Pros: Friendly, reasonably varied terrain, don't groom edge to edge
Cons: Limited vertical and terrain
Catamount was the first lift-served skiing I did this year and proved to be a nice warmup. I went early in January on a Monday and as a student my ticket ended up being $20. It was money well spent.
Catamount is not huge, but has a reasonable variety of terrain. It has some groomers with reasonably steep sections that invite speed and the bumped up and fairly steep Catapult which served me as a good warmup for skiing bigger mountains in the weeks that followed. I probably did the run five or six times during my one day there, which also hints at what I will discuss in the downside section. One thing that I liked in particular was that unlike many places, Catamount left a few of the black trails ungroomed along the edges. This allowed for more bump skiing than I would have expected. It was much appreciated.
The downside is that this isn't an extremely large resort. If you're a good skier, you'll likely be on the same 4-5 trails all day and the vertical isn't large, so you'll be very familiar with them soon. I talked to a gentleman on the lift who skis it regularly and he told me that at some point during the year the steep woods to the left of Catapult (looking up the mountain) become rideable, but they weren't in play when I was there so I can't comment on them. They looked like they had potential though. I’ll likely go back for another midweek day trip this season, hopefully after a snowfall.