Having skied in NC and Wintergreen on weekends with my daughter before settling on Massanutten as a home mountain, I completely understand about avoiding the ski areas that are closer to population centers on weekends. Only go exploring midweek.
I stopped by Belleayre in late March last year. Liked it. If I go that way, I'm thinking about checking out Hunter or Windham.
Do Blue or Camelback have any trails that are often ungroomed? Elk has a couple of trails that are allowed to bump up.
Decided yet? I think you need to visit Blue on the way north and Camelback on the way home. That would provide a nice independent perspective for past and current PA skiers with strong opinions about these resorts as well as an interesting trip report!
Nope, no decision yet. Will be at Roundtop on Sat, Feb. 28 because a group of Ski Divas have a meet up that day. I suppose I could stop by Montage on Sun on the way north. Day time temperatures will be a factor on whether I check out places in PA or NY. I've got more than enough for skiing in frigid temps, but not very driven if it's going to be in the teens or lower even at lunch time. That's one reason I'm not skiing at Massanutten today . . . high is supposed to be 5 degrees.