Originally Posted by FCguy
Like my long title suggests - my friends and I are looking for some good slopes! After getting together and skiing what is likely the smallest slope anywhere (Sapphire Valley NC) we decided that we need to go skiing again ... on a much much longer slope. So having only been skiing once we are all pretty novice. We picked up the skill quickly and were soon confident on the slope.
We all live in Georgia with an exception of one South Carolinian. I'd love to find a slope - the longer the better. Said long slope should be a continuous run that novices can enjoy. What use is a super long run if sections of it are black diamond. Finally, the farther south the better - counter intuitive but hey - if I don't have to drive 20 hours to Vermont then I get to spend more time actually skiing.
I've tried searching, googling, praying, but between being a novice in the first place, finding that longest run is not always a searchable metric, finding that longest novice-intermediate run is NOT a searchable metric, and combining all that with trying to find somewhere further south has left me lost.
That's where asking those with experience comes into play! I always try and find answers for myself but so far my efforts have returned little results.
So (insert your name here) - what place should we be heading to!
PS - bang for buck is also great metric to consider.
Welcome to EpicSki! There are some pics from past seasons in the annual threads for the southeast that give a little sense of a few of the places within reasonable driving distance of GA or SC for weekend trips. If you and your friends have the energy for night skiing, that's a good way to get more time on snow.
I know people who do the drive from Atlanta to Cataloochee in Maggie Valley, NC. Bigger than Sapphire but not by much.
Have you looked at Winterplace, WV? Has a long green from the top, as well as a long blue trail that winds around in the trees. My daughter's friend was an advanced beginner when we went for a late season trip in early March. Had a very good time skiing it under the lights. The problem with Winterplace in Jan and Feb is that there are lots of groups that go to Winterplace. So weekends are very crowded from 10:30am to mid-afternoon. Not too many lodging options near the slopes. A plus is that a lift ticket is good all day, meaning until 10pm.
For a long weekend, Snowshoe in WV can be worth the drive if you can handle spending more on lodging. Long greens and blues in the main area. No crowds over in Silver Creek and can go night skiing. Can stay slope side in Silver Creek.
I think Massanutten is one of the best places in the southeast to learn, especially if restricted to weekends. But not sure it's worth the drive from GA.
By the way, I am an older woman, retired, who spent a couple years checking out ski areas in the southeast while my daughter was learning to ski. Sometimes we went with a friend of hers. She was an intermediate skiing blues at Alta by age 7 and advanced (Level 8 in Alta ski school) by age 11. I started taking trips out west without her so stayed better than her even as she improved.