I'm looking for a hostel or basic cheap accomodation in New England to stay in and head up a mountain and learn to snowboard.
any recommendations? I checked out Stowe, which seemed good (with a 4-day lift pass you got free equip hire each day + lessons were $39 each) but cant find any basic cheap accomodation. I'll be on my own, so double room isnt necessary. please help! I'm heading to States in a week but I'll not be near New England until the start of February.
Oh, I don't have a car, so I'd need accomodation that's near or more likely has a shuttle bus runs daily up the mountain. Preferably Stowe but I'd look at other resorts if you have a recommendation?
Stowe is great and has some incredible skiing. There's another one ski slope real close that is alright, can't remember the name(Bromley Mountain maybe?, I'm pretty sure). Killington is farther north and is definitely more for snowboarders and a younger crowd. More fun and more bars. Okemo Mt. is in between and is more family oriented.
Stowe is probably the most expensive mountain there. Last I heard they were doing a lot in renovations and putting in more and charging more. I don't know of alot of hostels or anything in the area. Lots of snowboarders and skiiers get together and rent houses for weeks at a time and people come and go a bit.
If you do have a car - you can basically take Rte. 100 straight up from Stowe and go past all 4 mountains. The road isn't that great but they do a great job of keeping them pretty safe. Studded snow tires are always a bonus.
Have fun. Its been great conditions for the mountains up there this year.
I know that Killington is pretty good for shuttles going up. There is Ludlow, VT right at the base of Okemo(small and very chill town). Bromley is too small and you would have to stay in the hotel that is right there at the base. It doesn't have a lot of slopes, either. If you want to have fun and a good night life, also, I would really look into Killngton. The Pickle Barrel is a great bar.
I looked at Killington but for a beginner it looked difficult, although i believe it was a little less expensive than Stowe.
in case anyone is interested its costing me $180 for 4 days snowboarding with free equipment rentals (VRP programme-see stowe.com). Group snowboard lessons are $39 each (1.5 hours) and there's two per day (10.30am and 1.30pm).
I booked a room at an Inn for $50 per night + tax= $272.50 for 5 nights
shuttle to mountain is free.
Not bad prices. I really thought it might be more. Stowe is great. If you meet some locals - there is great snowmobiling around there. Check out Grafton, VT. They have the BEST cheddar in the world. I'm a foodie and I've lived all over and there is something about Grafton cheddar. Grafton is preserved like early 1900's Vermont. No above ground electricity and very well preserved.
Now this was 4 years ago but I remember hearing that Stowe was doing alot of renovations. They are probably done by now and it should be awesome. Make sure you post about what it was like in VT after you go. I'd love to hear about it. I lived around there for four years.