Welcome to Epic Ski, official home of the “no love for Blue crew” chaired by Philpug. What Phil will not tell you, is that before he became a Tahoe skiing Bon Vivant, he spent his misplaced youth on the slopes of Camelback and has forgotten his skiing roots. Spoiled as he was by excellent C’back conditions, Blue is just the pits and no self-respecting skier ever went there. Finndog chairs the" N.J. no love crew", but, he's never there, other than to fly over during his trips to Steamboat, where snow comes mostly from heaven (secretly, I'm green with envy).
I have a Blue season pass, ski there 2 days midweek and sometimes very early on weekends. In the Blue defense, it has 1000 vert ft. and 2 high speed quads (plus 3 of the slowest double’s ever made) serving a mimimal amount of terrain. Opens at 8:30, closes at 10 pm, and gets skied heavily 7 days a week. It’s located at the southern edge of eastern skiing, therefore subject to rain and thaws. Tough place to make snow as it comes out wet, then it gets groomed into some awesome death cookies. A few seasons ago, UP Racer visited from Michagan and his review stated it was the only time in his life where he skied and saw absolutely no snow other than the machine made stuff on the trails.
Still, it’s a great place to ski for those in the Philly area, roughly a 90 minute drive. I always meet people from much further south as it’s the first of the larger hills heading north. Midweek, it’s very easy to get 20 runs before lunch, and, no matter what is generally said about snow conditions, the mountain usually skis pretty good until after lunch, but, one does have to be content to ski only a handful of trails. Ride the lifts and the conversation among those that ski there is very positive (assuming non-peak periods which should be avoided at all cost). There would be a big hole in Pa. skiing if Blue was not in business.
I’ll be glad to make some turns. Typically, Blue opens with limited skiing in mid-December. Personally, I can’t wait.