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post #31 of 67
Of all these listed:

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*January 4 & February 1 - Winter Fest 2008 - Discount Lift Tickets, On-Hill Demos and Entertainment. Visit the following ski shops for details & lift tickets: Bear Creek Ski Shack, Buckman's Ski Shop, Cliff House, Danziesen & Quigley, & Raves Ski Shop.

**January 18 & February 29 - Winter Fest 2008 - Discount Lift Tickets, On-Hill Demos and Entertainment. Visit the following ski shops for details & lift tickets: Berger’s Ski Shop, Country Ski & Sport, Lang’s Ski & Scuba, Nestors Ski Shop, Salters Ski Shop, & Ski Corner.
Only two are just off I-81:
Bear Creek Ski Shack- http://bcskishack.com/ - Map

Country Ski & Sport - www.countryskiandsports.com - Map

And both are within 1/4 mile of an interstate exit. Country Ski's Wilkes Barre store is about 200 ft from the exit. I like Country Ski, knowledgeable staff, and they participate in the sports they sell, camping, biking, skiing.
post #32 of 67
Count me in for 1/18. Does anyone want to head up Thursday morning the 17th? Here's a decent, not too $$ place to stay:

http://www.wiffybogfarm.com/index.html
post #33 of 67
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Originally Posted by ex-Coal Miner View Post
Of all these listed:

Only two are just off I-81:
Bear Creek Ski Shack- http://bcskishack.com/ - Map

Country Ski & Sport - www.countryskiandsports.com - Map

And both are within 1/4 mile of an interstate exit. Country Ski's Wilkes Barre store is about 200 ft from the exit. I like Country Ski, knowledgeable staff, and they participate in the sports they sell, camping, biking, skiing.
Thanks that is just what I needed
post #34 of 67
Ex-Coal Miner - THANK YOU for those links. I hope they don't sell out by next week when I can get there.
post #35 of 67
someone who lives near elk told me they got 4" sunday/monday. it is bitter cold and maybe a good base will start.
post #36 of 67
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Originally Posted by ex-Coal Miner View Post

Country Ski & Sport - www.countryskiandsports.com - Map
ha! I used to work there in college and still pop in to say hello when I'm back visiting family. ( haven't been back in 2 years though).

Anyway, if anyone pops by, and you end up talking to Sean, the owner, please tell him 'Ron who used to work here" says hello from NorCal. Nice guy.
post #37 of 67
^ They are good to deal with. And they have a big, friendly dog that follows you around the shop when you go in there.

To clarify the directions, if can be misleading if you've never driven there before. Country ski is 200 ft off a southbound exit of I-81, but about 1 mile from a northbound exit, see this map. Because of a median in the street, you'll have to make a U turn, go to the taco bell and turn around in their parking lot.
post #38 of 67
1/18 might be a go for me. Doing the WNY trip the following week.
post #39 of 67
Stopped by Bear Creek & Country Ski & Sport to pick up my tickets. $20 . . . Such a deal!

And I agree about Country Ski & Sport . . . They are REALLY nice people there.

I was thrown off a little bit by the map to Bear Creek though. It is not at the corner of Montage Mountain Road & Glenmaura. You need to drive past Glenmaura about a quarter mile. It's on the right then.
post #40 of 67
I and the gf should be in attendance for this Sunday 12/16. There should be some good snow and we will be anxious to hit PA's finest after spending a week in boring old Utah :
post #41 of 67
Okay, unless a drastic change in weather, the gf and I should be heading up to Elk this Saturday 12/22/
post #42 of 67
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post
I didn't know you guys had Elk back East. Have a good hunt/sorta like Snipe Hunt I guess huh?
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Originally Posted by Trotski View Post
Hey, seriously, the carefully managed elk herd is big deal here. Up until the late 19th century, elk roamed PA. The new ones are from the Rockies. Dunno the recent status of the hunt, but if you're lucky enough to win the lottery, there are some awesome opportunities:
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Originally Posted by ex-Coal Miner View Post
> the carefully managed elk herd is big deal here...
Some of the farmers where the Elk range -- Elk County, imagine that -- would take issue with that statement. Evidently an 800 lb. elk can consume a lot of crops, and shrubs and just about anything else cultivated.

I've been in that area during in the fall. The females stick together in groups with their young and the males roam freely. It's some very cool wildlife viewing, especially because you have to remind yourself you're still in PA.
Front page image and story from today's Philly Inquirer:


Story: Antlers on parade, Informative short video to go along with it: The Elk Herd of Elk County


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post #43 of 67
How did Elk fare down there? we lost a ton of snow up here from yesterday to today.
post #44 of 67
^ I don't know, I was only there on Saturday. Conditions were exceptionally nice that day.
post #45 of 67
Is this still on? I'm pretty sure I can make it 1-18.
post #46 of 67
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Is this still on? I'm pretty sure I can make it 1-18.
I've already got my voucher and plan to be there.
post #47 of 67
I'm there on the 18th. My only question is "Do I want to go up on the 17th" as well?
post #48 of 67
cool...now I just have to get me one of those cheap tickets.
post #49 of 67
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I'm there on the 18th. My only question is "Do I want to go up on the 17th" as well?
You might want to keep your options open for this.

I was there on Sat, and conditions were OK. But later in the day, 25 miles to the southwest and 1000 ft lower in elevation we had rain. And today I see they list about 5 or 6 fewer trails open, and conditions are "Machine Groomed/Wet Packed Powder/Springlike Conditions". This week temps will be in the upper 50s through Friday, then a cool down. So the man-made coverage will continue to lessen. Keep an eye on the open trail count.

Do the tickets also apply to the Feb 29 event? If yes, I'd think there's a better change of having some natural snow on top of the man-made coverage. That's the sweet spot for Elk, a few inches of real snow on top of the man made, or mucho inches of real snow groomed into the man-made base. the first few days of temps get below freezing following this warm up, there will be big sections of pure ice. But to keep it in perspective, that's better than brown or green spots showing through.
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post #51 of 67
I think I'll be passing on this Friday. I'm headed up to Vermont the following weekend and will be taking off Monday, the 28, so I doubt I can swing both days off from work.
post #52 of 67
Unfortunately I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to swing this either. Somehting came up last minute. Hopefully there will be another Elk gathering soon though.
post #53 of 67
Well, I see guys beginning to bail on this. Who is still planningto be there? Send me a PM, if you're so inclined.

Tim
post #54 of 67
I'm going up Thursday and will meet up with everyone on Friday. Where shall we meet?
post #55 of 67
So who all is going? Looks like it should be pretty nice tomorrow. Have fun and post up after you get back!
post #56 of 67
Y'all missed a good day. It would have been nice if more terrain had been open, but the weather and conditions were otherwise good. Crowds were basically non-existent.

TR & I made lots of turns from one side of the mountain to the other and back. Even spent a little time in the terrain park. :

Slalom & Chippewa were in particularly good shape.

By the end of the day, we were sticking with the blues . . . my quads insisted.

Oh yeah, the day started with low clouds covering the top of the mountain, but by 11 or so the clouds were high & sparse, and the views were incredible.

I hope we can generate a better response for the next gathering. I'm planning to head up on 2/1 & 2/29 when they're having the demo days again and tickets are $20 if you buy them at the Scranton ski shops detailed in this thread. I'll let Tim (TRTaylor57) tell you about the demos as I did not partake.

I also skied Thursday (similar conditions) and stayed at the Wiffy Bog Farm. http://www.wiffybogfarm.com/index.html Nice place. Rustic, good deal for the $ and very friendly people. I also met some guys there who have been skiing at Elk since 1960. They had some good stories to tell about the early days of Elk. I'm planning on staying there again and making the next couple trips a multi-day event.

I give this trip a
post #57 of 67
What's with them having such limited terrain open? Are they not blowing any snow? I swear that have gotten at least 3 feet of snow up there and it seems everyother day the get some fresh. Why isn't their more terrain open? I remember they had the whole mountain open on the first winterfest day but they haven't had more then 15 trails open since then. C'mon Elk what gives?!
post #58 of 67
Marcus pretty well summed up our day at Elk. Was great to meet there and spend the day skiing. It was a superb day.

I did take the time to demo two skis, the Head Supershape Magnum and the Fischer Progressor. I would have liked to spent more time on each of them. My preference was the Head Supershape Magnum. Probably becuase it felt closer (turn radius) to my current skis. I did feel like it had better edge hold than the Progressor, but from reading previous reviews I didn't expect that. It made me wonder if there was a difference in the way those two skis were tuned?

Oh, the selection of ski sizes was very limited - like just one size. In my mind that kind of negates the whole experience. The Head SS Magnum was only available in a 163 and the Fischer Progressor was only available in a 165. The size I needed to demo was a 170. So what was the point in showing up with only one size of your hottest ski??

Regarding open terrain, yeah Elk is lagging ALL other resorts as of this date. It looks like an area that needs improvement. However, the mountain was never crowed yesterday. Well, at times you'd see clusters of people, but more than once Marcus and I did entire runs with seeing no one else on the trail.

There is some natural cover there. Another decent storm or a week of snowmaking temps should fix the open terrain issue.

Elk sure is a great place!

PS. Before someone else says it, yeah this trip report is worthless without pictures I was kicking myself for forgetting the camera. Sorry.
post #59 of 67
I'm 90% certain I'll be at Elk on Feb. 1 with Bucks Mont Ski Club bus trip. I think it's also a Buckmans discount day there.

With respect to their snow conditions, I think they need to be cut a little slack due to the 60 degree weather we had two weeks ago. Imho, snowmaking has never been a strength of Elk. At todays energy prices can any mountain afford to blow snow without some weather prediction that it will stick around?
post #60 of 67
Hey LP . . . We should meet up for a few runs. Sounds like you have a crowd already, though. Cool.
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