Oldie here getting back on the slopes after a layoff of a few years. A buddy and I are trying to plan up a ski trip during the last week of Feb and we arent quite sure where to go. This is mostly due to be not really hitting the slopes in 3-4 years and not knowing whats new and exciting out there. When I was hitting it a few years ago, I enjoyed the Conway/302 area in the Whites for no other reason than thats where I always went; Cranmore, Bretton Woods, Loon, etc. I never really ventured over into VT because it was a bit further than I wanted to go from my house in MA, Okemo or Mt Snow was still a good half hour/45 mins further than anyplace here, so we just stuck to NH. With that said, Im willing to venture out a bit further than my normal hills to get something new, so here is where you all come in.
First my skill level WAS pretty darn good. I had no problems hitting the glades at Bretton Woods or Sunday River and felt pretty confident on the blacks at most of the places we went, but that was several years and more pounds than I want to admit to ago and my buddy is probably a bit below me. Im not talking doing massive jumps or moguls or anything like that, but steeps dont faze me. Anyway, we went up to the WaWa before Christmas and he was biting the dust while I was just cruising around, frankly getting bored with the one trail that was open :P Although his wiping out was probably more due to rust than anything else. Im fairly confident with my rusty skills to be able to ski pretty much 80% of the terrain in New England, really only limited by my out of shape legs.
Here is the criteria we are looking for, these are based on me wanting to check it out, price and distance. We will probably be going up for 2 full days of skiing and likely one overnight. Plan is hit the road by 7 drive no more than 3:00, ski all day, stay night ski most next day and come home that afternoon. We may be able to hit the road earlier than 7 if my wife can drop our daughter off at school rather than me, but Im not counting on that right now. We are probably doing this mid week too
If we go to VT:
Maybe Killington (hes been there a bunch so may want to forget about this)
Or if we stay to NH again, Canon and Bretton woods does a back to back day with buy one pass, get the second free.
Right now, Im leaning MRG if the conditions are OK, Stratton, Okemo, in that order, then the Loaf if we can get a good deal on lift/lodge and leave early enough (or even the night before), then our Cannon/BW plan only pulling up the rear because we want to hit something new.
So, first, how are these places skiing this year? I know the snow has been hit or miss.
If you were skiing in the middle to upper skill ranges, say 60-75 percentiles, where would YOU want to spend your hard earned vacation time after all the kids head back to school after vacation week?