New England 8hrs to killington or 9.5hrs to stowe

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When I went to Colorado I had a cousin that lives two hrs from all the major resorts so I stayed and ate for free. We skied copper and keystone so I was spoiled going out there. Now I want to somewhat experience that within driving distance. So that’s why I looked into Vermont.
I learned to ski in VT and Killington still feels like a second home to me even though my family hasn't had a place there for almost two decades but if you are expecting the CO experience you may be disappointed.
 

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You’d better say a prayer to Ullr for snow, then. I’ve never skied out west, but I have heard that the snow is remarkable and very different.

Sharpen the skis, prepare to be confronted with ice. Our ice is more icy than the lovely packed powder that some of those Westerner call “ice.”

But the mountains are all wonderful, and all have a lot to offer. I doubt you can go wrong.
 

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Lots of intermediate terrain at Killington. Stowe's best terrain is the more advanced stuff. You many also consider Sugarbush, two mountains with lots of combined terrain and plenty of intermediate trails. The further north you go the more snow they get.
Stowe has a ton of intermediate terrain.

A strong intermediatE can ski the front four now that they blew it up to make its smooth. The terrain where the Gondi is I would consider not difficult intermediate. It's nice but dull.

Spruce is awesome for any skier who just wants to go. It's easy and pleasant.

I think that you should go to Waitsfield and ski Sugarbush. And ski Mad River too if you are able to fit it in. The place is magical. The single is quick and so cool. I think the lodge is the best because it's old school VT. If you are free to drink a few beers do it on the deck. Great music with true Vermonters and dedicated skiers. It's the heart and soul of skiing in New England (in my opinion). Don't go on the weekend.

I advise, if you take a lesson, take it there - MRG.

And finally, to drive to Vermont from Ohio and then ski Okemo... that would be a shame.
 
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They took some of the gnarl out. I googled the date but it appears someone forgot to write it down.

Maybe not Goat, but it is quite different from what it used to be.
 
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They took some of the gnarl out. I googled the date but it appears someone forgot to write it down.

Maybe not Goat, but it is quite different from what it used to be.

Different? Compared to when? Perhaps “Chamois” was different than Goat and maybe “The International” was different than Starr as we know it now, but if there ever were changes they were long ago.
 

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My timeline is long. So that may be it. You must see the difference in Goat of old vs now.
 

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I was there in 1967. Goat and Nose Dive had trees as in trees like the Green Mts. It was Thanksgiving and nobody was there. Huge dump and My sister and I were blown away. A teenager we met from the Anderson family set us up for the night and skied with us as well. Great memory.
 

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I thought the Starr / Goat / Nosedive / etc. reconfiguration occurred in the late '60s sometime. They certainly haven't changed in the 25, 30 years I've been going to Stowe.

Regarding the suitability of the Front Four to intermediates... Liftline is routinely skied by intermediate-level skiers; whether or not they enjoy the descent is another matter. The other three... Maybe if you're a glutton for punishment or happen to luck into a sweet conditions day.
 
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