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Blue Mountain Ski Area Reviews

Positive Reviews

gomer

good place

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Pros: location, staff, entertainment,

Cons: overcrowd

honestly the best place to ski/snowboard in 2h radios of Philly.   good for pros and beginners, also family friendly
guitar73

Surprisingly Good

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Pros: Most Vertical Drop in PA, Good Variety of Terrain, Easy Access, Fast and Reliable Lifts

Cons: Icy Man-made Snow, Crowds, Weird Trail Layout

Growing up in NEPA (that's North Eastern PA) and skiing mostly the Pocono's, I never tried Blue Mtn until I moved to the Philly area b/c everyone said it's "too icy" or "very crowded".  When I went there for the first time, I was very much surprised. Despite all the negativity surrounding the conditions and crowds, Blue Mtn is actually a really good mountain.  There's something for everyone here: low pitches for beginers, medium pitches for the intermediates, and some nice steeps (PA steeps, that is) for the advanced skier.    The trails on the west side of the mountain have a weird layout. The only green trail on that side, Burma Road, has a lot of switchbacks...
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dowpwr

Great Mountain for Central PA Skiers!

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Pros: Proximity, Variety of slopes.

Cons: Not as big as other Mountains you'll find north of PA.

Blue Mountain is a great mountain to visit if you live anywhere in the in the Central PA area.  You can get there in an hour and a half via interstate 78 fairly quickly.  Other options are Ski Round Top or Liberty, but those hills are not as long or as much fun as Blue Mountain.  Blue Mountain has a park and plenty of beginner hills that are long and fun, as well as black diamond runs to suit the needs of the expert skier.  We went after a 6" dump of powder and it was great.  They also have 2 high speed lifts which do a great job of getting you up the hill quickly for your next run. The busiest time of the day is around 1pm.  Everyone is coming off of...
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Negative Reviews

Knucklehead

OK

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Pros: Close from central NJ - can be done for a daytrip; about as challenging as any Pocono Mt.

Cons: Often VERY crowded.

It can get crazy on weekends.  If you can take a weekday, and a snowy one at that, Blue is about as good Eastern Pocono skiing can get. 
DjRayBaucum

Bule Mountain Ski is not the highest vertical in NEP

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Pros: Close to Phlly/Allentown/Modern Lifts

Cons: Very Crowded,long lines,excessive ice/granular,Poor choice for family/kids

~~Blue Mountain Ski is not the highest ski area in the Poconos.I've hangglided here several times and use topographical maps to check terrain and elevation. I also ski and snowboarded here. The summit elevation above sea level is 1408' versus base elevation of 500'. Do the math 1408' minus 500' is 908' This is considering the slopes goes all the way to the lowest part of mountain which would be near the creek or highway. The highest ski area in the Poconos is Elk Mountain with a summit elevation of 2693' above sea level and a base elevation of 1693'. Do the math 2693 minus 1963'=1,000'. This not the only major difference the much higher elevation above sea level means much better ski...
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frozen8864

Blue Mountain-Best for mid-week skiing

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Pros: Fun trail system, good terrain park

Cons: Crowded, Long lift lines

THE PROS: Blue Mountain is a fun ski resort with a good variety of trails (Expert runs with moguls, Intermediate switchbacks, and wide cruising Beginner trails).  It's snowmaking capabilities are top notch amongst the resorts in the state which they need when the resort probably receives an annual snowfall of just 50in.  The restaurants and lodge are good and the resort features a Waffle Cabin, (a true favorite of mine).   THE CONS: This place is crowded on weekends!  I felt like cattle going to the slaughterhouse while waiting in a disparaging line only to arrive on slopes that are jammed with people.  My only relief was to stay on the Black Diamond runs.  ...
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ReeferBen

Best local hill coming from Philadelphia suburbs

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Pros: Lots of lodge space, 100% snow making, several terrain parks, some steep terrain for the area, night skiing till 10pm

Cons: Lift lines can be long at peak times, conditions get icy late in the evening

I ski mostly NEPA resorts, and coming from the Philly burbs Blue is an hour and a half away. It offers more vertical then any other NEPA slope and has a few nice double black runs. My only complaints really could be said about all the PA ski resorts, too small, icy patch's, not enough challenging terrain. That said I feel like Blue makes the best of its location and with the multiple lifts and lodges you can get a lot of runs in. At peak hours I have seen lift lines that take upwards of 40 minutes to get through, but most days once peak hours end lift lines become almost non existent. The main two double blacks in challenge and razors edge offer some nice fast vertical descents but are...
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freeski919

Blue Mountain

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Pros: Convenient, inexpensive

Cons: crowds, lodge amenities are basic

Blue Mountain is located in Palmerton PA, about 20 miles north of Allentown, and about an hour and a half north of Philadelphia. It is the most accessible of the Pocono Mountain ski areas from Philly or from most of central/southern New Jersey. The down side to this accessibility is that the mountain will frequently become crowded, particularly on weekends and holidays. Blue's terrain is a plus, with more vertical than any other mountain in PA, and with sufficiently varied terrain to challenge most skiers. There are two lodges, summit and valley, of which the summit lodge is actually the 'main' lodge. The food there is basic cafeteria fare, with some bar food at the summit bar. Other...
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