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Old 01-27-2014, 06:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default East Coast - PA, NY, VT, etc. any recommendations?

I want to take a snowboarding trip- just about 5 days or so maybe 3 or 4 days of riding.

I'm looking for recommendations for a good mountain or two in a nearby area, with reasonable accommodation (nothing too fancy) and that's about it. We will try to schedule for a mid week trip to avoid crowds.

I've snowboarded for plenty of years (been out west, etc.) so I'm looking for a good spot with lots of free riding, carving, all mountain style riding. Ideal combo would be: about 68.5 hours drive from Philly, really fun long rides, decent snow, not super touristy not super crowded (perhaps a lesser know spot than Killington, etc.)

Basically, I'm in Philly - not the best place in the world for snowboarding, what's in my striking distance for a one-week trip?
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Old 01-27-2014, 09:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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VT. Pick a base camp and hit up the mountains around it.

Killington area is easily doable for a drive. I have family in Philly still.

You can do Killington for a day. Sugarbush another day (about 45 minutes up Rte 100), 3rd day... maybe Okemo....

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Oiy, people and their inability to read and follow directions. (I'm a fan of Killy, but OP Said not Killington!) For low-key, my suggestion would be Jay Peak. Big mountain, lots of places to cruse/get lost. It is a bit more of a drive than the lower VT resorts, but quite a good scene. It is about as "West" as you will get on the east (Unless you want to drive up to Sugarloaf......which I strongly encourage, as well.)
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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stratton and mount snow are somewhat close to each other... i think theyre the closest vt mountains... less than 4hr drive from nj

killington i think pushes it in terms of riding and then driving back for a same day trip
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Oiy, people and their inability to read and follow directions. (I'm a fan of Killy, but OP Said not Killington!) For low-key, my suggestion would be Jay Peak. Big mountain, lots of places to cruse/get lost. It is a bit more of a drive than the lower VT resorts, but quite a good scene. It is about as "West" as you will get on the east (Unless you want to drive up to Sugarloaf......which I strongly encourage, as well.)
When you hit up Killington mid-week (as well as Friday)... it won't be crowded.... so it still meets the OP's criteria.
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Old 01-28-2014, 03:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I live in Willow Grove. I go up to Stowe at least once a year. It will fit your criteria. Amazing Mountain. Been meaning to go to Jay Peak. Heard it's great up there too.
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Of the 3 states you mentioned...Definitely VT.

I would suggest Stowe or Sugarbush....or both. Get a hotel located about mid way between both and do a couple days at one and then a couple at the other. Thats what I did last year and am planning to do again next month.
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If you can schedule your trip mid week & not a holiday week, then VT is a great destination.

Based on your described riding style, I would suggest Sugarbush as one possibility. I have not been to Stowe but the suggestion of doing both Stowe and Sugarbush is a great one.

I have been to Sugarbush and there is a lot of terrain there that will satisfy. As it is very low key during the week, you should be able to yo-yo ride and get in as much vertical as you can handle. With the two mountains to ride, you should not find yourself running out of terrain.

Have a great trip!!!
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:34 PM   #9 (permalink)
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cannon mountain in NH sounds like you'd like it... no lift lines mainly a freeride spot with a few small parks. Run by the state, pretty much a ski/ride only place not much else to do... Its 6-7 hours from philly and on the way you'll drive past 3 other resorts to go too if you dont like cannon... 2 of those resorts you drive past are within 20 minutes of cannon.
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check out jay peak for sure. i do love sugarbush still has that old vermont feel. sunday river maine is also good but a little out of your driving range. killington is also a great bet always solid. sorry for the vagueness
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