Harvey44":1u3a8531 said:Rob...unfortunately I've seen estimates of 7.5 hours for the ride. Not too practical. 4-5 hours might be possible with no stops, but I think the train would have to stop multiple times.
I love the idea in reverse. If we moved or retired up there...it would be sweet to be able to get into the city from the mountains without a car. Although if I lived up there... I'd never leave in the winter. [-(
Harvey44":sp47mxb3 said:Rob...it's all speculation about if it will happen...where it would stop and how long it would take. If you could rent a house and leave your gear....that would be the bomb.
Tony Crocker":3t40rwps said:No offense intended, but I can't see why someone of rfarren's skill set (Little Chute???) would want to tie himself to a single second-tier eastern ski area. It's an apples-and-oranges comparison to Harvey44's situation with young children. rfarren is single and can afford to go to Rome every year. Flexibility should be a key part of his equation for eastern skiing. Even more so if he now has access to a car.
rfarren":1n5mzw2e said:Tony, I can get to Rome every year because I go during the summer. I teach in the winter. Every trip I take in the winter eats into my income for the whole year. Skiing is a passion that can cost me a lot more than a few pizzas and bottles of wine. Flexibility is something I can't really afford either. Gore is the best mountain within 3.5 hours of NYC. To travel 5 hours plus to hit stowe and the like isn't worth it (especially considering that Alta is a paltry 7 hours away). Whereas a season pass to 1 mountain that is pretty decent is, at least in terms of cost and time.
Once the drive distances reach what harvey and rob say, the above alternative seems more attractive, especially if schedule is not flexible. Even more so if you're single and not a family of 4.(especially considering that Alta is a paltry 7 hours away)