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Boyce Park ski area the first in western PA to open

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The Allegheny County owned ski area in the eastern Pittsburgh suburbs will open for a night session today Dec. 21, 2015 at 3:30 pm and plan to stay open through the week. This is the first time in my memory that the 180 vertical foot ski area beat the larger resorts on the Laurel Ridge to the east. Bravo Boyce Park!

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Little hill rules!

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Damn! I'm about 10 minutes from there right now and didn't bother to bring my skis!!

 

Local article and video from KDKA : http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/12/21/boyce-park-slopes-open-with-layer-of-manmade-snow/

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Boyce Park open already?   That is GREAT!

 

I give this little ski area all the credit in the world.  It is now being professionally managed by management who knows skiing and who has top of the line snow making and grooming equipment and knows how to use it!  And I find that the snow and the grooming are BETTER than the big boys like Seven Springs or Hidden Valley.  And, with lift tickets just a fraction of the cost of its bigger brothers and it being close and convenient, its hard to beat for ski lovers....

 

No, it does not have a bar.  It just has great snow and a decent snack bar and a warm fire.

And, although it's hill is short and kind of blue, it does have a great beginner's area as well as a well designed park for those doing tricks.  Kids and teenagers love it!  Their parents drop them off after school and then pick up the worn-out kids at bed time.  And, surprisingly, despite the lack of parental supervision, I find those kids and teenagers to be more respectful of other skiers than I have seen at any other area!

 

For myself, I will run over there on a week night to start the 3:00pm opening and I am often the first one to make tracks in its newly groomed snow and then stay as long or as little as I like -- because, with its low prices I do not need to try to 'get my money's worth' out of it.  Usually I'll ski for 3, 4 or 5 hours and then take the short trip back home.

 

My only caution is to avoid weekends where the families come out with inexperienced kids and the place is jammed.  Weekdays are better.

 

 Boyce is my 'home' ski area where I can easily get in 1 or 2 days a week.  Occasionally I will travel up to Hidden Valley or Seven Springs for a change (and longer runs).  But Boyce is my home.

 

Thank you Boyce!  We Pittsburghers are lucky to have you! 

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This is where I first successfully navigated the perilous poma and T-bar. You can learn a lot by being dragged uphill. Here's my review with a revision comment just added. http://www.epicski.com/products/boyce-park/reviews/3082.

 

Nice write up George.

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Unfortunately it's very wet outside today. Whoever got out there last night hit it at the right time.
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This is where I first successfully navigated the perilous poma and T-bar. You can learn a lot by being dragged uphill. Here's my review with a revision comment just added. http://www.epicski.com/products/boyce-park/reviews/3082.

 

Nice write up George

Thank You!

And, yes, Boyce Park used to have a poma on the beginners slope.  And once, 30 years ago I took a newbie there so he could learn how to ski (It's probably still the best place in Western PA to learn!).   He did well except:  on his first ride up the poma he got scared that he would not be able to stop at the top and let go about 7 feet from the crest.  He coasted ALMOST to the top and then started sliding back down backwards -- and the skiers on the poma behind him looked like so many dominos as they went down!  I knew I shouldn't laugh, but...

... Fortunately that poma has been replaced with a very nice conveyer system.

 

Anyway, I just wanted to update my prior post about the place:

I just got back from an afternoon/evening skiing there and -- It was darn near perfect!  I really couldn't believe it!  Even though it was (and had been) around 60 degrees, the snow was as good or better than I have ever seen it (and actually better than I've ever seen it at Hidden Valley or Seven Springs).   I have absolutely no idea how he made flat, smooth firm snow in that weather -- but he did!  Looking down from the lift I could see almost perfect slits in the snow from my carved turns (I was the first one down the hill). The only down sides were:  Only the beginner's slope and the main slope were open -- and only about 2/3's of the main slope was covered (but they report it had a substantial 18-22 inches).   But it was firm and no trace of the slush or mashed potatoes I had expected.

 

Boyce Park is small -- but it's never the less, very well managed and run.

 

And, to top it off:  the whole thing cost me $12 for the lift ticket! I did 100% non-stop skiing for 3 hours (no lines at all) -- so that works out to about $4.00 an hour!   Not bad!

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Thank You!

And, yes, Boyce Park used to have a poma on the beginners slope.  And once, 30 years ago I took a newbie there so he could learn how to ski (It's probably still the best place in Western PA to learn!).   He did well except:  on his first ride up the poma he got scared that he would not be able to stop at the top and let go about 7 feet from the crest.  He coasted ALMOST to the top and then started sliding back down backwards -- and the skiers on the poma behind him looked like so many dominos as they went down!  I knew I shouldn't laugh, but...

... Fortunately that poma has been replaced with a very nice conveyer system.

 

Anyway, I just wanted to update my prior post about the place:

I just got back from an afternoon/evening skiing there and -- It was darn near perfect!  I really couldn't believe it!  Even though it was (and had been) around 60 degrees, the snow was as good or better than I have ever seen it (and actually better than I've ever seen it at Hidden Valley or Seven Springs).   I have absolutely no idea how he made flat, smooth firm snow in that weather -- but he did!  Looking down from the lift I could see almost perfect slits in the snow from my carved turns (I was the first one down the hill). The only down sides were:  Only the beginner's slope and the main slope were open -- and only about 2/3's of the main slope was covered (but they report it had a substantial 18-22 inches).   But it was firm and no trace of the slush or mashed potatoes I had expected.

 

Boyce Park is small -- but it's never the less, very well managed and run.

 

And, to top it off:  the whole thing cost me $12 for the lift ticket! I did 100% non-stop skiing for 3 hours (no lines at all) -- so that works out to about $4.00 an hour!   Not bad!

 

Wish I had been able to join you... next year if I'm home for Christmas again, I'll make sure to check before I assume they'll be closed!

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Yes, always good to check -- especially with the crazy weather these past years.  Boyce just closed yesterday (12/26/15) for lack of snow and inability to make more due to the 50-60 degree weather and steady rain...

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