by: mkt - 24th September 2009

  • 2
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 2All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
  • Aprés Ski
  • Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
Wide slopes, short or no lift lines
no challenging terrain, terrible rentals, awful staff

Full review

Pine Mountain is a gentle slope, decently groomed but not a challenge on terrain (seeing an honest to goodness ski jump next to the slopes is too cool for words, it was the hilight of our last trip). Terrain is great for beginners and those looking for room to practice technique, but its nothing that will have a solid intermdiate or advanced skiier licking their chops. For those with beginners, the beginner area is small, cramped and looks like an afterthought rather than a planned part of the hill to help involve people new to the sport. Food is average at best and guest service significantly below other hills in the area. On more than one outing we seemed to be a distraction from the employee's job rather than the focal point of it. Tickets are cheap (always a good feature) but here you really get what you pay for, which isn't nearly as much as this hill has the potential to provide. And speaking of what you pay for, if you don't own your own boards RENT THEM SOMEWHERE ELSE. The last rentals we had in our party were old style straight skiis, clearly put into use on this hill before, what we would define as a modern ski, was on the market. The rental staff were more interested in carrying on their own conversation than doing a solid job of servicing the customer whose ski, boot and binding combinations are critical to having a good day. The combination of outdated equipment and a staff with no concern about the equipment really sets the tone on how this hill can ruin your day. In short, Pine Mountain is now the absolute last destination for our group thanks to poor service and equipment.
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