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post #31 of 41

Give Tremblant a try in March. Lots of long, steepish high speed cruisers. So far north that they hold onto their base. Just beware of Ontario's school vacation week.
post #32 of 41
Well, I guess my selection of Eastern ski resorts is biased, because I haven't been skiing outside of WV. I am a beginner skiier and would love to travel to other ski resorts on the East and the West coast. I have been to SnowShoe. It is a great place. One of my favorites. I wasn't to keen on the moguls on the Western territory, so I decided not to go down. However, the Widowmaker black diamond is fun. The blue trails are fun too. The lifts go faster than any of the other resorts I've been visited.
post #33 of 41
Hey skier 291/Craig how long have you been skiing? This is only my second season, but I am very enthusiastic about the sport. I really do love it. In fact after my first seasonon rental skis I searched the net for a pair of my own skis. It was a world of difference. It feels so much better having your own skis/boots. I hoped on them and they were newly waxed and flew down the slopes. No more rentals for me! Hehe. I am finally comfortable with most blue trails. I have been down black diamonds a few times, but only in WV. I am still not 100% comfortable with them. They are scarey and fun at the same time. I am a bit intimidated by West Coast skiing though. I have a feeling that the black diamonds in the East are rated like blue or green trails out West!
Also..Walks if you are in the DC area you may want to check out Wisp. It is a small ski resort, but I love it! It is only about 50 mins from my house. Lots of people commute from DC to Wisp. Here's the website:http://www.skiwisp.com/
It is in McHenry MD. Not sure how far that is from you.
post #34 of 41
I have been skiing for about 16 years. Started in HS, then took lessons in college (for PE credits!) and skied 40-50 days a year for those 4 years in school. I advanced quickly just by skiing a lot, but an older friend who patrols at Sugarbush took me under his wing and really helped me improve my skiing. After years of honing my skills mentally and physically, I just go out and have a lot of fun carving now (and don't have to think about my technique anymore!). Skiing will always be my favorite past-time; I enjoy being outdoors in winter and get a continual thrill from laying down good carves.

I know what you mean about skis -- I bought a pair after renting 2-3 times as a beginner. After a year on those, my ability went up significantly, and pretty soon I outgrew that gear (skis were suddenly too short and I was practically popping out of my boots). Bought some expert gear a year later and really started carving, and have been a gear junkie ever since.

Don't be intimidated by the trails out west. There are some wonderful green/blue trails out west that are great to ski. You'll see some nice scenery and get some good snow. It's worth a trip out there even if you ski the blues and greens. The only trails I am wary about in Vermont or out west are the double diamond trails. They usually mean business. Diamond and double diamond trails in the south vary quite a bit. Some are tough, but most are really blues with steep sections. So you should be able to handle those pretty soon. Just take your time and don't rush it. There is plenty of fun to be had on blue trails, and it's important to nail the fundamentals down before skiing the diamonds.

post #35 of 41
Wow, you have been skiing a long time. As I said before I am only a beginner, but I plan on skiing as long as I can! My boyfriend taught me how to ski last winter. He has been skiing for a long time. He told me as long as I know how to stop I should be okay At first I learned the snow plow, but I do not use that anymore. I stop on my left, or right side.
I looked online for ski equipment. I decided on intermediate level skis. I figured I would outgrow the beginner skis to quickly.
Someday I look forward to go out west. I want to check out colorado and california. Any suggestions on good places to ski out west that aren't too difficult?
lol, sorry I know this thread is about eastern terrain.
Thanks so much again for all the info.

post #36 of 41
Heck 16 years is nothing, I know people that have been skiing 40-50 years!

I think most mountains out west offer a range of terrain, and most have plenty of intermediate trails. It would be good to look for a mountain that lets you ski blue/green trails at higher altitudes (not all do). I've had some great skiing in Utah and CA, but have not been to Colorado yet.

post #37 of 41
40-50 years certainly gives meaning to "life-long sport." Well you have been skiing a long time in comparison to my 2 seasons. But to the people who have been skiing 40-50 years you are probably just a beginner,hehe.
Have you been to SnowBird in Utah? I was there about 10 years ago with my family, but was not a skier at the time.
post #38 of 41
Dude, why travel for groomers? Ski Limelight under the hi-speed quad at Whitetail, 50 miles from your home. Get there early, you'll get alot of turns in before the crowds arrive. Also Bold Decision normally the hardest trail is a fun cruise when freshly groomed. That said, the runs up north are better and out west the groomed trails are awesome though I try to avoid them. When I get to real mountains NE or west I'm looking for terrain and conditions not available locally. More power to those who can afford to spend a lot of time and money to ski a better groomed trail! Deer Valley and Stratton are tops for lots of immaculate cordoroy (cordoroy is from french word for the king's road).
post #39 of 41
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Originally posted by telerod:
Dude, why travel for groomers? Ski Limelight under the hi-speed quad at Whitetail
Actually, I ski Whittail locally more than anywhere else and do enjoy that run - especially as you say first thing in the a.m. I just wish the runs were longer and it can get very crowded by mid-day, but by then I've skied hard for 4+ hrs which makes for a good day there.
post #40 of 41
If you are cruising at the loaf don't forget Haulback or Widowmaker over Flume. Both good runs to let em run. When spillway is groomed out it is a great run to watch CVA kids lay perfect turns on too.
post #41 of 41
walks, I've probably seen you carving up limelight, I go there often too. I also buy the 8hr ticket so I can ski 4.5 or 5hrs. The difference in price from the 4hr ticket when purchased w an Advantage card is about 5 dollars I think. So if you ski 5 hours on the 8 hr pass it cost less per hour than 4 hr pass, if that makles any sense. Sometimes I stay all day, but at 6 runs per hour, you've got 25,000 verts after 4.5 hours. Thats lots more than most people get in a day. The run is long enough for me, if you're still carving top to bottom non-stop after 4 hours youre a stud (even using fixed-heel binding).
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