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Old 12-16-2010, 11:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Midwester looking for a "big mountain" experience, thinking Whiteface. Good idea?

Hey sbf, I am from ohio and snowboard all the local places, but only been as far as holiday valley and showshoe WV. I want to go on a fun trip over spring break with a friend and it has always been my dream to snowboard a real mountain. I can't really afford to fly out west so I figured the next best thing would be to drive somewhere on the east coast. The biggest one I could find was whiteface mountain in eastern NY (which is a 9 hour drive for me). I will be going in march and staying a couple nights. Do you think this is a good idea to hit up whiteface or should I look elsewhere? We are both good snowboarders and are looking for a big ass place to ride
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Old 12-16-2010, 11:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know about any east coast resorts but check out the Lake Tahoe area. Flights into Reno,NV can be really cheap and there are busses that run to Tahoe. Thats probably what I'll be doing in March to get out of St Louis.
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Sorry man, there's no such thing as a "big mountain" experience on the east coast. It just doesn't exist. NY and VT would certainly get you better snow than you've experienced, but definitely not "big mountain" experience.
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well regardless I simply cannot afford the $300 in flight costs but just to put it in perspective my local ski resort which I usually go to has a 350 foot vertical drop. So to me, whiteface is stupidly huge. I am more worried about whether its a good place for me to go as far as ease of access, hotel availability, etc.
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a 9 hour drive isn't going to be much cheaper than buying a plane ticket. remember that. but it you're set on the east, whiteface ain't a bad choice.
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Old 12-16-2010, 11:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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a 9 hour drive isn't going to be much cheaper than buying a plane ticket. remember that. but it you're set on the east, whiteface ain't a bad choice.
true but you can split the costs of a drive multiple ways. on a plane you pay for each seat not to mention the fact that wherever we fly we would have to pay for a shuttle and/or taxis. But if I'm wrong please let me know. I would much rather go out west it was just my impression that it would be much more expensive. Only advantage to going out west for me is that we have a timeshare which means I could prob get free lodging.
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If you can get free lodging, that could go a long way in making up the difference.
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Drive the extra bit and hit up Colorado. Sleep in your car if you have too but you wouldn't regret it.
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Whiteface has sidecountry (the slides) and a greater vertical drop than many resorts out west. sounds big to me.

and i have been there, and would reccomend going. awesome place.
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Old 12-17-2010, 10:56 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Never been there but I think that Jay Peak will give you the best riding experience on the east coast if what you mean by "big mountain experience" means good terrain and snow. Its in a very desolate area though. Two other places you should look into are Stowe,VT and if your up for the drive Mont Temblant in Canada.

But, as it was stated before, Colorado is probably worth the extra drive, Ive done it twice from CT. Try couchsurfing.com if your looking for a free place to stay.

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