Not updated on any of SnowTime's resorts page, but digging around I found the 2018-2019 list on Windham's website.
And of course, Windham.
Interestingly enough, Laurel Mountain was not included on the list.
I wonder if Sunapee will actually end up in the Mountains of Distinction, assuming the sale of Triple Peaks to Vail Resorts goes thru in 2018.
It’s interesting that wintergreen is there, but Wisp and Ragged in New Hampshire are not. I think they are the same ownership.
The list has never really be based on ownership. Sunapee is operated by the same company as Okemo, but is quite different in terms of market. Sunapee is actually quite crowded on weekends from what I hear.
Crystal in MI doesn't quite seem to fit. I don't see people traveling from the Mid-Atlantic or New England to ski in the midwest. Or vice-versa. From Michigan, makes more sense to fly west. But if someone is visiting family and already has a season pass on the list then perhaps can entice the entire clan to head to the slopes.
I’ve skied Bristol many times. One sister, non-skier, lives in Rochester and I have skied it with my brother in law. It’s 1200 vertical, the biggest in western NY. It tends to be icy; sharp edges are a must. Interestingly it isn’t a mountain, it’s a drumlin with no rock backbone, a pile of dirt scraped together by glaciers in the last ice age. They were more than a mile thick in that area. They also created the finger lakes. If on a trip there you must see nearby canandaigua lake, and visit a winery or 3. It’s gorgeous.
Interesting. I remembered seeing it as a kid when I was camping in a park just up from it. I remember it being windy on top in the summer. Is it windy there as well?
High places are windy, but I don’t remember it being unusually so. While it can get very cold, it’s also afflicted by the bane of east coast skiing, freeze, thaw, freeze cycles. The real gem of western NY IMHO is snow ridge on the tug hill plateau. It’s only 500 vertical, but quite steep and gets prodigious dumps of lake effect powder off of Lake Ontario. It’s cheap and virtually unknown except to locals. Lots of families, kids programs and jr. Racing.