- Overall Rating 5
- Family Friendly 5
- All-Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 3
- Nightlife 5
Date Visited: Feb 20, 2008
There is really only one way to describe Jay Peak accurately, and that is 'Hidden Gem of the Northeast'. As an avid snowboarder and part-time skier, I have toured most of the mountains in the Northeast trying to find the perfect one. Jay Peak is located so far North, that a lot of the big city skiers and boarders (New York and Boston mostly) will not dare to take their SUV's further than a 2 to 3 hour drive. So that covers perk number one; not a huge crowd on any given weekday/weekend.
Perk number two would have to be, hands down, the cost. The first time I went to Jay, I was still in college. Not many mountains will cater to the bankroll of the typical college student, that is, the typical college student who is not funded by mommy and daddy. Although you will find an occasional mountain, and I stress how rare this is, that will offer college discounts, Jay Peak is one of them. They are a mountain that is not caught up in the rising cost of snowmaking, but rather the essentials to an avid skier; good people and good snow at an affordable price.
Perk number three, and by far the most important aspect of this 'Hidden Gem', would have to be the snow. Jay Peak is located far enough North that most of the New England garbage weather that ends up being rain/snow wintry mix will almost always be huge pow pow flaky gold at Jay. Although Jay experiences its fair share of windy days, as most mountains do, Jay has a great safety net for all the powder to blow into; the gorgeous and numerous glades. The glades are everywhere on this mountain, whether you like the open tree skiing or the tight, fast pace, triple black diamonds tree skiing, Jay has it covered. Additionally, the snow is not like any snow in the Northeast. I found it to be very similar to the snow in Utah; dry, light and fluffy.
With a dual-gondola that runs to the to top every 10-15 minutes that holds a capacity close to 30-40 people along with express quads, you will not be doing much waiting around in lines.
And for all of those college students out there reading this review and getting excited, I have one last bit of advice for you; Grandpa Grunts. Located about 20 miles from the base, Grandpa Grunts is an old school community lodge that easily ranks up there for best bang for your buck. For 25 bucks a night, you can get your own room with any type of bed you would like. Heating is great, cleanliness is great, and what tops it off is waking up at 7:30 am to Grandpa cooking up some eggs, waffles, and grits in the community basement/party room which also has a bar, poor table, and kitchen.
So, to sum it all up, Jay Peak is an amazing resort with the BEST snow on the East cost at the cheapest cost. It is worth the extra 2 hour drive to get real snow. All that I ask is that you keep this a secret, because it will not be a 'Hidden Gem' if everyone keeps bragging about it like I have. Enjoy!!!!