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Just drove up from NC, via Harrisonburg and I-81. Stopped at the new Microtel Inn just past Scranton at Exit 190. They have a ski&stay deal that includes mid-week lift tickets for Elk. Turns out the manager skis there. Going to check out Elk for the first time. Ultimate destination is Lake Placid.
Bonus is that a local restaurant delivers. Nice not to have to go out and drive in the snow again after 10 hours on the road today. Starting snowing by the time we were driving by New Market.
Quite a few motel options in Newburgh where I-84 crosses the NY Thruway. I stayed at the Super 8 recently and was perfectly happy. Make your own waffles at breakfast. There is a diner around the block that was pretty good.
Skiing at Gore on Saturday is the plan. Haven't been there yet. The day I stopped by in early Dec to meet up with a friend who is a Gore local it wasn't worth skiing. Too much fog, ice, and slush at the bottom. Then Whiteface on Sunday since there is a super Sunday discount. Glad it isn't going to be frigid all weekend.
Although I learned to ski in Lake Placid long ago, I haven't skied in the northeast since middle school. Got spoiled by going out to Alta. Driving up to Lake Placid during ski season for a few years because my daughter is in school there.
Or if you want to avoid going west, perhaps the Berkshire areas in western Mass./eastern NY, Butternut, Catamount, Jiminy Peak, or Berkshire East?
With this storm, I think the Catskills and Berkshires will get the most snow. Conditions should be excellent tomorrow and Saturday (but cold). Sunday is a dreaded warmup/rain.
Berkshire East is by far the best of the MA options. Great Terrain, glades and trees with an old school family style ski area vibe. One caveat, you have to have a good base of natural snow to really enjoy it so a lot depends on what the snowpack is like when you are driving by. Take 2 west (the Mohawk Trail) for about 20-25 minutes off of I-91 in northern MA, probably about 3.5 hours south of Stowe.
Only got a little taste of Elk today before driving north towards Gore. With temps around 5 degrees, even with the short runs at Elk, we had to go in after 2 or 3 to warm up. And that was with essentially no wind.
I liked Elk. Reminds me of Snowshoe. Think of the Silver Creek layout but with the length and pitch of the Western Territory. There are two blacks that are left ungroomed that grow bumps. A bit unusual to not have a drop off area near the base lodge. Have to park and take the open shuttle. That was a cold ride. Very short though so not a long wait today.