We live in the NYC area and have 5yo twins. Last year we hit Thunder Ridge about 10 times and the kids took 1 hour lessons (first time for both on skis @ 4yo). They are both comfortable on skis and can snowplow down the bunny slope, do some turns and have been on the lifts and skied w/ instructors down the 'mountain'
While it served its purpose TR is terribly crowded and I'm eager to move on to the 'next' mountain. This year we'll probably head back to TR a few times to get the kids re-acquainted but I'm trying to decide between Jiminy Peak and Catamount for a 1-2 day ski weekend. Both have 'ski schools' for the little ones that run all day (6 hours b/w 9.30-3.30) and include lunch for ~$100/kid. Based strictly on the ski school - is one better than the other? They seem pretty similar in most respects from what I can glean from the websites but any first-hand experience would be welcome! Thank you.