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post #1 of 27
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Well the wife just booked tickets to go see her friend in Albany. I was wondering where everybody on here would recommend to go skiing at.
post #2 of 27
What's your interest? What type of terrain are you looking for? How far do you want to drive?

Near Albany, you have a bunch of choices. Not knowing the details, I think Gore is probably the best choice. West Mountain is quite a bit smaller but it's a lot closer.
post #3 of 27
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I was thinking about an hour and a half drive. Terrain I am game for anything I am to use to North Carolina Skiing.
post #4 of 27
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I was thinking about an hour and a half drive. Terrain I am game for anything I am to use to North Carolina Skiing.
Gore should suit you just fine. Fun and friendly mountains. A bit of everything.
post #5 of 27
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Gore should suit you just fine. Fun and friendly mountains. A bit of everything.
And if you want BIG, a vertical UNRIVALED in the East, some of the STEEPEST groomed runs in the East, then head an hour farther north and hit Whiteface.
post #6 of 27
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Gore should suit you just fine. Fun and friendly mountains. A bit of everything.
+1....definitely Gore. A really good mountain. You gonna commute from Albany or try to stay closer to skiing?
post #7 of 27
Whiteface is two plus hours from Albany.
post #8 of 27
I'll throw another vote for Gore, good underrated mountain. Where in Albany will you be? Depending on what side of town your on, going to VT might make some sense too.
post #9 of 27
Agree on Gore from Albany. I will likely be siing there from Saratoga Springs this MLK weekend. However, if there is a lack of natural snow when you are in the region you are within striking distance of Killington, Okemo and and Stratton. All are good choices when snowmaking muscle is needed.

Jiminy Peak is another option with good snowmaking/grooming. It's an 1,100 vertical foot area with some steeps and high speed lifts about 1-hour south and east of Albany near Stockbridge, MA.
post #10 of 27
For what it's worth (although you might not even care)-

Gore- No views to speak of-
Whiteface- Oh my God!

(My experience from only one trip to each, so my opinion might not be worth much.)
post #11 of 27
Hate to say it, but Killington is the most of everything. About 1:50 from Albany. They get lots of natural snow, by far more than any of the mts below. It is likely to have the best conditions if there is snow in the East. It has some difficult terrain.

Jiminy Peak is no hassel and easy.

Bromley is fun, but not challenging - 1:30. And Stratton is the same distance with nice lifts and excessive upgrades - intermediates will like it. Both get snow.

I prefer Vt. as you can see. Gore and Whiteface are nice too.
post #12 of 27
I would go to VT also...

Stratton, Snow and Killington are all within 2 hrs.
post #13 of 27
gore is better skiing
whiteface has better stats but quite often a let down.

My one trip and various others experinces IMO.
post #14 of 27
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+1....definitely Gore. A really good mountain. You gonna commute from Albany or try to stay closer to skiing?
Commute. I think I am only going to be able to ski one day which i am a little upset about.
post #15 of 27
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Commute. I think I am only going to be able to ski one day which i am a little upset about.

Do you know where in albany you are staying? If it is north of the city, closer to Saratoga, then VT is a no-brainer.
post #16 of 27
Catamount Ski area, 45 miles from the Capital,
www.catamoutski.com
Have some relatives that live in the area,
Been there, Done that, & it was Good for the short drive!
Enough to fill the Day!
post #17 of 27
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Do you know where in albany you are staying? If it is north of the city, closer to Saratoga, then VT is a no-brainer.
I will be staying about 10 min from the airport. That is what the wife's friend said.
post #18 of 27
...Which is close to the Northway. If I only had one day - Killington. If I was more of an intermediate: Gore, Whiteface, Mt Snow or Stratton. If I wanted real easy, no hassel access to a simple day of skiing - Jiminy Peak. Something about Bromley that I like. It's got more of a Vermont experience, but not that hard.

bz
post #19 of 27
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...Which is close to the Northway. If I only had one day - Killington. If I was more of an intermediate: Gore, Whiteface, Mt Snow or Stratton. If I wanted real easy, no hassel access to a simple day of skiing - Jiminy Peak. Something about Bromley that I like. It's got more of a Vermont experience, but not that hard.

bz
Looked at Killington It looks Killer. I am thinking I will go there. It seems like it has enough of the nice easy trails that take along time to ride. But The down fall I see now its a 2 hr drive. when only person that really wants to ski when I go up there is me.
post #20 of 27
Yeah, the choice is Gore . . .

Killington, Stratton and Mt. Snow are lame . . . If you hit Gore when Rumor and Lies are open, that should be enough to scare you, it not, the glade skiing at Gore is better than Mt. Snow and Stratton (Killington is better, but you have to know the mountain pretty well - In fact, Killington for one day, for someone not knowing the mountain, you'll probably spend more time going from peak to peak, rather than actually skiing)
post #21 of 27
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Looked at Killington It looks Killer. I am thinking I will go there. It seems like it has enough of the nice easy trails that take along time to ride. But The down fall I see now its a 2 hr drive. when only person that really wants to ski when I go up there is me.
If you are 10 mins from the airport, you are most likely north of the city. Already being north of the city will cut 30 mins off your travel. You should be able to make it to Killington in 90-105 mins and Snow/Stratton in 75-90.

I personally do not think too highly of Gore. I really don't like Stratton that much, but its better than Gore, imo
post #22 of 27
No new places to add to the mix - well, maybe Pico but I've never been there - but a couple of factors to consider:

1 - When are you going? If a holiday or weekend with good conditions, I'd STRONGLY prefer Gore, Pico or Bromley to Stratton / Snow / Killington / Jiminy / Okemo based on significant crowd factor.

2 - Be flexible based on conditions. If conditions suck - rain, refreeze, etc., then go for bigger money snowmaking. In other words, Mt Snow/Okemo/Killington. Even if it's a weekend the crowds will be down in crap conditions, but the conditions will be better at those places than Gore. Those places deliver when it's unskiable elsewhere. So does Stratton but the terrain is kind of a snooze.

3 - Both Snow and Okemo have more than enough for a day's skiing and are easier to navigate than Killington. If you are not seeking out the biggest bumps or steepests ungroomed doubleblacks then you are probably going to be happy at Snow or Okemo and not get that much more out of Killington.

4 - If you go to Killington hook up with someone who knows their way around - maybe someone from epic or if not, read up on it here and/or find a "mountain ambassador" or whatever they call it at K. I've only been there 3 days or so I'm not much use to you other than to warn you can waste a day finding your way around or traversing from here to there.

5 - Count me in the pro-Gore camp. Steeps? Yes. Crowds? No. Glades? Yes. Twisty cruisers? Yes. Interesting layout? Yes (I like the upper mountain, forget what it's called). Views? YES - not 360 degrees like Whiteface but still "FOREVER WILD" Adirondacks: http://www.goremountain.com/mountain...774.JPG&id=607
http://www.goremountain.com/mountain...036.jpg&id=528
http://www.goremountain.com/mountain...283.JPG&id=509
http://www.goremountain.com/mountain...491.jpg&id=257
post #23 of 27
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I will be in Albany from December 27-29 full days. So any of those days. I just want an easy ski something relaxing not looking for major drops are anything just some leisurely skiing.
post #24 of 27
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December 27-29 full days
DANGER WILL ROBINSON.

2 issues:

1 - Christmas week crowds - but you can always beat crowds with an early start.

2 - Early season so check out conditions carefully. You might want to ask on www.alpinezone.com or http://forums.skiadk.com/ , as well as checking snow reports at the various mountains.
post #25 of 27
All the major VT areas will likely be zoos. If there is decent snow Gore is definately your best bet crowd wise. Get there early to get good parking spot and an hour of line free skiing.
post #26 of 27
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If I only had one day - Killington.
You sure that is a good idea for a one-dayer. I never skiied Killington but from what I've heard/read and their trail map, unless one does some really good planning ahead of time, the OP could be spending a couple of hours alone finding his way around the different lifts and designatied areas. Now, if there was a guide or a local to ski with, that is another story.

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If I was more of an intermediate: Gore, Whiteface, ...
C'mon, I prefer VT too (particularly Northern VT), but that is unfair to Gore and Whiteface.

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I personally do not think too highly of Gore. I really don't like Stratton that much, but its better than Gore, imo
That's interesting. Since you're from Central NY too, I'm curious. What of Gore don't you like? I assume that you have skied their back side.
post #27 of 27
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That's interesting. Since you're from Central NY too, I'm curious. What of Gore don't you like? I assume that you have skied their back side.
Its better than lab, but I would go to VT over it.
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