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Poconos or Catskills? (from NYC)

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
If I want to....

A) first and foremost, ski for a couple of days

B) and possibly enjoy any social settings

which might be better from NYC. (2nd weekend in March)

Thanks.
post #2 of 16
God, that's an easy one. The Catskills.
post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by sibhusky
God, that's an easy one. The Catskills.
Defintely.
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 

Catskills huh?

I've heard that although the hills are better the snow sucks. Am I talking to the wrong people?
post #5 of 16
yes the snow sucks go to poconos...tell all its a real shitty place and never to ski there and if you decided you need to visit this hell hole please go to hunter"hear they have free beer on the weekends"
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by moftel
I've heard that although the hills are better the snow sucks. Am I talking to the wrong people?
It's all relative - the Catskills snow sucks when compared with Utah or even Vermont (although this year the Catskills and Vermont snow may suck equally), but it is usually better than the Poconos.
post #7 of 16
Plus there are great bed and breakfast places in the Catskills, not the Poconos that I can think of. And there are few good restaurants in the Poconos. And the Poconos get all the NYC'ers and the Philly crowd. I say all this in spite of spending 27 years in the Poconos. I look back on my days in the Catskills, a mere two years, with way more fond memories. We used to stay at a place called Seekonk Pines in Great Barrington, but that place has since been bought by another family, so I don't know how it is now.
post #8 of 16
In the Catskills you have 4 choices: Hunter, Belleayre, Plattekill, and Windham.
Hunter has the most advanced and varied terrain. Also the best snowmaking. I ski there every week.
Belleayre has good mogul runs and a steep but short top section. It's a ridge, all the runs run straight down from the top. The beginner area is at the bottom but is seperate from the top, it's own area with seperate lifts. Nice bar in the lodge too. Less crowded than Hunter.
Plattekill is the no frills area and also the farthest north. They get way more snow than anyone but have the least snowmaking. Not having a good season this year and there is NOTHING around it for miles.
Windham is kind of like Belleayre but ritzier. They cater to a more upscale crowd. The terrain is pretty much a steep short top section then blue the rest of the way down. They have another peak with 2 diamond runs off to the left that are Ok. Haven't been there in a while.

My pick is always Hunter, except when Plattekill gets a huge dump.
post #9 of 16
Catskills. Period.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
Catskills. Period.
Phil, no recommendation of Blue Mountain? Why I'm shocked!
post #11 of 16
I guess I should have said Berkshires, since I was staying in Massachusetts.....
post #12 of 16
You are new to skiing?

Your age will dictate where you will have a better social experience.

Relaxed skiing .... Bellaire.

Party time ... Hunter.
post #13 of 16
2nd weekend in March might be getting a little late. If winter continues to suck on the east coast, you might want to consider driving north.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by deltat
2nd weekend in March might be getting a little late. If winter continues to suck on the east coast, you might want to consider driving north.
The weather Guru has predicted that march may well turn out to be the best month of the year. We are in a backwards winter. The forecast is calling for snow for almost the whole week up there. 3 to 5 inches for Sat.
post #15 of 16

Catskills Area Suggestions

Windham is probably the best area, but Bellayre is also a good consideration. Huntah sucks, too many spores (stupid people on rental equipment), and the mountain ices up way faster than the others due to exposure. Just my 2 cents. If you go OFF WEEKEND or Holiday, you might want to consider Mountain Creek-and head for the South Peak as soon as the lifts open.
post #16 of 16
You guys are crazy that are suggesting the Catskills. I suggest Big Boulder in the Poconos http://www.jfbb.com/winter-bb-trail-maps.aspx
It has the sickest runs you can find anywhere on the East Coast . Look at those black diamond runs!
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