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