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Thread Starter 

where is the best ski resort in Pennsylvania for long trails?

What about the best ski deal in PA?

post #2 of 13

I know there are many posts on the "best" PA resort so you should try a search as well.  What part of PA are you looking at?  PA is a big state!  In the East I would recommend Elk and in the West I would say Blue Knob or Seven Springs.  As for deals...not sure.

post #3 of 13

Elk and Blue Knob are the class of PA.  I would say, only hit Blue Knob if you are sure there will be enough snow. 

post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 

I heard Camelback was good 2? I love blue mountain because i have not skied anywhere but in eastern PA.

post #5 of 13

Camelback is pretty good but not as good as Elk imo.  I have heard Jack Frost/Big Boulder is pretty good as well but I have never been there.  Have not been to Sno Mountain (former Montage) so can't comment on that either.  Did Shawnee many years ago and it seemed OK as well.

post #6 of 13

I had a very bad experience at Camelback this past weekend. It is always crowded when I've been there, but Saturday was even worse than usual. Long lift lines are one thing, but what makes things worse is that everyone has to mix together to get from one place to another. I was cut off more times than I can count and several of those were not simply n00bs falling down, but experienced older *skiers*. Add to that the requisite hit and run from a punk with a bad attitude.

 

On the other hand, I went to Elk the previous Saturday (on a holiday weekend, no less) and had a great time. It was definitely crowded, but the crowd was considerably nicer and the layout of the mountain is much better. I also find the terrain much more enjoyable, not to mention prettier.

post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 

is downhill terrain at elk good?

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by ezekielbulver View Post

 

I had a very bad experience at Camelback this past weekend. It is always crowded when I've been there, but Saturday was even worse than usual. Long lift lines are one thing, but what makes things worse is that everyone has to mix together to get from one place to another. I was cut off more times than I can count and several of those were not simply n00bs falling down, but experienced older *skiers*. Add to that the requisite hit and run from a punk with a bad attitude.

 

On the other hand, I went to Elk the previous Saturday (on a holiday weekend, no less) and had a great time. It was definitely crowded, but the crowd was considerably nicer and the layout of the mountain is much better. I also find the terrain much more enjoyable, not to mention prettier.

I wasn't there and I don't know why, but I heard Hunter was much busier this past weekend than the holiday weekend. Sometimes you just can't predict crowds.
 

post #9 of 13

"Long trails" and "skiing in PA" are two phrases that just don't mix, but I would go with Phil's suggestion about Elk. Once I get some free time I'll be finishing my review on Elk here on this site, but it's definitely one of the best PA mountains: good terrain, good people, good area. Check the weather report before you go to watch for frostbite warnings, as the resort can be prone to that sometimes, but it will probably be your best bet for the state.

 

Camelback and Blue Mountain are decent, but will get crowded much more quickly than Elk because of their proximity to Philly and NYC. Blue has a few more feet of vertical drop on Elk (I think those two have the highest vertical drops in PA...can anyone confirm this?), and it does have decent terrain, but I like Elk way more than Blue.

post #10 of 13

Have skied many times at Blue and more recently at Elk

Blue is fine during the week but the weekends are terrible

Some of the trails at Blue are a little longer than at Elk

but not as much fun.  One of the better trails at Blue ( Sidewinder)

was changed to a terrain park so there is even less variety

than there used to be. Elk has more interesting trails. Slow

chair lifts but it seems to limit the crowds on the trails,

Skied at Elk this past Saturday and was surprised that the

lift lines were not bad at all until about 2 pm. The black trails

were basically never crowded made many runs when there

were only a few other people on the trail.

 

post #11 of 13

I've been to Elk 3 times in the last 13 months and have had similar experiences with short, or non existent, lift lines.  Camelback is crazy - the day I was there people were waiting over an hour just to buy a ticket.  I waited 10 minutes to buy a ticket at Elk on a Saturday, but never more than 5 minutes in a lift line and the typical wait was less than 2 minutes.  Elk is better skiing also!

post #12 of 13

I have to confess to having skied Camelback for close to 30 years, the last 15 or so as a passholder.  (Showing incredible tolerance for boredom here....)  If you arrive AT THE LIFT when it opens, by 10 you've got most of your day in and people are just starting to show up.  Eat lunch early, say around 11.  Move to the Marc or Cleo chairs when the quads get backed up (and assuming they are open) or to the Raceway chair.  By eating early, you'll get a new "light" lift line period between noon and 1 or so.  Then, by all means, exit stage left by 2 PM when it gets totally out of control with people.  There is a consistent rhythm to the crowds at each lift, and if you learn it and use the singles line then you'll rarely wait more than 10 minutes.

 

That being said, I preferred Elk, it just happened we owned a unit at the Village at Camelback, so driving to Elk wasn't really something you'd want to do.  I did get up there every year for races and really loved the long cruisers all the way over on the right looking up the mountain.  Still tons of people compared to where I am now, though. 

post #13 of 13

I've skiied Elk, Blue Mnt and Camelback for many years. I think Elk is the nicest, usually has the best conditions, and is way less crowded. It's a longer ride for me, but usually worth it.

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