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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hello,

we live in metro Detroit, wanting to take a long weekend over new years

tired of up north Michigan. 12 hr drive gets us to stowe, whiteface, gore etc

wife would like a shorter drive. Does anyone have experience with Holiday Valley

Also I used to ski Greek Peak in college, I've heard they expanded???

trying to balance drive vs solid conditions. Anything better than Boyne is a plus

Thanks!!!

post #2 of 15

Have you looked at Blue Mountain in Collingwood Ontario? In my years there, I met quite a few Michiganders.

 

It's an Intrawest owned resort similar to Mont Tremblant, with a lot less vertical (only 720ft)... If village life and apres is what your looking for, it is the best west of Tremblant and east of the Rockies.  All terrain is served by high-speed six-packs.

 

The other drawback is that is head and shoulders above any resorts close to it, so all of the Greater Toronto area will be skiing there too.  If you're cool with eastern black runs though, the North area never gets very busy... I've never waited more than a minute or so for a lift vs 10-15 minutes on the gaper friendly lifts.  

post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by Backatit View Post

Hello,

we live in metro Detroit, wanting to take a long weekend over new years

tired of up north Michigan. 12 hr drive gets us to stowe, whiteface, gore etc

wife would like a shorter drive. Does anyone have experience with Holiday Valley

Also I used to ski Greek Peak in college, I've heard they expanded???

trying to balance drive vs solid conditions. Anything better than Boyne is a plus

Thanks!!!

 

Holiday Valley blows........

 

they get tons of natural and your not allowed to ski off piste there. Not to mention the real vertical is like 500 feet. I will never go back there till they encourage tree skiing.

 

Holimont and Greek Peak are better places to ski.

 

None of them compare to Whiteface, Stowe or Gore though and if you going to spend one day driving you might as well not quit till you get to the eastern Ny/Vermont resort.

 

 

 

post #4 of 15

I'd head towards central & northern VT. Lots of great areas to chose from in relatively close proximity.

post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by Backatit View Post

Hello,

12 hr drive gets us to stowe, whiteface, gore etc

wife would like a shorter drive

 

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Originally Posted by steamboat1 View Post

I'd head towards central & northern VT. Lots of great areas to chose from in relatively close proximity.


 

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post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the Input.

 

Blue Mountain seems sold out

 

I may offer her Ambian or Alcohol to get to Killington

 

or

 

If I can get her asleep in the car, I'll wake her up

in Vermont claiming to have missed my exit???

 

post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by Backatit View Post

Thanks for the Input.

 

Blue Mountain seems sold out

 

I may offer her Ambian or Alcohol to get to Killington

 

or

 

If I can get her asleep in the car, I'll wake her up

in Vermont claiming to have missed my exit???

 


the thing is there any way your going to make it somewhere and ski the same day? If not I see no reason to quit driving. 

 

 

post #8 of 15

Holiday Valley is my home resort (cant call it mountain at 640').  It all depends what you are looking for.  If you want a resort feel with a nice town nearby (ellicottville) HV is the way to go. If you want to drive another 6 - 8 hours than for a big mtn experience then go to vermont/gore/whiteface. 

 

There is very little tree skiing at hv and no off piste and deep powder never.

 

post #9 of 15

If you decide to go to Killington drop me a pm. I'm there most weekdays (not weekends) & wouldn't mind showing you around. It can be confusing for those that have never been there.

post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by Mark Tebor View Post

Holiday Valley is my home resort (cant call it mountain at 640').  It all depends what you are looking for.  If you want a resort feel with a nice town nearby (ellicottville) HV is the way to go. If you want to drive another 6 - 8 hours than for a big mtn experience then go to vermont/gore/whiteface. 

 

There is very little tree skiing at hv and no off piste and deep powder never.

 


the thing is you guys do have great tree skiing there but the patrol threatens to(and will if you keep doing) pull your pass for skiing it.

 

Its ashame to cause ellicottville is sweet little town. Holimont isnt run by people who are clueless about skiing directions. The thing is you can only ski there during the week. 

post #11 of 15

Although I've never been there, what about Snowshoe in West Virginia?  It would be about 8-1/2 hours, the stats say they have 1500 vertical. Anyone out there have experience skiing there?  I have considered going there just for something "different" from the northern ski areas.

post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by NJskier164 View Post

Although I've never been there, what about Snowshoe in West Virginia?  It would be about 8-1/2 hours, the stats say they have 1500 vertical. Anyone out there have experience skiing there?  I have considered going there just for something "different" from the northern ski areas.


 

Snowshoe is 1500 vertical feet of on 2 runs and gets less snow each year than Holimont. 

 

Again 8.5 hour from detroit is still a "days" drive. If you going to drive a day go to Eastern New York or Vermont. A medicore mountain in either state is heaps better than Holiday Valley, or Snowshoe, Wv. 

 

trying to justify a shorter drive is really dumb unless it going to get you an extra ski day. 

post #13 of 15

Searchmount, 750 vertical, near Sault Ste. Marie is about 6 hours from Detroit, but you would think there would be something stateside in the Upper Pinensula.

post #14 of 15
I'm living in Saginaw now, so I feel you on the Mid-Michigan blues; three hour drive for Nubs? Blech...... I'm not sure from the original post how important Aprés activity is to you/the missus, but you should consider Jay. Jay is way less crowded than the other VT resorts with a far lower gaper quotient. Unlike the other VT slopes, they get a ton of lake effect snow (400+ is not uncommon). They have great manicured tree skiing, some delightful off-piste (under the gondola, and down the backside to the road) about 2000' vertical and a nice Alta-East type vibe. Their website is forthcoming and detailed about the conditions, unlike all the other East coast mtns ("packed powder?" WTF).

Unfortunately, there's almost nothing to do other than ski, and it's about two hours further than Killington. But if you're lucky enough to go on a dumper weekend, it can feel like 95% of the 'out west' experience. I've had days there where we got two feet in 24 hrs and I lapped fresh tracks through the tree runs, laughing like a maniac.
post #15 of 15
According to google maps, both Killington and Jay are about 11.5 hrs, although they recommend going through Canada to get to Jay (which could add a bit of time at the border).

Also, SLC and DTW are both Southwest Airline hubs.... Just sayin wink.gif
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