I am always amused when I read the reviews on this website because I believe that they must be written by the PR Department or employees of the resorts. Example: the numerous people here giving Jay Peak a 5 for Apres Ski. HAH!!!!
Anyway....here are the facts on Jay Peak. I have been there several times:
*Possibly the most remote place in the world.
*Absolutely brutal to get to (especially in a storm).
*No Apres Ski because there is nothing there! Really: OTHER THEN THE MOUNTAIN THERE IS NOTHING THERE!
*Snow totals are fantasy. Do they receive more snow then most of the other Vermont resorts? Yes. But not so much more that it really matters. I was there two years ago the morning after a "a massive foot and half dump." In truth: if they had 8 inches it was a lot.
*Single digit temps plus wind are the norm in Jan/Feb.
*Beginners face the classic dilemma of the mountain being either too hard or too easy.
*Best terrain in the East and probably the only one which gives you a Western USA "Big Mountain" vibe.
*Best glades in the East. Many of them are on par with the best in the Sierras, Rockies, etc.
*Gondola ride is picturesque and just plain cool.
*If you ride mid-week you will have the mountain to yourself.
Summary: Eastern skiers should try it once or twice for the terrain/glades but you can enjoy a better all-around experience in the Southern vermont resorts.