The east face of Russell is technical and can be tight depending upon snow conditions. It is east facing, which means it gets sun early, and it also involves much steeper lines. The longest descents are from the peak, but they are very committing. Once you are up there, there is no backing out and escape routes are hard to come by should something slide.[more]
Jay Peak has a cloud where weather does its own thing. There is the Jay Cloud, which dumps snow on Jay Peak when nobody else is getting it. It is blustery, cold, and generally the snow is pretty good. There is access from the mountain, but also from the roads if you are willing to skin for it. As this is New England, there are a lot of trees (except where 2 people decided to clear cut a huge avalanche prone slope) which are pretty tight and steep. Make sure you know where you are going, or it will be a long night out there.
How to Get There
Head north almost to canada. Then go to the "town" of Jay and look for the mountain. Easiest access to the goods is off of the ski resort, but you could go for a tour around that area as well.