Pros: Best terrain in PA, nice charm, good layout, good mogul runs
Cons: Home of the worlds slowest chairlifts, thaw cycles, horrible trail names
I call Elk 'Little Alta'. Let's be clear, the terrain and snow are nothing like Alta, but there is a charm that is very reminencient of my favorite place on earth.
It really does have the best terrain in PA. The mountain layout is excellent. There are not too many people bottlenecks, and the vertical is higher than other resorts in the area.
Another thing I like about Elk's terrain is the way the trails are cut. Many trails are curvey, so every trail does not feel like the same thing (example - Bellayre).
I also like some of there bump runs. They are pretty long, pretty steep, loads of fun.
The crowd is a little less urban and fast paced than places like Camelback, and most of my experiences with the staff have been plesant.
Hey - Elk is no Killington, but it is only 2:40 from NY. I like Elk Mountain.