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03-14-2014 01:08 PM
kevano
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Originally Posted by surfinsnow View Post
...I am a Meriden Ski Club member. Never taken one of the bus trips because I hear so many stories...
I'm not sure how much it's changed, my father used to help run bus trips, but it's usually a pretty mixed group: quiet up front (older adults, kids) and drinkers in the back. I'm still a member for the discount tickets actually.
03-14-2014 01:05 PM
surfinsnow I am a also a Meriden Ski Club member. Never taken one of the bus trips because I hear so many stories, and also because I just like being on my own schedule. Anyway, good advice -- if you only have one day, why not just put in some earphones, fall asleep for awhile and have a great day riding. Season is indeed ending. If it's a good deal, go for it. Jay is phenomenal…except for when it's not!
03-14-2014 12:47 PM
Psi-Man The season is winding down....you'll sleep good on the way home.
03-14-2014 12:32 PM
Handbanana
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Originally Posted by kevano View Post
Jay is not much further than Sunday River from the Boston area (3.5 hrs). I'd do that for a bus trip.

I haven't done bus trips around here, but I did when I lived in CT growing up (Meriden Ski Club). The bus usually left at 6am sharp. I would sleep on the way up and a lot of times on the way back. The back of the bus was usually pretty drink-heavy on the way back as well.

I'd recommend it. Those long day-trips are killer when you're driving home. The bus eliminates that issue.
This bus leaves at 5am. And it will take me an hour to drive to the bus pickup location. Maybe there's just sand in my vagina. Idk.


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The trees at Jay will still be good, I'd go for it too.
And now the decision is back to hard. Arrrggh.
03-14-2014 12:02 PM
Psi-Man The trees at Jay will still be good, I'd go for it too.
03-14-2014 11:51 AM
kevano Jay is not much further than Sunday River from the Boston area (3.5 hrs). I'd do that for a bus trip.

I haven't done bus trips around here, but I did when I lived in CT growing up (Meriden Ski Club). The bus usually left at 6am sharp. I would sleep on the way up and a lot of times on the way back. The back of the bus was usually pretty drink-heavy on the way back as well.

I'd recommend it. Those long day-trips are killer when you're driving home. The bus eliminates that issue.
03-14-2014 11:42 AM
Handbanana
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...I just can't image sitting five hours on a bus, riding all day, then having to get back on that damned bus…when there is a water park (with a bar!) waiting at the end of the slopes!
This is exactly what I'm struggling with. I just can't convince myself that it's worth it.
03-14-2014 10:41 AM
surfinsnow
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Well thats certainly an interesting take. Don't think I really question the safety of riding the bus, but it is a damn long day. And I don't know if I'd actually be able to sleep on the bus, which would make it even worse. I've just always wanted to hit jay, and the fiancé doesn't ride/ski but is ok with taking trips as long as there's something to do near the mountain which jay seems to lack. Hmmm.
Actually, your fiancé would love the "new" Jay Peak, even if she doesn't ski/ride. It's a major resort now, not the old stucco'd motel it used to be. A few nice bars/restaurants, and a great water park (Travel Channel featured it as #8 on their "Extreme Water Parks" show). There is a skating rink and a spa, too. True, there is virtually nothing to do in the town of Troy, but she could even drive up to Sutton, Quebec (nice shopping/dining village) and be back by the time you are off the mountain. Rooms at Jay are all brand new and very nice, and there are some decent late-season deals. I just can't image sitting five hours on a bus, riding all day, then having to get back on that damned bus…when there is a water park (with a bar!) waiting at the end of the slopes!
03-14-2014 10:33 AM
Handbanana Well thats certainly an interesting take. Don't think I really question the safety of riding the bus, but it is a damn long day. And I don't know if I'd actually be able to sleep on the bus, which would make it even worse. I've just always wanted to hit jay, and the fiancé doesn't ride/ski but is ok with taking trips as long as there's something to do near the mountain which jay seems to lack. Hmmm.
03-14-2014 09:48 AM
surfinsnow I would never try Jay as a day trip. Too damned long, and you're trusting that the bus driver actually takes a nap while you're riding. You're talking about ten hours of road time...that's crazy! The CT Ski Council does these bus trips all the time, but usually just to Southern Vermont mountains. I've never taken one, but friends tell me lots of people are already hitting the Bloody Mary's and partying it up at 6:00 am. Good on them, but I'm not gonna be trapped on a bus with them for five hours!

We're driving up to Jay Peak (actually, Sutton, Quebec) on Wednesday. If we leave at 4:00 am, we'll still get a 1/2 lift ticket for that day included with our room. It also includes two full day tix, and Jay Peak tix...for $100/person per day PLUS it includes breakfast and dinner each day. I'd much rather do that than risk my life to some old tour bus driver. But that's just me.
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