I am a new member and just came across this great site. I have been going through past threads, and haven't gotten exactly the information I'm looking for. I've also see great advice given to folks who are seeking input on where to go. So throwing my info out there and looking forward to great suggestions.
Live in Columbus, OH. Wife has skied most of her life (Utah, Tahoe, Whistler, Jackson Hole, Tremblant, Summit County / Winter Park). I picked it up in early 20s, been to Tremblant, Copper, Winter Park, and Beaver Creek. Kids (8 and 5) have annual trips of skiing out West, mostly Winter Park. Last year we got in two trips. Wife and I are progressing intermediates, 8 year old can ski pretty much anywhere with us, 5 year old can snow plow and turn, starting to learn parallel. The wife, me and the 8 year old were skiing groomed blacks on Winter Park, and the black bump runs on Mary Jane if any of you know that mountain. Also loved the glades. 5 year old is good to go on greens, and was starting to hit some of the easier blues.
We have two trips out west again already planned (early Jan, mid-March), but I was dying for more last year. Looking to supplement with some more local skiing this winter. As with everyone with school aged children, we have a window on President's weekend. Initial plan was Holiday Valley since we could drive there easily. But turns out we can get a direct into Boston with FF miles, which puts us 3-3.5 hours from what sounds like incredible skiing on the east coast.
Been reading a ton, but have some concerns. Number 1 is that this is a super busy ski weekend. Number 2 is that conditions seem to be variable. Surely you all can't predict the conditions, but would love input on the best bet for which resort handles the crowds and which best handle poor conditions. We've been out west during spring break crowds, and it is easy to escape once past the lifts at the base. Some standing in line is no big deal, bigger concern is running into people on the mountain, especially with the little kids.
I have been going back and forth between Stowe and Sugarbush, also looking a little at Smuggler's Notch. Don't really care too much about non-skiing activities. Goal would be to find the best on-hill experience. Afterwards, we love to retreat to the cabin and hit the hot tub. We would probably do either two half-day lessons for the kids, or a full day and a day with us. Not super picky on terrain, just would like a noticeable bump up from Holiday Valley without fighting massive crowds or skiing on ice all day.
My impression from reading between the lines on the forum is Stowe gets a little better snow and makes snow better than Sugarbush, but that Sugarbush may handle crowds better.
What do all you sage experts say?
Moderator note: moved to Resorts, Conditions and Travel