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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Hello All,

I'll probably go to NY, next Jan/Feb, unfortunately, for few days. Since we'll are at New Jersey hotel(east Rutheford), with a car and there are so easy to get a highway to North...

So,, I would like to ask you guys where is the best place to go, close car trip, to enjoy a weekday of ski and get the way back at night???

We are intermediate skiers and love long runs!

Thanks in advance !!
Eduardo
post #2 of 24
I'm confused, are you going to be in NY or NJ? NY is a big ass state with a lot of ski areas, where in NY will yo be??
post #3 of 24
How long are you willing to drive?
post #4 of 24
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Originally Posted by edlam View Post
Hello All,

I'll probably go to NY, next Jan/Feb, unfortunately, for few days. Since we'll are at New Jersey hotel(east Rutheford), with a car and there are so easy to get a highway to North...

So,, I would like to ask you guys where is the best place to go, close car trip, to enjoy a weekday of ski and get the way back at night???

We are intermediate skiers and love long runs!

Thanks in advance !!
Eduardo
Your best bet for long intermediate runs is either Elk Mountain in PA or Windham in NY. Both are about the same drive from E. Rutherford, about 2.5 hours.

www.elkskier.com
www.skiwindham.com

Another option is Belleayre (www.belleayre.com), but the runs are not as long.
post #5 of 24
Mt Creek and Hidden Valley in NJ are a less than an hour from Rutherford. Hunter, Windham and Belleayre about 2.5. Elk and Camelback in Pa are about the same drive time. None should be crowded during the week.
post #6 of 24
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Hello All,

I'll probably go to NY, next Jan/Feb, unfortunately, for few days.
I recall you asked about going to the West Coast for this trip, did you change your mind about the destination?
post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by dumpy View Post
I'm confused, are you going to be in NY or NJ? NY is a big ass state with a lot of ski areas, where in NY will yo be??

Ops! My fault!

In fact, we'll be at East Rutheford, New Jersey. But, it's so close to Manhattan through Lincoln Tunnel, than we came little confused.
post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by chanwmr View Post
I recall you asked about going to the West Coast for this trip, did you change your mind about the destination?
Yes, you are absolutely right! Unfortunately we need to change our plans, since air fares to West are so expensive and the balance Real-Dollar cost us more(30%+) nowadays. We cannot found anything less than US$1500 to wherever San Fran, LA, Seattle, or Vancouver.
In opposite to NY, or Washington, Miami low US$715. Almost 2 for 1. And we are 3 !!! A lot of difference.

BTW, we will wait the balance back to an affordable value and who knows by end of the season... the prices came down a bit...
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by SKI-3PO View Post
How long are you willing to drive?
I think some one hour or 1 and 1/2 hour it's fair. Over it could be boring, mainly on the way back, at night.

AND THANKS YOU ALL !!!!
post #10 of 24
Thread Starter 
Ok,

I have checked out:

- Mt Creek;
- Hidden Valley;
- Hunter;
- Windham;
- Belleayre;
- Elk;
- Camelback.

Windham and Elk looks great, but really far 2,5hours. So, what is your preference on the nearest ones???
post #11 of 24
In my opinion, even though they are close, take Mt. Creek and Hidden Valley off your short list.....you will regret ever going there and it will ruin your memory of skiing in the East. I think of the list above, Hunter might be your best option, even though its a bit farther, the great skiing there will be worth the drive.
post #12 of 24
Of those within 1.5 hours, I've only been to Camelback...once...and I haven't found a reason to go back. I'd drive the extra hour to Hunter or Belleayre. You'd probably like Windham too, but its a slight bit further than the other 2 in the Catskills and since we're already over your preferred drive time...
post #13 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks SKI-3PO & Richie-Rich !!

Yesterday I've started a to search some information about Mt.Creek and, at least, at the web the mountain looks good. But, I'll keep your thought in place.

So I'm targeting Hunter from now and realizing that I'll, also, must to get out of bed one hour early !!

But... every effort must be done for a good day of ski...
post #14 of 24
edlam,

I would be happy to answer any questions you have about Mt Creek, just send me a PM.
post #15 of 24
Hey Bill no hard feeling about the Creek, I just have had really...I mean really, bad times there. Lets put it this way, I chose to spend the day in the pipe rather than skiing the "slopes"....and I dont do parks.

Cheers.
post #16 of 24
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Thanks SKI-3PO & Richie-Rich !!

Yesterday I've started a to search some information about Mt.Creek and, at least, at the web the mountain looks good. But, I'll keep your thought in place.

So I'm targeting Hunter from now and realizing that I'll, also, must to get out of bed one hour early !!

But... every effort must be done for a good day of ski...
Mountain Creek is horrible - by far the worst in the area. I wouldn't go there if it was FREE.
post #17 of 24
It's too bad that you're a little early for Xanadu:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meadowlands_Xanadu



post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by edlam View Post
Yesterday I've started a to search some information about Mt.Creek and, at least, at the web the mountain looks good.
So I'm targeting Hunter from now and realizing that I'll, also, must to get out of bed one hour early !!

But... every effort must be done for a good day of ski...
Forget about Mt. Creek. You have three choices (): Hunter, Windham and Belleayre.

If you can ski during the week, you can affort to be at the mountain around 9:45am. That will leave plenty of day to ski yourselves into the ground.

Hunter is a real mountain and is has great skiing, during the week.

Go north and don't mess around.

Also, flight costs are dropping.

bz
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post #20 of 24
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BTW, we will wait the balance back to an affordable value and who knows by end of the season... the prices came down a bit...
If you are referring to the greenback (US Dollar) I wouldn't count on it. There is a global economic downturn right now, and people are flocking to the dollar. The pound is currently at its weakest level to the greenback since 2002. For comparison sake, the Canadian dollar was at or worth more then the US dollar as recently as January. It is now worth only 80 cents.

The global economy is souring but the good old American dollar is surging! Canada here I come!
post #21 of 24
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...For comparison sake, the Canadian dollar was at or worth more then the US dollar as recently as January. It is now worth only 80 cents.

The global economy is souring but the good old American dollar is surging! Canada here I come!
Hey, you got he point one month ago the greenback - US$ 1.00 is worth (BR Real) R$1.70. Nowadays U$1.00 worth R$2.30.
A big 35% increase

I'll take a time on look at those web links and about Hunter as well.

Thanks you all folks!!

Regards,
Eduardo
post #22 of 24
Edlam, I've lived in NY my whole life.

I now live 15 minutes from Mountain Creek and I still drive 1.5 hours to Hunter.

Go to Hunter and forget everything else.
post #23 of 24
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Forget about Mt. Creek. You have three choices (): Hunter, Windham and Belleayre.
I would tack on Plattekill to those three. Not as well-known, and a little smaller in terms of pure vert, but I hear great things about the mountain and people. As for those Big Three of the Catskills, I would put them in this order: Belleayre, Windham, Hunter. Belleayre is state-owned and nicely spread-out. Great grooming from the Cat drivers there (who've been doing it on average for 15+ years). Windham has some good terrain, but can get a little crowded at the lift line as a lot of the trails come down into a main bowl area. Hunter sees the most crowds on the weekend coming from the NYC metro area. All four should be great if you're hitting them up during the week, though!
post #24 of 24
I avoid the weekends at all costs!

Weekdays at Hunter are empty!

I picked up and end of season pass last year. It covers the day I was there and any weekday this season. Except holidays.

Cost me $199 and I would have paid $53 anyway last time I was there for for less than $150 I set for this year!

My wife will be pissed, but she'll get over it!
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