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Newbie here: serious conundrum

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hey all, not a new skier but just joined the site due to a serious problem my 3 buddies & I are facing: Snowshoe or Seven Springs? Here is our situation:

We all live in the Toledo Ohio area and usually ski on slopes with a 300' vert. seven springs looks to be about 2.5 hours less of a drive but snowshoe is twice as tall. All of us have been skiing either out west or in Europe, so experience doesn't really play into it, but none of us have been to either place we are considering. At this point, I'm resorting popular opinion. Our trip is tenatively march 5-7. we're all in our early 30's, so decent nightlife will be a factor. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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I realize you did not ask, but... why not Holiday Valley?
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Hey Bro serious night life at either. Snowshoe has Western territory that is 1500' but the rest of the terrain is tame. 7 Springs stacks up pretty well against the rest of Snowshoe. I think you'll find 7 Springs less crowded, easier to get to and just as much fun for your crew.
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Thread Starter 
you know, we did have holiday valley as an option, but we never really looked into it. is that comparable to 7 springs or snowshoe?
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
jimmy: thanks a bunch for the input. tenatively we were leaning towards snowshoe, but after reading your post, you make a strong argument for 7 springs.
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"Yes, Holiday Valley. No. 4 in the East. Ahead of Whiteface, ahead of Killington, ahead of Sugarbush, ahead of...well, you get the point. We know this: They’re not doing it with Terrain Variety or Challenge—not on 750 vertical feet, anyway. But that only underscores how successful this not-so-little Western New York resort dynamo is in serving the needs of its constituents. True, lots of Holiday Valley survey respondents aren’t comparing the place to the far-off mountains of, say, Vermont or the Adirondacks. But loyal Holiday Valley skiers are proud of their home hill, and by any standard, the charms of Ellicottville are obvious: real snow (thank you, lake effect), cozy village, lively scene, plenty of soul. “Best ski town east of the Rockies,” asserts one reader. “Great small-town feel,” adds another. All the busy bars and restaurants add up to “awesome après scene” (No. 3 in the East) and a high rank for Dining (No. 4). Meanwhile, the ski area makes the most of what it has: Respondents rank it No. 2 in lifts, for instance. (Admittedly, that’s a little tough to swallow if you’re say, Stratton, which has five high-speed lifts to Holiday’s two; but impressive by local standards nonetheless.) Family Programs rank a respectable No. 4, thanks largely to the efforts of the “awesome, highly knowledgeable” ski school employees. Holiday keeps it real in terms of pricing—and earns a No. 6 for Value. And its Terrain Parks (No. 7) do a great job of keeping the tweens and teens happy and out of trouble. In general, “they do a lot with their 750 vertical feet,” says one reader. “They work hard and keep making improvements,” adds another. Crowds can be a problem. So can the limits of geography. “Need more hill,” one reader admits. But the charms of Ellicottville and the fun, laid-back atmosphere of the mountain—“friendliest mountain staff in the industry”—seal the deal for skiers of Western New York and beyond. Just goes to show, the quality of a ski experience can’t always be measured in vertical feet."

2010 Resort Guide

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 Holiday Valley rocks. Definitely your best choice and only about a 4 hour drive.

Snowshoe can bite my ass. I called today for this weekend and they wanted $299 a night for the hotel... have a race there this weekend so staying at a B&B for the low low price of $80 a night (still a ripoff in the middle of nowhere WV, IMO)
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