Feedback on my trip to Windham
The trip was great and the mountain in wonderful shape. I took a 12 year old strong intermediate and an 8 year old beginner who was skiing very tentative after being run over at Whitetail. I drove from Towson, MD in about 7 hours last Sunday during the snowstorm and arrived in the evening. We returned via Scranton/Harrisburg to Herndon (6 hours and 40 minutes, 400 miles). We got our room upgraded to a suite (king-size bed and pull out queen couch with a whirl pool tub. Continental breakfast included. (I have a Whitetail Advantage card which gets you the equivalent discount (50% off lift tickets, 25$ all day, and hotel midweek, single 35$, but no equipment discount).
The eastern side of the mountain has some wonderful blue/green cruisers with several cutouts for the more adventurous in the group; Warpath has some great whales to ski over. There are several steep double blacks that got groomed while we were there (Wedel/Wheelchiar/Wolverine) that run half way down the mountain to nice wide blues with one side groomed. Those of you looking for lots of challenging steep runs with moguls should go somewhere else though. There were two un-groomed runs and two with one side un-groomed. I skipped the "natural areas" after talking to some boarders who went through them, sounded to skied out and rocky. There were two pretty well maintained terrain parks and one nice half pipe. The Western hill has some very nice steeps and one completely un-groomed run under the lift and a loooong green cruiser. I don't think we waited for more than 30 seconds to get on a lift.
I put my 8 year old in the Children's Learning Center the first half day thinking it would be mostly skiing, but it was half babysitting. Next day was a group lesson (of one) followed by a group lesson of three. The instructors were all different but excellent (there are apparently 300 instructors so requesting one would not be feasible). The employees are as nice as Whitetail's and remember you day to day (at least mid week they do)
. The lodge is modern and well laid out with a nice cafeteria, bar and grill, separate rental area, . . . ). Menu was standard ski cafeteria and not too expensive (we brought our own though). The town was dead mid-week, but I was not out to party.
Bottom Line is it is completely different skiing on a 1600 foot mountain than a 900+ foot mountains in PA. Wraparound and Wanderer (long greens) took about 15 minutes to get down the hill. We had a great time and I am looking forward to going back. Everyone on the lifts had high praise for Windham (over Hunter). On the next trip up I will have to compare them