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Whiteface vs. Mont Tremblant

post #1 of 15
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Non-skiing wife asked about these.

 

Comments welcome -- on the skiing, not the wife....

post #2 of 15

Both resorts have a reputation for not so good snow, but I've always had good conditions anytime I've been to Whiteface (Tremblant not so much).  I think the bad rep was earned before their snowmaking is what it is today.  

 

Whiteface's slopes are not crowded at all, with little or no liftlines.  I've waited 10 minutes in a singles line at Tremblant, and you'll be bobbing and weaving all over the place because the runs are packed.  Tremblant has more runs, but I personally would give up the acreage at Tremblant for the vert at Whiteface.  The upper 2000ft of Whiteface's 3100ft+ vert is mostly black, while Tremblant runs the gamut.  

 

Whiteface suffers because the village (Lake Placid) is 15 minutes away.  I like it this way, as I'm on the slopes from open to close, and I find the authentic village of Lake Placid to be way more charming than the cookie cutter Tremblant village.  As well, for scenery, nothing in the East compares to being in the 'Dacks.

 

For apres, Tremblant wins for sure.  It can be rocking, while Lake Placid is pretty sleepy during the winter, even on a Saturday night (though I did see a cool band with a packed house in some tiny bar just down the road from the Face).

 

If you're good, go to Whiteface, if not go to Tremblant.

post #3 of 15

I've skied both.  

 

Tremblant.  Great fun, good slopes, housing right near the lifts but very crowded. "Town" was fake though.  Is your wife into other things (snicker, snicker)... snow sports?  Tremblant has all sorts of x-tra things going on like snowmobile trips, ice skating... But, the slopes were crowded and the vacations were very expensive.

 

Whiteface.  Excellent mountain.  Can have bad snow but no worse than other eastern mountains including tremblant.  Town is 12 miles from mountain (shuttle available)  but the town has a great "real" feel with tons of stuff to do (dog sled rides, ice skating on the Olympic oval, riding the Olympic bobsled, cross country ski...) and watch (ice skating shows, watching ski jumpers, world cup events in luge, bobsled, skeleton, moguls, ski cross) and good shopping.  Excellent vibe.

 

Go to Whiteface.   Ski Magazine agrees http://www.skinet.com/ski/node/113195?pnid=113153#gallery-content.

 

post #4 of 15
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I've skied both.  

 

Tremblant.  Great fun, good slopes, housing right near the lifts but very crowded. "Town" was fake though.  Is your wife into other things (snicker, snicker)... snow sports?  Tremblant has all sorts of x-tra things going on like snowmobile trips, ice skating... But, the slopes were crowded and the vacations were very expensive.

 

Whiteface.  Excellent mountain.  Can have bad snow but no worse than other eastern mountains including tremblant.  Town is 12 miles from mountain (shuttle available)  but the town has a great "real" feel with tons of stuff to do (dog sled rides, ice skating on the Olympic oval, riding the Olympic bobsled, cross country ski...) and watch (ice skating shows, watching ski jumpers, world cup events in luge, bobsled, skeleton, moguls, ski cross) and good shopping.  Excellent vibe.

 

Go to Whiteface.   Ski Magazine agrees http://www.skinet.com/ski/node/113195?pnid=113153#gallery-content.

 


everything here is is correct except whiteface DOES have bad snow. 200 inches a year is much less than the 6 mountains you can see from the top of whiteface in Vermont.

 

MRG, Sugarbush = 250

Stowe = 300

Smuggs = 350

Jay Peak = 400 

 

so to say the snow isnt better over in the green mountain state would be just alittle wrong.

 

now none of those places have Whiteface's Vertical though.

post #5 of 15

It`ll really depend on when you plan on visiting.  I ski Tremblant 100+ days per year and I can tell you, some times are better than others. And since, by definition, most people visit Tremblant on the crowded days, you get a skewed report when you ask for general feedback. If you are thinking of coming 3rd week of January for example, crowds will be non existant, but you run the risk of cold weather.  If you come the last week of March, crowds will be minimal, your likely to get warm sunny weather, but you are also likely to find 20% of the terrain closed on weekdays due to lack of demand.  

 

Let me know your targeted visitation period, and I`ll let you know what to expect. And I might be able to hook you up with a sweet lodging deal at www.vacation-tremblant.com

 

 

Cheers, 

Will

post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks to all.  Sounds like  Whiteface may have more high-end gnarly skiing and less crowds.  Upside of Tremblant: slopeside lodging and walk to dinner.

 

Will -  We're thinking of coming at Xmas.  Interested in hearing about any lodging deals.

 

Thanks.

post #7 of 15

Xmas is going to be busy everywhere, including Tremblant.  Xmas week is usually quieter than NYs week, but there`s also less terrain open, so it`ll be crowded.  Typically, the liftlines aren`t more than 5 minutes during xmas week, but the trails will be very congested. The more cold stretches they have leading up to the holidays, the more terrain that will be open and less the crowds will be.  

And the lineup for the main gondola at the base of south side will be long from 9:45 to 11:00 and from 12:30 to 2pm....

There should be a good atmosphere throughout the village and lots of holiday activities underway.  

 

Lodging deals are hard to come by at Xmas and NYs. For example, I rent out a great vacation property (www.vacation-tremblant.com) but it is already booked for that week.   I might be able to swing you a good deal at Tremblant Les Eaux.  It is on the resort, a free shuttle ride from the lifts, and quite nice interiors, mountain views, and hot tubs.  How many people will you be?

post #8 of 15
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I'll PM you.  Thanks.   Still undecided - and it's already November!      Two years ago I had everything booked in April.

post #9 of 15

OK you didn't ask, but you should consider Stowe also.  Like Lake Placid a real town and the skiing is awesome and you have a better chance for good snow than White Face of Tremblant.  I assume you are driving, you should not consider driving past either White Face or Stowe. 

 

One huge advatage Stowe has if your wife gets bored with Waterbury & Stowe she can head to Burlington for Church St or a mall.  From Lake Placid she could always make the drive to the mall in Plattsburgh, but Burlington has more of the college vibe than P'burgh (no disrespect to SUNY P'burgh).  (Don't tell any one this, but the best brew pub in New England is the Alcheist in Waterbury (may be even the world but my extensive research only includes the NE)).

 

Assuming your wife wants the whole Quebecois scene (which is very nice) consider Magoog (which is a straight shot up I-91).  There is good skiing at Orford or you could take a spin South to Owl's Head or even Jay.  There are some good restaurants in Magoog and more in Sherbrooke.  If you bride skates, Magoog has a hokey rink and a flooded bike path of a skate arlong the lake that has a mini Zamboni to make the ice great.  Th best mussels I ever had were in Magoog.

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Originally Posted by asland View Post

I've skied both.  

 

Tremblant.  Great fun, good slopes, housing right near the lifts but very crowded. "Town" was fake though.  Is your wife into other things (snicker, snicker)... snow sports?  Tremblant has all sorts of x-tra things going on like snowmobile trips, ice skating... But, the slopes were crowded and the vacations were very expensive.

 

Whiteface.  Excellent mountain.  Can have bad snow but no worse than other eastern mountains including tremblant.  Town is 12 miles from mountain (shuttle available)  but the town has a great "real" feel with tons of stuff to do (dog sled rides, ice skating on the Olympic oval, riding the Olympic bobsled, cross country ski...) and watch (ice skating shows, watching ski jumpers, world cup events in luge, bobsled, skeleton, moguls, ski cross) and good shopping.  Excellent vibe.

 

Go to Whiteface.   Ski Magazine agrees http://www.skinet.com/ski/node/113195?pnid=113153#gallery-content.

 


everything here is is correct except whiteface DOES have bad snow. 200 inches a year is much less than the 6 mountains you can see from the top of whiteface in Vermont.

 

MRG, Sugarbush = 250

Stowe = 300

Smuggs = 350

Jay Peak = 400 

 

so to say the snow isnt better over in the green mountain state would be just alittle wrong.

 

now none of those places have Whiteface's Vertical though.



If you're sticking to the groomers, Whiteface's snowmaking has been more than adequate anytime I've been there to make up for the lack of natural.  I usually avoid artificial snow like the plague, but for whatever reason (maybe the cold) I've had days at Whiteface where the artificial stuff was almost powder like.  I remember lapping an empty Mountain Run under the guns feeling like it's a powder day... all the while, the masses were scared off by the -10deg F temperatures.

 

If you're heading in the trees, the extra snowfall in Vermont will help, especially that early in the season.  

 

post #11 of 15
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Talisman -- We skied at Stowe last year during the Xmas break.  It was fabulous -- I would go back in a heart beat.  Problem is that I started so late this year that it's hard finding decent (read: approved by wife) lodging that doesn't also cost an arm and a leg.  

post #12 of 15
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OK you didn't ask, but you should consider Stowe also.  Like Lake Placid a real town and the skiing is awesome and you have a better chance for good snow than White Face of Tremblant.  I assume you are driving, you should not consider driving past either White Face or Stowe. 

 

One huge advatage Stowe has if your wife gets bored with Waterbury & Stowe she can head to Burlington for Church St or a mall.  From Lake Placid she could always make the drive to the mall in Plattsburgh, but Burlington has more of the college vibe than P'burgh (no disrespect to SUNY P'burgh).  (Don't tell any one this, but the best brew pub in New England is the Alcheist in Waterbury (may be even the world but my extensive research only includes the NE)).

 

Assuming your wife wants the whole Quebecois scene (which is very nice) consider Magoog (which is a straight shot up I-91).  There is good skiing at Orford or you could take a spin South to Owl's Head or even Jay.  There are some good restaurants in Magoog and more in Sherbrooke.  If you bride skates, Magoog has a hokey rink and a flooded bike path of a skate arlong the lake that has a mini Zamboni to make the ice great.  Th best mussels I ever had were in Magoog.


The amazing thing about the alchemist is that the food is just as good as the beer. 

 

I know off topic but I am going to alchemist as soon as I get to vermont!

post #13 of 15
I'm on a Permanent boycot of Tremblant. I will never return. Tremblant is not about skiing. Bye bye.
Whiteface can be astoundingly good after a recent snow. I prefer to head there for spring skiing though because it can get very icy and windblown mid winter.
Tremblant is an overcrowded, overpriced, gaper fashion show. Pack some furry boots if you prefer that scene, and if you plan to eat in some of the nice restaurants down in San Jovite, make sure you bring a gas mask along.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 

Found a place in Stowe!  

 

Epic, BWPA, etc. -- I'm counting on you to do the proper ritualistic sacrifices to the Snow Gods, so we have great snow at the Xmas break....  snowfalling.gif  

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Found a place in Stowe!  

 

Epic, BWPA, etc. -- I'm counting on you to do the proper ritualistic sacrifices to the Snow Gods, so we have great snow at the Xmas break....  snowfalling.gif  


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