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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Where is the best day trip from NYC area?

 

Pocono's, Catskills?

 

Which area has the best terrain and pumps out the most snow after a thaw cycle?

 

What are the most important features to consider when choosing a day trip location?

post #2 of 12

You've answered your own question being ambassador from Huntersmile.gif...as long as you go there on a weekday.  On a prime weekend or holiday Hunter's superior terrain and snowmaking advantage is somewhat nullified by oppressive crowds.  Then maybe someplace like Plattekill if natural is good or Belleayre or Elk Mtn?  I would think the smaller vertical drop at most ski areas in the Pocono's makes them less attractive.  I've never been to Elk and can't compare it to Hunter, but it's supposed to be pretty good and would be what - 1:15 hrs from NYC vs. 2 hrs from NYC to Hunter? and perhaps Elk would be a decent crowd beater when the Catskill areas are packed? 

post #3 of 12

Ski Bus to Vermont, or E train to JFK :)

 

Hunter, Windham, Poconos are the worst places to ski on the planet.

post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post

You've answered your own question being ambassador from Huntersmile.gif...as long as you go there on a weekday.  On a prime weekend or holiday Hunter's superior terrain and snowmaking advantage is somewhat nullified by oppressive crowds.  Then maybe someplace like Plattekill if natural is good or Belleayre or Elk Mtn?  I would think the smaller vertical drop at most ski areas in the Pocono's makes them less attractive.  I've never been to Elk and can't compare it to Hunter, but it's supposed to be pretty good and would be what - 1:15 hrs from NYC vs. 2 hrs from NYC to Hunter? and perhaps Elk would be a decent crowd beater when the Catskill areas are packed? 


#1 is Plattekill after a fresh snow.  Elk is nice (not as steep as Hunter), but it is just as far to drive there. If cost is an issue, Belleayre is cheap on Wednesdays and most Fridays.  $20 last year.

 

Everything is uncrowded on a weekday.  Work Saturday, then call in sick Monday.wink.gif

post #5 of 12

Bus to Huntahhhhh !!!!!!!  I had a blast doing that a couple times when I lived on LonG EyeLanD.

post #6 of 12

According to google, Elk is 145 miles and  2:54 from NYC, Hunter is 125 miles and 2:37, and Plattekill is 150 and 3:06. I have made it to Hunter from NYC in about 2 hours and Plattekill in about 2:30 so Elk would fit in that time frame. I want to try Elk but it is hard to justify when I can get to Plattekill or Hunter in similar or less time. Elk is pretty close to Scranton/Willkes Barre (also Allentown/Bethlehem)and is most likely way more crowded than Plattekill on weekends. I have skied the Poconos and I would rather go to the Catskills. There is better terrain and better snow in the Cats.  Midweek at all Eastern ski areas is the best time to ski. Hunter would be my first choice for a midweek day trip out of NYC.

post #7 of 12

Belleayre or Elk- I used to make it to either in 2:15 from Queens or Manhattan. Hunter is OK but I don't like Windham at all.

post #8 of 12

I second Belleayre. When we lived in BK we used to leave at 6 AM on weekdays, beat all the outbound traffic on the FDR, and be up there with time to spare. Remember driving up a few times during/after dumps and conditions were excellent. With good coverage there are heaps of tucked away gems. We are eat-sandwiches-on-the-lift types and Belleayre was the one and only option after we found out about it.

 

We did Hunter a dozen times or so but found the conditions to quickly deteriorate with traffic, not to mention the crowds, "built up" environment, etc.. We also prefer the undeveloped state-park feel of Belleayre; if you're after a posh lodge, "scene" etc. ymmv. Cheers.

post #9 of 12

Your best bet is a bus trip to S. Vermont. It is better to choose place like Okemo for example, which is relatively close off the highway, unlike Stratton which take like an hour more just because riding the local roads for  40-50 miles is slow. Hunter sucks and the other places are OK, but they aren't even close to the size of Vermont resorts.Going by car is OK too, but paying a $80 lift ticket and then another $80-100 for gas and tolls/even if divided by four, doesn't make it cheaper or more convenient at all.

post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by andy4g63 View Post

It is better to choose place like Okemo for example, which is relatively close off the highway, unlike Stratton which take like an hour more just because riding the local roads for  40-50 miles is slow.


Huh? It's about the same drive time once you exit off I-91 to either mountain. From I-87 or Rt.4 it's longer to get to Okemo.

 

Even S. VT. is a bit of a hike for a day trip from NYC but is doable. You could make Bromley or Mt. Snow in under 4 hrs. depending on which road you take.

 

post #11 of 12

Hunter is a great mountain.  Hit it during the week on a powder day which It does get.  It's worth a try.  Plattakill has a following from TGR. They show up on powder days and rave about the place.

post #12 of 12
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I'm starting to get worried.  I was just out for a joy ride in a 72 GTO.  The problems is the the convertible top was down and its 60 degrees out!

 

This is not optimum snow making weather!

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