What does better mean? I too live near Elmira and have frequented both often. Much depends on day of the week. Bristol is VERY crowded on weekends but they do have a high speed quad so you can sometimes get more runs in. You can ski faster at Bristol but GP's terrain has more variation. I think the quality of skier and friendliness at gp are above that of Bristol. Distance is similar Ithaca is a pain unless you want to stop then the choices are endless. Overall, I would flip a coin and spend an extra 15/20 minutes and go to elk.