Originally Posted by runikg
Yes, all of us are first timer. I am already 22, so I am not that young to start learning how to ski! Yes, I am willing to drive up to 5 hours to get to less crowded area, so I was looking at NY or VT. Is there any other places that has more beginner trail that you would suggest?
Hah! I know people who learned to ski after age 40, or even 50. But I understand what you are thinking. Little kids pick up skiing in no time at all. My daughter was riding the chairlift on her first day of ski school . . . at age 4.
Honestly, no big mountain needs to have lots of beginner trails. Greens are good for learning, but skiing becomes much more fun when you can ski blues. Note that trail ratings only apply to a given mountain. A blue at Gore is not the same as a blue at Whiteface. The thing about looking at a trail map is that you can't really tell the scale. Every trail map is about the same size, whether the total acreage is 50 acres, 500 acres, or 5000 acres. I doubt very much you would get bored at Gore.
Assuming you are driving north on the NY Thruway, it's much simpler to get to Gore than to go across into VT. Definitely will be more crowded in VT on a weekend. The places in the Catskills that are closer are Hunter, Windham, and Belleayre. Belleayre is owned by ORDA, which also owns Gore and Whiteface. Had the same 3-day beginner package. However, you have picked a good time. Probably one of the least crowded weekends during Jan-Feb in general.
I think it's worth the drive up to Gore. Either stay in Warrensburg (cheap motels) or the hostel in North Creek (tiny town, 5 min from Gore).
Notice that the Belleayre program guarantees you will ski from the top of the mountain after 3 lessons, which means easy blues. Assuming you may ski again this season, the discount card could come in handy.
From Belleayre website:
PARALLEL FROM THE START – Ski Only
This all-inclusive program is perfect for the first-time skier. The package includes a beginner lower mountain lift ticket, 1.5 hour class lesson, and rental. We recommend our 3-day program. After 3 days we guarantee you'll get to the top of the mountain. After you complete your 3 days, your card automatically turns into a discount card. With your discount card, you will receive 50% off midweek tickets, 25% off weekend & holiday tickets, every 6th day is free and bring a friend discounts to get you coming back and visiting Belleayre, Gore and Whiteface mountains.
Ages: 13 & Up
Lesson Times: Daily at 10am, 12 noon & 2pm
1 Day Price: $79 - 1 day of beginner lower mountain only lift ticket, ski and boot rental and group lessons.
3 Day Price: $169 - 3 days of beginner lower mountain only lift tickets, rentals and group lessons. This program can be used non-consecutively anytime during the 2015-2016 season at Belleayre, Gore and Whiteface mountains.