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.
Last edited by S4Shredr; 12-17-2010 at 11:59 AM.