I'm trying to plan a getaway with my family in the North East. I am on a budget. Under $500 would be best. I am looking at 1 night and two days of skiing. My wife is coming but she doesn't ski and has no desire to learn. My kids like Greens that aren't flat and gentle Blues, would like some nice scenery as well. So this is what I have found so far.
Option 1. Bolton Valley stay in Burlington and ski Smuggsthe next day. I like this option as it's the cheapest $328 dollars if I book a 3.5 star in Burlington through hotwire. I also like that I can ski from Noon to close at BV meaning I can leave the house at 7:30 am. I can get my tics for Smuggs through Costco for $50 for adult and $40 for the kids. What I don't like is my wife would be stuck at both hills all day and Smuggs only has double chairs so either myself or my son will ride the chairs alone or with strangers.
Option 2 WildCat stay in North Conway than ski Attitash. I'm not sure but I think the scenery might be a tad bit nicer. I hear WildCat has a nice beginner run from the top. $359 if I buy a two day lift ticket good at both mountains and I stay in a 3 star for $83 through hotwire. My only grip about this option is to be at the hill for 9:00 am on day one we would have to leave the house at 5:00am. Not a big deal for me but I have two sleepers in my family.
Option 3. Gunstock than Loon. $430. I like this option because I can ski at Gunstock from noon until close allowing us to leave at 7:00am other than that I don't know much about either place other than like North Conway there is outlet shopping for my wife close bye.
Option 4 Ski Gore mtn in the Adirondacks $355. We have been to Lake George area before and really like the area but that was in summer.
Option 5 Sunday River. $496 if we stay at the Snow Cap inn and $596 if we stay at the Grand Summit. I like this option even though it's the most expensive if we stay at the Grand Summit because it's a resort so there will be stuff for everyone. MY grip here is $600 for 1 night and two days of skiing is a bit steep. Also deals are Sun to Wed
My preference would be to ski Thurs - Fri over a Sun to Wed but I can do either or. I have checked into Sugarbush, Okemo, Bretton Woods and it is just two expensive.
So my question to the forum is this, am I on the right track or am I over looking somewhere. Does anyone have knowledge of a great 1 night ski vacation. If I am on the right track. Which is best for my kids needs? All advice is welcome.