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Northeast injury consolation trip ideas?

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I've had a crap season: I blew out my achilles on my first day out (12/12) at Holiday Valley in NY, and made my "triumphant" (derision quotes) return to the slopes (post surgery and rehab) last Saturday for Hidden Valley's (PA) closing weekend, where I skied everything they had in 3 hours. I need something more. I've managed to get a hall pass for April 11-15, and I'm trying to figure out if I can put together an East Coast "consolation prize" trip, so the season isn't a total loss. Sunday River is talking a good game about being open into May this year, but their mountain lodging is ~250/nt, and logistics demand a rental car, etc. Since I'm still rehabbing, and just trying to eke out some days so my muscles don't completely disappear (i.e. probably won't make it more than a half day each day I'm out), all that, plus the lift ticket, and the flight is a tough nut to crack. Anyone have any hot ideas on affordable northeast options (that'll still be skiable) for mid-April?

 

Regards,

Ian

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Thinking you can find lodging for half that or less if you don't need ski in/ski out.

Personally not a big Sunday River fan, but they do certain things well, such as provide passable groomed snow even in dire conditions. If you're going to go that far, Sugarloaf is much more mountain. I like the Mountain View Motel for cheap lodging.

If Saddleback is still open, you should check it out - my favorite area. Easy day trip from Sugarloaf. Better yet, stay in Rangeley over the weekend (Rangeley Inn) and ski Saddleback while the hordes do reggae fest at the Loaf. Then move over to Sugarloaf for the weekdays.
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Killington is the "king of spring" in Vermont. They will push the season into May.

Sugarbush will be open but (most likely) only on the "south" side (Lincoln Peak, I think)

Stowe will be open until the 19th. Probably only the four runner quad will be spinning - ie, no gondola, no Spruce. Those get shut down to save money, not because the snow is gone.
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FWIW, being in the condition I'm in, I'm mostly looking for enjoyable, but not necessarily challenging stuff. I'm not skiing up to my normal ability right now, so Sunday River's large swath of single blacks with grooming looked really appealing. 

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Well, self knowledge is good!
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