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post #1 of 23
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I'll be on Long Island the weekend of 4/12. Any recommendations of were to go to get some late season turns? I can ski Sunday must must turn tail and head back to the Burgh that night. So what's open and relatively near that still has some decent (expert) terrain open?
post #2 of 23
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I'll be on Long Island the weekend of 4/12. Any recommendations of were to go to get some late season turns? I can ski Sunday must must turn tail and head back to the Burgh that night. So what's open and relatively near that still has some decent (expert) terrain open?
I suspect you'll have a long drive north to find anything decent open that weekend. Anything close enough to drive probably isn't worth it based on the current weather. Look for some mt biking on the island (recommend Rocky Point trails) or on the way home (Jim Thorpe). Or see if you can score some sea kayaks and do some paddling in LI Sound and the bays. Super clear water this time of year.

If none of that works out for you, definitely swing through the Jamaica Bay Wildlife refuge early one morning and take the pond walk to see more variety of migrating waterfowl than you've probably ever seen. Amazing to see with the city skyline in the background and JFK right next door (was especially cool when the Concorde was still flying, to hear it scream up into the sky on a quiet sunny weekend morn).

Where are you going to be in LI?
post #3 of 23
Would Elk still be open? It would sort of be on the way home. Not sure if still open, but among the closest places not in the direction of home would be Hunter, Belleayre, Windham in Catskills (maybe 2.5 hours) and Berkshire East in MA. Then farther to Mt. Snow, Okemo, Killington, etc. in southern VT (4-5 hours). With a little seasonal weather you should still have a lot of choices if you don't mind going a few hours north.
post #4 of 23
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Would Elk still be open? It would sort of be on the way home. Not sure if still open, but among the closest places not in the direction of home would be Hunter, Belleayre, Windham in Catskills (maybe 2.5 hours) and Berkshire East in MA. Then farther to Mt. Snow, Okemo, Killington, etc. in southern VT (4-5 hours). With a little seasonal weather you should still have a lot of choices if you don't mind going a few hours north.
James...not sure on Elk. Possibly, and that would be one that wouldn't make the ride back to P'burgh too much longer...but it's a pretty long drive already. I would think that all the Catskill and Pocono areas are going to be stretching by that date. Going to VT probably isn't feasible if the o.p. wants to drive to P'burgh after skiing.
post #5 of 23
I made it to Hunter from Merrick Long Island in 1hr 45min two weeks ago and I stopped for gas and made a wrong turn. You can reach Belleayre and Windham in close to the same amount of time. Those would really be your only choices. Check to see if they will still be open on that day though.
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Richie... it's about 150 miles from Merrick to Hunter... 105 minutes...hmmm???
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Richie... it's about 150 miles from Merrick to Hunter... 105 minutes...hmmm???
If stopping for gas and the wrong turn took up 10 minutes total, you'd have to have an avg driving speed of 95 mph the whole way. Seems reasonable.
post #8 of 23
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Would Elk still be open? .
Elk is closed for the season
post #9 of 23
Yuki can do it in less than 1.5hr.
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by billyymc View Post
I suspect you'll have a long drive north to find anything decent open that weekend. Anything close enough to drive probably isn't worth it based on the current weather. Look for some mt biking on the island (recommend Rocky Point trails) or on the way home (Jim Thorpe). Or see if you can score some sea kayaks and do some paddling in LI Sound and the bays. Super clear water this time of year.

If none of that works out for you, definitely swing through the Jamaica Bay Wildlife refuge early one morning and take the pond walk to see more variety of migrating waterfowl than you've probably ever seen. Amazing to see with the city skyline in the background and JFK right next door (was especially cool when the Concorde was still flying, to hear it scream up into the sky on a quiet sunny weekend morn).

Where are you going to be in LI?
I'll be near Dix Hills taking my daughter to an audition for music major at Five Towns College. Thanks for offering alternatives, Jamaica Bay sounds interesting and if I decide not to go looking for some last runs I'll consider it.

Hunter is the logical choice if they're still open. VT is a stretch but K-mart is tempting. I know that Bear Mt. was always open late in the season and slush bumps on OL sounds like fun.

I'm hoping to get some first hand reports from some Bears here in the coming week.
post #11 of 23
My bad.....I meant I made it from Great Neck...thats where I started timing from that day after picking up the in-law to be.
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by Laurel Hill Crazie View Post
VT is a stretch but K-mart is tempting. I know that Bear Mt. was always open late in the season and slush bumps on OL sounds like fun.
This Sunday is closing day for Bear Mtn. As of Monday, only trails served by the K1 gondola (Killington Peak and Snowdon) and the Superstar quad (Sky Peak) will be open. This despite lots of base everywhere. Thank you Powdr.
post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by Laurel Hill Crazie View Post
I'll be on Long Island the weekend of 4/12. Any recommendations of were to go to get some late season turns? I can ski Sunday must must turn tail and head back to the Burgh that night. So what's open and relatively near that still has some decent (expert) terrain open?
Hunter's last weekend is the 13th, so the're open, Belleaire is also slated to close 4-13, but knowing them, I wouldn't doubt they stay open a few more weekends, don't know or care about Windham....
post #14 of 23
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This Sunday is closing day for Bear Mtn. As of Monday, only trails served by the K1 gondola (Killington Peak and Snowdon) and the Superstar quad (Sky Peak) will be open. This despite lots of base everywhere. Thank you Powdr.
Actually that was my favorite part of the mountain but I've only skied it once since they put in that Gondola. Wow, it's been that long. I'm thinking they must have widened it to handle the increased traffic. Is it all groomed this time of year?
post #15 of 23
Believe this weekend is it for windham,Saw an windham instructor and she said they were closed for week opening for weekend.
post #16 of 23
LHC:
Belleayre would probably be a good choice, and you'll most likely have the place to yourself. This coming week is predicted to be fairly warm, so it will be spring slop for sure, probably with some big bumps on the ungroomed runs if my past experience there is any indication. Just watch out for bare spots if you are on any of the runs that don't have snowmaking.
Everything in PA seems to either be closed already or will be after this weekend.
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by Laurel Hill Crazie View Post
Actually that was my favorite part of the mountain but I've only skied it once since they put in that Gondola. Wow, it's been that long. I'm thinking they must have widened it to handle the increased traffic. Is it all groomed this time of year?
Killington actually does a great job at grooming. They typically groom just about all open greens and blues every night and most blacks are groomed on a cycle and based on weather conditions. Closing has been extended one week to April 20. Weekend of April 12-13 has live music on Saturday (Grateful Dead bands) and Sunday is pond skimming. Should be a fun weekend.
post #18 of 23
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Yes I would imagine it would all be groomed just to cover the bare spots that emerge every day. The thing about spring though is bumps form fast if there's traffic to make them.

Who is this Grateful Dead of which you speak and why would anybody want to cover their stuff? I mean come on, I think they only had one top ten hit.
post #19 of 23
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Who is this Grateful Dead of which you speak and why would anybody want to cover their stuff? I mean come on, I think they only had one top ten hit.
What could be better than Deadheads in the land of Cherry Garcia ice cream?
post #20 of 23
Gorgeous day today on Long Island....that means not so good for the snow in the Catskills....alas I think my season is in fact over unless I want to go pond skimming.
post #21 of 23
Thread Starter 
Hey folks, thanks for the input but some family issues have just come up so now it'll be up to the Island on Friday, audition on Saturday and back home right after that Saturday afternoon. Hunter or K-ton is out and my season is over. Thanks for your thoughts.
post #22 of 23
merrick to hunter 1:45mins

no freaken way!!! i live north of the TZ and i make hunter in 1:45min

merrick is 1hr from my house with out any traffic
post #23 of 23
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merrick to hunter 1:45mins

no freaken way!!! i live north of the TZ and i make hunter in 1:45min

merrick is 1hr from my house with out any traffic
I made a correction to my error....time keeping began in Great Neck.
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