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post #61 of 69
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I was really planning to make it but the wife was concerned about driving during the storm. Black ice on the highway and all that stuff so we decided to stay home. She did agree to go to Windham this coming Sunday and Monday.

 

For noobs... better off going to a small mountain.... especially if you're not going to take advantage of a big mountain.

 

Mount Peter, as others have said, offers free lessons on their weekend & holidays, along with it, their cheap rates.

 

Though coming from NYC... the roads can be pretty hairy getting to Warwick, on 17A around the Sterling State Forest area

post #62 of 69
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And here is a blog report from last week at Belleayre:

 

http://nyskiblog.com/belleayre-opening-2013/

 

Thanks for the link to my blog post.

 

Belleayre only has 1 high speed lift. The Tomahawk is a fixed grip quad.

 

Campgaw is a great place to start. I learned to ski there and so did my kids. The magic carpet is short and very mellow. One of the double chairs has a midstation about 2/3 of the way up so you do not have to navigate the steeper top section.

 

Tuxedo Ridge has only run the Bunny double and the Tiger double when I have visited with my kids. It is a fun place that offers some longer runs than Campgaw.

 

Mt Peter skis is also another good choice for learning to ski. It is a few miles past Tuxedo Ridge.

 

Thunder Ridge is much larger than the Campgaw/Tuxedo/Mt Peter. There is a steep drop at the very bottom of the area. Almost every other trail can be handled by green skiers.

 

I also spent many days as a youngster skiing Vernon Valley/Great Gorge, now known as Mountain Creek. While it can be entertaining, I have not been back since 2001. It can be very crowded on weekends. I would rather drive the extra 1/2 hour to get to Belleayre or Hunter. Plattekill and Windham add another 15-20 minutes. Despite living in NYC/north NJ, my kids have not been to Mtn Creek.

post #63 of 69
If you r traveling 1-1/2 hours. Why not try Catamount in NYS or BUTTERNUT IN GReat Barrington, Mass. Both good choices for beginners. Butternut only another 20 mins further than Caramount and much better prices and conditions. Good luck. I'm a beginner and that's where I go. If you have a college ID you can save on lift Tixs at Butternut also.
post #64 of 69

Butternut!

Great Barrington is a great small town. Lots of people from the city go there in summer.

Go to the Gypsy Joynt for cinnamon rolls. They are massive.

 

Here's the trail map for Butternut:

 

http://skicentral.com/butternut-trailmap.html

 

They have Tubing till 8pm on Saturdays.

http://www.skibutternut.com/mountain/mountain-info/mountain-statistics/

 

On the google:

http://goo.gl/maps/zSxpz

 

 

post #65 of 69

The only deal worth having at Mtn Creek is the triple play card. I got mine back in Sep and it was $70!

The only time to ski there is mid week. I have been there DURING a holiday week (Not even a holiday or wknd) and it was brutal. There's not enough slope to separate the masses.

I have never seen the "Bowl Run" on the far left at Tux Ridge opened. Even when I was driving past it to get to Mt Peter. 

post #66 of 69
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The only deal worth having at Mtn Creek is the triple play card. I got mine back in Sep and it was $70!

The only time to ski there is mid week. I have been there DURING a holiday week (Not even a holiday or wknd) and it was brutal. There's not enough slope to separate the masses.

I have never seen the "Bowl Run" on the far left at Tux Ridge opened. Even when I was driving past it to get to Mt Peter. 


Mtn Creek is not even worth going.  For non-park people... Granite does have nice trails, if Creek bothers to maintain it.

post #67 of 69
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Mtn Creek is not even worth going.  For non-park people... Granite does have nice trails, if Creek bothers to maintain it.

Meh, IMO, it's worth it if you live in N Jersey and want to play hooky for about 6 hrs during the wk. Plus, I'll ski almost anything for < $23. I would never consider it a destination. We may try to get away for Pres. wknd and MC is the last place I would take the wife and small kids.

post #68 of 69
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Meh, IMO, it's worth it if you live in N Jersey and want to play hooky for about 6 hrs during the wk. Plus, I'll ski almost anything for < $23. I would never consider it a destination. We may try to get away for Pres. wknd and MC is the last place I would take the wife and small kids.

I can see some trails of Bear Peak from my house.

 

I make the drive to Camelback instead.

 

Granite Peak gets neglected

 

and, I hate the gondola on Vernon Peak.

post #69 of 69
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I can see some trails of Bear Peak from my house.

 

I make the drive to Camelback instead.

 

Granite Peak gets neglected

 

and, I hate the gondola on Vernon Peak.

Yay, you! Pretty sure you made your opinion known a couple posts back. I prefer not to be driving for three hours of a 6-7 hour window.

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