Post # 1
FI and I have never been skiing and would really like to do a weekend ski trip this winter. We live in NYC, so can go anywhere in New England area. However, I have NO idea where to start. Googling brings up so many options for places to stay and ski that I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. Has anyone been skiing in Vermont, Maine or other places in the area? If so, please share any recommendations.
Post # 3
Nope, I haven’t! But maybe try going to a travel agent. They can go through everything and find the best deal for you. Then you won’t get so overwhelmed! 🙂
Post # 4
I’m going to Stowe, VT with FI in a few weeks, so I can let you know how it is! 🙂 I’ve been to Hunter and Bellaire, both in NY state. The skiing there is okay–not fabulous, but pretty good. And they’re both pretty close to NYC–I think maximum 3 hr drive.
Post # 5
Sunday River, ME is nice. FI used to own a townhouse there. It’s gonna be a great weekend to go!
Post # 6
Do you want to go to one of the bigger mountains? (Those usually have more options around them for places to stay and places to eat, and they should also all have things like rentals and lessons.) I like Sunday River or Stowe. Also I think Killington is supposed to be pretty good.
Post # 7
Sunday River in Maine has been open since the end of October – I have several co-workers that have been the past few weekends and said conditions were good. It’s also fairly cheap to stay in that area, but it would likely be about a 7 hour drive from NYC.
Post # 8
Killington has great slops and awesome night life!! I live in NYC and have been a few times. I’ve always driven, but my old roommate met us there once via Amtrak….I think she said it was direct.
There are also places closer to NYC if you’re interested in jut day trips. I’ve done Windham a bunch and had a blast.
Post # 9
Thank you so much for all the suggestions – I’ll definitely look into all of these. I feel a lot more prepared to plan this now – thanks bees!
Post # 10
A couple years back I went to Smugglers Notch in Vermont. Touristy but very fun. Awesome skiing…well, coming from a Florida girl 🙂 Also, the Ben & Jerry’s plant is nearby so that was neat to tour. Also, Quebec is a quick drive over the border…we spent the day there!
Post # 11
My fiance grew up near Stratton Mountain in VT and we head up there to ski many times each winter. I highly recommend checking it out!
Post # 12
I really like Sunday River in Maine…but I think if you are looking for a big mountian, Killington or Mount Snow are closer. However, every New Yorker on the planet is there.
There are obviously tons of other smaller-mountain options too if you were looking for something that wasn’t an 8 hour drive away with traffic.
Post # 13
I haven’t been to too many places, but I really liked Okemo in VT, especially as a beginner. Their instructors are really really good, and the magic carpet is great for those going down the true bunny hill. Killington is ok – the beginner area is where other intermediate areas feed into, so I hate that you constantly have to worry about the “people who know what they’re doing” traffic as you eke your way on down to the lodge. Pico is close to Killington, but is smaller, and I don’t know if they have a true beginners area, but I took a private lesson there and learned absolutely nothing! I probably wouldn’t go back until I am a bit more advanced.
Post # 14
I like Loon, Stowe, and Killington. I went to Loon a lot when I was just learning to snowboard, and I remember it being very manageable.