If you can wake up early, its totally worth the drive to snowshoe mtn in west va! I did the same thing and instead of going to massenothing which was 15 mins away from where i was living, i just woke up at 7 and was on the slopes by 10!
i ski at wintergreen VA. it's my home mountain. in my opinion its way better than massofnothing. we just hired a new park shaper midway through this year and the park is pretty sick now. the mountain is pretty small but it's the best in the area. snowshoe is about 2 and a half hours from charlottesville (where i live) and it's not really worth the drive. the park isn't that great, good but not great, and it's really really expensive. PM me with anymore questions. i know almost everything about the mountain since i spend a shit ton of time up there and i'm on the freeride team.
Wintergreen is my home mountain as well. The rails blow, but stuff is slowly starting to get better. The jumps this year were real nice for a small east coast mountain. The snow here was also really good last season so it helped with alot of the park stuff. Snowshoe is totally worth the drive from if you get a good day. Last year we hit a pow day and it was insane my friends were throwing corks and flips into three feet of powder. The park does suck there but if you get powder you wont regret the trip.
Massanutten sucks pretty bad, but you should come ride it anyway... we need more park skiers. Oh yeah, wintergreen sucks too. I'd say if you're only looking for park skiing it's not worth the drive to snowshoe cause their park is mediocre. If you're willing to drive a long distance just go up to PA and ride 7 springs.
I never thought I would see this thread in the main ski gabber. It brings a tear to my eye. *sniff* I was riding 195 cm straight skis as wintergreen when I was y'alls age. There weren't even such things as purposely built jumps at Wintergreen until I was in college. Same with the Nut. Ahh what a great thread. And don't hold your breath on it being great. However, skiing is skiing sometimes bro. I went to college at JMU and was at Massanutten probably four week days every week one year. It is still fun even if there are two icy jumps and a couple of crappy rails.
Massanutten is a lot smaller, but if your just lookin for a park I think they are better then Wintergreen. They seem to do a better job maintaining the features they have. Last time I went to Massanutten they had two 20-30 ft table tops and then a slightly bigger step down plus a bunch of rails.