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Old 01-04-2015, 05:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Vermont - Kid Friendly Resort

Hey guys,

I'm planning a trip to Vermont February 13-16, and I would like your opinion on the resort which could entertain 12 of us

My party composition includes a 6 year old who has not skied or snowboarded before, so he'll be taking lessons with dad, and a 2 mothers +1 baby who won't be riding
  • 3 Not riding/baby
  • 3 Green/Blue
  • 3 Blue/Easy Black
  • 3 Black/Easy Double Black

What we're looking for is a resort which has fun things to do for the 6 year old, and something to keep the mom's entertained for the day while the rest of us ride/switch places with moms

I'm thinking Jay Peak, Smuggs, or Stowe - how is Smuggs and Stowe for kid and adult entertainment after riding hours?

I've been to Jay Peak before and I like that there are condos/suites with kitchens, and the waterpark would be awesome for both adults and kids. Several people in our group, myself included, have been to Jay Peak a few times and wouldn't mind trying something different; however if Jay Peak is more suitable to our expectations none of us mind going back!

If we can't find a good deal for onsite stay, I'm sifting through VRBO and AirBnB for accommodations.

Overall, we're looking for
  1. Sleeps 4-6 per suite
  2. Preference for a kitchen
  3. Won't be eating out/drinking out every night
  4. Keeps the moms and babies happy during the day
  5. Fun for the adults and kids in the evening
  6. Variety of terrain to keep everyone happy

Thanks for the help and advice!
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Old 01-05-2015, 08:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This may (or may not) be an option but I've always thought Okemo is pretty family friendly. Terrain tends to veer on the side of intermediate & mellow cruisers, with some steeper sections.
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Old 01-05-2015, 08:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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All good choices. Stowe is good mountain, very nice town, with the best nightlife of the 3 IMO. Smuggs is well known as family friendly and most likely satisfies 4/5 the best in your list even with the water park at Jay. I'm most familiar with the accommodations at Jay, but I'm sure someone can speak for items 1/2 for Stowe and Smuggs. For item 6 in order of best to worse IMO: Jay/Stowe/Smuggs(not a slight for Smuggs, still better than a lot of other resorts).
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Old 01-05-2015, 09:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Agree with what Timmy said above, Okemo is pretty family friendly. Stowe is also family friendly in the sense that it has varied terrain and has more of a resort type feel so it has something for everybody.
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Old 01-05-2015, 10:02 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I haven't been to Stowe in a while but from memory the mountain is pretty far removed from the town. So if you are in town it's a good 10-15m drive with traffic. If the weather is bad I remember a 30m from a condo right next to the McDs.

I have always liked Okemo as a family place and you can get some on the slope condos that a kinda nice. The town is literally right outside the resort. Not walking because it's a bit of a winding access road, but no more than a couple minute drive.
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Old 01-05-2015, 02:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The same group is on my list for early feb. Does anyone know if any of the above mentioned have pet friendly rooms?
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