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Bristol Mountain, NY

post #1 of 15
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Hi,

 

Never been to Bristol Mountain in NY - they claim to have a 1200 ft vertical rise which should allow for long runs.

 

Anyone been there? Looking for some feedback as I'd like to organize a trip.

 

Any feedback appreciated.

 

Rado

post #2 of 15

Hi Rado, Bristol is my home mountain, and I skied there today.  I would say the 1200 vert is a bit optimistic, although it may be technically accurate, as one of the quads drops you off higher but with very little pitch. 1100 is probably more realistic, but having said that, I am not knocking Bristol at all.  It is a fun hill with a great mountain manager, and is blanketed with state of the art snow cannons.  You will rarely find a day on the slopes there that most people would not agree was wonderful. Excellent night skiing too. As for planning a trip there, it depends on what you're used to skiing. If you want better, you'd have to go East to Gore, or a Western trip. If you're thinking about it due to proximity, I would say go for it. If you can travel further, for me it would be Gore, Whiteface, or something in Vermont. Again, I love Bristol for the consistent conditions, snow quality, and lack of crowds on weekdays. If you would like some more info, pm me and I'll give you my phone #.

Paul

post #3 of 15

skied there at xmass had a blast, slopes are great and everything seemed well maintained.

post #4 of 15

I ski Bristol because it's nearby. It's fun, good snow but not steep. I measured Rocket Run at about 20 deg. If I was planning a trip I'd go someplace else.

post #5 of 15
Bristol has some of the steepest slopes in the NY/PA area and the 1200 Vertical face shot off the front is a lot of fun. Cleveland Metro Ski Council's race program has a race weekend there every year and Bristol sets up our only SuperG on Comet (I think). My favorite race weekend of the season. Last year Bristol added a 2nd high speed quad to the top easing congestion on the original high speed quad.

As for amenities, well there ain't much. What you get is an old fashion resort with a base lodge that has a cafeteria, bar and ski shop. No lodging that I am aware of. But they do have a top of the mountain ski demo center that is fairly reasonable to try out a variety of skis.

Have fun!

Rick G
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by wooley12 View Post

I ski Bristol because it's nearby. It's fun, good snow but not steep. I measured Rocket Run at about 20 deg. If I was planning a trip I'd go someplace else.


I think you are wrong. I have skied virtually every resort in Western NY and Western PA as well of dozens of others out west and the front face of Bristol is a true black diamond. I estimate it to be in the 30 - 35 degree range. Definitely steeper than anything at Seven Springs, Holiday Valley or Swain with the exception of The Wall at HV.

Run a GS or Super G race on that face and you are flying!

Does anyone have an accurate stat for Bristol's slopes?

Rick G
post #7 of 15

Trip? Is that with lodging? I don't know what I'd recommend other than BandB's in Naples a bit south and accommodations north in Canandaigua (Can-an-day-gwa). That's where I'm be skeptical of a "trip" to Bristol.

 

For the skiing however, being a local familiar with the place, I'd say its pretty darn good. Well managed mountain indeed. It tends to have some issues when the snow is sparse as it doesn't typically get the bigger lake effect accumulations and with an east facing slope the sun can melt in the morning and the shadow freezes when it sets. Bit icy at times, but sweet piles of sugar can always be found if you look. On the weekends they run two HSQ's, so its run after run. Some like to call Bristol "the gym" in comparison to Swain (bring a book to read on the lift and 1/2 the vert) or Holiday Valley ("the park" also with 1/2 the vert, but 4x the acreage).

post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by wooley12 View Post

I ski Bristol because it's nearby. It's fun, good snow but not steep. I measured Rocket Run at about 20 deg. If I was planning a trip I'd go someplace else.




I think you are wrong. I have skied virtually every resort in Western NY and Western PA as well of dozens of others out west and the front face of Bristol is a true black diamond. I estimate it to be in the 30 - 35 degree range. Definitely steeper than anything at Seven Springs, Holiday Valley or Swain with the exception of The Wall at HV.

Run a GS or Super G race on that face and you are flying!

Does anyone have an accurate stat for Bristol's slopes?

Rick G


No way it's 30-35 degrees. Ever ski Catapult at Catamount?

 

 

Catapult @ Catamount, NY: 422 vertical over 823 length = 27.15*. Boasts to be the steepest run in the Berkshires. Probably true!

281 vertical over 510 length = 28.85*.
115 vertical over 203 length = 29.53*.
75 vertical over 126 length = 30.76*.
 

I don't think it's as steep, and that's barely 30. Here's The Wall at Holiday Valley:
 

The Wall @ Holiday Valley, NY: 195 vertical over 425 length = 24.65*.

150 vertical over 305 length = 26.19*.
52 vertical over 100 length = 27.47*.
 
A weak 25-27 degrees. It's about 27.5* over 50 vertical, thats 2 turns? Data from my site http://ski-degrees.synthasite.com/new-york.php
 
I have no idea about Bristol. Never thought of measuring it. I have a big list of recommendations of runs, but I haven't updated the site in nearly a year.
post #9 of 15
I am sure that is true if you are taking an average of the entire 1200 vertical listed from the chair get off to the chair get on. Bristol as many mountains has a relatively flat shelf in the middle. I believe if you would take the upper headwall which is about a 500-600 vertical drop it would indeed be in the 30+ range. The lower headwall probably in the upper 20's possibly even 30 as well.

I have raced on this hill. Trust me, It is the steepest slope we race on.

Rick G
post #10 of 15

Bristol has lodging... They have condo's right at the base of the mountain that are fairly nice (though not many of them) and several ski friendly hotels around.  It's really an awesome spot to go to, and def one of the top one in NY.  I do agree with Blokhead though, if you don't mind driving/flying to Lake Placid they have much better hills.

post #11 of 15

Yep, my home mountain too. Great snowmaking, great lifts (except for the "Siberian Crawler" on the back side) and the best vertical from the ADKS and Catskills to the Rockies. I feel lucky to have it 45 minutes from home, but I'd go to Vermont or out west if planning a big trip. Comet is a good race hill-we have a Masters race there tomorrow.

 

PM me if you need more info-I'll be happy to share anything I know.

post #12 of 15

I actually had a slope meter with me to learn to visually read a slope angle for avy awareness. I could be off by 5 deg. and there may be some steeper pitches. Only measured a a couple of places. It did seem a lot easier for me to ski once I read the gauge  smile.gif

post #13 of 15

Some of the steepest runs in the east barely make the 30deg mark for anything that could be close to a sustained pitch.  

 

Comparing to those steep runs at the bigger resorts I've skied (Whiteface, Jay, St Anne, Massif) I would put the front side runs in the mid-20 range, which is enough to put them in the interesting category.  Interesting enough for me to drive nearly 2.5 hours for a night ski session... say 3 times a year.  One day (when the kids are old enough to care), I'll make the leap and get some property down there.  

post #14 of 15
After a little research I will have to back off my claim of Bristol's upper headwall being in the 30-35 degree range. I guess at best it would be in the upper 20's at its steepest point.

Sure seems steeper when you are in tuck during a Super G run!.

Rick G
post #15 of 15

I've been to Bristol.  Very good by midwestern standards, about average by Eastern standards, and below average by Western standards.

 

What are you used to?  Being from the midwest, I liked it a lot.  YMMV.

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