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Best place to ski over New Years in New England area?

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A few of us are looking to ski over New Years weekend. I know resorts can be somewhat hectic but we are looking for a place with a decent nightlife and good skiing. Not looking to break the bank either. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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In terms of nightlife, you're not going to beat Killington.  Killington's access road is pretty much a non-stop party scene at night.  The town / city of Rutland is an easy drive from Killington, and there are any number of lodging opportunities there to suit your budget.

 

Killington has a huge snowmaking system, so they have a good shot at having a reasonable amount of terrain open to handle the XMAS week crowds.

 

Mt. Snow is in very southern Vermont, and probably about two hours less driving for you (looks like you're coming from Pennsylvania?) compared to Killington.  There are a couple small towns around Mt. Snow, and Brattleboro (a city by Vermont standards) is 30 minutes away or so.  I've never looked much at the apres' ski scene there, but it strikes me as the type of place where stuff is going on.

post #3 of 8

2nd what Kevin says about Killington.  (Hi Kevin!)

 

Killington's got great skiing and nightlife galore and can be had for pretty reasonable prices.  Killington has always seemed to me like the Bruce Springsteen of ski resorts .. a more relaxed, everyman sort of vibe than some of the other resorts.

 

Snow and Stratton in southern VT attract big NYC crowds (particularly on the holiday weekends) and sometimes feel more like Manhattan than rural VT.  

 

Stowe in northern VT is a little further along.  Plenty of nightlife, although it's perhaps a bit tamer than Killington's access road.  Can be *really* pricey, but you can also find cheaper accommodations if you look.  Further north, so better chance of better conditions than southern VT.  By far some of the best skiing in New England.

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Killington has got the market cornered when it comes to nightlife, and Mt Snow is a close second. My wife and I spent New Years at Sugarbush two years ago, and enjoyed it very much. Great mountain, the conditions were very good, not as crowded as most other Vt mountains. And there are some really nice restaurants in the area. Not the in your face party scene that you will find at Kmart, but my wife and I prefer the more charming and laid back atmosphere of the Mad River Valley.

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Pico would be less expensive to ski , less crowded & still offer big mountain skiing. Lodging down in Rutland would be less expensive then staying on the mountain & the nightlife of Killington would still be only 20 minutes away.

 

You did say you didn't want to break the bank right. Just my 2 cents.

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Killington has got the market cornered when it comes to nightlife, and Mt Snow is a close second. My wife and I spent New Years at Sugarbush two years ago, and enjoyed it very much. Great mountain, the conditions were very good, not as crowded as most other Vt mountains. And there are some really nice restaurants in the area. Not the in your face party scene that you will find at Kmart, but my wife and I prefer the more charming and laid back atmosphere of the Mad River Valley.

I was going to suggest Mt. Ellen (aka Sugarbush North) as a big Eastern mountain that might be a crowd beater at that time.  And you could visit Lincoln Peak (Sugarbush) too if desired.  Some good bars around Waitsfield and I can recommend a place to stay in the attached link to save big bucks (but would probably need to reserve ahead for that timeframe): http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/86119/new-to-the-mad-river-valley-hostel-tevere



 

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I'd suggest you don't waste your time with southern Vermont resorts. They are all absolutely packed from wall to wall over Christmas week. Yeah the night life at Killington is good, assuming you can actually get into the Pickle Barrel or the Wobbly Barn, which on vacation weeks isn't a sure thing. Stowe has a great night scene, but is pricey. Sugarbush is great, and MRG is right around the corner as well. I would suggest staying in Waterbury, which has a couple great bars itself (the Alchemist is phenomenal, and the Reservoir is really good as well.) from there it's 20 minutes to Sugarbush and MRG in one direction, and 20 minutes to Stowe for nightlife in the other direction.

 

A disclaimer if you haven't been up here before. Don't stay north of Stowe. Despite what maps say, there is no easy way to get from Smuggs to Stowe by car. Route 108 through the Notch is closed every winter, so in order to get there, you have to go all the way around the main range of the Greens, either to the north, or to the south. Either way, at least an hour's drive to get to a spot three miles from where you were before.

post #8 of 8

+1 Killington, everything I've heard matches up with what's been said here.  It's much more quiet in places like Ludlow (Okemo), where there's only a couple restaurants or bars.

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