|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!
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.