Hi fellow epic skiers,
I'm from Kingston, Ontario and trying to choose a home mountain to train on next year that can minimize traveling time/cost and maximize ski mileage.
My goal is to improve my technique on groomers. Powders, tree-skiing, moguls aren't necessary features to me.
I've narrowed down to four options. My main concerns are fuel cost, traveling time, and efficiency. The worst thing after a ski trip is the long-drive home.
Earl Bales & Batawa
There are pros and cons about each mountain. This year I skied at Earl Bales which is in Toronto. The roundtrip is 310 miles; ****I could get 2.5 days of skiing because I could crash my parents' house in Toronto. However, Earl Bales is extremely crowded during the weekend with kids and lessons. Imagine being the only ski hill in a city of 3 million people? There was only 1 lift so it was literally 5 seconds down 20 minutes up.
Batawa is quite similar to Earl Bales except it requires 2 hours of driving every trip whereas Earl Bales only takes 30 mins once I'm in Toronto.
Calabogie and Whiteface
I've never been to either mountain. The biggest drawback is the traveling time and cost. This means I can only get to ski once a week if I were to choose to ski there. One alternative is to stay at hostel at Whiteface for $28 a night. (No car sleeping; done it; not pleasant)
Where should I go? Would 8 hours of Whiteface be equivalent to 20 hours at Earl Bales?