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how many here are from the east coast, NYC area.

IM looking for better places to ski that is not too far from the city. The places i usually go is Mt. Creek. hunter, bellair, camelback and windham
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Plattekill in Roxbury, about 1/2 hour north of Belleayre. They get the most snow in the area. When Hunter gets 2 inches they can get 10. They just got 14! 3 pretty steep doubl diamonds, 1 is very steep. Lots of tree skiing and not much grooming. This is a no frills place and the cheapest in the area. Worth the trip.
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Originally Posted by eyeski
Plattekill in Roxbury, about 1/2 hour north of Belleayre. They get the most snow in the area. When Hunter gets 2 inches they can get 10. They just got 14! 3 pretty steep doubl diamonds, 1 is very steep. Lots of tree skiing and not much grooming. This is a no frills place and the cheapest in the area. Worth the trip.
What he said. If you want a ski area it is great. If you want sushi and Bogner, not so much.
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What he said. If you want a ski area it is great. If you want sushi and Bogner, not so much.
Well, you can have a 16 year old burn a burger for ya.
post #5 of 19
Catskills (N to S) - Windham, Hunter, Cortina, Plattekill, , Bobcat, Belleayre.

Birkshires (N to S) - Jiminy Peak, Butternut, Catamount (NY).

Nearby Hills - Sterling Forest, Thunder Ridge.

Do not know any NJ or PA places other than Hidden Valley and Mountain Creek.

-Scott
post #6 of 19
I'd go for Gore in NY.

If you are in PA the best bet is Elk.
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Originally Posted by Scott K
Catskills (N to S) - Windham, Hunter, Cortina, Plattekill, , Bobcat, Belleayre.

Birkshires (N to S) - Jiminy Peak, Butternut, Catamount (NY).

Nearby Hills - Sterling Forest, Thunder Ridge.

Do not know any NJ or PA places other than Hidden Valley and Mountain Creek.

-Scott
I think Bobcat bit the big one. No signs of life there for a few years. Shame, looked like an OK place to spend a day.
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Originally Posted by eyeski
Plattekill in Roxbury, about 1/2 hour north of Belleayre. They get the most snow in the area. When Hunter gets 2 inches they can get 10. They just got 14! 3 pretty steep doubl diamonds, 1 is very steep. Lots of tree skiing and not much grooming. This is a no frills place and the cheapest in the area. Worth the trip.
Plattekill is a must,it has a sustained pitch from top to bottom. A nice 'old school' feel. Just relax and ski,have a burger and a beer on the deck.
Was there on Sat.,they had just gotten some snow but it was still slim pickin's.
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Originally Posted by eyeski
Well, you can have a 16 year old burn a burger for ya.
Do the still have great apple cider donuts? Mmmm, donuts.
post #10 of 19
Plattekill is great **if** they have a good amount of natural snow. Their snowmaking capacity is equivalent to my garden hose. Elk is the best in NE PA though it's a good deal further than the Poconos areas. Gore is generally the best of all of them if you can handle the drive and the one true "big" mountain by EC standards.
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Well u name them all...............there isn't any

NJ: All I know is Mountain creek(great gore) is pretty cheap if u buy their triple play card on ebay or early season. Season tickets only $300 BUT there trials SUX! and bunch of fool mouth kids anything else is not even worth going.

PA. Camelback is the best I think if u wanna take ur family nice sitting area everything organize..........Shawnee is pretty good as well BUT a little farther than Camelback so why bother

both are within 1.5 hr drive....other than those evrything is too far away
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My son lives in Manhattan and in addition to HuntaH , Bellayre and Plattkill ,he prefers to drive to GORE . Its a higher vert and better $ for lodging , altho he's a big huntah fan for the steeps and bumps .

Plattkill in his opinion when its right is another MRG --ski it if u can and all thrills /no frills with its lack of pretention and posers in one-piecers .
Me i'm hooked on Gore and several smaller venues in the DACKS and of course anything in the White mtns in NH
post #14 of 19
Mountain Creek is great if you confine your skiing activities to "South" , the southern section of the resort, a couple miles down road from "North", connected by a chair{s-n} and a long, flat trail {n-s).
This section of Mountain Creek is the old "Great Gorge", and it still retains it's charm, with the original lodge, and the excellent "Racing Trail"...truly beautiful skiing, and few crowds, esp. on weekday mornings. fresh manmade and old-school ambience make this section of the resort perfect for a day nearby. the food is much better at the south lodge, as well, but I'll reserve commentary on the resort's ..."school".....that's the same at both ends of the resort
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Originally Posted by vlad
Mountain Creek is great if you confine your skiing activities to "South" , the southern section of the resort, a couple miles down road from "North", connected by a chair{s-n} and a long, flat trail {n-s).
This section of Mountain Creek is the old "Great Gorge", and it still retains it's charm, with the original lodge, and the excellent "Racing Trail"...truly beautiful skiing, and few crowds, esp. on weekday mornings. fresh manmade and old-school ambience make this section of the resort perfect for a day nearby. the food is much better at the south lodge, as well, but I'll reserve commentary on the resort's ..."school".....that's the same at both ends of the resort
which is the south??? the one at the left side of the map or on the right side of the map? most people just stick to the left side and never venture to the right I don't go to the righ side mainly because of theres a flate area that without poles I have to really build up my speed before hands
post #16 of 19

Better places to ski?

Move out of the Big Apple.
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Depending on the type of skiing you do and the type of frills you and your family require it will vary.  Personally I enjoy off the beaten path smaller areas where you can ski anywhere and ski patrol will not give you anything other then directions to the best stashes.  starting by the closest to nyc to the farthest.  Plattekill is a nice place but hit it after a nice storm runs through and you will have an awesome day.  Instead of gore Hickory ski center just reopened a couple of seasons ago.  (near warrensburg off of the northway)  T bars, Poma platter lifts and a lodge from the 40's where the locals show up with a large red cooler of beer and food.  True the lifts aren't modern and they don't get a ton of snow..(compared to other resorts but remember less snow will stay deeper with a fraction of the traffic!)  and the locals start btchin when the lift line gets over 3-4 people heh imagine that... However go there a couple of days after a storm and you will still be slaying fresh tracks without even going in the woods.  Its one of those places you definately need to know how to ski not to say you can't learn there but most would not want to.  Food... dirt cheap i think my Pork roll E and C was about 3-4 dollars and it was made to order in front of me.  As far as expansions according to their manager of ops the owner purchased about 600 acres and was going to look at a double to install on the expansion.  So for all you guys who like to drink your own beer and visit a place very close to the soul of skiing go and keep um in business.  Darnit i wanna see that other terrain opened what a gem! On the way home be sure to hit the meat store of the north for some giant subs.  Hickory is 20 minutes from gore so if one dislikes one go try the other the next day.  As far as PA  Elk is nice and about 2-3 hrs away,  blue knob is cool but a drive as its far south east PA 3- 4 hrs.  Camelback, shawnee, big boulder jack frost and blue mountain.... personally too crowded and not my cuppa tea (man made snow is like non dairy creamer as to milk) but hey thats just my opinion.  For beginners or those with beginners in the family give bellearye a shot.  The lower half of the mountain is great for getting a new skier or boarder into the sport without discouraging or scaring her.  Not to mention they have a great instruction program combined with alot of beginner gentle terrain its a good match.  If you were gonna stick to the poconos elk or blue would be the better choices.

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Dude, holy necropost.

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Dude, holy necropost.



Good phrase.  I like it. icon14.gif

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