I will be staying in Burlington, VT 12/28/12/30 with a group of friends. We will be skiing 2-3 days and will mix it up between 2 mountains. I'm looking for suggestions for where to go. We are considering Stowe, Jay, Smuggs, and Sugarbush. I've skied Stowe and Jay a couple times each but not the other 2 mtns. I've also never been up to the area during school vacation week so I imagine it will be quite crowded. I'd like to go where there will be the least crowds but most importantly the best conditions/most open terrain. Unfortunately it does not look like much will be skiable in terms of those great Northern VT woods and natural snow steeps under current conditions (bring on the snow!).
Any suggestions from locals who have been skiing these mountains recently and/or have experienced this busy week at the mountains? Thanks.