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Old 04-03-2008, 02:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, me and a bunch of friends are planning a grad trip down to Vermont where we can snowboard. Some one them are fairly new to snowboarding, so I know Jay Peak is out of the question, due to majority glades and black runs.

Anyway, first question - resorts in Vermont are still open at that time, right? Planning to head down there April 16th to the 19/20th.

Second, I'm going to be driving from Toronto, and we're planning to stay for 3-4 nights - any suggestions as to which resort we should look at?

Thirdly, is there anything I should know about Vermont's mountains? Obviously being on the east coast, it'll be icy, but are there any precautions I should take?


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P.S. I would like to add, are there any resorts that offer night skiing during the weekdays as well?

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Old 04-03-2008, 02:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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From Toronto I would say you have a few choices, considering you don't want to drive to far.

Vermont is a great state I love it there, the largest city is Burlington and you find cheap lodging over there and you are short drive of a few good ski resorts. If not you can stay directly at the resort and pay a little more.

I do agree for beginners Jay is out of the question, thats my favorite place and the closet to Toronto to.

Smugglers Notch, great resort with plenty of beginners runs for your buddies. It's a laid back resort, with affordable prices and fun warranted. They get plenty of snow too.

Stowe a little more expensive and you get a little of the sold out resort feeling, with faster lifts and even a gondola, they are also on the more expensive range. I forgot is the tallest peak in Vermont.

Sugar Bush, great resort little expensive, amazing terrain spread out in 2 slopes a lot of terrain for beginners and intermediates alike. Also your longest drive from Toronto.

Bolton valley I near Stowe but I have not been there so I can't give you any info.

You can get more info in this page Vacation Information on Vermont Ski and Snowboard Areas and Mountain Resorts

Just my one tip, April 16 is a late season specially for the east coast so call each resort ahead and see how much terrain is open and their expected closing days. I am sure that a few of the ski resorts close in may but not sure in what conditions.

Have fun.
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Old 04-03-2008, 03:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Killington is still open. Heading there this Sunday. Not sure when they are closing. The snow softens up as the days get warmer. I would not worry about ice to much this time of yr.
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Mt. Snow. mt. snow is my home mountain even though i'm from jersey. mt. snow still has awesome coverage on the whole mountain.
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Old 04-04-2008, 11:43 AM   #5 (permalink)
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okemo, best mountain for having a good time!! also.. you should go the weekend of 4/20 cause i'll be up there and we're plannin a lil bit of an end of season get together a.k.a 4/20 major safety meeting
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Mt. Snow. mt. snow is my home mountain even though i'm from jersey. mt. snow still has awesome coverage on the whole mountain.
Planning to hit Mt snow 4/20. Should still have plenty of snow.
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Old 04-04-2008, 01:12 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Planning to hit Mt snow 4/20. Should still have plenty of snow.
alright if thats the case i may relocate there.. ludlow is kind of dead for fun anyways.
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Old 04-04-2008, 01:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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alright if thats the case i may relocate there.. ludlow is kind of dead for fun anyways.
Just be careful with your 4/20 festivities if you are out. The cops in West Dover are ball breakers.
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Old 04-04-2008, 06:05 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm leaning towards going to Stowe, it's close to Burlington and that means we'll have access to the commercial area. So far, we have 6 people going and cost of gas + lodging + tickets/rentals = $360 ish for 3 days/3 nights, and $100 less for those who aren't renting.

Still looking around though - and unsure whether Stowe will be open, called the resort and told me to call again the weekend before to see whether they'll be open the weekend of 4/20.

Thought about heading to killington, mt.snow, or okemo, but it is further south of stowe - how much more of a drive is it down to that area?

Overall, I'm trying to figure out a plan that'll be the least expensive.

P.S. I hear there's a Burton factory In Burlington?

P.P.S: Is there free parking @ Stowe?

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I'm leaning towards going to Stowe, it's close to Burlington and that means we'll have access to the commercial area. So far, we have 6 people going and cost of gas + lodging + tickets/rentals = $360 ish for 3 days/3 nights, and $100 less for those who aren't renting.

Still looking around though - and unsure whether Stowe will be open, called the resort and told me to call again the weekend before to see whether they'll be open the weekend of 4/20.

Thought about heading to killington, mt.snow, or okemo, but it is further south of stowe - how much more of a drive is it down to that area?

Overall, I'm trying to figure out a plan that'll be the least expensive.

P.S. I hear there's a Burton factory In Burlington?

P.P.S: Is there free parking @ Stowe?
The only answer I have is that okemo and mt. snow are a good 2 hours maybe a little further from stowe.
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