Well if you are looking into VT. Smuggs is a great choice, however I can tell you from an ammnt of open terrain and snow quality that the Mad River Valley has the best right now. Sugarbush in particular. I was there last wknd for three days. They are expecting more snow this week too. Smuggs just doesn't have as much base right now and they don't make as much as some of the other areas, the terrain there is awesome if there is snow. 3 Hrs each day is a pretty long trip, maybe consider something closer in NH??