Jay Peak consistently delivers above expectations and while they may be slightly exaggerating a 400"+ season total, it can't be by much.
Let's be honest about where we'd be skiing if it weren't in the middle of nowhere...
Half of my trips to Jay involve plowing through mostly untouched + deep snow to the tune of 2000+ vertical feet of it.
The other half are in the spring when they are still 99%+ open when everyone else is closed, and April powder days aren't really a rarity either. I was up there 4/9 last year for the ***best conditions and best day of the season including prime season + pow days @ Tahoe and fresh snow @ Telluride***. The only reason I don't count that as a powder day is because the 2 feet of snow technically fell the day before.
I have decided to focus my financial and energy resources towards more vacations at Jay, Quebec and so forth instead of heading West, based on last season.
We really do have it good out here except for the unpredictability sometimes. When my newborn daughter grows up a bit I'll go back to traveling more, just for her sake.
I love Jay Peak and have been skiing thereat least a few days per season since 1985. It often does over -deliver as mentioned above. However it is also hit and miss and if you are following a thaw/freeze it sucks as hard as anything. I also think as it's popularity has grown everything just gets tracked out a lot faster than it used to.
Having said that, I fondly recall white knuckle drives up to Hotel Jay or the old Snowline Lodge and waking up in the morning to a shitload of fresh. More than once it was a complete surprise, stars out most of the way up through VT, get close to Jay and it's snowing like #$$%.