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Suggestions for New Year trip driving distance from DC? [mixed abilities]

post #1 of 13
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Hi everyone,

 4 or 5 of us, ranging in skills from quite experienced to total newbs, want to get together for a 4-5 day trip over new year's. We want to get somewhere in driving distance from DC. We've been going to Timberline WV for 3 years in a row and want something else. I was thinking Snowshoe WV or Blueknob PA. Snowshoe is higher and is more likely to get snow, but it's a bit farther and significantly more expensive. Blueknob might be less exciting and more dependent on weather luck, but it's easier to get to and cheaper to stay at. And the newbs won't care anyway... Any thoughts? Experiences with staying in either place? Any other suggestions?

Thank you

post #2 of 13

I've been to both places, Snowshoe quite often, and then Blue Knob for the 1st time last year. In terms of atmosphere/amenities, etc, Blue Knob is similar to Timberline. Snowshoe has it's Village, which is completely opposite of Blue Knob's rustic lodge. Skiing wise, Snowshoe will be VERY crowded. We went to Blue knob on a holiday weekend, and there were some lift lines but crowds were minimal, especially compared to Snowshoe, which will be a mad house near New Years. I've generally found better conditions at Snowshoe than we found at Blue Knob, SS will be similar to what you saw at Timberline. I'd be happy with the terrain at either place.

post #3 of 13

Go north. From DC Elk Mt is about 4.5 hours, Greek Peak is about 7.

 

Should be much better snow quality than what you'll find in WV and southern PA

post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thank you. I think Blue Knob might win, based on what you say, which kind of confirms what I was gleaning from my own research. Huge lines are not fun, and for the level of this group the terrain should be plenty fun anyway...

post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

I hadn't seen Walt's reply. Yes, Elk seemed like a very good option too. 7 hrs is a bit much, but 4 hrs we could handle. Thanks!

post #6 of 13

Timberline and Blue Knob could have limited terrain at New Years if the weather turns warm in December.  Neither is a powerhouse in the Snowmaking department.  Elk mountain has a better location for natural snow, but their snowmaking capabilities are on the lower end as well.

 

While Snowshoe will be crowded, unless it is a really warm December, they will have a good range of terrain open.

post #7 of 13

Keep the Catskills on your radar; sometimes the storm tracks will miss PA entirely. 

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by Walt View Post
 

Go north. From DC Elk Mt is about 4.5 hours, Greek Peak is about 7.

 

Should be much better snow quality than what you'll find in WV and southern PA

Greek Peak in NY is about an hour past Elk or 5.5hrs (not 7hrs) from Wash DC. Hunter is about 5:45 from Wash DC and way better terrain and  odds of snow than Elk or Greek. If you do want to drive a little over 7 hours you have  Gore Mtn, NY, Mt Snow, VT, Stratton, VT.

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by rocdoc View Post
 

Hi everyone,

 4 or 5 of us, ranging in skills from quite experienced to total newbs, want to get together for a 4-5 day trip over new year's. We want to get somewhere in driving distance from DC. We've been going to Timberline WV for 3 years in a row and want something else. I was thinking Snowshoe WV or Blueknob PA. Snowshoe is higher and is more likely to get snow, but it's a bit farther and significantly more expensive. Blueknob might be less exciting and more dependent on weather luck, but it's easier to get to and cheaper to stay at. And the newbs won't care anyway... Any thoughts? Experiences with staying in either place? Any other suggestions?

Thank you

When you say "total newbs," do you mean they have never been on skis?  Or can they handle a basic blue at Timberline?  Blueknob could be fun for those who are comfortable on a Mid-Atlantic blue.  Especially if you rent a place right on the slopes.  Assuming of course that the weather in Dec cooperates.

 

Driving north makes more sense then driving to Snowshoe during a holiday week.

post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by x10003q View Post
 

Greek Peak in NY is about an hour past Elk or 5.5hrs (not 7hrs) from Wash DC. Hunter is about 5:45 from Wash DC and way better terrain and  odds of snow than Elk or Greek. If you do want to drive a little over 7 hours you have  Gore Mtn, NY, Mt Snow, VT, Stratton, VT.

 

Right.  I must have fat-fingered the google map search.  Greek peak is 5:26 from DC according to today's search.  Looks like you could stay in Binghamton and get to either Elk or Greek  in about 40 minutes.

 

As for Huntah, given that this is a holiday week where crowds are a factor, I'd say steer clear of anywhere that close to the city.

post #11 of 13

1. Go for it.  Now what is it?

 

2. 'New-bees' - May think of Montage (Sno Renamed) in Scranton.  You have a good number of accommodations in the area.  They have something for everyone.  Green runs separated from Blue/Black.

 

3. Elk - Everyone can ride the same lift.  Greens go left/right.  Experienced can do a 180 and ski down under the lift.

 

4. Greek - Only skied here once in a bad snow year.  It had limited terrain open that time.  Still has something for everyone.

 

5. Maybe do a combination of Elk with Greek. Drive DC to Elk - Ski. Drive to Binghamton RON. Drive to Greek - Ski for day - Drive back to DC.

post #12 of 13

If night skiing is in the plans,i would go Greek over Elk, much more terrain.Elk is really a nice place very well groomed and find less ice there then Greek

post #13 of 13

For reduced crowds on holidays Blue Knob is hard to beat in the mid-Atlantic region.  But as others said you'll need some help from Mother Nature for them to be in decent shape by New Years. Maybe you can wait until pretty close to the date, then decide?  Wisp might be another place to consider for your trip and they have great snowmaking.  

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