Originally Posted by RatherPlayThanWork
How crowded are we talkin? I was thinking about taking my 9 year old up there tomorrow, but he's not going beyond blues yet and I just block from behind when its crowded.
If it's a zoo, I may just pass. Not sure if there will be anyplace within a day trip of NJ not too crowded this week.
If you get to Belleayre early in the morning tomorrow I would recommend parking at the upper Overlook lodge and taking high speed quad to intermediate trails Roaring brook and Onondaga trails. At about 10am when it gets more crowded I would take lift 7 and get off at midstation and go west on Tomahawk crossing over to the Tomahawk lift. On the Tomahawk lift get off a midstation and ski the many blue trails from mid station down to the Tomahawk lift. There will be a lot less people skiing the west side off the Tomahawk lift. To get back to the lodge take the expressway trail back to the Overlook lodge.
When you get your lift ticket check the ski report if intermediate trail Deer Run is open off the top. I know they are making snow on Deer Run. If its opened you can take the Tomahawk lift to the top and ski it. Deer Run is an awesome intermediate trail that is never crowded.
Side note - the experienced families will park near the bottom of the Tomahawk lift and use lawn chairs in the parking lot to get their boots on and obtain their lift ticket at the bottom of Tomahawk lift. This avoids the lodge completely and gets you on the slope faster.