----- Let me preface this with saying that this is my first time ever planning a ski trip and that I have only ever skied Perfect North slopes in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. I'm new to skiing but am looking to setup a ski trip for me, my wife (skiing almost 20 years now), a co-worker (experienced skier) and his wife (novice) . Now onto the good stuff. ------
I live in the Cincinnati, OH area and I'm looking to do a 3 day ski weekend some where within 6 - 7 hours driving range. Now, this is the most I want to drive mainly because I'll be driving it Thursday night and frankly I don't want to be on the road past midnight else we'll all be worthless on Friday.
So far I've seen Snowshoe, Seven Springs and Blue Knob all fit within this driving distance requirement. Any other recommendations? Pro's and con's of each would be great as well.
What I'm really looking for in this thread is what is the best freaking way to PLAN a ski weekend ? I'm looking get answers to questions like:
Should I be looking for package deals like hotel + lift tickets? Should I plan it separately?
Should I get some cheap accommodations and buy lift tickets at the grocery store on discount (something I heard of this weekend, but not sure if this really exists)?
What are some of the things I need to look out for?
Are there good, reputable websites I should use to setup / plan my ski weekend?
I'm on a budget, but not pinching pennies, else why would I be going on a ski trip. I'm not a ba-jillionare so don't think I'm looking to spend $1000 for a 3-day weekend per couple. I want to keep it moderate, but not roach motel.
Again, a general "how-to" on planning ski weekends is what I'm looking for. Oh yeah, and any other decent places besides the ones already mentioned that fit within the allotted driving distance. Thanks everybody for your help!!!