- Brighton - A great off the beaten path ski area in the wrong Cottonwood Canyons. I had a lot of fun skiing there and it really is two smaller areas with very different feel to them attached by a lodge at the middle.
- Mt. Rose - If I lived in Tahoe or nearby I'd have a season pass to this place. It is an inexpensive gem of a ski area with a good variety of terrain.
- Smugglers Notch - Get passed the family friendly resort vibe and you've got two peaks of great intermediate, advanced and pure expert terrain. Stayed their through a timeshare deal and never regretted that I wasn't at Stowe. The place has a great ski school as well.
- Whiteface - I had a lot of fun skiing Whiteface, but that isn't what impressed me. My wife, who has complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis decided to try skiing last year when we were up at Lake Placid. The adaptive ski instructor did a great job with her and she was able to make some linked turns after the first day. The second day she went back, she was too tired for regular skis, so they had her work with a sit down bi-ski and she had a blast. Afterwards she told me she understand a bit why I enjoy skiing so much.
- Camelback - I was lucky enough to ski Camelback when it wasn't crowded and found the place to have much better terrain then their ski area map led me to believe. Their map looks like they mainly have beginner runs, but they have a couple of really steep expert runs, and a lot of their greens could be bumped up to easy blues on their map. It is like they want to advertise the mountain as being more beginner friendly than it is.
- Solitude - I wasn't the best skier when visited the place, so maybe I just wasn't at a level to enjoy what Solitude had to offer. It was the first place I skied at during a trip to Utah and it was crowded and didn't do much for me, especially compared to Alta and Brighton where I also skied at during the trip.
- Snowshoe - Snowshoe has two great runs with great vertical. Besides those two runs, it feels like many other Mid-Atlantic ski areas that are easier to get to and less expensive to ski at when you take the cost of lodging and food into account. The one thing Snowshoe does have for it is that they have better snow early and late season then other Mid-Atlantic resorts and so I will still go their in the beginning and end of the season.
I never skied at a place where I didn't have fun being on skis, but some places just didn't live up to the expectations I had when going there.