I'm not sure what the fascination is with tree skiing. I've been to breckenridge and vail and skiied some glades there, and the terrain was great, and I did love the glades. However I haven't seen anything comparable in the east, although I'm not really going after tree skiing. In the east the glades seem to have the trees to close together, or the snow is not in good condition, like it's deep and chunky, so I can't imagine why people want to ski the glades so bad.
Is jaypeak some kind of special area, where the tree skiing is different than what I've seen at most resorts? Maybe there is some good days for this around here? If there is, I don't think I will have much luck, at least I can't plan to go when there's fresh soft snow to a certian resort to ski glades? Also I don't have special skis to ski powder, I'd use the volkl sixstar 183s, but I don't see how it'd be pleasurable to ski the glades no matter what skis. Well guess that is my gripe, because I don't get it; skiing trees in the east just hasn't seemed so good. It would be cool to add some variety, and changing up the terrain is cool, but this doesn't seem the place to do it with tree skiing. The above the tree line skiing at sugarloaf looks nice, and I always wanted to ski the slides at whiteface, but they're always closed. Something like the slides is my favorite type of terrain, cool looking, manageble, but fairly difficult.
I'm an expert level skier, and started up again after a few years. It seems to me shorter turns seemed more forced so I prefer skiing fast with longer turns anyways, but I guess that's just my own preference, unless there's something I'm missing with slalom turns.
I'm planning a trip for some friends/family, so I will have to take that into consideration, but I'm looking at the following:
1) sugarloaf - looks to be the best mountain in the east, but I haven't skied it
2) somewhere in NH - are these resorts totally comparble to VT? looking around Cannon looks good, but I just don't know enough about NH to make a decision
3) stowe - looks nice, and not as far away for me as sugarloaf, so I'm leaning towards it (I really want to try sugarloaf; mountain looks awesome), but this looks like a good compromise
4) sugarbush/mad river glen - never been to mad river glen, and i could check it out, and sugarloaf seems like it would keep everyone happy. I did want to try something new though!
my opinions and favorites:
1) whiteface, gotta love the ice and steeper terrain, it's all icy anyways, why not go with longer runs and more ice??
2) sugarbush, pico, stratton (loved the nice wide groomed trails, best groomed trails imo), killington (just have to find the right spots, but some things I don't like - lack of vertical, can be crowded)
3) hunter (catskills are nice), gore (when stuff is open), okemo (lacks steepness), mount snow (seemed small), bromley (narrow) hickory, west ny mountains (KB)