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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Okay, so it's snowing like hell here in NYC.

The storm track has PA getting the most snow between now and Sunday, up to 18".

So where do I ski on a Sunday day trip? Camelback doesn't open til' 12/11. Elk is too far.

If the storm tracks just a bit further north, I'll just do Belleayre in the Catskills. But for now, assume Poconos.

A little help?
post #2 of 17
I am by no means an expert, but have a lot of experience in PA. Reconsider. The mountains are all VERY tame and icy (when there is snow), the runs are short and crowded (most of my experience is at Jack Frost, Big Boulder). You would be wise to investigate going North if there is any snow or waiting for a better local opportunity. Bellayre or Windam.

You are probably jonesing for a ski day as badly as I am. I think Sunday I'll try some runs at a golf course, I am so desparate. But I won't drive 1&1/2 hours to wait in line 30 minutes for a 10 minutes run.

If you must go, I've had some fun at Montage, but haven't been in years.
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
So you're saying that you'd rather stay home than ski in 12" of fresh?

Interesting!

Anyway, to clarify, I've skied the Poconos before. I know it's tame. But if they get 12-18" as predicted, I'm relatively confident that it will NOT be icy. And that it'll probably make for a fun day of skiing.

As far as jonesing goes, I just got back from Park City on Tuesday, so I'm actually ok. I just really like to ski.

Now, any other info as to which mountains are open, and which ones people prefer?
post #4 of 17
Xdog,

I live in Philly and am also gunning for some turns on Sunday. Thinking about just poaching one of the not-yet-opened pocono areas...maybe Blue Mountain or Bear Creek. I've got no problem earning 3 or 4 powder runs, but even the lift-served action this weekend should be pretty good.

As far as the poconos is concerned, I'm not sure what's open yet, but I'll take a look. From NYC, though, you're definitely better off heading north. I'd recommend Plattekill if they're open, as it has some of the better terrain in the catskills and on powder days they do minimal grooming.
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
Riverside, I'm with you. North is the preferred direction of travel over western PA, I just don't think they're getting the snow totals. I'm looking at all the sites, I'll know more by this eve.
post #6 of 17
Don't forget Mountain Creek (formerly Vernon Valley/Great Gorge). I like this as much as Elk (the best of eastern PA skiing), and the last time I checked, it had more high speed quads to get you up to those great nose-bleed runs in the sky!

LOL. Several years ago I went back to my old high school alma mater ski area, Ski Roundtop. Sheez, that was laughable. I remember going there as an 8th grader, wearing my dad's wool pea coat. Big mistake for a beginner. I still remember the ski lift operator saying, "Hey, kid, save some snow for the rest of us!" It was sticking to the wool coat like chewing gum to braces.

Going back a couple years ago (a 20 year span), it was LONG lift lines to ride slow lifts for 1 minute runs back down to the lift lines. But, I guess it'd done its job back in 1978, whetting my appetite to learn to ski. Now look at me. I fall with a lot more style these days!
post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
I've sworn off Mtn. Creek on weekends. It's just too close to NYC. At least once you pass the Gap, the crowds disperse to 3 or 4 destinations. the Creek is just a big venus flytrap.
post #8 of 17
Just checked the Plattekill website. They're not open today but are considering doing the "Powderdaize" thing tomorrow (i.e. lifts running but NO grooming). Worth monitoring...if they're open, definitely bypass Hunter and Windham.

www.plattekill.com
post #9 of 17
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Originally posted by Xdog:
I've sworn off Mtn. Creek on weekends. It's just too close to NYC. At least once you pass the Gap, the crowds disperse to 3 or 4 destinations. the Creek is just a big venus flytrap.
Hey, don't knock the hill where I grew up(I am now in CA, Squaw VAlley, here I come). If you get on from the Great Gorge side and stay around the yellow chair, you won't get that much crowd. When it has snow, Mountain Creek is pretty good compare to Big Bolder and Jack Frost.
post #10 of 17
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Originally posted by JackW:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Xdog:
I've sworn off Mtn. Creek on weekends. It's just too close to NYC. At least once you pass the Gap, the crowds disperse to 3 or 4 destinations. the Creek is just a big venus flytrap.
Hey, don't knock the hill where I grew up(I am now in CA, Squaw VAlley, here I come). If you get on from the Great Gorge side and stay around the yellow chair, you won't get that much crowd. When it has snow, Mountain Creek is pretty good compare to Big Bolder and Jack Frost.</font>[/quote]Jack
How long has it been since you've been to Vernon? All the old chairs have been replaced except for the triple chair below the Vernon Lodge(the lodge is gone too). Intrawest has done a great job fixing the place up, you probably wouldn't recognise it.

I was there early this morning. Only one trail open but for what there was it was good. Left at 11:00 when the lines got long. Going again tomorrow.

Xdog
Next time you're up this way let me know. We'll have a mini East Coast gathering in NJ. LOL

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post #11 of 17
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Originally posted by BillA:
Jack
How long has it been since you've been to Vernon? All the old chairs have been replaced except for the triple chair below the Vernon Lodge(the lodge is gone too). Intrawest has done a great job fixing the place up, you probably wouldn't recognise it.

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Sorry Charlie, I have not been there for a big while, after all, Whistler and Squaw is a little bit better than Vernon V. LOL
post #12 of 17
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Originally posted by Aaron:
Don't forget Mountain Creek (formerly Vernon Valley/Great Gorge). I like this as much as Elk (the best of eastern PA skiing), and the last time I checked, it had more high speed quads to get you up to those great nose-bleed runs in the sky!

LOL. Several years ago I went back to my old high school alma mater ski area, Ski Roundtop. Sheez, that was laughable. I remember going there as an 8th grader, wearing my dad's wool pea coat. Big mistake for a beginner. I still remember the ski lift operator saying, "Hey, kid, save some snow for the rest of us!" It was sticking to the wool coat like chewing gum to braces.

Going back a couple years ago (a 20 year span), it was LONG lift lines to ride slow lifts for 1 minute runs back down to the lift lines. But, I guess it'd done its job back in 1978, whetting my appetite to learn to ski. Now look at me. I fall with a lot more style these days!
Aarron,
Roundtop is my old home mountain as well. It appears we learned to ski there around the same time. The winter of 76-77 was the first time for me. They had a great ski school and learn to ski program for the local schools. I graduated from Mechanicsburg in 1983.
I went back a couple of years ago for the first time in 14 years. I skied for two days. The second after a nice little snow storm. It was great fun on the 600 foot vertical even for a holiday weekend but there were no crowds over on the advanced/expert areas.
Because of Roundtop’s great ski school and steep terrain on Upper Lafeyette, Ramrod, and Gunbarrel, I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to handle some seriously steep stuff on the big mountains out west and in Europe. I only wish I lived closer to a mountain like Roundtop. It now takes me 4+ hours to get to nothing much better if I want to see snow.
It looks like this storm has brought them over a foot of snow. If the cold and snow continue, they’ll probably get everything open before the holidays.
post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 
Nice hijack, are you guys wearing masks at the computer? :
post #14 of 17
Take Monday off and hit up Hunter.
post #15 of 17
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Originally posted by rustyedge:
Roundtop is my old home mountain as well. It appears we learned to ski there around the same time. The winter of 76-77 was the first time for me. They had a great ski school and learn to ski program for the local schools. I graduated from Mechanicsburg in 1983.QB]
Dover H.S., 1982.

Sure seemed a lot steeper back then, lol. These days, I don't mind skiing places like the Poconos if I have to, but NEVER again will I ski a Roundtop or a Camelback on a weekend and suffer lift lines to do it. As often as not, I'll take a three-dayer up to Stratton or something, since it's relatively within striking distance of northern Delaware, rather than the Poconos. Guess when it comes to ski season, I can count my blessings I'm not in GA during the winter...
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post #17 of 17
Blue Mtn and Elk are opening tomorrow
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