by: Chris M. - 13th February 2010

  • 4
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 2Nightlife
  • 3Terrain Park
  • Value
Low prices, enjoyable runs, fun staff, great scenery
crowding on green runs, some problems with teen snowboarders

Full review

We tried Caberfae after previously visiting Crystal Mountain for two main reasons. Cheaper pricing and 100 ft. more vertical. We had much more fun skiing at Caberfae They have some pretty steep and challenging runs but in the areas where the blues combine with the greens one must use caution. There were several near collisions while we were skiing. But they have some nice options for creating interesting runs with a little planning before you head downhill. I'm a little old and brittle for terrain parks, and there didn't appear to be much to choose from in that respect. We did have three or four instances of confrontations with teenage snowboarders being extremely rude and very mouthy, but you have that everywhere anymore. One slight oddity is the dangerous path you have to take to get from the North Peak to the South Peak. You basically have to cross in midhill a few of the fastest runs to get to the chair and it's not much of a vertical while you're doing it. So you're kind of hung out going slowly across while others are flying downhill at you. It's either that or take a black run through a narrow tree lined trail. But the prices were outstanding and the reception staff made sure we were getting the best rate possible as there are a few different combinations. Also, we had an incident that resulted from an oversight by the maintenance staff and when we brought it to the General Manager's attention, He quickly and kindly made everything right much to our satisfaction. The lodging was good and we really enjoyed the balcony for our room as we had a view of the hills and most of the resort. They allowed us to bring a cooler to our room and we used it as a fridge on the balcony where we kept our supplies. The pool and hot tub are a fun addition and very relaxing after a long day on the slopes. We will go back and I recommend Caberfae to folks who simply love to ski.
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