Your drive times are off. From the traffic light in the center of Ludlow, you can be in the Skyeship Base parking lot on Route 4 at Killington in 22 minutes going the speed limit. You can be in the main parking lot in 32 minutes using the Bear road to East Mountain Road route. Sugarbush is 90 minutes. Stowe is somewhat painful and proably is 2 1/2.
You could join a ski club over the next week or so and participate in the voucher bulk buy at the end of September. I'm more familiar with the Connecticut Ski Council clubs. The AE Ski Club individual membership is, I think, $30.00 and you can join online. I've used that club to buy vouchers for house guests back when Killington participated. You can live anywhere. You don't ever need to attend meetings. You join. Send a check for your voucher tickets. ...and use your membership card for deals offered during the season. You can get Okemo and Sugarbush tickets for something like $53.00 or $54.00. Killington has a deal on their web site for 4 day tickets for $50 each and they will probably sell a ski club card that's reloadable for a similar price (last year was 4 days for $199 plus 7% tax). The Vermont ski areas also have "council awareness days" at places like Stowe.
The Connecticut Ski Council web site is http://www.skiclub.com
The AE Ski Club is http://www.aeskiclub.com
It looks like you can buy your vouchers online this year.
Here is a copy of the council awareness days.http://www.thegoodmenclub.com/pdf_files/2008%202009%20Awareness%20Days.pdf
The Killington page for four $50 day tickets. The promotion runs through October 15th unless it sells out early.http://www.killington.com/winter/plan/lift_tickets/Deal%20Grabber/index.html
You can ski around the state for a winter and not lock yourself into a season pass. ...or you could do a blackout pass at Okemo and use vouchers or a Killington Club Card elsewhere during the holiday periods. The problem with not having a season pass is that you end up rationalizing yourself into not skiing on a lot of days. With a pass, you just go.
Originally Posted by spontaneousgoat
I'm looking to get a seasons pass this year and I need some advice. I live in Albany, NY, but I spend a lot of weekends/free time staying in VT. I stay with family in the Ludlow area to ski. Last year I had a pass to Okemo, which is 15 minutes away. This year I could get another Okemo pass, or I could get a pass for Kmart (45 minutes) or even Sugarbush (2 hours) or Stowe (2.5 hours). I am looking to ski glades and fresh snow when available, and then steeps, groomers, and a little bit of park.
Should I drive all the way up to northern VT or is it just too far?
Thanks in advance