So I'm heading out to A-Bay from NY to ski Sat/Sun and Monday. It's my first trip out West and I can't wait to finally see what skiing at a big Western mountain is all about. Biggest for me so far is Killington and I guess Whiteface.
I have a few questions:
First on the weather: Checking wundergound it says temps will be in the 60' and 70's but the A-Bay website and weather.com says it will be in the 30's. Which one should I believe? How can I expect to dress? I'm bringing cold weather gear but will I also be okay with just a hoodie and a base layer underneath?
Second, I'm doing the three day pass with 15 dollar food vouchers for each day ($150). Where should I eat on the mountain? What stays open after the lifts close if I wanna have something to eat and a drink too?
Third and most important, skiing: I consider myself an advanced/intermediate with flashes of expert sprinkled in every now and then. Have skiied some NE trees and am a decent bump skiier under the right conditions. I know A-Bay just got 4 inches or so and most of the Mountain is still open but given the Spring conditions and my complete virginity to Western mountains I want to push myself and have fun but stay away from something too dangerous for me. Can anyone recommend some steeps (bowls), bumps, and glades that I can do that provide some challenge, are still in good condition but are not the exteme-end of expert-level skiing.
Last, traveling with skis. I have a High Sierra luggage bag and am flying US Airways. Looks like US Airways counts skis as checked luggage with all the associated fees (I think $50 for one pair). Is tehre any problem checking skis on a plane or is there a better, safer, and cheaper route?
Thanks in advance!