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Mt. Peter, Mohawk, other quick NY daytrips?

post #1 of 19
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Looking for advice on quick daytrip this friday from NYC area - kids are off school and there's a nice cold front passing through. I'd like to minimize driving and try one of the closer areas if conditions permit. No interest in Mtn Creek or Thunder Ridge. Vlad's comments on Mt. Peter are intriguing. I've never been to Mohawk and that also seems worth checking out.

Can anyone else comment on Peter? Anyone been to both areas, care to compare / contrast? Recent realistic condition assessments at either location? (FWIW, we hit Butternut last Sunday in spring conditions and had a blast.)

I know we're not looking at the steepest terrain or deepest powder here but I just want to get a quick day in and figure they'll be empty on Friday so we can make the most of what they offer.

Thanks.
post #2 of 19
I've only been to Mohawk Mtn, it's probably the best mountain in Ct. It's an easy hill, if you're just looking to cruise around it's not a bad place to go. If I had to choose a hill to ski on locally I would go there. I have never been to Mt Peter so I can't really compare. Good luck
post #3 of 19
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Another contender -- Hidden Valley NJ: http://www.hiddenvalleynj.com. Any opinions?
post #4 of 19
flex day thru potter brothers at bellearye 18.75"check potters web site or call for availablity of tickets..they open at 8 so if you drive like all other nyc people at 80 mile an hour you could be in kingston in about an hour and belleyre in another 30 min....of better yet move get kids out of hell hole and make it 60 min drive all the time
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by skidbump
better yet move get kids out of hell hole and make it 60 min drive all the time
No fair, mind reading not allowed!

Thanks for the Belleayre tip.
post #6 of 19
Belleayre is making snow again and has very good intermediate terrain. Lots of moguls too if you are into that.
Hunter is my favorite. A harder mountain, but still has a lot for intermediates, and Friday's aren't too crowded.
Hidden Valley is tiny.
I would go to Belleayre, and I am Sunday.
post #7 of 19
Hidden Valley, NJ is nearly devoid of snow at present.
Mt. Peter, while a postage stamp of a hill, intends to keep snowmaking while it's cold. tonight will be in the 20s.
Interestingly, Tony Lanza, bellayre's director of skiing, mleft mt. peter to take his present position.
a very nice, garrulous, upbeat man.
post #8 of 19
The guns are going at Belleayre. I think Hunter is done blowing for the season though.
post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 
Belleayre's looking pretty good. And I think it's $15 at the hill -- http://www.belleayre.com/winter/special.htm -- which beats the Potter Bros deal.
post #10 of 19
$15? That was March 10.

I'll be up there on Sunday.
post #11 of 19
I drove by Mohawk just yesterday. It looks like it is a nice little hill (bigger that Mount Peter). It might not be open though.

It's too late for the Vernon, NJ places (Mountain Creek and Hidden Valley), in my opinion.

The Catskills are probably the best bet for quality/distance. Try Bellearye (especially if they are making snow).

I wonder how the Pocano resorts (Camelback, Shawnee) are holding up. They are out on Route 80.
post #12 of 19
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post #13 of 19
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Thanks James. Devil's in the details and I was a little crosseyed last night.

I'll definitely hit Belleayre tomorrow and will post on conditions. They're making snow and got 2" of fresh according to the website, and it's good and cold, so it ought to be pretty nice for this time of year.
post #14 of 19

Belleayre

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Originally Posted by ts01
Thanks James. Devil's in the details and I was a little crosseyed last night.

I'll definitely hit Belleayre tomorrow and will post on conditions. They're making snow and got 2" of fresh according to the website, and it's good and cold, so it ought to be pretty nice for this time of year.
When you look at the weather report for Belleayre subtract about 10-15 degrees off of the high. It always seems to be a lot colder than the surrounding area. Something to consider when you're dressing the kids.

Have fun!
post #15 of 19
me and mrs ski also heading up to belleayre fri wanna try and hook up for a run or 2
post #16 of 19
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ellensdad
When you look at the weather report for Belleayre subtract about 10-15 degrees off of the high. It always seems to be a lot colder than the surrounding area. Something to consider when you're dressing the kids.

Have fun!
Thanks. Hopefully I'll get some runs on your Omecarves, but bringing the rock skis too.
post #17 of 19
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Quote:
Originally Posted by skidbump
me and mrs ski also heading up to belleayre fri wanna try and hook up for a run or 2
Sounds good. The kids will be happy to give me my freedom. We'll probably hit the slopes in the 10:00 range. I'll pm my cell phone number and other info.
post #18 of 19
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Just want to report conditions at Belleayre were really nice today. Considering the lousy winter we've had and recent thaws (at least down in NYC area) I was very nicely surprised at the ample cover and plenty of open runs. Skidbump and Mrs SB showed me around a bit while the kids did their thing (i.e., ignore me until hungry). He said they've flattened out a few mogul runs but there's plenty of bumps left if that's your thing. I stuck to the groomed today though and had plenty of fun; it was cold (20's maybe low 30's), sunny, and a good fast surface. A few bare spots -- including some unmarked. But all in all, a nice day's skiing. Glad we put in the extra miles, the elevation at Belleayre seems to have preserved a lot of base.

And it was EMPTY. Weekday skiing rocks.
post #19 of 19
Good to hear the place is holding up. It will get better when it warms up and the ice moguls up top soften up a bit. Will be there Sunday.
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