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post #31 of 43
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Thanks for all the pics - really brought back some old memories.  I haven't skied Elk in over 25 years, but when I was in high school it was the best we had in PA.  Sounds like it's still probably the best mountain in PA.



What is good (and bad) is that Elk hasn't changed in that 25 years you were gone. Elk has the capacity for some great tree, it is  shame they don't open up some of the woods. 

post #32 of 43
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Originally Posted by Noodler View Post

Thanks for all the pics - really brought back some old memories.  I haven't skied Elk in over 25 years, but when I was in high school it was the best we had in PA.  Sounds like it's still probably the best mountain in PA.



What is good (and bad) is that Elk hasn't changed in that 25 years you were gone. Elk has the capacity for some great tree, it is  shame they don't open up some of the woods. 



 Would be nice to have some faster lifts, though it would be hard to justify based on the crowds. Doing laps solo, I covered half as many vertical feet as I would at Blue mtn. But it is definitly a better mountain.

 

 

 

 

 

post #33 of 43

I skied here for the first time EVER today.  Pretty good mountain, all-in-all.  My favorite run was Chippewa.  Good powdery bumps, 2-3 days after the storm.  Iroquois was pretty good, but they were becoming beetle-sized.  Tunkwhateverit'scalled was reeeally icy between moguls.  Good, consistent pitches all around.  A little shorter than what I'm used to, but still good!  I was wearing my Dakine backpack and got asked by a local to go out of bounds :x.  Some GREAT backcountry skiing there!  That, in itself, made the trip worth it.  I'd tell you where, but then I'd go against everything I stand for. Happy skiing!

post #34 of 43

OP, thanks for the review.... I was looking forward of going there. It's probably worth the drive...

post #35 of 43

I was there for a J3 race a week ago.  It is a very nice mountain for this region of the country.  Unfortunately it poured rain on saturday a week ago, and froze so when I was there it was pretty icy, or pocono powder as they say. They probbaly have ground it up some now.  Overall, well worth the trip. 

post #36 of 43

It was my first time up at Elk today.  It was by far the most enjoyable skiing I have experienced in PA.  The staff is awesome.  The surroundings are simple and pretty.  The trails are fast, fun, and nicely groomed.  And the slopes were wide open.  I will be headed up that way more often.

post #37 of 43

It was my first time up at Elk today.  It was by far the most enjoyable skiing I have experienced in PA.  The staff is awesome.  The surroundings are simple and pretty.  The trails are fast, fun, and nicely groomed.  And the slopes were wide open.  I will be headed up that way more often.

post #38 of 43

Lackawana is a fun little trail there, I do have to say.

post #39 of 43

Back in the early 1980's I earned my Skiing merit badge on Elk Mountain. Every January my Boy Scout troop (112 in Swarthmore) would take a three-day weekend. We would have to wait until night skiing ended and the last of the skiers left the mid-mountain lodge. Then 30 or so adolescent boys would jockey for the picnic tables closest to the fireplace and unroll our sleeping bags. That was usually close to midnight. We had to be up and re-packed by 7am and we would ski to the base lodge for breakfast. We would ski every moment in between and head home exhausted on Sunday night. It was probably the best trip of the year. Thanks to Jack Cushing, our scout master.

post #40 of 43
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Back in the early 1980's I earned my Skiing merit badge on Elk Mountain. Every January my Boy Scout troop (112 in Swarthmore) would take a three-day weekend. We would have to wait until night skiing ended and the last of the skiers left the mid-mountain lodge. Then 30 or so adolescent boys would jockey for the picnic tables closest to the fireplace and unroll our sleeping bags. That was usually close to midnight. We had to be up and re-packed by 7am and we would ski to the base lodge for breakfast. We would ski every moment in between and head home exhausted on Sunday night. It was probably the best trip of the year. Thanks to Jack Cushing, our scout master.


I'll admit that it's been a long time since I've skied at Elk, so my memory is fuzzy, but mid-mountain what?  I don't remember any mid-mountain lodge.

post #41 of 43

I don't know if it is still there, but years ago there was a day lodge for brown bag lunches. It was located about 500 up from the base lodge on the far right side of the mountain as you face up the slope.

post #42 of 43

Interesting.  I haven't skied there since the early 90's.  If it was still there then, I've since completely forgotten about it.

post #43 of 43

It is still there and usually referred to as the Halfway House.

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