depends on your style. i have a hard time dealing with crowds. i like to ski the trail like i own it, and it's easy to do when you're the only one on it. everyone up here's been saying how great the conditions are at windham at moment, hunter was icy and crowded last week. it has less snowmaking than hunter by a ratio of 1 to 10, but they got 2 inches of fresh a day for almost 10 days straight. and the average trail width is much bigger so i find i can ride powder skied to the side on the edge of any trail. i find some nice bumps right on the edge to send me over bushes or a couple dozen feet of trail.
hunter is far superior early season and when nature isn't helpful, and the terrain is more diverse. equal vertical... hunter's loaded with money, and being poor myself, i guess i just like cheering for the underdog. i ski 40 days a year for 200 dollars at windham and i never wait in line, i park close, and have the trail to myself. i'm sort of a zen skier, in the perfect world, i would be the only guy on the hill.