|Originally posted by Ullr:
I had one of my best days ever @ Timberline. Pulled into town 2-hours after a 12" dump. Powder (east coast sytle of course) and not a soul around!!!
BTW, if you are refering to the big storm in late Feb 2001 that ended around midnight (a Thurs night, I think), we must have arrived within minutes of each other (after driving for hours through that storm).
With respect to no one on the slopes on stormy days in W.Va., its not only the difficulty in driving to the slopes. I can't tell you how many people I've meet on days like this who declare that "there is just too much snow to ski", or ask, "Why don't they groom this stuff?".
BTW, I have absolutely no idea how to answer the question in the thread title. I don't know if I'm too discerning or not discerning enough. Depending on the conditions, day of the week, and the people I'm with, I've had wonderfully memorable days at many of the areas on the east coast. For example, K-mart wouldn't be what comes to my mind for a crowded MLK weekend, but might be exactly what the doctor ordered on a late spring weekday when Superstar is the only trail still open in these parts.
Basing my answer on trail layout, Sunday River wouldn't be my favorite (spread out horizontally too much), but its got reasonably consistent snow, and is just the thing for an intermediate that will get a great feeling of accomplishment by putting miles and miles on their skis going from one end of the resort to the other.
Based on steepness, Mt. Slow would normally never make the grade (
), but last season, I decided to give it a shot mostly because it was (er, actually, "could be") on my driving route. That day turned out to be a real hoot. It was one of the few times in recent memory I could really pour on the speed in the east. The -5 deg temperatures made for no crowds, and the wide, moderate angle trails were perfect for high speed cruising.
On a crowded day, hit the singles lines (on any mountain that you are 'stuck' at) and enjoy the conversations and new acquaintances. I guess all I am trying to say is that your attitude and expectations make the day, not the mountain (at least within wide limits).
Tom / PM[ August 04, 2003, 08:58 PM: Message edited by: PhysicsMan ]