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Where to ski between XMas and New Years in Northern Vermont?

post #1 of 8
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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.

post #2 of 8

If you just want to kill a few hours skiing one day may I suggest Cochoran ski area. It's real small but it'll be cheap & definitely not crowded. It's located right outside Burlington in Richmond, VT. It'll be fun & retro if you just want to kill a few hours.

 

You might miss the crowds at Bolton Valley also which is just down the road a piece. If they have good snow it's a decent place.

 

Stowe will be mobbed, Smuggs doesn't have the uphill lift capacity so you'll probably encounter liftlines there (all old slow double chairs).

 

Sugarbush might be a good choice but I'd stay away from south (Lincoln Peak) as it will probably be crowded during the holidays. Sugarbush north (Mt. Ellen) usually has much smaller crowds & it's a good mountain. Sugarbush is 2 large & different ski areas. MRG is good but has the same problem as Smuggs with uphill capacity & you'll need good snow at both places.

 

Don't know much about Jay during the holidays as I usually only go there in the spring.

 

Just suggesting.

 

Have fun & Merry Christmas.

post #3 of 8

Cochran's? Really? http://www.cochranskiarea.com/  Great place, but I sort of doubt it's what these guys are looking for.

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Cochran's? Really? http://www.cochranskiarea.com/  Great place, but I sort of doubt it's what these guys are looking for.


I did say if they only wanted to kill a few hours. No it's not a place for a full day as I alluded to. I've had lots of fun there in the past. The people are warm & friendly & it's definitely like going back in time skiing there.
 

I think the rest of my suggestions were spot on.

post #5 of 8

I really don't know where the crowds will be lightest, but I do know this. The Christmas crowd is different from MLK crowd. More of them in the lodges, less on the hill. Whatever the case, let's hope for a big storm soon. Otherwise, he can choose based on who has the best snowmaking.

post #6 of 8

I would consider Burke also.  Nice mountain that tends to not be very crowded.  They have 1 fixed quad on the main mountain but there is also a fast poma that never has a line.  Most of the main mountain is steep and well groomed.

post #7 of 8

I think Sugarbush is your best bet... I haven't been there Christmas break, but on MLK it's always fine. Hmmm... snow in the forecast?

 

http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/news/story/43066/holiday-travel-next-week-some.asp

post #8 of 8

MRG might not be up to speed yet. Bolton and Burke will have the smallest crowds but probably not a ton of open terrain unless they get dumped. Best bet is probably a split between Sugarbush and Jay.

This long range looks pretty good so things could change for the better anytime now!

 

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Waitsfield&state=VT&site=BTV&textField1=44.18&textField2=-72.82&e=1

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