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post #1 of 27
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So I'm in the process of figuring out where I am going for my Christmas break this year with some friends of mine and I am caught between budget and quality so I decided to make plans for a NE ski trip just for kicks. Here's my plan, is it the right choice of resorts?

 

Dec 18-23

 

Day 1: Drive up (10 hours for me)

 

Day 2: Stratton (Must Start Here)

 

• Ski 1/2 Day

• Head for Jay

 

Day 3: Jay Peak

 

Day 4: Smugglers' Notch

 

Day 5: Mad River Glen

 

Day 6: Killington (Must End Here)

 

• 1/2 day

• Drive Home

post #2 of 27

Might not be much natural snow in mid December up there yet. 

 

I'd maybe trade off one of the natrual snow tree skiing gnar resorts for one that is also well known snowmaking infrastructure. 

 

If the trip was in February I'd say

post #3 of 27

Nice list of places, but you have planned an awful lot of driving. Sometimes it's nice to visit a good ski area for two days instead of bouncing to a bunch for one day each. Also, your timeframe is a bit early and conditions could be less than optimal. If natural snow is low you might consider deleting MRG (even though it's very memorable) and doing a second day at Killington.

 

Two more comments: you should have zero crowds on the dates you've chosen, and I had pretty good luck on conditions doing Mad River Valley/Stowe in first week of Jan last season.

 

PS: actually, re-reading I think you have planned 1.5 days at first and last places, good; and Smuggs/Jay are only about 40 mins apart.

post #4 of 27

I would just plan vermont with no set resorts really. There are hostels everywhere and christmas really isnt that busy.

 

BTW if yoiu come to stowe and you want to see true gnar, I know someone who can show you around.

post #5 of 27

Sounds nice with snow.   Do have to agree if conditions are sketchy (and they might be) you may need to alter.  

 

How about---head West to Gore (if conditons are good, new ski area "hickory"---no grooming like MGR is on the way, cheep tickets)    Ski Gore, then head North to White Face, then head back down and over.    

 

 

Gore and WF will have snow somewhere on their mountains.        If conditions are good..Gore is really going after glades.   

 

 

post #6 of 27

Sounds nice with snow.   Do have to agree if conditions are sketchy (and they might be) you may need to alter.  

 

How about---head West to Gore (if conditons are good, new ski area "hickory"---no grooming like MGR is on the way, cheep tickets)    Ski Gore, then head North to White Face, then head back down and over.    

 

 

Gore and WF will have snow somewhere on their mountains.        If conditions are good..Gore is really going after glades.   

 

 

post #7 of 27

Sounds nice with snow.   Do have to agree if conditions are sketchy (and they might be) you may need to alter.  

 

How about---head West to Gore (if conditons are good, new ski area "hickory"---no grooming like MGR is on the way, cheep tickets)    Ski Gore, then head North to White Face, then head back down and over.    

 

 

Gore and WF will have snow somewhere on their mountains.        If conditions are good..Gore is really going after glades.   

 

 

post #8 of 27
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the replies guys. I know conditions are a gamble (although this year might be pretty good early) but I can decide to make this trip on short notice (1 week) so I'm fine if weather doesn't work out; I'll still go to Snowbird in February. 

 

crgildart, that's pretty much my plan. If conditions aren't great I'll cut out MRG and Smuggs', substituting Smuggs' with Stowe.

 

Jamesj, Hopefully conditions work out like they did for you and I'm glad crowds won't be an issue for me.

 

BushwackerinPA, I am interested in your Stowe offer except for the fact the Stowe believes peak season starts right when I leave. Where are good places to get good discount tickets?

 

I:)Skiing, going west to the Adirondacks really isn't option because of travel time. Vermont works best because I can do all these resorts on a loop.

post #9 of 27

To much driving involved with your plan.

 

If you had more time or lived closer it's a different story.

 

I'd settle into the Mad River Valley.

 

Sugarbush (which is 2 separate ski areas) & Mad River Glen right there.

 

Stowe 40 minutes north & Killington 40 minutes south.

 

 

If your lucky enough to hit a good dump that would further curtail your driving ambitions.

 

Don't think you'll find any good discount tickets that are valid over the holiday.

 

If your coming before or after the holiday week look into a Vermont Passport which become available in Sep-Oct & sell in books of 3 or 5? Gotta buy em quick because they only sell a limited amount. They're good at any VT. area you might chose & run about 40 bucks a day. The only thing is you have to use each coupon at different a resort which is right up your alley.


Edited by steamboat1 - 8/13/10 at 10:43pm
post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by steamboat1 View Post

To much driving involved with your plan.

 

If you had more time or lived closer it's a different story.

 

I'd settle into the Mad River Valley.

 

Sugarbush (which is 2 separate ski areas) & Mad River Glen right there.

 

Stowe 40 minutes north & Killington 40 minutes south.

 

 

If your lucky enough to hit a good dump that would further curtail your driving ambitions.

 

Don't think you'll find any good discount tickets that are valid over the holiday.

 

If your coming before or after the holiday week look into a Vermont Passport which become available in Sep-Oct & sell in books of 3 or 5? Gotta buy em quick because they only sell a limited amount. They're good at any VT. area you might chose & run about 40 bucks a day. The only thing is you have to use each coupon at different a resort which is right up your alley.

 

Thanks for the advice on the Vermont Passport but I couldn't find it through Google. Did you mean Powder Passport? It doesn't sound as you described but it seems similar.


Driving isn't a problem for me -- consider the fact that I am driving 10 1/2 hours just to get to Stratton -- but I do want to keep the return trip under 12 hours. Also if they do get a big pow dump, worst case scenario is I'll have to spend another night wherever I get stuck and spend $30-$90 more than I expected because I can't get to the next lodging area.

post #11 of 27

Friday December 17 is the last day you will find any lift ticket deals, but it should be easy to find cheap lodging that week without maing reservations.  It's too early for reliable snow anywhere in the East, so head north and and be ready to go wherever the best conditions are.  Sugarbush and Stowe are far enough north that they more frequently get a good dump in December, and they have good snow making as well.

Stowe offers cheap lift tickets to ski clubs from time to time, so check out ski club websites for that.  That's a long shot but it's still worth looking. 

IF you stay near the Bush you can drive to Stowe, Smuggs or even Jay if it really pukes.

 

BK   

post #12 of 27



 

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Thanks for the advice on the Vermont Passport but I couldn't find it through Google. Did you mean Powder Passport? It doesn't sound as you described but it seems similar.


Driving isn't a problem for me -- consider the fact that I am driving 10 1/2 hours just to get to Stratton -- but I do want to keep the return trip under 12 hours. Also if they do get a big pow dump, worst case scenario is I'll have to spend another night wherever I get stuck and spend $30-$90 more than I expected because I can't get to the next lodging area.


No it's called Vermont Passport & is offered by the VT. Ski Area Assoc.
 

I've heard of the Powder Pass but don't know much about them.

 

They might not advertise them but they send me a notice every year when they go on sale since I've been purchasing them for awhile.

 

A book of 3 coupons has been $125 for several years & a book of 5 has been $200. You can only buy a max of 2 books of 3 & 1 book of 5 pp & they can't be used during holiday periods. Also like I said each coupon has to be used at a different resort. I usually purchase 2 books of 3 so I can ski around a little & still be on the cheap. I've been buying a season pass for Killington for some time.

 

I still think your driving to much. A better plan might be stopping at Stratton 1st, then hitting Killington which is only an hour north, then Sugarbush or Mad River which is only an hour north of there. Stowe is only 40-45 minutes north of there. Smuggs is an hour from Stowe even though they're right next to eachother Smugglers Notch (the road) is closed during winter so you'll have to drive all the way around. Jay has got to be at least another hour from there. Jay is right near I-91 which could make your trip back a little better.

 

Stowe does have ski club appreciation weeks with cheap lodging & lift ticket deals. Usually a week in Dec, Jan. & Mar. 1 day ticket was only $39 last year & the more days you purchase the cheaper it gets. You'll need to show a ski club membership card to get the deal.

 

I can get discount lift tickets for most VT. resorts through my ski club which are good anytime but once again you'll need to show a ski club membership card or the areas won't honor them. Someone was selling them on e-bay years ago to the general public so this is why the resorts adopted this policy. The beauty part of the ski club discount tickets is if you don't use them all you can roll them over to the next season. The VT. passport is use-em or lose-em in that one season. The ski club discount isn't as good a deal as the Vt. passport which is why I purchase them but I also get a few tickets through the club. The ski club tickets run about $50, some slightly more & some less depending on which areas you buy for.

 

As you might be able to tell I get around NE a bit. I even hit up some of the NY, NH & ME resorts. The only time I go out west is when NE gets washed out early which happened last year. I got in on some of those April dumps in UT. last year.


Edited by steamboat1 - 8/14/10 at 10:48am
post #13 of 27

Sounds like a cool trip. I always wanted to do somethign like that when I lived in DC but never got around to it. Good luck and hope the weather cooperates.

post #14 of 27

Hey seanva

 

tromano is right

 

it is a fun road trip.

 

here is one scwva and i did

 

end of april 08

 

http://www.dcski.com/ubbthreads33/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Main=4824&Number=44167#Post44167

 

just for perspective on what is possible in four days

 

bee the "bump junkie road warrioer"

 

take a camera

 

have fun

post #15 of 27

You might want to take a look at the VT Travel Club http://www.classicskitours.net/vermontTravel.asp . I believe it was $35 last year and we saved close to that sometimes on 1-day lift tickets. The savings vary from place-to-place and not all resorts participate. Some good hotel deals as well. I'd expect the info on their site reflects last year's deals and has not been updated for this year. I'd certainly try to get a day at Stowe and I too would suggest the Sugarbush/MRG/Stowe vicinity as a point of concentration.

post #16 of 27

Let me know when / if you make it to Jay and I'll show you around a bit, I should be there for about 2 weeks around x-mass... if it snows you may not want to leave!

post #17 of 27

My first post in a long time...must be getting close to ski season.

 

I've done a ton of ski safaris throughout VT and the rest of the northeast.

 

Jay often has great conditions at that time of year, but as always is hit or miss. However, at that time of year snowmaking is king.   Killington, Stratton, Okemo are all good bets for decent snow quality and a good amount of open terrain.  Plus if you like those areas they are generally much cheaper (at least with package deals including lodging and skiing) than they are mid season. It is an uncrowded, less expensive time of year so you can keep your plans loose and still not over spend.

 

Too much driving - Not really, of your in VT drives Stratton to Jay is by far the longest and is probably around 3 hours give or take 30 minutes. Have fun!

post #18 of 27
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the great advice guys! Now I'm set to go.

post #19 of 27

Good so what's the plan?
 

post #20 of 27
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Good so what's the plan?

 


Same as in the original post for now except maybe Stowe instead of Smuggs (still more for Smuggs). I'm gonna book last minute though so it might also change depending on how the season starts.

post #21 of 27

I received the order form for the Vermont Passport in the mail yesterday. It's the same deal as last year.

 

A 3 coupon book is $125 (limit 2) & the 5 coupon book is $200 (limit 1).

 

If anyone wants more info send me a pm & I'll give you there address & Fax #.

 

You have to order quickly because they only sell a limited amount.


Edited by steamboat1 - 10/4/10 at 10:10am
post #22 of 27

I could really use this passport this winter. I can not find any info about it on the net. I tried to PM uoe but it would not work, any information would be greatly appriciated. Thansk

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post #24 of 27

Your North East Ski Safari sounds like a lot of fun. Hopefully, you will have good weather and driving conditions.  We would welcome the opportunity to assist you with your travel plans for your holiday ski trip.  If you would like to utilize our complimentary services kindly send us a PM. 

post #25 of 27
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Your North East Ski Safari sounds like a lot of fun. Hopefully, you will have good weather and driving conditions.  We would welcome the opportunity to assist you with your travel plans for your holiday ski trip.  If you would like to utilize our complimentary services kindly send us a PM. 



I am going to Montana now, but thank's for the offer!

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I am going to Montana now, but thank's for the offer!


gonna be a dental floss tycoon? 

post #27 of 27

Where are you going in Montana? 

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