I had reservations in the Cannan Valley of WV December 28th and 29th and I think I am going to pull the plug and cancel heading down there since I don't feel like it is worth the 5 hour drive and money to ski 5 runs at Cannan and Timberline.
The next best option from Columbus, OH looks like Holiday Valley in NY. Right now they have just a few runs open but, starting Thursday night through the rest of the 10-day forecast is calling for around-the-clock snow making temps with some chances of snow showers each day.
I have never been to Holiday Valley, but what kind of snow making capacity do they have? Will they be able to seriously crank out the snow and get a good portion of their terrain open pretty quickly if it stays cold? For the reasons mentioned above, I don't really want to ski 5 icey runs with a gazillion people.
Also, the lodging in Ellicottville is pretty expensive. Does anybody have any cheap lodging recommendations within about a half-hour of the resort?