The south shoulder is one of the more difficult faces of Russell peak, because even though there are more options, there are also a lot more dangers. There are tight couliors, cliffs, and lots of exposure if the snow is not right. Depending upon the conditions, these lines can be completely filled in, or very exposed. They heat up pretty quick due to the sun in the spring, so you want to be careful up there. If you want to ski the south shoulder and you need an escape route, look south to Oatmeal Bowl for other options.[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.