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Bristol Mountain Reviews

Partizan Turks

Gem in western ny


Pros: Good location, night skiing, cheap

Cons: Feels small after a while

Bristol mountain is where I learnt skiing. I went grad school in Rochester and never skied in my life until Bristol. Very conveniently located near Rochester, about 40 minutes drive. It offers a terrain, most of it is beginner and intermediate level trails but there are couple top to bottom steeper runs. almost all trails have night skiing availability and they do have 23$ Saturday night deal which was perfect as a student. Demo center is another gem in Bristol. While most resorts charge like 50$ for only three skis, at Bristol you pay half the price and can demo as many skis you like. Only negative I could say about Bristol is it does feel little small after a while but for location and...
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Great skiing for the area!


Pros: Special deals, snow making, short lines, fast lifts

Cons: Not the west, lodge over packed, lack of moguls, not as difficult as the west

I just stared skiing in Upstate NY (Near Rochester). I use to ski the Rockies, mostly Deer Valley over a decade ago. I moved to Rochester area in 2000 and never bothered doing down hill as I always heard and assumed it was going to be sub-par. That all changed this winter, when we got a lot of snow and I happen to drive by Bristol one weekend. To my surprise it wasn't the small hills and the t-bar lifts I was thinking of. It has a 1200 vertical rise, which makes the runs a bit shorter than what I am use to as well as it lacks the moguls, steepness, and difficulty from the west. It is very good for the area and it is the highest mountain between here and the Rockies. The snow isn't as a...
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Great local ski area! Lucky to have it close by!


Pros: Great snowmaking and lifts excellent vertical and terrain for the geographic location very good facilites.

Cons: Limited on hill or close lodging and restaurants, no nightlife,experts skiers may lack a challenge.

Bristol is my home mountain. It's about a 45 minute drive from my house in Rochester and I probably get 50-60 days there in a good year. I've skied there since I first started in the early '80s. I've been a passholder since the mid '90's, and feel I know it pretty well.   Stats: 1200 feet vertical (highest between the Adirondacks/Catskills and the Rockies) 34 slopes and trails, 98% snowmaking. Lifts are 2 High speed quads, 1 fixed quad, 1 fixed triple, 1 fixed double, and a magic carpet in the bunny area. Two lodges with food service, a large yurt type structure for special events, a yurt demo center/cross country rental building at the top of the hill, and and an a small on...
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The best hill near Rochester


Pros: Vertical for location can't be beat

Cons: Crowded. Food in need a big upgrade.

Bristol is my home mountain. 1200 feet of vertical isn't too bad for western NY. The place gets crowded nights with school ski clubs and there's a lot of racing going on weekends. There is one high speed quad but I have it from a pretty good source there will be another added during the summer of 2009. The current owner has been doing a good job making improvements every year. There is no nightlife at the mountain. There's a bar in the main lodge and one half a mile up the road. I don't care as I go to ski. Season passes are a great deal. Last year my family (three of us) skied enough that it cost us less than $60 per day!