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Best place in North East to learn bumps?

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This year I want to really focus on developing my skills in the bumps, and was wondering where I should go.  I'd like to take private lessons, I'm looking for a great instructer but also good terrain to learn on.  I'm open to traveling anywhere within a 6-8 hour drive of NYC for this.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.

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Not sure how long it takes to get there from NYC, but Sugarbush North (and Sugarbush South, for that matter...) has a LOT of bump runs.

BushMogulMaster posts here occassionally; you might want to shoot him a PM, or visit his own forum:  http://forums.mogulskiing.net/ to get in touch with him.  (I don't know him, I've never met him, but if you're looking for bump runs in New England, Sugarbush is your place).
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Originally Posted by NEwes View Post

This year I want to really focus on developing my skills in the bumps, and was wondering where I should go.  I'd like to take private lessons, I'm looking for a great instructer but also good terrain to learn on.  I'm open to traveling anywhere within a 6-8 hour drive of NYC for this.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.


quite honestly you dont need a 'special" place(coach maybe...) to learn bump skiing. I would pick the closest resort to you that has consistent bumps and just start going these as often as possible. My guess is Mount Peter doesnt get bumps, but the resorts in the catskill for sure do.  PM sent with more info about other places and people 
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Go someplace with good bump skiers to make nice consistent bumps. Find some place with at least 1 more gentle slope that they let get bumped up. It also helps if you go when its bright and sunny and warm weather since flat light and icy bumps are bad for learnign on.
post #5 of 8
anywhere north of K-mart
post #6 of 8
Coming from NYC-save yourself the extra drive time and ski Hunter.  Yeah-it gets a little crazy on the weekends (though not as bad since mountain creek started siphoning off the regional yahoos!)-but Hunter West serves up some truly great, challenging and consistent bump terrain a dedicated lift to serve it. 

Mount Snow is under-rated for it's bump terrain (and it's trees..conditions permitting of course)-and it's the closest of the VT resorts (and often the busiest...but never too bad on the North face-just make sure to clear the base area by 8:35am!).

By mid season Gore Mountain has some great bump terrain.

People Can knock K-Mart all they like-it has tons of great and varied bump runs (not just outer limits either-but true classics like upper vertigo, double dipper, escalade, etc-.).

Mad River, Stowe and the'bush all have great bump runs, of course...but it's a lot of driving.  Though sugarbush has a pretty inspired approach to clinics and camps-check out their John Egan heavy website-lot's out 'advanced terrain clinics and camps that'd be worth trying out.
post #7 of 8
There is Holiday Valley in Western NY that has produced two Olympic team mogul skiers. By mid January, there's a couple bump runs that are equal to the best anywhere. It's not uncommon for a few of us to ski them all day.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the great feedback everyone!

I can see the benefit of staying close to NY and it's something to consider.  I dont' mind the drive up north though if it means better conditions, I do multiple trips up their a year anyway.  I'll just have to make one of my weekends an instructional weekend.  Ski camps are a good Idea too, I've been thinking about doing the momentum camp this summer if they offer a session that fits into my schedule.

Thanks again for all the great advice!
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