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Going to Vermont to visit friend for Christmas, any advise on area to ski while there. Utah local here. Would love to try something different.

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Going to Vermont to visit friend for Christmas, any advise on area to ski while there. Utah local here. Would love to try something different.

Going to Vermont to visit friend for Christmas, any advise on area to ski while there. Utah local here. Would love to try something different.

asked by skidaddy 3 years 1 week ago
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If you're used to Utah, the only thing that will come close is Jay Peak. Stowe has some great trails and a great village (and it's a place that every skier should ski at least once in their lifetime) but, for conditions, it has to be Jay. All depends on where you'll be in VT though. Jay is an adventure to get to.
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Jay is great. Southern Vt has much to offer as well Magic has great terrain, slow lifts, Killington has something for everyone, Stratton is like Deer Valley East, Sugarbush and Mad River have much to offer, on par with Stowe for Old New England. The downside is your timing, Christmas week can be busy and dicey conditions. Have fun and enjoy wherever you go, it's ALL GOOD!
Jay, without a doubt, get's the most and the best snow- You may also like Burke which is farily close to Jay. It has a good, old-style New England feel with narrower trails that roll naturally with the terrain-- no superhighways there. Okemo, conversely, is king of the superhighway. If you are advanced you may be bored- unless, of course, you know a local who can help you find stashes. If you are going to be near Okemo, Killington is 30 to 40 minutes away with more varied terrain. Just make sure you start your day looking at a trail map at the base so you know what's open and what the conditions are. Otherwise, you could waste significant amounts of time traversing to find the type of terrain you are looking for.
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Keep in mind we measure our base depths in inches, not feet but you can still have fun. 24"-30" overnight dumps do happen, December is certainly not immune to that. You might get lucky but even if you don';t you want to experiance man made hard pack at least once in your life. If your near any of these they are all good examples of traditional New England skiing meaning narrow twisty trails that flow with the terrain and lots of gladed to heavily wooded areas with un-groomed snow on a majority of the trails: Jay Peak, Stowe, Smuggler's Notch, Mad River Glen, Magic. Sugarbush is big, combines raw adventure skiing with many groomed trails too, die hard locals, never a lift line. If you're near Burlington, Bolton Valley has a relatiuvly high base elevation, some great terrain, cheap prices and night skiing. In southern Vt there's Okemo and Stratton both have decent verticals and are always a good bet with their heavy snow making presence and manicured terrain. There's also Mount Snow in the south. Killington is in central VT, is huge (for New England) and is for those who are more boisterous who don't mind those more exuberant crowds along with families and die hards too. It's hard to predict but you could have 4-6 runs open or 100 it all depends on mother nature and/or snow making coverage. Best time to visit is mid January through March 15 for consistent winter conditions, March 15 through April 15/May 1 for winter and spring conditions up to closing day.

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