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Big Boulder (PA) - 11/25

post #1 of 19
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Not a destination that would be generally worthy of a trip report, but...
1. It was my first day out for the season,
2. It was skiing in November in Pennsylvania, and not bad skiing at that,
3. It gives me a chance to show off my kid

So, I made a last minute decision to make a 2 hour trip (one way) up to Big Boulder with my daughter. I had actually never been there before, but I figured at $20 early season for me and free for Natalie, it would be a good chance for her to get into the season. Plus, I probably felt guilty that the next few ski weekends I had planned probably would not be with her. I had low expectations - it was November, this was Pennsylvania and I was going to a hill with a 475-600 (depending on where you look) foot vertical. But I wanted to see how quickly Natalie would pick it up and what the impact would be of somewhat longer skis this season.

We left the house around noon-ish and got in the parking lot just after 2. Figuring some early skiers would have left by this point, I took a chance and looked for a good spot and promptly found probably the best (legal) parking spot in the lot open. A short walk across the parking lot is always a key to a successful ski trip with a 5 year old. So, things were already going well.

We started out on the green (Little Boulder) for a few runs. She picked it up as if she had not missed a step. I was also pretty impressed with the snow.



When she saw another chair through the woods running, she wanted to try that one. So off to some more challenging terrain (Merry Widow Park minus any terrain features, at this point in the season) we went. A few runs down that also went pretty well. One of the biggest accomplishments of last season was learning to get up by herself. After a few falls today and my reminders of how to get back up, she told me "Don't teach me that anymore, I already know how to get up!" :



By that point she had noticed yet another chair running further skiers right - a triple. We always need to try out as many ways up the hill as possible. This was the most difficult trail open (Big Boulder Park, again minus any terrain features, at this point in the season). The snow on skiers right of the trail was surprisingly good and soft. She was a little intimidated by the steep part at the top of this trail, so we only did it that once. But she actually did a pretty good job on it.



We went back and forth between Merry Widow Park and Little Boulder after that. She liked listening to the many people who made comments about how good she was given her size and age. She's already a little diva! : We stayed past dark when they turned the lights on for the night. I think it was her first time skiing under the lights and she thought that was pretty cool. It got a bit icier in the center of the trails as it got dark, but there was still good snow to be had on the sides. Every time I told her it was time to go, she continued on insisting we do one more run. So it looks like the brain washing is going well.

We left around 6, so we got at least 3 and 1/2 hours of good skiing in. The trip home was uneventful - always a plus on the busiest travel day of the year. If the rest of the season goes as well as today, it's going to be a good one.
post #2 of 19
great kid stoke. Hope you guys have a season pass near home and go often.

Pa skiing isnt what you think of as 'good' skiing but you little one doenst know the difference and she'll be way better by skiing. Not waiting to ski out west as I see in lessons way to much.
post #3 of 19
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No pass, but she'll get 15-20 days in probably.

While going up the chair I asked her what she liked better - today at Big Boulder or Whistler (where she skied most recently prior to this, in April) She said she liked them both the same. If only the Big Boulder marketing people could get a hold of her.
post #4 of 19
Finndog and I were there in the AM. It was a good day, we got out pretty much just as you were getting there. Sorry we missed ya.
post #5 of 19
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No pass, but she'll get 15-20 days in probably.

While going up the chair I asked her what she liked better - today at Big Boulder or Whistler (where she skied most recently prior to this, in April) She said she liked them both the same. If only the Big Boulder marketing people could get a hold of her.
see I have skied with enough kids to know this

The richy hauty tauty parents normally think I am crazy when they ask what the next step for their kid is, and I say "a season pass to your local resort for the family" its like the east is so below them.
post #6 of 19
Is that R2-D2?
post #7 of 19
Gosh I used to live in Dallas PA, just north of Wilkes Barre and have gone to Big boulder. Now I live in illinois Argg. Trust me this is indeed worth reporting ski-3po;there are some on this forum that don't have a home mountain. Any skiing is skiing right.
post #8 of 19
Very cool Scott

Probably will only be a few years before she's begging for Utah and waiting for the likes of us at the bottom of the run:
post #9 of 19
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Very cool Scott

Probably will only be a few years before she's begging for Utah and waiting for the likes of us at the bottom of the run:
lessons from me can make this process go alot faster

just throwin it out there
post #10 of 19
Beautiful little girl Scott. Mom must be a fox cuz i seen what you look like:
post #11 of 19
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Is that R2-D2?
It took way too long for me to figure this comment out. I guess I have internet identity issues.

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Probably will only be a few years before she's begging for Utah
Oh she's already there - she's just not yet the snow snob that I have become. She had a great time in lessons at Solitude and Alta last December and I'm guessing she's not going to be too pleased when she finds out I'm coming out there without her for the Gathering.

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Beautiful little girl Scott. Mom must be a fox cuz i seen what you look like
I can't imagine what you're talking about. : : But you're probably right.
post #12 of 19
Wait a minute.... R2-SKI2!!!
post #13 of 19
it was suprisingly good in the AM and there were few out there. Most runs we opened it up with few "moving gates" to avoid. Glad you enjoyed as well.
post #14 of 19
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Wait a minute.... R2-SKI2!!!
Absotively.
post #15 of 19
Phil, was it worth the 2 hour drive, or should I hold out another week for Hunter?
post #16 of 19
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Phil, was it worth the 2 hour drive, or should I hold out another week for Hunter?
I'd sooner ski Hunter, but at this point if you are looking to get a couple of runs in, BB is set up fine. From what I understand though, the 20.00 lift ticket will be going up 12/1.
post #17 of 19
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Gosh I used to live in Dallas PA, just north of Wilkes Barre and have gone to Big boulder. Now I live in illinois Argg. Trust me this is indeed worth reporting ski-3po;there are some on this forum that don't have a home mountain. Any skiing is skiing right.
No home mountain? You haven't been to the monster Ski Center yet?

or not that desperate yet?

I'm down in DE, so I might try a hand at getting up to Big Boulder next week, especially since those Buckman's Discount tix go on sale Saturday and I have to drive 1/3 of the way up there anyway to try to save a few dollars later in the season.

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Great shots of your daugher ski-3po. That one showing off on the top of the hill's a keeper!
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by northeasterner View Post
Beautiful little girl Scott. Mom must be a fox cuz i seen what you look like:

lol! Nice report, nice hill. Kids don't care where you are. You've got as much snow as Utah does right now. My best run last year was on a green skiing backwards in front of a laughing four year old...
post #19 of 19
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No home mountain? You haven't been to the monster Ski Center yet?

or not that desperate yet?


Dallas-Ft Worth to get a "home mountain!"

http://www.bearfireresorts.com/index...earfire_resort

Whoohoo. Leave it to the Texans!

Great TR. I love skiing with my kids! They did great at Keystone recently. My 5 year old skied blue, although she won't again for a while, as she got a tad out of control. She thought it was great, and wanted more of it!

-Z
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