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snowboardkid33 09-05-2012 10:20 AM

Planning a trip for Jan 2013 to Vermont
 
Hey Guys,

I'm new to the forums, have done a lot of reading but very little posts. I'm trying to plan a awesome trip to Vermont this year with a bunch of my friends and I. We went up to Okemo and Granite Gorge last year and had a blast.

We talked about going further up to northern Vermont to hopefully get a bunch of fresh powder up there. If you guys have any ideas that would be great, also lodging opinions would help a lot also.

mjd 09-05-2012 01:18 PM

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Originally Posted by snowboardkid33 (Post 516690)
Hey Guys,

I'm new to the forums, have done a lot of reading but very little posts. I'm trying to plan a awesome trip to Vermont this year with a bunch of my friends and I. We went up to Okemo and Granite Gorge last year and had a blast.

We talked about going further up to northern Vermont to hopefully get a bunch of fresh powder up there. If you guys have any ideas that would be great, also lodging opinions would help a lot also.

Jay Peak is right up by the Canadian border and has awesome glade sections, a few cliff drops and traverse hike off the backside for some b/c lines- don't follow the drainage all the way down though as it will take forever to back get out to the road. You can stay at the resort (lots of options) or at the Snowline Lodge down at the bottom of the Mt. Plenty of places in between too. Newport is about 15 minutes away and has some cheap motels.

Stowe and Smugglers Notch are cool places too. They are a little south of Jay.

Killington and Sugarbush are about 45 and 90 min. north of Okemo. Both cool places. Killington is basically it's own town so no trouble finding rooms there. Sugarbush is more rural but plenty of inns around.

Storms have been tracking to the south the last couple of years. Last year's weather was practically non-existent. Better to follow the weather reports before committing to a place if you want pow. If you can make it up to Sugarloaf Mt in ME you might have the best chance of getting some pow. In my experience, Sugarloaf often has the best snow.

sleev-les 09-21-2012 06:04 AM

I plan on going back to Stowe this year. Might even make a week out of it and spend some time at Stowe and then head over to Killington. If you head to Stowe, we stayed at the Grey Fox Inn. Nice little spot and a kickass pancake house is there. I really liked the runs at Stowe too. We were there only 2 days and hit as much of the mountain as we could.

surfinsnow 10-19-2012 10:56 AM

Jay Peak! Far enough north that you might have a better chance of good snow, plus the new resort is awesome. Huge indoor water park attached to the hotel that stays open until 10:00, with a stationary wave for "surfing," and three or four giant water slides, with a bar overlooking the whole setup. We stayed last January and it was great. Everything is brand new, they basically re-built the place from the ground up. Epic terrain (I think the best in Vermont when the conditions are right). Lots of package deals include room/lift tix/water park. Jay was my favorite place in Vermont even before the renovations; now it's really worth the long drive. Bring your passport and you can hit up Sutton mountain, across the Canadian border; smaller, but fun. It's like you're in France.

sleev-les 10-19-2012 12:50 PM

I've still been debating that meetup... Sounds like everyone has a good time.

areveruz 10-19-2012 12:52 PM

Jay Peak is top choice ONLY if there is fresh pow.. otherwise you're going to have no fun on the ice. Killington, Mt. Snow, Stowe, Okemo. In that order.

sleev-les 10-19-2012 12:55 PM

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Originally Posted by areveruz (Post 528482)
Jay Peak is top choice ONLY if there is fresh pow.. otherwise you're going to have no fun on the ice. Killington, Mt. Snow, Stowe, Okemo. In that order.

Killington is on my list too.. If Killington beats out Stowe, I may just change my plans and go there this year..

surfinsnow 10-20-2012 10:21 AM

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Originally Posted by sleev-les (Post 528485)
Killington is on my list too.. If Killington beats out Stowe, I may just change my plans and go there this year..

I think Killington sucks ass. You'll find most people love it or hate it. If you're looking for nightlife and partying more than riding, it's the place to be. But the mountain itself is not all the hype it up to. It is huge, but only in acreage. It's not all that much in the way of vertical. Lots and lots of very short intersecting trails spread across six "mountains," which are really just peaks along the same ridge. And the layout is horrible. If you miss a turn, you can easily wind up at a whole different base lodge and it will take you an hour to re-connect with your friends. The various base lodges work their slightly uphill with long traverses...meaning, if you end up at the base area farthest to the left, it's all uphill to the base areas to the right. Sucks on a snowboard.

Plus, they lie worse than any mountain I've ever seen. It's not uncommon for Killy to be touting 6" of fresh pow when every other mountain nearby says freezing rain or wet snow...they just want to get the New Yorkers up there, knowing they're stuck once they arrive.

All that said, I'll probably ride there a few times this year, since the Ski Council has several Killington days on it's calendar for about $40. I'll ride just about anywhere for a $40 lift ticket. Even Killington.

You might want to look into it depending up when you're going. You can get 3-day lift ticket through the Ski Council for $98. It's normally at least $84 for a one-day ticket. Deal of the century!

sleev-les 10-20-2012 10:23 AM

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Originally Posted by surfinsnow (Post 528796)
I think Killington sucks ass. You'll find most people love it or hate it. If you're looking for nightlife and partying more than riding, it's the place to be. But the mountain itself is not all the hype it up to. It is huge, but only in acreage. It's not all that much in the way of vertical. Lots and lots of very short intersecting trails spread across six "mountains," which are really just peaks along the same ridge. And the layout is horrible. If you miss a turn, you can easily wind up at a whole different base lodge and it will take you an hour to re-connect with your friends. The various base lodges work their slightly uphill with long traverses...meaning, if you end up at the base area farthest to the left, it's all uphill to the base areas to the right. Sucks on a snowboard.

Plus, they lie worse than any mountain I've ever seen. It's not uncommon for Killy to be touting 6" of fresh pow when every other mountain nearby says freezing rain or wet snow...they just want to get the New Yorkers up there, knowing they're stuck once they arrive.

All that said, I'll probably ride there a few times this year, since the Ski Council has several Killington days on it's calendar for about $40. I'll ride just about anywhere for a $40 lift ticket. Even Killington.

You might want to look into it depending up when you're going. You can get 3-day lift ticket through the Ski Council for $98. It's normally at least $84 for a one-day ticket. Deal of the century!

Its def still up in the air. I had a good time at Stowe and I don't need a huge nightlife because I'm there to ride..

otisdelarosa 12-03-2012 03:52 AM

Great choice!Vermont is a great place to try skiing and snowboarding!try to check Ski & Snowboard Vacation Packages if you want to save and have a wonderful experience!

here's the link: Ski Vacations - Ski & Snowboard Vacation Packages .:ToursdeSport.com:.

Hope this could help you,have a safe and fun vacation! ;)


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