Ok,weekend is over and here's the deal.
Plane was half hour late taking off so I was already worried with such a tight schedule...got into Albany at 11am, was outta there and on the road at 11:30.
Got to Bromley at 1pm sharp. (72 miles, 90 minutes, Troy NY is a pain in the xxx)
Changed into my ski gear in the parking lot and was on a lift by 1:25. Was a little crowded probably due to Mtn Dew Vertical Challenge racing in the morning. Was springlike at the bottom of the mtn, but was friggin nasty cold and windy at the top. Snow was OK in spots but icy in others. Steeper stuff was worse than not. About a quarter of the trails were closed.
(One really cool thing for me was that I could see so many other slopes from the top of Bromley. Stratton, Magic, Okemo, a bit of Killington and Gore. I think that I may have been even seeing Mt Washington on Sunday, waaay off to the NE.)
They had gotten a few inches the night before but you couldn't tell by the time I got there. Got in about 6-7 runs. Was pretty tired and a little disappointed in my "first VT ski experience". Went back to the motel, chilled for a while, went out and had a decent sandwich and a couple brews at Mulligans in Manchester. For a while I was considering going to Stratton on Sunday morning, instead of back to Bromley. Even started to justify (in my mind) the $72 rate for Stratton for the 5 hours I expected to get in...Stratton really looked "good" from Bromley that afternoon...but you know what they say about "the snow being whiter..." Anyhow, got a good night's sleep, up at 6am, had breakfast, got back to the room and said, screw it, I'm going back to Bromley. (I had a hunch) Boy was I right! Got there at 8am, got the $41 early ticket and was off. The snow was wonderful and the crowd was significantly smaller. Had a bunch of great runs early on, weather was warmer, mostly sunny. In my little world it was "epic". It started to get a little more crowded by 11am, but never a wait in line. skied till 1-ish, went back to the motel, (the innkeeper was cool enough to let me return, shower up and pack my gear for traveling) then off to Albany, and a smooth flight home.
All in all, it was a great little day and a half adventure that has me looking forward to another VT experience.