For sure, we're all just content with what's normal for us. I wouldn't do well in NYC at all. I had a blast there on New Years though! Anyway, I think getting a good used car would be your best bet, fun is not always cheap! Fuck busses man.
Are NY resorts all fairly small? I've only been to Sugarloaf and Stowe when I was stuck up there doing Linework for a couple months. I didn't think those places were that bad...
those are probably two of the larger ones. you have killington which is fairly large, but man, fuck killington.