Originally Posted by DeltronZero000
If I could go all the way to Vermont I would. But 5 hours away is a little to much for right now. I'll stick to the Poconos. I know they get a lot of ice, but you have to use what you got if you want to ride. That's how I see it.
I agree that you should stay close to home. You have enough things to worry about without planning an expedition too.
However, as I indicated in my initial post in this thread, you must avoid ice at first. Grudgingly putting up with ice as a veteran East Coast rider is not the same thing as trying to cope with it as a beginner. A first day on ice is hellish (I speak from experience). Check the snow reports at your intended resort regularly, and look for a day when there haven't been any warm spells or rain for a good while, and the snow conditions have been decent for multiple days in a row. If you see "groomed granular" or the like on Thursday, you can bet the slopes will remain inhospitable for learning over the weekend, unless a blizzard intervenes.