Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Champlain Valley,VT
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Jay gets the most nat. snow,With at least one high speed quad last time I was there.Glades are excellent .The high speed quad has an area where it flattens out a bit and the wind will bite you!
Smuggler's has a great vertical drop,lots of steeps but lifts are all double chairs with long lines,in my experience.
Stowe is very expensive, but has up to date high speed lifts and a gondola, terrain is excellent, facilities have to be seen to be believed.
Never been to Sugarbush .Can't comment.
For the most runs in a day , I'd say Stowe or Jay. Stowe has a lift that starts at 7:30 am also to get some runs in before the crowds settle in.
This area wasn't one of the 4 you mentioned, but Bolton Valley is a favorite for the locals, gets plenty of snow , and has night riding wed-sat.A lift ticket will get you 11 hours on the mountain on those days.The base lodge is around 2000' elev. so warm spells have less effect on the conditions.
Last edited by FirstChair; 12-15-2010 at 05:30 AM.
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