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post #121 of 245

Blue's Facebook page announced that the mountain will remain open all week in normal winter mode. Blue is closed today, but, reopens on Black Friday......Now, just can not wait til the front face opens! That usually requires an extended cold period, so, I'm not holding my breath. All things considered, Thumbs Up Thumbs Up to the management team. They have put a lot $$$ into upgrades and expansion.

 

Evansilver, for sure, we can do a Elk day or two this season. It will be good to see you again.

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving to the Pa/NJ/De skier group.

post #122 of 245
Now if we could just get Phil to stop by....
post #123 of 245
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Now if we could just get Phil to stop by....

Yeah, I don't think that is going to happen too soon. Happy Thanksgiving. 

post #124 of 245
Yeah, I think last season was the time for you to come east. Happy Thanksgiving to yunz.
post #125 of 245
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Living Proof View Post

Blue's... put a lot $$$ into upgrades and expansion.

That's encouraging! What have they done in addition to more (or new?) snow guns?

Happy Thanksgiving!
post #126 of 245
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Originally Posted by kitchener 

That's encouraging! What have they done in addition to more (or new?) snow guns?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Blue did a compressor system upgrade, and, that's the biggest reason they were able to make a lot of snow and open. They have done much work over the summer on the base lodges. The Valley lodge has been upgraded,.it was very plain, and they are moving the ski shops to that location. They have also upgraded the mountain lodge to be more of a resort. Blue plans a water park and a hotel, not sure when this will be done. Not sure they can increase the number of trails on the mountain much beyond what is there, plus, a new run perhaps for next season.

 

Perhaps the big news is the day ticket pricing now limits skiers to 6 or 8 hour windows. It's not being well received on their Facebook page, and, I hope they modify it. A quick look at the Blue website seems to state that if you go there without a electronic ticket, your first visit will be limited to 6 hours. After that if you reload the electronic ticket on-line, then the window is 8 hours and at lower cost. Glad I've got a season pass.

post #127 of 245

Your mention of that new ticket system made me go take a look. From what I see, you can buy the 8 hr ticket online at $63, and I would assume you pick up the RIFD ticket when you get there. Then the reloads are only $57, which is the cheapest in the area.  It look like the "walk up" ticket is $65 for 6 hours, so they are coercing you to buy online.  The one thing I did not look at was the lead time for buying online...if it's anything more than 24 hours, that indeed sucks...

 

I did a check on ticket prices for the other Pocono areas:

JFBB: $53

Elk: $65

Camelback: Sat $65, Sun $63

Shawnee: $60

Montage: $59

 

Interestingly, Montage has a morning ticket available on weekends for $29.  Since that's about the length of time my wife and I ski, it looks like that will be our area of choice this year.  The Pocono areas are starting to price me out of the market for weekend skiing, it's just not worth fighting the crowds.  I'll probably have to start using vacation days and skiing mid-week.

post #128 of 245
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Camelback's CamelCard deal expires on 14 December for anyone interested (I missed that deadline last year, after it saved me a ton the year before...).  Basically a frequent flier card.  You pay $55, which covers your first lift ticket, then it's 25% off your next two lift tickets, then the 4th one is free.  So if you went on 4 Sundays (I won't consider going to BM or CB on a Saturday, lol), that'd work out to $37.37 per open-to-close visit, over 4 visits.    After that, you'd get 25% off your next 3, and again, the 4th visit is free again.   

post #129 of 245
Since I'm over 70, my Blue season pass is free, but I've been an advocate of pay-for-your-hours skiing since I got too old for 8:30 to 4:00 days on the snow - six or eight years now. I think you should be able to pay for 2 or 4 hour increments. I think some Euro areas do it already, and it's easy to set up with e-ticketing like Blue's, and would work with human ticket checkers, too. A few years ago I was on a lift at Blue with a relative of Tut's, a daughter in law or granddaughter or niece, who was part of management, and pitched it to her, so maybe I'm responsible.
post #130 of 245
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Camelback's CamelCard deal expires on 14 December for anyone interested (I missed that deadline last year, after it saved me a ton the year before...).  Basically a frequent flier card.  You pay $55, which covers your first lift ticket, then it's 25% off your next two lift tickets, then the 4th one is free.  So if you went on 4 Sundays (I won't consider going to BM or CB on a Saturday, lol), that'd work out to $37.37 per open-to-close visit, over 4 visits.    After that, you'd get 25% off your next 3, and again, the 4th visit is free again.   

Last year I would use it to ski visit 2 and 3 on a Saturday nights, then visit 4 would be a full day and free (saved even a few more dollars). I wonder if they stopped that this year. I even like Saturday nights at Camelback, crowns thinned out and the bar has some pretty good bands there.

post #131 of 245

I'm heading up to Whitetail this Friday, Jan 2nd - and taking an intermediate lesson from 10-11. But if anyone else is heading there and would like to meet up before or after for a couple of runs, let me know. I'll probably be there through much of the afternoon depending on how long my legs hold out! Hopefully with the colder temps they'll have more of the blue runs open.

post #132 of 245
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Sunday will be our first trip up to Camelback this season.

post #133 of 245

Sounds like with the cold weather moving in they should have most (if not all) trails open, but the weather looks like it will turn warm and rainy for Sunday.  I hope that's not the case and you have a good day on the slopes.

 

I'm targeting Sunday the 11th is anyone is interested in meeting up.  Not fussy where, just would prefer it not to be Blue Mtn.

post #134 of 245
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WD65 and I will certainly be at Camelback Sunday the 11th. 

 

Wow, that forecast changed quick.  Yesterday when I booked a room up there for Saturday night, it was calling for cold and a little snow!  (must be those negative waves, Moriarty!!)


Edited by kitchener - 12/31/14 at 7:14am
post #135 of 245

You really, really like that movie, don't you?  LMAO

 

So let's hook up on the 11th.  I'm about 30 minutes away, so I can get there plenty early enough to be one of the first on the lifts. We can firm up details as we get closer.  It will be great to meet some of my housemates for the Blue Knob GTG

post #136 of 245
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Ha!  Kelley's Heroes?  You bet!  That and The Godfather have lines that provide the Tao of manhood, lol.    Lots of great quotes.  Remember Don Rickles in it?  "Hey Kelley!!  Make a deal-deal.  Maybe da guy's a Republican."

 

Anyway, it'd be great to hook up on the 11th.  Let's figure on it.

post #137 of 245
Anyone heading to Elk' free demo day on the 9th?
post #138 of 245
Thanks for reminding me. If I can shake this cold-flu I've had since Xmas.... Do you need tix from a shop?
post #139 of 245
Elk link says discount lift tickets available. Got mine through the Wilmington Ski Club bus trip. Their site says bring picture ID and credit card for free demos.

http://www.elkskier.com/homepage/upcoming-events/icalrepeat.detail/2015/01/09/7/-/winter-fest-with-demos
post #140 of 245
Demo day at Blue 1/23, also Buckmans.
post #141 of 245

I'm 60/40 that I will be making the Elk trip on Friday, waiting to see how the weather is shaping up and how much terrain is open. Elk, like most Pa resorts is not fully open, so check the website later this week to determine how much skiing is available. @evensilver you do not need to prepurchase a discount ticket to participate in the demo day. You will save about $25 if you buy locally in advance. Senior weekday rate is $49. I've often found people selling the discount tickets, so ask around in the parking lot or cattle bus. You will need to register and that is done in the "day lodge" building which is above the main lodge and on the right. 

 

Damn this warm weather we have been having, it's playing havoc on my skiing. Blue still does not have it's expert trails open and they must have taken a beating yesterday with the fog/rain. Generally, they need a solid week of cold weather to make the snow to open these runs.

post #142 of 245
Finally went to the MD after a week of bad cold& fever and am on an antibiotic for not-quite pneumonia, so Friday is unlikely. Let us know what you demoed.
post #143 of 245

Unfortunately this Friday is not in the cards for me...maybe I can get to the one at Blue.  The good news is that the temps this week should allow them to crank the snowmaking 24hrs/day for the next 5 days, should have good conditions by Friday

post #144 of 245

I wouldn't might hooking up with a few of you but Sundays are tough for me due to indoor soccer. Maybe as we get deeper into the season I can miss a Sunday to meet up.

post #145 of 245

Some Saturdays are good for me.

post #146 of 245
I'll be at Shawnee Sunday night!

On the bunny slope, with my son for his first time on skis.
post #147 of 245

Shawnee has done a good job of regrading the teaching slope, and they have a magic carpet lift now as well (although from the very top is still a bit steep for first-timers, unless they are quick learners).  Keep that in mind if you take him up to the top of the teaching slope, you may need to help him a bit right off the top, until the slope mellows a bit.

post #148 of 245

Hello!  Is anyone interested in making a day trip to Blue Knob sometime next week (M-F)?  Conditions are improving and they reported that snow making is occurring on Stembogan and Lower High Hopes (that is if they're being truthful).  Most of their green & blue trails are now open!   

post #149 of 245

Weather conditions at Blue Knob should be good as well!

post #150 of 245

A quick update about Blue Mtn.'s facility work this season. Biggest change is the Valley Lodge has been greatly expanded with permanent tent structures. All ski school lessons and rental now can only be done at the Valley Lodge. The True Blue Ski Shop is also at the bottom, along with the ski tuning shop. The tuning shop is now part of the ski shop and is no longer visible. I miss talking to the people who actually work on my skis, don't like this change. My understanding is that Blue will continue to develop the Valley Lodge to become more prominent and take the bulk of skier traffic. It's so much easier to park in the Valley lodge and directly access the High Speed lifts, plus, no need to take the slow chairs to return to the mountain lodge at days end. I'm not certain when Blue will start it's proposed Water Park (will not open in '15) but that will be accessed via the Valley Lodge. The Mountain Lodge has had a great upgrade and looks much better.

 

The recent cold weather enabled most all runs to be open. Sidwinder terrain park will be last, but, should open soon. The Blue midweek regulars are so happy that the mountain is mostly open, skiing there with just Main Stree, Lazy Mile and Paradise gets old quick, plus, the skier traffic on those trails can be insane. On Friday, I skied till 11:30 and left due to crowds, as Blue had closed a couple of trails for racing.

 

Any way, it's great to be back on the slopes.

 

BTW, I did not do the Elk demo day. Skied the day before, for first day of season, and my technique did not warrant demoing skis. Anybody go, and if so, how was it?

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