I know we can have bad early seasons in the northeast, but this is ridiculous and quite frustrating. My (our) skiing as a family is limited to begin with. Due to finding common time and also money we only get a limited amount per season and usually MLK weekend is one of them in which we can usually all go. But in order to spend the time and money for me(us) it has to be worthwhile. And this is just not happening this year. I mean MLK weekend is often not always real good but its usually at least decent. Not even the case this year.
I mean from the NYC and NJ area the Poconos are absolute joke right now and even to make the extended trip to Vermont , the resorts are well under 50% of skiable acreage. Combine that with weekend crowds (especially holiday weekends) and I just cant see making a trip anywhere that's going to be worth the expense, time, and efforts just to be disappointed with long lines (on limited lifts) as well as crowded slopes (on limited terrain). so I am not even taking the chance. As much as I love skiing, the time and money are just to valuable to waste on what would be only a wishful thinking guess that you might have a decent time and that it be worth it.
The only option I can see to even justify would be a close enough pococno single day (back n forth) trip and only during the week to avoid crowds on limted lifts and trails but of course that means taking off work and pulling the kids from school, etc...and even then is still taking chance (Poconos) its going to be good.
This is just bad imo, really bad. Its one thing to have limited snow fall, but quite another when temps haven't even been good enough to keep the blowers going with any real significance. This is just a bummer. Its basically been nice for just about everything except skiing :)...., but hey, this isn't normal and I want to ski :(..... But again it has to be worthwhile and practical. We just have to wait and hope by the end of Jan and into feb we get what we need:).... But with our limited skiing our normal kick-off ski weekend is just not happening and that much less skiing we'll be doing.
Just a vent here.....so join in and vent a little with me. I don't really recall things being quite this bad this late.