Several buddies and I will be meeting up at end of January, midweek only. Southern Vermont is central to all of us, so that's the destination. We'll have varying abilities in the group from beginner to advanced, so no day trips to K-Mart, MRG, etc. It's just not in the cards. Groomers and some trees will do the trick for most of the guys, so I'm thinking Stratton and Mount Snow.
Most of them are younger and foolish, so they want some night life vibe, etc. They won't care about the Disney-fication of an Intrawest village, and they won't even know the difference if I explained it to them. I'm betting they're mostly interested in the overall roadtrip experience, something memorable. They're not powderhounds.
In any event, thoughts on which hill might be better suited for the group (given their abilities)? Is one definitely better than the other in certain ways? Should we just hit both Stratton and Mt. Snow? And where to stay?