Originally Posted by epl
bristol has the most vertical, but not much in the way of variety. i think i prefer both holimont and holiday valley to bristol. although the comet express quad does allow you to get in a lot of runs at bristol, especially on weekdays when it's not crowded.
Don't you find your runs at Holiday Valley are way too short? I would say all the trails, except the two or so runs under the Mardi Gras are about 400-500ft vert tops. Add that to the slow lifts, and you don't get many good runs in. Besides the two Mardi Gras runs (which are the posted 750ft vert) are so flat that they're not very interesting. Bristol on the other hand has a lot of different ways you can put together 1200ft vertical skiing by crossing over to adjacent trails and what not.
The glades (with the natural snow) are about the only aspect of Holiday Valley that anyone I know prefers to Bristol.
As well, I don't think anyone has mentioned it, but the terrain parks at Bristol are pretty cool. I like how there's a beginners park to the left of the main one... The majority of rails and kickers I see at most resorts are a little too extreme for my likings. The beginners one at Bristol though, is quite a bit of fun even for me. And for the advanced, Bristols terrain park is the best in Western NY too.