarbush is better than in NJ (although with NJ's 20 odd inches in the last 15 days and Vermont's maybe 3" that is questionable) but my point is that if it hasn't snowed for a bit there are some better places than sugarbush to go to.
post #8 of 17
IMO the best value in VT skiing is Pico.  Almost 2000 ft vertical, two high speed quads, 50 trails including some of the best glades in the east and tickets in the $50 dollar range.  And ticketst go to below $40 with the Pico Express Card.  Lots of reasonable lodging choices in Rutland.
post #9 of 17
For anyplace you find that sounds interesting, I recommend to check their website out for deals. Waterville Valley offers $10 off per lift ticket if you buy them online 48 hours in advance, and kids ski for $12 on Sundays if you're bringing the fam. I think they also do a 2 for 1 deal on Mondays.
I know about this stuff at WV because I ski there a lot, but I'm sure most resorts have deals like that.
I've also heard that Cannon in NH has cheap lift tickets because it's state run, but I've never been there.
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 

Ive been to Pico once in the past and I remember it being much more intimate a mountain than killington was. Has a very nice day there. How are the glades there? Are they all expert or do they have some for newbies? I was checking out the Jay Peak trail map and i really liked that they had glades for everyone, being the first time in trees or expert. Nice feature.

post #11 of 17
Birch Glades at Pico is intermediate.  It is a GREAT trail after some fresh snow.  Summit Glades is black diamond, but can be handled by a decent intermediate skier when the conditions are good.   Two of my favorite trails in all of Vermont.
post #12 of 17
It's to late for this season but the Vermont Ski Area Association sells in the fall (usually Sep-Oct) what they call Vermont Passports. They come in a book of 3 or 5 coupons. The cost of a 3 coupon book is $125 ($41 & change for a day ticket) & can be used at any ski area in Vt. The catch is you have to use each coupon at a different ski area & they have to be used in one season. Still a good deal if you have use for them. I think the 5 coupon book is $200, saving a buck or so more. I have a season pass for a ski area in Vt. but purchase one or two books so that I can ski different areas sometimes for a change of pace & not have to pay full freight. Of course you get the most bang for your buck using them at the more expensive VT. ski areas.
post #13 of 17
Cannon mountain deal.

Tuesdays & Thursdays : 2 for $66 or 1 for $40!

Every Tuesday and Thursday, non holiday, lift tickets are available at the rate of 2 tickets for $66, or 1 single ticket for just $40. Not valid: 12/29/09, 12/31/09, 2/16/10, 2/18/10.

Tuesdays & Thursdays : 2 for $66 or 1 for $40!

Every Tuesday and Thursday, non holiday, lift tickets are available at the rate of 2 tickets for $66, or 1 single ticket for just $40. Not valid: 12/29/09, 12/31/09, 2/16/10, 2/18/10.

Wildcat deals

   
  NEW! Special Multi-day Ticket Savings for Juniors and Teens  
  
Great Value For Family Vacations

NEW!
Special Consecutive, Multi-day
Junior & Teen
3- and 5- day Tickets

 

Lock in great savings on Junior (age 6 - 12) and Teen (age 13 - 18) multi-day tickets! Your choice: 3 days for the retail price of 2 or 5 days for the retail price of only 3! Specially discounted Junior or Teen 3- and 5-day multi-day tickets are for consecutive day use only. Tickets are non-transferable.


Junior 3-day ticket ...
Junior 5-day ticket ...
Teen 3-day ticket ...
Teen 5-day ticket ...
PRICE
$ 78
$117
$110
$165
Available for purchase at guest service/lift ticket counter.
Multi-day lift tickets good for consecutive-day use only.
  
    
    
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SKI THE 'CAT AND SAVE for the 2009/10 Season.
And your next day is STILL only $39 for Adults & Teens.
  VALUE
Sunday Afternoon CruiseSki & ride from Noon - Close. Purrrfect.$25
AristoCat Tuesdays *Ages 50+ receive $20 off your lift ticket and a 10am ski lesson and lunch for FREE. (non holiday)$45
Two-fer Wednesdays *2 People ski or ride all day for $65 (non holiday)$32.50 pp
Ladies' Thursdays *Ladies receive $20 off your lift ticket and a 10am ski lesson and lunch for FREE. PLUS 10% off Nursery (reservations required; non-holiday).$45
BirthdaysSki or ride on your birthday FREE with valid ID.FREE
Snowcat Novice AreaGentle chairlift and slope ideal for learning.$39/day
without notice.
   

 Wildcat even honored the Sun. afternoon deal on holiday weekends. I skied there last Sun afternoon for $25.

Don't know why it didn't come out but the 3 day junior is $78, 5 day $117
3 day teen is $110, 5 day$165
Also not shown is buy a regular priced lift ticket & purchase your next day for $39..
Edited by steamboat1 - 2/21/10 at 9:44am
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
^^^ Cool,  thanks for the heads up. That 3 day coupon thingy sounds great. Maybe have to be picking that up next year!
post #15 of 17
Check out the Liftopia website.  They offer discount lift tickets for mountains all over New England.  +1 for Wildcat as well.  You can purchase a lift ticket for Wildcat on the site for around $44 and then combine it with their ski the next day for $39 promo.  I am actually taking advantage of this tomorrow and Tuesday.
post #16 of 17
Look up the Vermont Travel Club.  They have a $39 discount card that gets you a good bit off lifts at most Vermont areas, not Killington.  The deals vary; the best is Mt. Snow for $46 Saturdays and $42 sundays (non-holiday).  That's more than $30 off.  I think $20 off is more common, with some blackouts.
post #17 of 17
Another way to save on the cost of skiing is to join a ski club. I can purchase discount tickets for almost every area in VT. & a few in NY through my club. There are many clubs in the tri-state region that you could join. The average cost of these discounted tickets run as low as $34 for Bromley or Pico to as high as $52 for Okemo, Sugarbush or Stowe. Killington offers a $50 ticket to ski club members. These tickets are good anytime, even holidays, & the beauty part is if you don't use them this season you can get new ones for next season for a small processing & upgrade cost. They also have to be purchased early (Oct.). Most areas will require you to show a ski club membership card because when they 1st started offering these tickets some members would re-sell them at a profit to the public which the ski areas caught onto after seeing these tickets for sale on e-bay & such. Like I said in my earlier post I usually buy the VT. Passports because they are a better deal but you have to use them that season or lose them but I also have a few discounted ski club tickets which if I don't use I can renew for next year. If you can get enough ski days in at a mountain a season pass at a ski area is still the best deal for most areas. I get the cost of my season pass at Killington down to less than $20 a day.

Another advantage of belonging to a ski club would be if they own their own lodge near the ski areas. My club owns a beautiful lodge which is centrally located just north of Rutland, VT. It's only a 20 min. drive to Pico & 10 minutes more to Killington. Within an hours drive or less you can go to Sugarbush or Mad River to the north or Bromley or Stratton to the south & the other areas in between even less time. The beauty part of having a ski house is there are other people there that you will become friendly with & ski with. It's much better than being holed up in a motel room or condo by yourself at a much higher cost. The savings for the cost of lodging is substantial. I stay at our house for only $22 a night & the cost of membership is only $90 a year. If I didn't take advantage of these ways to save money skiing there is no way I could afford to ski 40+ days a season which is what I do on average. Brown bagging lunch to the mountain & cooking breakfast & dinner at the lodge also saves a lot of money. You always have the option of eating out if your in the mood to splurge. If I watch my P's & Q's I can ski for 4 days in VT. for less than $200  including everything (gas, food, lodging, beverages, etc.). This doesn't include the price of lift tickets which I already purchased way ahead of time. I sometimes think I would spend more money staying home.....LOL
Edited by steamboat1 - 3/7/10 at 9:54am
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