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Originally Posted by LiquidFeet
The mountains in New England are small compared to what you know. Getting lost is not so big a deal.
But then one trail can look pretty much like another. Pitch varies, as does traffic. Some are narrow, others are wider.
Forget bowls unless you hike up Tuckerman Ravine. You won't be slowed down much on our pressed and starched hard snow; quite the contrary.
Sharp edges, remember.
On the other hand, do you like tight trees with bumps? How about lift lines with exposed boulders?
Our bumps are different from your bumps, too. They get icy. We find entertainment from terrain variations as do Westerners; the variations are just different.
Would they slow you down?
Lots of variables, would ice slow me down and the answer is yes at least initially. Heck might have to buy new ice ski's.
Originally Posted by marznc
If you might fly, check out prices to Albany, Boston, and Manchester. Can you fly out on Southwest? SW goes to Albany, NY and Manchester, NH. Being able to cancel or change dates with no penalty could make the decision easier. No charge for a ski bag plus a suitcase is another bonus. If booked today, it's possible to fly on SW from Portland, OR in late Jan to Manchester, NH in late Feb for about $300 round trip. That sounds like sale price, which usually only last 2-3 days.
Makes more sense to reserve a AWD rental. Presumably you are more likely to do the trip if the prediction is for snowstorms in the northeast.
@Jamesj drove out to Colorado for his 2-month stay there last season.
SW flies out of Spokane but obviously I can't buy tickets now have to wait and see where the snow is located. Some weather people are saying Mammoth, Taos, 4 corners and so may be headed there.
Originally Posted by noncrazycanuck
personally i would look skiing the east as a trip to somewhere different with the skiing being secondary.
Places like Quebec City are a great winter destination and have some decent skiing close by as a bonus.
If it's a crappy January you'll still have time to book for Carnivel in Febuary.
The dropping Canadian petro dollar makes it a bargin.
Fly to Montreal (usually a cheaper flight than Quebec City) rent a car by month ( again cheaper) .
and see all those boring bits in the centre of the continent from their best vantage point 35,000 feet
I understand what you are says but skiing remains my number one priority. On weekends for sure I won't be skiing but having tea, coffee, beer here and there. I love history too so will be taking in everything I can. Renting a car by the month would be a good deal.
Originally Posted by Jamesj
Pete, I enjoy big ski road trips, so we may have a fundamental difference in perspective on the 3000 mile drive. In my 9 week trip last winter I usually very much enjoyed the driving days when I relocated several hundred miles to a new ski resort and perceived those days as scenic rest days from skiing. What could make the long drive more fun for you is to break it up by stopping along the way and skiing a few places in MT, WY, even maybe in the Midwest or visit non-skiing friends for a day that happen to live near your travel route. Also, could you enlist a trip companion to serve as a valuable driving and skiing partner?
Doing a ski trip to multiple resorts by train in America is doable with planning, but not especially convenient or expedient. If you have a good ski car it's a shame to leave that home to rent a less suitable vehicle for exploring new territory.
Agree, I am just trying to check out all the alternatives and everyone is giving me quite a few to consider.
NOW, if Vt. and NH get a lot of snow.