All the season pass talk got me into thinking. What is currently the best deal on season pass on East Coast? I'll be skiing on weekends and I won't need holiday dates as I plan to go to Canada to beat the crowds.
I live in NYC and I think when I account for time spent driving, size of the mountain and cost of the season pass, Whiteface wins. It's currently $439 ($585 with Gore included). Mountain is fairly large with a number of really good runs. Lake Placid itself is a very nice town with a lot of activities for my wife who does not ski. Unlike all VT resorts, it's easy and relatively traffic free to get to. I found it to be less crowded then Catskill mountains (Hunter and Belleayere). On the downside, weather is tricky and you can find the mountain icy or too windy.
Killington is currently at $729. I've been there only briefly last year, but it is bigger then Whiteface. The downside - I heard Killington gets REALLY crowded. Also, even though its pretty much the same 5 hour drive, it's a drive through the land of never ending traffic, Connecticut, so 5 hours most likely will end up more like 8+ hours.
Stratton + Okemo + Sunapee pass is currently $649. I've never been to either. Are these more like Hunter (small & crowded) or are these on a bigger side? Stratton/Okemo are both just under 5 hour drive which is a plus, but then again, it's a drive through CT... Looks very interesting, but again, I never been to either so I don't know if its something I should even consider.
Any other good mountains within driving distance from NYC that should be considered.
P.S. I know Stowe is 6 hours, but its pricing model does not really fit my idea of the best deal... Hunter is 3 hours away, but no way I'm would pay $749 for a season pass when Whiteface is just an extra 2 hour drive from Hunter and offers not only much cheaper pass, but also MUCH better skiing.