- Overall Rating 4
- Family Friendly 5
- All-Mtn. Terrain 4
- Terrain Park 3
- Nightlife 1
Pros: Family Friendly, Nice People
Cons: Kids Growing and wish they wouldn't eventually want more
Recommended For: Family Friendly
Date Visited: Mar 1, 2012
Fantastic local resort, hometown Olympic ski resort of Diane Roffe -- with plenty of intermediate and beginner rated slopes. I love the rope tows, J-Bars and T-Bars. Leave the "high speed" quad lifts to the mega-resorts.
Prices are WICKED reasonable, and lots of opportunity to develop SOLID ski technique. Just 20 miles from Webster, NY -- so close you can go for just a few hours. Gives us 1/2 hour or more "on" the slopes, instead of car-sitting to overcrowded Bristol. Makes the occasional trip to Ellicottville (Holiday Valley), or Cortland (Greek Peak) all the more special.
These are people who just want to Ski, Ski, Ski (and Snow Board). Instructors have this stuff in their BLOOD, with games and loads of fun for the kids. We ADORE the group ski club called "bears" for our elementary school aged children, who won awards last year (Now I am Boasting with Pride) and are getting addicted to skiing. Wow, its like magic.
After a couple years of renting (very affordable at Brantling), we bought used equipment and a season's pass for the entire family. Our deal with the kids, electronic games during travel to and from, . . . . but just FRESH AIR and skiing while there. Food from the snack bar is fine, (I like the chili ENTIRELY too much). But we often bring snacks, and/or sandwiches . . . all is good, No one messes with our stuff.
Oh, just one last thing. Please do NOT tell people about this secret Treasure. All the big, important people travel farther and pay the big, BIG for better known ski resorts. If the word gets out, it will ruin our special ski hills in Sodus, NY, just miles from suburban Rochester. (And the owners will get too rich, and not have to be so friendly).