Hi! We are flying into Burlington April 5 at night (only flight from Atlanta) and plan to stay overnight in Burlington just to sleep - we have 3 little boys so figured it would be easier and safer to stay put until morning and get our bearings in daylight.
Plus, it saves us hundreds of $$ on a night's stay at Jay Peak Resort since we would get there around 11pm and wouldn't get to enjoy any of the amenities until the next day anyway.
SO - my questions are:
1) We plan to rent a minivan but now I'm reading about "mud season" and wondering if there's a chance we would get stuck?? If so, is a full size SUV recommended at this time of year?
I haven't been able to find any info online about when mud season officially begins, so hopefully it's after we leave April 12!! :-)
2) We plan on shopping for groceries in Burlington before driving to the resort the morning of April 6. I'm seeing quite a few options around Burlington and just off the interstate we'll be traveling on. Any recommendations for most economical store....Costco? Walmart? Though I don't think we'll be going in the direction of Walmart. I'm not familiar with the chain stores up there so any advice will be welcome. Thanks!
3) Do we need to pack for a range of weather....from what I've read, it could be as warm as 50's or as cold as teens?? And rain one day, snow the next? Just can't tell if shell jackets with layers underneath will be fine, or if we all need our ski jackets/gloves/scarves/balaclavas, etc....I'm dreading packing all this! haha
4) Unfortunately, our flight home to Atlanta is CRAZY early - 6am - so we plan to leave Jay Peak Saturday afternoon April 11, and I'd like to drive the kids to the Ben&Jerrys factory before heading into Burlington for another short hotel stay. Is there anything else you'd recommend instead of the factory tour? I mean, not sure I can top ice cream for 3 little boys, but I'm open minded! We will only have time in Burlington for dinner & super early bedtime for ALL of us since we'll be up at 4am. :-(
Thanks so much in advance for any tips or guidance you can provide!
We can't wait for this trip, SO excited for my 3 boys' first snowboarding lessons!!!!
Just hoping & praying for a great big snow storm just after we arrive. I can dream right!!