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Never been to either, but they're both pretty tiny.
eamhokie94: Is your name Nazi in pig Latin?
When I went to MD, most people joked about "Massanutthin"
For the region, Wisp is surprisingly great.
do you mean the snow or the rich pricks trying to bang her?
Saying Snowshoe is similar to Seven Springs shows he's been to neither or just Seven Springs. Having skied all three, Snowshoe is by the far the best and averages around 60 inches more per year so you'll probably have better conditions. Seven Springs and Wisp are virtually identical. Same number of trails, level of difficulty, length of runs. Wisp is about an hour closer than Seven Springs. Snowshoe is about two hours further than Wisp (and the roads can be very bad if the weather is bad.) None of these are close to the same playing fields as New England although my son just got back from Jimminey Point (in Mass) and said that's about the same as Wisp. He went there because a buddy had a free time sharing so didn't have to pay to stay. But clearly Vermont, New Hampshire and upstate New York are much better than anything in the mid-Atlantic.
I think Jackson Hole has the biggest vertical drop in the U.S. I've never been but when we looked at it (to take our young kids) I seem to recall that less than 15% of the trails are green so if she's really a beginner she might want to find a bit of a smaller mountain. Too bad the trip isn't to Park City or something like that where there's a ton of easy intermediate and beginner slopes.
Jackson Hole is a tough mountain and probably isn't the best for a beginner/low intermediate but there are certainly beginner areas she can spend her time at. If she is going with friends who are more experienced and she's not feeling adventurous every day, she can head over to Snow King which is a small mountain across town. I've never actually skied at Snow King but I'd guess there is more beginner terrain.
As for the non-skiing part of spring break; I seem to remember you saying she has a fake ID? The nightlife there is awesome but I don't know how well underage drinkers go over.
7 springs is a complete letdown just prepare yourself.
Been to Snow King a couple of times in the summer (meetings at the hotel there). It's kind of cool since it's almost in the middle of the town of Jackson, Wyoming. We took a chair lift to the top and the trails we saw would be quite a challenge for beginner skiers.
Never heard of the first one, but Massanutten is lousy and small. So is Wintergreen, for that matter.
as someone who used to race for wintergreen and against every mountain mentioned above i would say
1. Snowshoe, but its a hike to get there
3. Wintergreen (I am 100% biased here though)
4. 7 Springs
Bad News and good news
Bad News - Rockville man killed in an accident at WISP this past weekend
Good News - Cold week, so lots of snow (both natural and man-made)
7springs and snowshoe have roughly the same acreage. About twice the size of wisp. Snowshoe has a much greater total vertical though.
If this is your first year at Wisp or are considering going there, just keep this in mind. Wisp was in bankruptcy for about a yearand a half. It was just purchased by Salt Lake City based Everbright Pacific, an affiliate of Pacific Group. Pacific Group operates ski and golf resorts in New England, Canada, and throughout the West.
There have been a lot of complaints and I'm told the complaints have been heard. The new ownership know what they are doing-the previous owners did not. They were simply investors trying to capitalize on a newly created golf course community on the mountain. Wisp, when operated right (as the creator Heis did) is a great place to ski and a lot of fun.
I grew up, like lots of you, taking day trips to Roundtop and Liberty, and weekenders to 7 springs and Wisp. You'd be surprised how much fun the NC mountains can be. Two of the resorts I can think of (Sugar and Beech) have about 1000 ft of vertical. I've had days at Sugar that were really fun with good snow.
Not that you'd want to plan a huge outing out of your way. But if any of you relocated to the Carolinas, east TN, North GA, it's worth a trip when they have a few sustained cold weeks.
Dont care for skiing on the east coast, but if i had to choose, i would say Snowshoe is the best within a several hour drive.
Jackson Hole is one of my favorites, vertical drops feels like you are jumping of a cliff! But also had slopes for the new skiers...
We took her to Wisp over Xmas and had her take a lesson, and she took her ski's with her back to school so hopefully she'll get some more practice in before going out west. She's going out there with a girl who is on the equestrian team at school, so hopefully she'll have goos judgement. Now that I think about it she has skiied a fair amount with me up to the point I quit when I had my knee injury.
Her fake id worked really well, she used it in Georgetown and Bethesda over break.
Jackson Hole is one of the most aggressive mountains in North America, definitely an "advanced" hill. Beginner or "Green" runs comprise only 10% of the total terrain, which I think is the lowest percentage of any mountain.
My grandparents had a timeshare at Massanutten, so that's where I learned to ski. It's the smallest mountain I've ever been on ("Massanothing").
They do, however, have an year-round indoor water park, so they got that going for them.
I tried really hard to get her to go somewhere else, but she is an extremely "willfull" kid☻
Never been to most of those, but I don't believe Wintergreen could possibly be better than Seven Springs, especially because some folks in this thread have said Seven Springs is better than Wisp, and Wisp is about 100 times better than Wintergreen.
Snowshoe is clearly better than Seven Springs, especially midweek when there's nobody there. The one caveat would be terrain parks. The shoe has upped their number of features etc, but hasn't had a half-pipe for at least three years (probably more like five); so if that's your thing then SS wins by default.
Seven Springs is definitely better than Wintergreen.
I've never been to Wisp (how the hell is that possible?), but I have a hard time believing it's 100 times better than Wintergreen. They're about the same size, for one.
This post was edited by azitnay 18 months ago
100 times is hyperbole, but Wisp has 32 runs and Wintergreen only has 16, for one. And two of those are just a midget trail that splits off and connects to another trail, so they aren't even legitimate runs.
Not sure where you're seeing 16 for Wintergreen, dcski.com says 26. I don't really like comparing number of trails anyway, they vary too much in length. I personally like to look at skiable acres (although that's not a perfect measure either), and Wisp only barely beats Wintergreen, 132 to 129, in that measure.
I definitely hope Wisp is better than Wintergreen, if for no other reason than Maryland pride. I think my wife knows someone that's working there this season, so maybe this will be the year I finally make it there.
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