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We live in Philly and I am from California and and advanced skier but I am with my wife and 18 month year old.  I would like to get the most difficult skiing in but have a nice place or town to hang out with for an overnight trip.  Any suggestion close to Philadelphia?

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Wow, remarkably similar to my post in the humor section from yesterday

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/126820/conglomerate-epic-ski-post

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We live in Philly and I am from California and and advanced skier but I am with my wife and 18 month year old.  I would like to get the most difficult skiing in but have a nice place or town to hang out with for an overnight trip.  Any suggestion close to Philadelphia?

Welcome to EpicSki!  Are you trying to plan for next winter?  What is your idea of "close" in terms of number of hours spent driving?  It's probably too late for this season, in spite of the most recent cold front.

 

Does your wife ski?  If not, does she want to learn?

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If you define close as generously as three hours or so, then maybe Seven Springs or Elk. Most Pocono ski areas are day trip areas only.
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Most areas in PA are not associated with a town, they are typically 1/2 hour away.  Never been to Seven Springs but everything I have heard about it gives me the feeling it has the most "non-skier" amenities.  Don't know about "difficult" skiing. 

 

Despite my on-screen name, I currently live in NE PA (about 2 hours from Philly) and all of the ski areas up here are within 1-1/2 hours from me, with 5 areas within 45 minutes.  None have what I would consider a "town" adjacent to it.  That said, Elk has some nice runs but the nearest town is Scranton, about 30-40 minutes away. If you're OK with that, it's probably the best skiing in the area. 

 

I've skied all the Pocono region ski areas about a zillion times, so if you would like some advice on any of them, feel free to PM me.  Most areas are winding down, probably only another weekend or two left in the season.

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Most areas in PA are not associated with a town, they are typically 1/2 hour away.  Never been to Seven Springs but everything I have heard about it gives me the feeling it has the most "non-skier" amenities.  Don't know about "difficult" skiing. 

 

Despite my on-screen name, I currently live in NE PA (about 2 hours from Philly) and all of the ski areas up here are within 1-1/2 hours from me, with 5 areas within 45 minutes.  None have what I would consider a "town" adjacent to it.  That said, Elk has some nice runs but the nearest town is Scranton, about 30-40 minutes away. If you're OK with that, it's probably the best skiing in the area. 

 

I've skied all the Pocono region ski areas about a zillion times, so if you would like some advice on any of them, feel free to PM me.  Most areas are winding down, probably only another weekend or two left in the season.

I found a Microtel Inn in Dickson City, next to Scranton, that is a good place to be when skiing at Elk.  The GM is a skier.  He has a Ski&Stay package that includes lift tickets.  20-30 min from Elk depending on the road conditions.

 

Elk gets busy on weekends midday.  Everyone seems to go in for lunch at the same time, so can get in a lot of runs if eat early and get back out at noon.  Of course, that's true in a lot of smaller places with only one place to eat indoors.

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I guess, the question is what do you consider close.  Gore is probably about 5 hours away, Whiteface is probably 6 and Stowe would be about 7. I'd drive those distances for a weekend at any of those areas.

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From Philadelphia you can reach lots of eastern areas for weekend trips.  Among the PA  areas,

 

bigger mts (about 1 K vertical)

Elk 2.5 hours (Scranton as discussed is about 40 minutes away) - very good mountain, solid terrain but nothing super difficult, by PA and southern NY and New England standards not busy

Blue Mt. - 1.5 hrs, Allentown is about 1/2 hour away, terrain is not bad, nothing very difficult, I am not fond of the snow quality but others like it, significantly busier than Elk

Montage - 2 hours, right outside Scranton, most of the terrain is dull but they have one  steep bump trail that, given eastern ice, can be challenging, not busy when I have been there this year but had been busy in the past

 

little mountains (300-750 vertical)

Camelback, Shawnee, Bear Creek, Spring Mt., Jack Frost/Big Boulder, Roundtop, etc.

All have their devotees, all can be fun, none is challenging, all are crowded

 

Travel, approximately arranged by distance all doable for a 2 day weekend with driving at night:

Hunter, Windham, Belleayre - of these (all of which can be crowded), Hunter is the most challenging, none is near a major city

 

Southern VT

Stratton, Bromley - not hard but Bromley can be fun, stratton is crowded, both are just outside of Manchester VT which is a nice town with shopping

Killington, Pico, Magic Mt. - some challenging terrain at Killington and Magic

 

Upper NY

Whiteface and Gore

 

Longer drives but still doable for a weekend trip with 7+ hour drives each way (I've left all of these places at 5 pm and driven home)

Stowe, Sugarbush, Mad River, Middlebury, Cannon, Waterville Valley, Wildcat, maybe Sunday River

 

 

If you haven't skied the east and want challenge many of the areas vary widely with the weather. Many of the areas can be quite challenging if there is ice and fairly easy if there is nice natural snow so the difficulty level it is more weather dependent than western US skiing. 

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