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Old 02-02-2014, 07:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I ride a small mountain in north Carolina, and have never been to a big resort aside from snowshoe, wv, which is still small. I had begun planning a trip to Jay, but have been reading that the roads are bad in a snow, the wind is terrible, and it often closes the lifts to the peak. I know the snow is good, and the glades are amazing, but I really would hate to get up there and not be able to access the top, or worse yet, the mountain.

My biggest attraction to Jay is the chutes and glades, I don't want to go to a big resort and just ride more groomers. I have looked at Okemo, killington, and others, but they don't have any chutes or as many glades.

I have no BC gear so I cannot head out to find the really good non-groomer lines, so I need another resort that has good non-groomer terrain that is not as risky as Jay, or some insight to whether or not jay is risky.

I know to find the best of this kind of terrain heading west would be the best choice, but if possible I'd like to find somewhere cheaper. Unless convinced other wise
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Yea you may get unlucky and ride a day with a lot of wind holds, or a day where u may literally feel like youre going to freeze to death on lifts, but its definitely has the best big mountain feel here out east. If snowshoe is the biggest mtn u have ridden, your gonna have a hell of a time in Jay. The terrain is definitely more challenging and varied. If your doing a 4 day trip or longer, you will be fine.
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Yea you may get unlucky and ride a day with a lot of wind holds, or a day where u may literally feel like youre going to freeze to death on lifts, but its definitely has the best big mountain feel here out east. If snowshoe is the biggest mtn u have ridden, your gonna have a hell of a time in Jay. The terrain is definitely more challenging and varied. If your doing a 4 day trip or longer, you will be fine.
So no other new England mountains have chutes or other big mountain attractions? Ill be up there for 5 days in march so I don't think temps will be an issue. Also the resorts page says a room for 4 is ~$170 per night, but I read someone said it is $170 per person per night. Is that right? Their sight is not specific?

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Stowe is the only other place that I would recommend but is definitely more expensive than Jay. $170 a person per day sounds about right since lift tickets are about $70.
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I know the snow is good, and the glades are amazing, but I really would hate to get up there and not be able to access the top, or worse yet, the mountain.

My biggest attraction to Jay is the chutes and glades, I don't want to go to a big resort and just ride more groomers.

I have no BC gear so I cannot head out to find the really good non-groomer lines, so I need another resort that has good non-groomer terrain that is not as risky as Jay, or some insight to whether or not jay is risky.
I'm really not sure what you're asking here?!?

Are you asking if you need Avy gear and training to ride good stuff at Jay? No.

Are you asking if there are tons of in bounds, safe runs with trees on them at Jay? Yes.
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The tram does go on wind hold often. Not usually for the whole day. Not really a big deal. Most of the best stuff is more quickly and easily accessed via the Freezer, Bonny or Jet lifts anyway. The face chutes, Tuckerman's and the ridge are rarely open/rideable unless they get a nice dump.

It not unusual for it to be -30F with wind chill (sometimes without) on the summit. Frankly, it's usually not worth the wait for an extra 300-400 feet of vert.

What do you mean, risky?
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The tram does go on wind hold often. Not usually for the whole day. Not really a big deal. Most of the best stuff is more quickly and easily accessed via the Freezer, Bonny or Jet lifts anyway. The face chutes, Tuckerman's and the ridge are rarely open/rideable unless they get a nice dump.

It not unusual for it to be -30F with wind chill (sometimes without) on the summit. Frankly, it's usually not worth the wait for an extra 300-400 feet of vert.

What do you mean, risky?
I just mean risky in the aspect of not getting to ride the best terrain because of weather. I wondering if there were any other resorts that had similar terrain with a lower risk of missing out due to weather. Sorry for the ambiguity.
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You won't miss out dude. I'm usually happy when there is a wind hold. Especially if it is snowing or snowed the day before. Gives that terrain a chance to fill in.

A few times we've hiked up to the summit from the Freezer and had epic fresh runs.
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My fave runs are of the Freezer lol (yes I was there once with -20 deg weather and WIND coming up the right side!)... and into the glades on the front.

Tons of fun terrain at Jay. We've debated about flying into Montreal just to ride Jay again one of these years...
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Thanks guys!
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