There were no significant lines at Mainstreet the whole weekend; I would estimate that the longest there for all three days was <4 min. The two new chairs were a bit more crowded, but, again, they are handling the crowds very well. And, as expected, every single slope was open with deep, deep base and good fresh snow on top.
Wisp is, indeed, vertically challenged, but they try to make up for it by having the most consistently excellent conditions south of New England. This year, for instance, they were completely open in mid-December, 90% open all the way through Christmas week, including the melt down, and then really put the snow down over the last few weeks. I really don't think anywhere, including Snowshoe, can compare when it comes to snowmaking capacity. If they could just raise the mtn top by, oh, 500 ft ;-)
(Man, after rereading, this sounds like a commerical for the place. I should say that I have no vested interest in Wisp except that my kids have season passes there. But I do find the overall quality of the place and the service and facilities to be **outstanding** since the new ownership took over. Event the lodge food is fairly inexpensive. I don't know how things are going financially for them, but it sure is good for skiers....)
[This message has been edited by tommo (edited 01-20-2004).]
Don't feel ashanmed. Wisp is one of the best local ski area. Particularly if tons of vertical isn't your biggest buying point. Also the way that vertical is measured is very misleading. Since a resort only need one (or 2) long trial(s) to publish a huge vertical when in fact the total vertical of all trails is probably the best measurement of how big a resort really is.