Elk is fairly large with 20 different slopes to make your way down. A good mix of intermediate and advanced skiing. 10 of them are rated as black and the they have no comparison at any other Eastern Pa ski resort. In comparison the blacks at Camelback, although a bit steeper, are much, much shorter . Also at Camelback, which I rate as #2 for Eastern Pa, there is significant runout at the bottom which you have to deal with on every run.
You can feel the pull of gravity at Elk Mountain. The Tunkhannock Trail under the quad lift is ungroomed with big moguls and a nice pitch. It was in perfect condition for our day of skiing with soft snow from the recent lake effect that dropped a few inches in the previous days. I wish there were more than two ungroomed slopes, the other we didn't find until our very last run and it was already closed for the day.
What stood out was the superior service and attitude of all employees at Elk. You can tell all the workers are country folk, and that is a big factor in the allure of Elk. From the kitchen workers to the lifties to the ski shop employees, everyone went out of their way to give us a good afternoon of skiing. Elk is less than 90 minutes from the Delaware Water Gap, 20 minutes north of Scranon, with the last 10 minutes a country ride, which heightens the feeling of isolation from the rat race of civilization.
My lovely companions for the day.
Edited by SnowbirdDevotee - 1/15/10 at 4:23am