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Brooklyn'er with 4 day weekend Feb 24 - March 1st...where?

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I'm from California. Used to ski Tahoe. I've been doing the Sunday day trips up to hunter and windham.

 

This trip will probably be my last big east coast weekend of the season (I have a Tahoe weekend in April coming too) and I wanted some tips on where to go. I love steeps, big terrain parks, and good bloody mary's. I hate lift lines, and park punks.

 

I'm willing to rent a car and drive just about anywhere on the east coast. Or get up at 4am and bus it.

 

I'd like to keep it as cheap as possible, but I've been saving for this trip.

 

Also willing to fly if I can find reasonable fares (less than $200-300 round trip transportation).

 

Would also love to meet up with some other skiers. I pretty much go solo on all my trips, so meeting people to ski with and push my limits is always nice.

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I just got finished researching these same sort of parameters -- cheap, low crowds, biggest mountain possible (I researched Whiteface and Gore in NY, and everything from Killington and south of there in VT).   Go to Killington's sister resort, Pico.  Stay at the Ramada in Rutland -- even has an indoor pool ($58 per night on Orbitz/$189 for three nights including taxes).   Go to Pico's site and e-ticket a 2-day lift and you get the mid-week rate instead of the weekend rate, dropping it to $84 for two days' lift tix ($42 per day is fantastic compared to the stupid money Killington charges).  That gets you to $273 for two days of skiing and 3 nights lodging, plus your car rental and chow.  Killington on weekends can be brutal, but it's like giant fly paper, drawing the lift lines away from Pico.  It's almost like cheating!

 

Gore in NY (Adirondacks, of course, not the Catskills)  is a very big mountain (for East Coast standards, mind you) and has a pretty good ski-and-stay package (3 nights/3 days' lifts) but the less expensive cooperating lodgings are a ways away from the resort. 

 

Once you start thinking about an airline seat, it's time to see what airfare to SLC would be (start with Southwest) -- the airport is 45 minutes from Alta and Alta's guaranteed great conditions trumps anything you'd fly to in the East -- with that close proximity of the airport to the resort, you give yourself the option of skiing and flying the same day, particularly your departure day when you can fly out on the latest flight possible.

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