hello, i am planning on going snowboarding somewhere on the east coast next weekend. I live in ohio and i would like it to be within driving distance. I have been to places such as holiday valley, and pknpk. I would like to go somewhere a little bigger though. I was thinking jay peak but im not sure if its worth the long drive. Ive heard great things about snowshoe virginia but im not sure how it compares to other places in the east.
If anyone of u guys have any recommendations they would be greatly appreciated.
i mean if you live in wester OH, then you're probably going to have to make a long drive no matter what. If you live really close to PA, however, you could, as stated before, take a look at some of the northeastern resorts, like killington, okemo, and also places like Whiteface.
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I've only been there once and can't really complain since it was a weekday but all the guys at my work are always raving about it.
I don't know why anyone raves about the place. I also have a friend who goes there all the time, thinks Killy has awesome steeps. I can't deal with the ridiculous crowds...like skiing in mid-town Manhattan. Maybe they just fall for the marketing hype, "The Beast," and all that shit. But Killy really isn't that big. It's expansive, covers a lot of area, but that's not to be confused with being "big" as in lots of vert. The "six mountain" thing is bullshit, too. Just lots and lots of short trails spread across six bumps in what is essentially the same mountain. And they are terribly organized, as Dcp583 said upthread. That gives them an impressive-sounding trail count, and they lie about the vert by counting an unrideable green (Juggernaut) which goes from the top down to Skyeship base. Yes, it's miles long. No, it isn't really a ski trail. It crosses a parking lot -- literally -- and is so flat in places, we wound up having to take off our gear and walk for over a mile.
Maybe what they really like is that Killington is a party town. Lots of night life and fun apre ski vibe, but the vibe ON the mountain I find to be terrible. Confusing, convoluted trail system with too many people and too-short runs, combined with decrepit lifts that break down regularly...but hey, some people like that in a beast.