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Camelback PA

post #1 of 23
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Ive never been there, and I really have never heard anything good about the place, but its close by, relatively cheap, and I am curious. That being said Hunter, Windham, and Belleayre are about the same distance for me, so the question is should I even bother checking it out?
post #2 of 23
Don't bother. If you want to ski in the Poconos head further north to Elk. Its about the same drive as Hunter, but a totally different feel.
post #3 of 23
I personally detest the place.I doubt I would even accept free lift tickets if they were offered. That said, I do ski Blue Mountain and you probably know how certain folks feel about that place sooooo... to each his own.

If you are in the area, go but at least try to get discounted tickets to off set the pain
post #4 of 23
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Ive never been there, and I really have never heard anything good about the place, but its close by, relatively cheap, and I am curious. That being said Hunter, Windham, and Belleayre are about the same distance for me, so the question is should I even bother checking it out?
You answered your own question.
post #5 of 23
are sure all those other place are closer than Camelback?. It is less than 1.5 hrs from GW bridge. sure it has a fair share of new yorkers and beginners but you'll be right at home. if conditions are good the mtn is fine, and Elk is not necessarily worth the drive, Elk is about 1.5 HOURS further up the road. Tha's a haul. It has two nice quads that'll zoom you up the hill.
post #6 of 23
Personally, I think they have some of the best night skiing in the Poconos but Elk and Sno are VASTLY superior. With Hunter, Belleayre, and Windham being about the same distance there is no reason to go to Camelback.
post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post
are sure all those other place are closer than Camelback?. It is less than 1.5 hrs from GW bridge. sure it has a fair share of new yorkers and beginners but you'll be right at home. if conditions are good the mtn is fine, and Elk is not necessarily worth the drive, Elk is about 1.5 HOURS further up the road. Tha's a haul. It has two nice quads that'll zoom you up the hill.

1.5 Hours????????? No way!!!! It is less then 60 miles and is definitely worth the drive.
post #8 of 23
YoYoYo, I'm a local on this one, I LIVE in Moscow, Pa, right between both resorts, I know how long the distance is.

Of course, The "real" skiers of course will favor Elk over Camelback, but Sno? That's a kiddie, babysitting, towny hill with all kinds of problems. For someone that doesn't "need" to know the difference, Camelback is just fine, and Elk is not worth the drive Unless you are an advanced skier.
post #9 of 23
All are better than Blue.
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post
YoYoYo, I'm a local on this one, I LIVE in Moscow, Pa, right between both resorts, I know how long the distance is.
Yep, and I grew up in Upper Bucks County (Quakertown). 1.5 hours? Maybe door to door, but this guy is coming from NY. It would not take hime 1.5 hrs longer to get to Elk. On clear roads you can make it from the Pocono exit on the NE ext to Clarks Summit in about an hour. I think that is what he was getting at....................
post #11 of 23
If you are skiing on a good weekday after a small dump then I would recommend Hunter, Belle or Windy but on a weekend with limited time and not having that much of a dump then I would go to Camelback.

The drive to Hunter is at least 2:20 for me (Manh upper east side) and Camelback is about 1:20. Moreover, the Hunter lift lines are simply not worth it in my book. Just too plain long. The main Camelback quad may be as long as the hunter lines but there are other ways to get to the top. Camel may not have as much steeps as Hunter but if I wanted steeps then I would go to Alta. This is a day trip with limited time ( and on more than a few occassion with the kids and wife who are decent skiers). At the end of the day I would rather cruise and carve down a good number of times on some decent and challenging blues than go down a short steep black for a few times. Dont' forget the drive difference for me is already an hour.
post #12 of 23
[quote=Cyclist;817023]If you are skiing on a good weekday after a small dump then I would recommend Hunter, Belle or Windy but on a weekend with limited time and not having that much of a dump then I would go to Camelback. [quote]

If that is the case, head to Plattekill. You can't beat one of their "powder daze."
post #13 of 23
I have only been to each resort once, but I definately remember Hunter being a lot better. They didn't really seem in the same league to me. In my limited experience I would say forget camelback.
post #14 of 23
Relative to the other areas that are close to you Camelback does have a few thing you may be interested in and find a challenge.

"The Front Four" ..... though not long the initial pitch is pretty steep and usually icy so at least there is something to get your skills up to speed on. The front four are Hump, Asp, Rocket & Marjies Delight .... and they usually have few people on them.

Cliffhanger .... pretty good overall black where they run the USSA races on ... one of my favorite.

NASTAR .. over on Raceway is better run than the other NASTAR courses in the area.

The cafeteria food ain't half bad ... of course with new management that may have changed.

Montage/Sno-Mountain has some good trails but it also has lifts that are pathetic ... so slow you watch the grass get taller and greener.

Shawnee .... avoid ... most of the hill is now getting dedicated to pipe & park and the place has no vertical challenge at all. They have on small section of a black that is a "three turn wonder" ... if it has snow on it.

Elk is a great place but even for me is a long drive ... it would be my place of choice if it was closer.
post #15 of 23
Hey someone mentioned my old home mountain, montage. I would definately say montage beats camelback as far as terrain, but their lifts royaly suck and their snowmaking at least when I was there, was some of the worst in the area.
post #16 of 23
I was in Brooklyn for the last 2 winters and skied quite a bit at Camelback. For me it was great on weekdays to do laps on one of the quads to work on drills, etc. My personal preference is that I despise Blue and Hunter. I would choose Belleayre over Hunter, but again only on a weekday. After a good snow I would go to Plattekill if it's open, it's a little further than Hunter/Belleayre. I had good luck last year with weekend trips to less popular places like Plattekill and Berkshire East.
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by jclay2 View Post
Hey someone mentioned my old home mountain, montage. I would definately say montage beats camelback as far as terrain, but their lifts royaly suck and their snowmaking at least when I was there, was some of the worst in the area.
They got new owners last year (not the county anymore), and they pretty much replaced the entire snowmaking system with a ton of Tower-mount SMI Polecats. Lifts still suck, but they don't stop much, so it's not that bad.
post #18 of 23
haha hearing all this is funny to me being i grew up across the street from Shawnee and have been bred on the wonderful pocono mountains(sarcasm). in all reality, the best are Elk, Camelback, and Blue. Shawnee isnt so bad, theres some blacks on the lower half that ride more like NE blues but its not terrible. blue has a nice vert and decent trail selection. Camelback has challenging terrain and nice lifts, but the crowds are ridiculous on the weekends. Elk is def the nicest, almost a NE feel. But id stay away from jfbb, sno, and Shawnee-although i grew up on Shawnee so i have to kind of like it. this year they are all off to a nice head start and have awesome coverage for early season conditions.
post #19 of 23
I'm thinking about heading to Elk on Sunday (from Philly), Accuweather says 17 inches of snow from tonight through Sunday. Anyone been this season? I need to make some turns I havent been on snow since last week of Nov.
post #20 of 23
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I'm thinking about heading to Elk on Sunday (from Philly), Accuweather says 17 inches of snow from tonight through Sunday. Anyone been this season? I need to make some turns I havent been on snow since last week of Nov.
I have the same idea. I figure (as I type this in Utah) that a nice storm will allow me to gradually come back to the reality that I ski in PA.
post #21 of 23
Thats funny, I just moved back to Philly from Salt Lake 2 years ago. Skiing back here takes some getting used to, thats for sure.
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by Skibum00 View Post
Thats funny, I just moved back to Philly from Salt Lake 2 years ago. Skiing back here takes some getting used to, thats for sure.

Well the gf and I are fairly certain that we will be heading up. Let me know if you want to meet up. I'll pm you my #
post #23 of 23
You guys got more snow there than we got from this storm at ESA. Not pouting too much..we still got a bigger mountain!
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