I'd love to get some feedback from the knowledgable and much more experienced folks on here regarding an upcoming trip.
My GF has to go to Orlando the week after next and I'm thinking of giving myself a birthday present and doing a solo 3-day mid-week ski trip while she's away.
I'll be driving from Long Island and unfortunately money is a bit of a factor right now.
First, my experience. Been skiing for about 5 years and I consider myself a decent skiier. Sometimes I feel like an expert and then at times I become humbled into feeling like an advancing intermediate. I'll ski most blacks fairly agressively and will ski a lot of double-blacks cautiously (using most of the hill instead of the fall line). I can make my way through bumps (thought not too elegantly) as long as they are kind of soft; when they get too icey I have some problems.
Most of my skiing has been mid-week and some weekend day trips to sigh, Mountaincreek and Camelback. I've also spent a lot of days at Hunter and Windham. I spent the last weekend at Windham right after the big dump and did pretty well on one of my only powder days. Didn't have much problems with powder bumps. This is all to say that I don't have much on my resume resort-wise and I'm wondering if that will make me easily impressed (though I'm bored out of my mind at MtCreek and CamBac, even sort of at Windham).
Second, my considerations. I'm considering Whiteface and/or Gore or perhaps Sugarbush/MRG. I've done some research on lodging and lifts as well as looked at a lot of threads on this site re: both areas. Seems to me I can get away really cheap at Gore mid-week and still pretty cheap at Whiteface. I'm wondering just how much more money and time it would be at SB/MRG and if it's worth it. I don't care about nightlife as this trip is about good skiing for a good value. My nights will be spent with the hotel TV and the bottle of scotch I bring along.
One of the things I'm looking forward to is trying some glade skiing. I've read that Gore has some really nice glades and I'm wondering if that will be enough to keep me occupied for a 3-day trip as I've also read that Gore can get pretty flat in areas.
I guess my basic question is, based on my experience, will Gore satisfy me or should I do Whiteface (or WF and Gore), or just go ahead to Vermont. Probably arriving on Sunday, 2/24 and staying till 2/27.
Lastly, can you tell me which glades at all of these mtns I should start with and some I should avoid? I'm not looking for anyone's private stashes just some good areas to get me started and somewhat challenged.
Got all this new gear and wanna put it to use!
Thanks in advance.