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Old 10-18-2013, 02:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I live in ohio and cant afford to head west this year and can only swing a weekend trip. So I was wondering if anybody knew of any solid resorts(8 hr drive or so from ohio) like new york, pennsylvania or west virgina. So far im looking at blue knob in penn snowshoe in wv and holiday valley in ny thanks!
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Might want to look into michigan too
Look up Chomps he may have some good recommendations I think this is he geographical area of riding
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Ashtabula to Whiteface is under 8 hours, according to Google maps.

(Narrowing down a general region of Ohio you're from might lead to better responses.)
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hey all,

I live in ohio and cant afford to head west this year and can only swing a weekend trip. So I was wondering if anybody knew of any solid resorts(8 hr drive or so from ohio) like new york, pennsylvania or west virgina. So far im looking at blue knob in penn snowshoe in wv and holiday valley in ny thanks!
I'm interested in this too. I know Seven Springs and Hidden Valley are also nearby but I don't know anything about them. Buuuut . . . if you search the forum on the specific resorts mentioned, there's a fair amount of info about them. Onthesnow.com also has info and reviews. (FYI, I'm in Columbus if anyone wants to give me info for thread-hijacking purposes )
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I'm in Ohio as well and have done a lot of trips to Seven Springs for long weekends.

Staying on the resort can be a bit expensive for lodging, at least when you are in your 40's and splitting a single bedroom condo with 8 guys is no longer an option for you. If you have a group and can split the costs, it won't be bad. Alternatives is renting a cabin just off the property or we've even done cheap hotel rooms (i.e. Quality Inn) in Somerset which is just a 15 minute drive to the resort.

The Foggy Goggle is the best damn resort bar in the world. On a nice day, drinking and partying on the deck is a great time. One of the advantages of lodging on the property is you can really have a good time at the Foggy Goggle and not worry about driving.

I find Seven Springs to get really crowded on the weekends. I usually spend most of my time on the North slopes and try to avoid everything directly in front of the main lodge. They do have nice parks and the urban park right by the Foggy Goggle is pretty killer. Far more advanced than my ability so I usually watch the action from the deck of the Foggy Goggle.

Did I mention The Foggy Goggle? Yeah, great place.

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We're from Columbus as well and when we can't go out West...we've done the Seven Springs and Snowshoe trips, but we also really like Boyne, MI. Have you checked that out?
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hey thanks for the responses im from the toledo area yeah i was thinking about boyne thats def the closest just wondering if it would be worth to drive a few extra hours east
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David_Z would be the real expert because he knows the Michigan stuff like Chomps and me but he also knows the NY/PA/WV options too.

I'll see if I can get him to check in.
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Thanks that'd be great
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From Toledo, it looks like Nubs Nob/Boyne Highlands (MI), Holiday Valley (NY), and Seven Springs (PA) are all in the 4:30 - 5:00 hour range.

My personal opinion would be to do trips to both Holiday Valley and Seven Springs and see which you like better. Seven Springs would have the advantage if you like a lot of park. Holiday Valley if you like exploring different areas. (There's also Holimont next to HV, but it's a private club and open to the public only on non-holiday weekdays.)

So I say Holiday Valley or Seven Springs over any of the MI resorts. (Unless, maybe you're talking real late season when the MI places might still be open and the others not.) Driving from Toledo to Holiday Valley, keep in mind that from Cleveland to NY, you're in the prime zone for lake-effect snow.

(I actually don't like HV very much, for some completely irrational reasons, but I find myself recommending the place to other people. If I'm going to western NY, I usually go to Bristol Mountain instead. (Bristol doesn't have much lodging within 20 minutes, and there's no nightlife unless you head into Rochester or suburbs. For me, these aren't big minuses. For others, they could be deal-breakers.))
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