Originally Posted by Gpaul
Gracias. How's the grooming at Blue Knob, on blues/blacks?
Any opinions on Bristol, they claim the highest vertical Catskills to Rockies??
Bristol is a cool, low key, no frills hill. No tree skiing available, which just taunts you because the entire place is cut out of some seriously fun looking glades. Nice vertical at 1200'. Good pitch, but nothing overly steep. I didn't feel that it skied any steeper than my home mountain of 7 Springs, just longer and more sustained pitch. It seems that it can get get good amounts of lake effect snow also. It has a nice Mom & Pop feel to it. Parking lot out front, basic lodge area with a small cafeteria and friendly staff. A bar in a seperate building and that's it. No hotel, best lodging is ~10 minutes away in Canandiagua and a local watering hole right down the street where most gather at the end of the day. Very strange driving in as it's flat and you start wondering WTF they are hiding 1200 vertical feet around here, then come around a corner and boom, there's this mountain sitting there all by itself. I was there in early March and received a nice 12" dump in a matter of hours one morning. It takes me about 5 hours from here at 7 Springs to get there...it's 1.5 hours past Buffalo. The good thing is Casino Niagra is on the way home
Your quickest, easiest option for decent sized skiing will be the Springs from Columbus. 3.5 hours to here, all major highway unlike Snowshoe. Yeah, we can be crowded on weekends (avoid the 6 pack and avoid the mayhem), but the 'Shoe is an absolute nightmare on weekends. Tiny, narrow, multi-converging trails that can't handle the amount of skiers there on the weekends. I don't envy the patrolers there, lol. Cool place, but I'll never be near it on a weekend again.
We also almost always have the goods and coverage due to our massive snowmaking abilities.