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rafavilardo 02-25-2014 04:26 PM

Stowe or Whiteface?
Hi! I am planning a snowboarding trip (just for the weekend) with friends in late March but we are in doubt of Stowe or Whiteface. We went recently to Killington and was pretty good. The only problem is that almost the trails there were plenty of bumps and moguls. I quite like these conditions but we are focused in having a long ride, speeding up (and some park as well).
As we are all from NY, we are a little tired of going to Camelback, Creek etc. I do like those places because they are very close but we are ending the trails in 1-2 minutes.

Please, if you can help to decide or even suggest another resort close to NY (5 hours distance is ok) I appreciate.

P.S: We are all intermediate level.

IAFFbuckeye 02-25-2014 04:49 PM

I have never been to Stowe, but I can give you my thoughts on Whiteface. Coming from a small Ohio Midwest hill, Whiteface was fun. A lot of trails and a decent amount of long runs which were fun. Wilmington trail I think is the longest at like 2.5 miles and a good ride. Has all varied levels of terrain and you can find some pretty decent steep runs if you want. It can get very windy, cold, and icy depending on weather. But if your going later in spring you might be ok. Two days at Whiteface was plenty for our trip, not really big enough to stay anymore days. I don't ride park so I cant comment on Whiteface's park section. Overall a fun mountain and as they claim its the biggest vertical on the ice coast. Hope this helps.

DaveMcI 02-25-2014 06:13 PM

If you are goin to Stowe u shud just go up to jay peak. They always hav the most snow. The park isn't the best but the glades and terrain make up for it 10 fold. Cheaper tickets also cause it's the farthest from Boston

Jem 02-25-2014 06:38 PM

I haven't been to Whiteface, but I love Stowe. It's my favorite mountain on the East Coast. I haven't gotten bored there and we go a few times/year from NY. Trails are long and decent and various options on both sides. I haven't seen it too crowded either.

ICary 02-25-2014 08:52 PM

Mount Snow has a lot of variety and the best park on the east coast. NO bumpy mogul runs (maybe 1 or 2) but its not bad at all. Personally my favorite so far.

Edit: Its also closer and has a really cool bubble chair that takes you to the top fast.

Art_mtl 02-26-2014 09:55 AM

Been to both. They are different mountains but when the conditions are good both are fun to ride. Stowe has more park things then whitheface and they had a half pipe, whiteface has a big air bag to jump for 15$ a day. And there was no problems with mougles till the and of the day after fresh snowfall (blame the skiers lol).

surfinsnow 02-26-2014 10:08 AM

Never been to Whiteface. All I know is that everyone I've ever asked about it called it "Ice Face." But I've been to Stowe a lot. True that if you're driving that far you might as well go to Jay Peak, because Jay is like a western mountain here in Vermont. Big, with lots of glades, and two mountain faces. That said, we've also been shut out twice because of terrible conditions. Either high winds shutting down the lifts, or -10 temps and ice. When Jay is on, I don't think you'll find anyplace better on the east coast. Plus, they've done a gazzillion dollar expansion with new hotels, and an insane water park rated as one of America's top ten extreme parks on Travel Channel, if that means anything. You can get a combined lift/water park ticket...when the mountain closes at 4:00, you can grab a cocktail and head to the water park (with stationary wave for surfing).

So, if you're not willing to drive to Jay Peak, Stowe kicks ass. There is some big-boy terrain and long, long runs (I think they have one that is almost five miles if you go all the way to the hotel down the road from the main mountain). They've also done some major expansion. Two mountains, Mansfield and Spruce Peak. Spruce if more family oriented, with lots of beginners. Mansfield is the steep one with a rustic lodge and the famous "Front Four" double diamonds. And Goat if you've got the balls.

Stowe for the overall resort/big mountain experience. Beautiful town, long strip with lots of restaurants and places to stay. Jay is self-contained. There is NOTHING in Troy, Vermont. I mean, nothing. Maybe a general store, but the Resort at Jay is it. Unfortunately, can't say anything about Whiteface other than it's one I want to go to.

Oldman 02-26-2014 10:27 AM

Have only done Whiteface. As we all know, you can book your trip, but you can't book the weather.

With regards to Whiteface:

Lift Layout:

If it blows at Whiteface; there is a good chance the Gondola and the three upper mountain lifts will go on wind delay. If that happens, you really only have Face lift to ride. The whole mountain trying to ride one lift. Got the picture?


There are only parking lots and a day lodge at the base of Whiteface. Nothing else. All of your accommodations and dining are back in Lake Placid, about a 20 to 30 minute drive from Whiteface.

These may or may not be factors in your equation. :dunno:

SnowDogWax 02-26-2014 10:46 AM


Great review of both Jay & Stowe!!!! Thanks

sleev-les 02-26-2014 10:59 AM

I love Stowe.. Never been to Whiteface, but I actually just came back from a trip to Stowe. I keep going back. I was there on Presidents day weekend and even though it was crowded, I still didnt have much of a lift line or packed crowds on the runs. If you go to Stowe, and its open, make sure you hit Sterling... Fun run.

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