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Ski trip to Vermont

Corona virus kiboshed our trip to Colorado, so now looking at Vermont instead. I’ve narrowed the resorts down to: Stratton, Killington/Pico, Sugarbush, Stowe & Jay Peak. Might not get to all of them, but would like to base ourselves where we can access 2 or 3 of them in under an hour.

We are looking at Mar 21-28 & will be driving from Ontario (about 8 hours away). Given how late in the season it will be, I’m thinking we should start with Stratton & do that and Killington to start. Can’t seem to find good, reasonably priced ($200/night) lodging between the two resorts.

Next thinking we’ll head north, where I’d like to find a place near to Sugarbush, Stowe & Jay Peak. Wondering if Burlington is our best bet.

We usually ski and stay at Tremblant, so unfortunately are quite spoiled. All I’m finding that in our budget are motels on the outskirts.

Thanks for any tips.

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Hi bxrlover - first, any chance you’re a fan of those exceptional square-faced dogs, too? Second, although I could offer a lot of first-hand recommendations for most every ski place within Colorado, I can’t actually offer personal Vermont suggestions. But I’m curious, is the kibosh because of the one confirmed Corona Virus case in Summit County? The person had verified direct contact outside of Colorado with an already-infected person, and regularly goes to Italy, too. A suspected possible case in Grand County (Winter Park and Granby Ranch ski resorts, plus a lot of cross-country places) wound up being negative for the virus. Hope you find a workable arrangement, and that a trip to Colorado’s Ski Country USA is doable next time.

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You are the first to make the connection to the breed. My heart has been stolen by three of them now. Everyone assumes it's an homage to either the sport or men's underwear....?????

Anyhow, it was not my choice to cancel the CO trip. It was for a conference and my employer has said no travel outside of the country for work. I am so disappointed. I had put a lot of work into that itinerary and was really looking forward to skiing at Beaver Creek, Vail, and Keystone. Maybe next year.

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Very easy to do Stratton and Bromley. Then Killington , perhaps Okemo. Why all the moving around? Stratton and Bromley work well together. You may end up choosing a ski area based on wherever you get a reservation.

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I am considering buying the Ikon pass next year and want to check out the resorts that it covers. Stowe and Jay Peak just look like fun.

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Stowe would be nearer to you, less travel time. For example, Stratton attracts skiers from NYC and Stowe from Boston. Burlington is about a 45 min drive to Stowe via I-89. Look at hotels at Burlington’s exit 14east off of
I-89. Many choices.
You could also ski Sugarbush. Luckily for you your dates are after New England schools‘ winter break in Feb and before spring break in April.

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Killington and Stowe usually have the longest skiing, but everyone should still be open 3rd week of March. My favorite is Sugarbush.

For low-priced accommodations, try Waterbury (access to Stowe and Sugarbush), South Burlington (ditto access), or Rutland itself (Killington).

Smugglers Notch is also great, with reasonable lodgings in Jeffersonville.

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There's not much in between Stowe & Jay Peak (air bnb not included); closest town to JP is Newport, where the Newport City Motel is perfectly fine. But, you're still a good half hour from JP if you stay in Newport. Make sure you're on good snow tires, just in case there's a storm, the road to JP can be difficult to navigate in a storm.

JP also has the Pump House waterpark, according to everyone I know that's been there, it's pretty neat if you're into that (I'm from Newport btw).

There are some new hotels south of Stowe on the way to Waterbury, but that's not on the way to JP, not sure how expensive they are.

Enjoy!

Don't try to go over the Notch on 108, when it says it's closed, it's closed. Go north on Rt 100 to get to Jay Peak, it's faster.

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Well, if viruses respect state lines, Wyoming and Idaho have first-class Western snow. I know that Maine and West Virginia offer ski areas, too. Mississippi and Alabama, not so much.

Just got e-mails from Winter Park and Steamboat, resorts owned by Alterra and covered in the Ikon Pass, about their enhanced sanitization practices, and stressing that any sick employees stay home. They’re offering 100% refundable reservations on lodging and lift tix for the remainder of the season, pledging flexibility in the evolving situation.

If someone’s already feverish and short of breath, I’m guessing they won’t be out on a chairlift or gondola, ripping down any slopes. And speaking of bugs, hot tubs have long-been an essential part of the ski vacation experience, attracting masses, but are questionable for being exactly clean places.

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I will save the suggestions for next year’s ski season because between the weather and the state of the world right now we’re not going anywhere.

Thanks to everyone who replied. Stay well.

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So now, as of March 14, I’ve been told that Vail resort is shut down until the end of March. So no chairlifts accessible anyway.

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All ski resorts in Western Europe will be closed by tonight with the latest decisions in France. The US is behind the epidemic curve only by a few days, so they will most probably follow suit soon. Too bad, but there'll be snow next year I guess...

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Shoot, that was supposed to have said shut down, and i’ve fixed it. The annoying “autocorrect” function more and more has been coming up with really inaccurate and regretful changes to, and estimations of words, but why did it pick that one? It’s choice kind-of describes itself. Well, the open spaces and forests aren’t shut, so cross-country skiing’s still available - and no lift tickets needed.