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Old 11-21-2010, 03:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I will be visiting and staying in Burlington,Vt in mid january for 5 days and was going to spend three days on the slopes. Of the four places below which would you feel gives you the best opportunity to earn your moneys worth in a day of riding? Note that I will be with two skiers and we are not interested in spending time in the park.

Sugarbush
Stowe
Smugglers notch
Jay Peak

Will likely not be making the drive to killington because I will be in town the week of the Dew Tour.
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stowe and jays peak...jays peak is a small resort feel with epic glade runs, on a powder day it was the best snow i rode in the east.

stowe because its just nice lots of terrain and big enough not to get bored with.
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Well I hiked Jay for turns today. If you are a fan of the glades even the tiniest bit then Jay is a must.
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Ok thank you for the posts thus far. I know Jay Peak will be on top of my list of places to visit just need to know how the other places will stack up. I like to take into consideration that stowe and jay peak have gondola's and the other places do not as far as I am aware of. SO it may be possible I can get more weekday runs in at a place where there is a Gondola as that is the prefered lift method on weekends.
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Jays Peak is a must, especially after it snows
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Jay has a tram, which sometimes doesn't run in bad weather, we had to wait two days, but once it opened there wasnt anywhere we couldnt ride ... Stowe has a gondola, but thats the easy side of the mtn, the good stuff is served by chairlifts or your own two legs if your up to it
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Last year it was a mechanical issue and not the weather that closed it during the meet. It does close when the weather is bad. But Ive been up on the last tram of the day when it closed early due to wind and the top of Jay isn't a very pleasent place to be when it is like that.
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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.

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