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Old 02-05-2013, 02:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Trip for Pres. Day Weekend, ME or VT?

Trying to plan a trip for President's weekend (2/15 to 2/18), but having a hard time deciding if we should stick to VT or go further to Sunday River in ME.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Lodging is pricey at both locations, but I thought ME would have better snow. However, the snow report for ME is not looking too favorable compared to VT. I'm using onthesnow.com for my info.

Thoughts, recommendations?

I know it's impossible to guarantee good weather, but I want to give myself the best shot of having a good time.
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You could also hit up some of the less known mountains - there's plenty of them just as good as Sunday River and/or upper VT resorts.

You could also go straight up 87 towards Whiteface or Gore. My friends and I would get a couple motel rooms for ~$25 a head. Lemon squeezy.
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I highly doubt Sunday River will be a less crowded place. Not far enough into Maine.

There are places to beat the crowds if you investigate.

Edit: Plus, even if there is good snow somewhere, it will be tracked out instantly that weekend.
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Well, I'm almost sure there will be crowds because it's vacation week for that entire region apparently, but I just want to make sure that the conditions will be worthwhile for the trip. I'll be coming from NYC so I really don't want to drive the extra hours if ME is going to be just as good as VT.

Is either region have a better chance of snow. I don't need it to be powder, just want good coverage and the most trails open.

What would be the less crowded mountains? How much further are they. At a certain point I'll either be killing time on a lift line or driving in the car...
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If this helps your decision any....
Forecast is calling for rain Monday for Southern VT and a chance of it for the Stowe area followed by temps in the upper 30s/low 40s. So it might make for less than ideal conditions. Especially depending on how much it rains.
Maine isn't much better but its still going to be a bit cooler.
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just my luck, looks like a big storm is moving in a week before I'm scheduled to leave. Hopefully, there'll be enough of a dump to last until President's Day weekend.

If conditions are equal, which mountain would people prefer Sunday River or Stowe?
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You could also hit up some of the less known mountains - there's plenty of them just as good as Sunday River and/or upper VT resorts.

You could also go straight up 87 towards Whiteface or Gore. My friends and I would get a couple motel rooms for ~$25 a head. Lemon squeezy.
Please tell me of these lesser known mountains because I don't know of them, probably because they are lesser known
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just my luck, looks like a big storm is moving in a week before I'm scheduled to leave. Hopefully, there'll be enough of a dump to last until President's Day weekend.

If conditions are equal, which mountain would people prefer Sunday River or Stowe?
You seem indifferent. It's a long weekend, plus as you note it will be school vacation week. It will be crowded everywhere. If it were me coming from NYC I'd rather spend the extra time actually on the mountain somewhere in VT than driving to ME.

FWIW current snow forecast has southern NH/ME getting hit harder than VT.
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Please tell me of these lesser known mountains because I don't know of them, probably because they are lesser known
Ok....here we go...

Bromley
Magic
Bolton
Sunapee
Loon
Ragged
Canon
Waterville Valley
Saddleback
Sugarbush
Sugarloaf
- (both the sugars are more well known IMO)

These are mostly NH/VT mountains, with the exception of Saddleback and 'Loaf, which are in ME.

If I wuz you - and didn't care too much about "extras" (such as nightlife, restaurants, etc), I'd find a fun hotel/motel somewhere within easy distance and just bounce around a few mountains.
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