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What is the best green run in the East?

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I've never skied Wildcat, so I was surprised when I saw so many of the same answer, so I youtube'd it figuring it must be an awesome trail. I wasnt impressed, so I looked to another youtube. Same thing, so I went to a third. Now admittedly, ski videos can often give a poor impression of a trail, but it appears to be a gigantically wide open trail with a handful of turns? Basically, to my eye it looked like every trail in the Poconos, just longer. I'm sure that's not fair, but that's what it looks like on video.

As for Toll Road at Stowe, yes, I 100% agree with you that it's challenging, but isnt that the point? It's also typically a complete ghost town, so I view it as a fantastic place for beginners to test various skills. Granted, this is a subjective topic, but that's how I viewed it at least.
I know it's a pain in the ass and you have ties to VT, but go to the MWV and check out Wildcat and Cannon some day.

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Pez

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we all started on greens and we all hope to end up on them at some point way down the line

MUCH better than the alliterative
 

WWF-VT

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Toughest green run - Walt's Trail at Mt Ellen. Natural snow, rarely groomed and lots of early season water bars to navigate. It's always funny to frequently see an orange "Advanced Skiers Only" warning sign for a green rated trail.
 

urungus

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Upper Wanderer - Stratton - narrow and twisty
Upper Mountain Road - Okemo - long, isolated trail, fairly narrow, with some twists and turns and nice viewpoints
 

jimk

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Polecat at Wildcat. twists and turns. Wide enough but not too wide like a lot of the "newer" 90's excuses for ski runs. It has some good little drops that can be avoided by true greenies. The top half and down to Tomcat is great gets a little wider after that but still fun with room to get around the greenies but gives them room to improve as well.

Another vote for Polecat. The run itself is quite fun for a green circle trail as described above, going for 2000' vertical. Plus, plenty of chances for beautiful views of Mt. Washington.
I've been to about 95 ski areas in North America and Europe. Wildcat on a nice day is really special! It's one of my very favorite in the East. The views of snowy Mt. Washington remind me of parts of the Rockies, with no airplane ticket required to get there for most visitors. There's no development at the base so there's a fairly pristine vibe about the area. The terrain is a good fit for solid intermediates and low experts, with Wildcat trail being one of the best in the East for that category of skier. And there's some woods and liftline runs that are good for experts. All the good stuff is served by a long, high speed quad chair that is rarely crowded. Anybody who lives in the Northeast should put it on their MUST SKI list.
 

p_levert

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This should be handled as two separate questions: (a) what is the best green run for a true beginner and (b) what is a green run that an intermediate or advanced skier enjoys. If you're answering (a), Toll Road at Stowe is out of the question because it's too narrow. But it can be a lot of fun for more advanced skiers.

For a run that reasonably responds to (a) and (b), I would nominate Sentimental Journey at Song, near Syracuse. Very scenic, a steady pitch and wide. True beginners want wide!
 

Newpylong

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Good point - my answers were best beginner route that can be enjoyed by non-beginners. Going to best learning terrain would yield drastically different trails.
 

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What about skied Hudson Highway at Saddleback? A fine balance of beginner friendly and not tooooo tedious for others. I hope to get there this season. michael


Good point - my answers were best beginner route that can be enjoyed by non-beginners. Going to best learning terrain would yield drastically different trails.
 

x10003q

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East and west bowls at Stratton, kind of unique in size. Although mt snow recently tried to compete by downgrading snowdance from blue to green.

Stratton has the very wide East Meadow and West Meadow (not bowls) just below the top and facing north for decent snow cover. Stratton also has the Tamarack Triple at the bottom with at least 10 awesome green trails and a couple of green glades that are never crowded.

Pete Gay at Gore off the North Quad is another excellent green trail.
 

Dickc

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Polecat is a good one as it has only a very few intersections with connector trails, and no crossings. Great Eastern/Northern at Killington has many crossings, and as such is a PITA to cruise down. Surprisingly, Lollapalooza at Sunday River is not getting any love in spite of it having no crossing trails, and being wide enough to bomb down AND leave plenty of room for the novice skiers to allow you to avoid them.
 

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Polecat is a good one as it has only a very few intersections with connector trails, and no crossings. Great Eastern/Northern at Killington has many crossings, and as such is a PITA to cruise down. Surprisingly, Lollapalooza at Sunday River is not getting any love in spite of it having no crossing trails, and being wide enough to bomb down AND leave plenty of room for the novice skiers to allow you to avoid them.

Yes, Lollapalooza is probably my favorite. Had a River trip planned in late March, bummer, hopefully 2021. Great Eastern is good if you can hit it between 8:00 - 8:45. After that its just maddening.
 

BenedictGomez

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Surprisingly, Lollapalooza at Sunday River is not getting any love in spite of it having no crossing trails, and being wide enough to bomb down AND leave plenty of room for the novice skiers to allow you to avoid them.

My guess is many posters have never skied Sunday River.
 

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Surprisingly, Lollapalooza at Sunday River is not getting any love in spite of it having no crossing trails, and being wide enough to bomb down AND leave plenty of room for the novice skiers to allow you to avoid them.

The very top of Lollapalooza should not really be green, but they need a green trail there for access to the Jordan Grand. Beginners really struggle there, and for that reason I'd keep it off this list. That said, it does make a good, easy lap for non-beginners.
 
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