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Anyone grow up skiing in the Poconos?

post #1 of 27
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Timber Hill, we made haybail jumps. T-bars, Poma lift.

Camelback, The Hump was a gladed trail. Asp had turns. Margies had bumps. "All Night Ski's".

Elk, Night skiing was $8.00


And the old "My mom will drive, if your mom picks up"
post #2 of 27
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
Timber Hill, we made haybail jumps. T-bars, Poma lift.
"My mom will drive, if your mom picks up"
Applies to just about anywhere, any-era if you don't have a drivers license. As far as price, I remember $6.50 all day tickets at Alta. Epic, no?
post #3 of 27
Skier's never grow up.
post #4 of 27

Yep

My dad coming home early from work on a Friday when it was snowing. Packing us all in the stationwagon and heading up the northeast extension. Going through the Lehigh Tunnel, you knew you were getting close. Dinner at Ho Jo's and skiing Sat and Sun at Jack Frost. Every kid there crowded around the one pinball machine while their parent's were trying to get them lunch.

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post #5 of 27
Growing up around DC, as a young teen I usually skied with my family at areas closer to the PA/MD state line or in VA. But in the winter of 1969 my oldest brother had just completed a tour in Vietnam and to celebrate his return my dad drove the whole family (6 of us) up to Camelback for a few days of skiing. Camelback was the most prominent ski area in the Poconos at that time. The skiing was fine, but the real joy of that trip was getting to see our big brother back in one piece. He was a 1st Lt, USMC, Infantry and just days removed from intense jungle fighting. I'm sure he was going through a little psychological adjustment. One thing we all remember was him breaking off a three foot icicle from the roof of our motel cabin one morning before heading to the slopes. He held it like a rifle and took a few imaginary pot shots. Then he put it on his shoulder and marched guard duty in from of my mom's room until she came out the door and joined the rest of us in laughter at the goofy big brother who was safely back in the fold.
My brother lives in southern California now and is close to 60. He surfs regularly throughout the year and skis occasionally at Mammoth with a snowboarding son, who by the way, just returned in October from a stint with the Marines in Fallujah, Iraq.
post #6 of 27
Ski Liberty was my destination in high school.
post #7 of 27
Still ski the Poc's today and proud of it. We have some nice stuff here I think. I just wish the season lasted a bit longer. Well thats just an excuse to make a trip out west or up North I guess.
post #8 of 27
I grew up across the street from Shawnee Mountain-some nice trails include tecumnseh, tammohawk, arrowhead and chief thundercloud-they all are blacks towards the bottom of the mountain but have some decent length and challenge. I'm only 20 yrs old though and can't speak for cheap prices. Skiing in the poconos isn't as bad as everyone makes it out to be. Elk, Blue mt, and camelback all offer a decent day or night skiing
post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by Shea-bird
Skiing in the poconos isn't as bad as everyone makes it out to be.
Sorry, I have to disagree, the Pocs are that bad . Maybe I have become a ski snob., but last year was the first year in 27 years of skiing that I didn't ski in Pa and I was thrilled. Where you grew up by Shawnee, I grew up by Camelback. I used to get my 60+ days in there, I even remember one yerar that I didn't ski during the day, it might have been my Junior year of High School. If I never ski the Pocs again, I would be happy. And don't even get me started on Blue .
post #10 of 27
Come on now. Skiing the Pocono's is not bad at all. I mean we aren't talking about those 150 foot verticals on trash heaps (or whatever those things are). We're talking about some nice mountains with respectable verticals with nice trails. Good Mid-Atlantic skiing.
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by Ullr
Every kid there crowded around the one pinball machine while their parent's were trying to get them lunch
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I remember playing "PONG" at Camelback in High School and thinking it was cool.... pathetic, huh?
post #12 of 27
Many here have gone on to taller and more challenging mountains , however the skiing skills developed may have not have been as developed if you would have not had the access to the modest ski slopes of your youth.

I love to hear about great skiers that honed their skills on modest vertical. Out in Minnesota they have Buck Hill that makes Camelback look like the Alps, yet they have put a dozen or so skiers on the World Cup. I still subscribe that when you grow up skiing on a small hill you enjoy skiing all the more when you have the opportuniy to ski on a "big" mountain. I'm glad I still have close access to a ski area that is modest in vertical but affords me the opportunity to ski all season. My wife asked me a number of years ago why I still insist on skiing every weekend and I told her to practice and she responded , practice for what!
I do know there is bigger and better and when I have the opportunity to ski on a big mountain it still feels very special. I rember my first trip west in 1980 to Vail. When it loses its"magic' I should quit going and spending the money. As I type this I'm scheming on going out for a long weekend next Thursday night. Skiing keeps you young and unfortunately broke. In my opinion its a fair trade off. Man we need some winter soon here in SW Pa.
post #13 of 27
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I am at teh point where I would rather have quality over quantity. Don't me wrong, I loved my youth skiing at Timber Hill every weekend Camelback every mid week night. My son, at 15, from skiing Vermont, Montana, Alberta, Utah, Tahoe, Alaska, Colorado is leaps and bounds where I was at 15 from skiing Camelback and such.

Its theh same with being rich vs. being poor. I am not saying that I am rich, but I am not poor. Rationalizing that the Poconos are great skiing is what we call "Stinkin Thinkin".

Please also note, most of my comments are with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek. :thumbsup:
post #14 of 27
haha, I agree that its not comparable to any mountain up north or points far west, but growing up 5 mins or closer to a mountain with a near 1000 ft vert is a lot better than most get and it it true, everytime I make it to vermont or maine I enjoy it so much more...still waiting for that first trip out west(being in college and having an abundance of money really don't belong in the same sentence).
post #15 of 27
exactly. It's good and it's close. Skiers in FL (if there are any) would LOVE to be within an hour of the Poconos. I think the Mid West too.
post #16 of 27
you know it, Jack.

poconos and even lesser mtns like Ski Liberty/Charnita, Wisp, Roundtop, Blue Knob, Massanutten, Bryce, Canaan Valley, etc

the essentials for becoming a GREAT skier can be learned at any mtn that has lift service and/or enough slope to give gravity a hand in sliding downhill.
post #17 of 27
OK, after lurking I have to post. Yes, the one-eyed man in the land of the blind is king but....If Big sky was a 400 vertical, ice covered, teen-aged snowboarder covered waste land and you could go there Big Mountain or Bridger where would you go? The Poconos suck! Plain and simple. It is what it is. Yes, I do agree with Gonzo about learning but we aren't talking about that. I live 1 hour from Blue Mountain, 1100 vertical but I would drive twice that for a good mountain anyday.
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by Finndog
OK, after lurking I have to post. Yes, the one-eyed man in the land of the blind is king but....If Big sky was a 400 vertical, ice covered, teen-aged snowboarder covered waste land and you could go there Big Mountain or Bridger where would you go? The Poconos suck! Plain and simple. It is what it is. Yes, I do agree with Gonzo about learning but we aren't talking about that. I live 1 hour from Blue Mountain, 1100 vertical but I would drive twice that for a good mountain anyday.

I knew there was a reason I liked you. I have two words for you "Black Pumps".
post #19 of 27
Whats with the hatin' on the Pocono Mountains? There is FAR worse out there. (see the where did you grow up thread).

And where are there 400 ft verticals in the Poconos? In the Pocono area there are 3 mountains at or above 1000 feet of vert and there are 2 Mountains close to 1000 feet of vert. So thats 5 nicely sized hills by Mid Atlantic standards right in NE PA. Can it be icy? of course, so can Killington. Are there Teenaged Snowboarders? of course, they're everywhere, (they are in abundance at Blue however.)

Of course The Poconos cannot compete with New England but 5 hills at or at or near 1000 feet of Vertical right in NE PA isn't chump change either.
post #20 of 27
the person who taught me how to ski was olympic bound...raced under Gus at Camelback...then he met a girl...end of story. point is though, great skiers and boarders come out of the poconos. Kier Dillon grew up riding at shawnee
post #21 of 27
Oh Great one, tell me of these great mountains you speak of so that I may journey to them to pay omage.

Camelback- you're joking
Shawnee, no, don't think so
Jack Frost? yeah right.

BTW-I'm not putting Blue in the Pocono category

Phil- what would one wear to such great places?
post #22 of 27
I grew up in West Scranton and skied Montage 100+ days a year for several years in the early 90s. They only have around a 120 day season so I basically skied every day except Christmas and Christmas Eve because my mother refused to let me go skiing on those days. When I eventually got my drivers license and a job I started skiing Elk mountain and only on the weekends.

I live in Colorado now and I don't think the ski areas here have that much better snow here 70% of the time on the weekends due to the huge crowds scrapping it all off. But the back country, vertical drop and big snow days can't be beat.
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by Shea-bird
the person who taught me how to ski was olympic bound...raced under Gus at Camelback...then he met a girl...end of story. point is though, great skiers and boarders come out of the poconos. Kier Dillon grew up riding at shawnee

As mentioned in another thread some USST members came from Buck Hill, MN (not PA). The only "World Class" skier I knew of that came out of the Pocs was Tom Burawski. Tom had some pics in Powder Magazine including the covetted cover shot of the September Equipement issue, always the best selling issue. Pete Ripley was a good young skier that skied out of Shawnee and was a PSU racer.

As far as Pocono attire, either flannel or a Starter Giants jacket with jeans.
post #24 of 27
I grew up in Jersey in the 70s and learned to ski at Great Gorge (now Mountain Creek) but I'd get out to Camelback once in a while.

One thing I remember is heading out I 80 on a Saturday morning with a bunch of friends in my '65 Ford wagon and seeing some guy with a pair of skis and boots on the side of the highway with his thumb out. This was maybe an hour plus from the mountain. We thought it quite outragous that some guy would hitchhike to ski so we picked him up. He said he was planning to meet friends and that would be his ride home. Sure hope he found them. Hey, maybe he's still there 25 years later.
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by Finndog
Oh Great one, tell me of these great mountains you speak of so that I may journey to them to pay omage.

Camelback- you're joking
Shawnee, no, don't think so
Jack Frost? yeah right.

BTW-I'm not putting Blue in the Pocono category

Phil- what would one wear to such great places?
Interesting, you don't put Blue Mt. in the Pocono Category yet, geographically it's located in the Southern Poconos.

Shawnee, Elk, Montage and Blue are nice places to ski in the Pocono area.
Again, I never said the Pocono resorts are anything like up north or out west but they are nice hills. I have a right to my opinion. You have a right to yours.
post #26 of 27
i don't put Blue in that category becasue its technically in the "poconos" but its really pretty far from it. 20 Minutes from Allentown/Lehigh is not what I consider the Poconos. Yes, you may have your opinion but since you're not skiing at Hunter tomorrow I can't agree with you!
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by PA Ridge Racer
Category yet, geographically it's located in the Southern Poconos.

I have a right to my opinion. You have a right to yours.

Blue (Little Gap) is a "Pocono area" because of "marketing", Just the way I live in "Newtown Square" and and it is now concidered "The Main Line" because it gives it a better image.

As far as opinions, we all have ours, just that some are more accurate than others .
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