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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

Due to work, I have relocated to New Jersey (South) and reluctantly had to leave my patrol family in the Inland Northwest Rockies (and a record snowfall so far as well).

 

I am looking for a 'family' oriented patrol/resort within reasonable commute (few hours). I prefer the family hills not for the ski terrain but for the patrol experience.

 

Thoughts/advice?

post #2 of 18

As a former resident of both New Jersey and the Rockies, let me be the first to offer my condolences.

post #3 of 18

Sorry about your move.  There was a girl I went to high school with who patrolled with her family at Jack Frost.  I think she started as a patroller at  age 15 or 16.  I was in some Avalanche training a few seasons ago and there was a woman attending from Jack Frost who knew Nancy.  Apparently she is still patrolling there.  I always thought Nancy was a cool chick.  There must be something good going on if someone would stick with it for 40 years.  I have never skied at Jack Frost.  I assume that it is similar terrain wise to all of the other Pocono Resorts. 

 

Edit...  If you must live in S. Jersey, Please eat some cheese steaks and soft shelled crab sandwiches for me.  I really miss both of those things and can't get them in WY.

post #4 of 18

Cheesesteaks and Soft Shell Crabs will never sooth the pain of Pocono Skiing. You are quite correct in referring to them as hills. Assuming your avatar pic is you, then "We're not in Kansas anymore, Toto" applies.

 

It's hard to think of any of the areas as being other than family oriented. Jack Frost and sister Big Boulder plus Shawnee are would be my first thought, but after going there once, it's hard to go back. Blue and Camelback get heavy weekend crowds and are a little larger.

 

On the other hand, most winter's are still ok to play golf in So. Jersey. Just not right now.

 

 

 

post #5 of 18

Try Jack Frost - its more of a weekender cabin type place.  Stay away from Blue Mountain unless you want to spend your time blowing whistles and giving people 'speeding' tickets.

post #6 of 18

I'd pre-drive the distance to Jack Frost.  I think you'll find it further than Camelback and Shawnee, and certainly further than Blue.  If you're going to be driving this route weekly (daily?) all winter, that time difference could add up. 

post #7 of 18

I saw one episode of the ski patrol reality show that was filmed at Blue.  What a zoo and when all of the patrollers came down at the end none of them skied very well.  I've been a patroller for several years and have never blown a whistle or pulled a pass.  I hope I never do.  

 

BTW  why do you call your self c1er when you appear to be a kayaker?

 

1/2 the paddle twice the man!biggrin.gif
 

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Try Jack Frost - its more of a weekender cabin type place.  Stay away from Blue Mountain unless you want to spend your time blowing whistles and giving people 'speeding' tickets.

post #8 of 18

I have a very good friend who's a patroller at Jack Frost. It's volunteer; I think he's mostly there weekends,when it's pretty much a zoo. But he's done it for years, so he must get something out of it.

 

If you want to get in touch with him, send me a PM and I'll get you his email. I'm sure he'd be happy to talk to you.

post #9 of 18

Here in PA, Elk Mt is a good choice...one of my favorites. A bit closer to you is Bear Creek, where I patrol (we get a decent # of NJ skiers). Not that high, but good snow quality, nice lodge and food choices, and a good family area. Depending on age, if the kids can ski, you don't have to worrry about them getting lost.

post #10 of 18

I patrolled at Spring Mountain the last two years and decided to go someplace else this winter. Spring isn't a very well run place.  I was all set up with Camelback but then they told me at the last minute that they weren't taking any new patrollers.

 

Hiker153, do you know if Bear Creek needs any patrollers?

post #11 of 18

Jack Frost is a family oriented patrol.  Since the mountain has an open terrain policy we spend our time skiing or doing first aid and transport rather than being traffic cops.  There is a great camaraderie on the patrol.  I'm not sure if we are looking for patrollers currently but I can put you in touch with our patrol leader and give you some additional information. My email is skiersjp@aol.com.

post #12 of 18

Start here

http://www.nspeast.org/html/regions.htm

 

Go to Eastern PA Region

http://www.nspepa.org/index.htm\

 

Go to Who's Who in Eastern PA Region

http://www.nspepa.org/WhosWho/index.htm

 

Find and contact Eastern PA patrol directors on page 12.

http://www.nspepa.org/News/Archives/The_Regional/2009-2010-The_Regional_Newsletter.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

post #13 of 18

What is an open terrain policy as it pertains to Jack Frost?  I've never skied there and can't figure out what you mean.  I agree patrollers are not cops and shouldn't have to act like them.  
 

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Jack Frost is a family oriented patrol.  Since the mountain has an open terrain policy we spend our time skiing or doing first aid and transport rather than being traffic cops.  There is a great camaraderie on the patrol.  I'm not sure if we are looking for patrollers currently but I can put you in touch with our patrol leader and give you some additional information. My email is skiersjp@aol.com.

post #14 of 18

Sounds like they don't yank your ticket for skiing off the trails, unlike other PA areas.

post #15 of 18

I've only been to frost once, its sort of like a bowling alley with a bunch of straight trails carved up the mountain. When theres enough natural snow, people ski through the trees in between and under the chairs, at least I did, with no objections. Even met a patroller in the trees, which is totally normal to the rest of the world but in the Pocono/North Jersey area is the exception not the rule. Of course theres not always enough snow to actually do that

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BTW  why do you call your self c1er when you appear to be a kayaker?

 

1/2 the paddle twice the man!biggrin.gif
 

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Originally Posted by c1er View Post

Try Jack Frost - its more of a weekender cabin type place.  Stay away from Blue Mountain unless you want to spend your time blowing whistles and giving people 'speeding' tickets.


 

 

After 10 years of C1ing, my knees told me it was time to switch to kayaking.

 

Last year they cleared out the brush and started blowing snow in the trees between the trails at JF.  They have 2 nice top to bottom runs in the trees this year.  The 'bowling alley' runs are what I like about JF.  A lot of the mountains in PA have an upper and lower trail section with a cross trail cutting it in half.  Or are so twisty that everyone skis the same path and it gets iced quickly.  Even though JF doesn't have much vertical, you can do the whole run without slowing or worrying about someone cutting across the trail heading back to the  lodge. 

post #17 of 18

Thanks for the answer.  I thought it must be something like that, but when I skied in PA years ago it really wasn't possible to ski off trail because of shallow snowpack, deadfall, and tightly spaced trees.  Of course I ski much better now and look at trees completely differently.  It seems like people want to ski more natural feeling terrain and JF is responding to that.  That is a good thing.

post #18 of 18

It certainly wouldn't to get in touch with the patrol at Bear Creek. We have several former Spring patrollers. Give a call or stop in.

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