- Jan 13, 2016
- Southeast NY /Southern VT
I don't know. All those dying outlet malls and shops? That whole town just seems like a tourist trap to me. Plus MT equinox just to the west makes it dark at 2- 3 pm nov-jan. At least the book store is nice. I never got much of a 'culture' vibe from Manchester either.Haven't really followed and when I did people were talking about Pennsylvania ski towns which turned me off a bit.......
But I have to throw Manchester VT into the mix. Might be too small for some for sure but is has a lot of cultural activities, shopping, restaurants, housing stock etc. It is 15 minutes to Bromley and Stratton, 25 from Magic, 45 Okemo, 50 Mt Snow, 1:20 to Killington. Gore, Sugarbush are MRG are around 2 hours. VAST, Catamount trail, x-c areas, snowshoes areas. Lakes, ponds, streams, AT/LT and other hiking. Trail and gravel biking.
Need more activity? Saratoga Springs and Albany under 1:30, Burlington 2:30, and NYC 4. Of course there are too many NY'ers on holiday weekends - nothings perfect. Arguing my portfolio as they say - we have a condo at Bromley and are likely to buy a house and retire to Manchester. When we bought the condo it was mostly for skiing, then it was skiing/summer/foliage, and now after 75%+ of the past 9 months up there its the place we want to be.
As for # of days skiing, I can now envision 100 since I am slope side (or short drive to Magic) and can ski for an hour or so. To be sure these are not "days" of skiing but I really enjoyed getting out just about everyday for several long stretches this winter - even if for only a 1/2 dozen runs. And NOT skiing on Saturday after 10:30/11 and NOT skiing on major holidays. Yes I got spoiled.
Late summer / Fall it is a beautiful spot though.
For me to retire to a place in VT it would have to be closer to more abundant and consistent snow and better skiing. Like Sugarbush / Stowe. Burlington seems nice.
Southern VT just seems like it doesn't get the snow anymore. It is only an average year once every 5 years and its below average the other 4. But the average snow fall amounts the mountains report never changes.