I really hate reading all these reviews that talk about how small and expensive app ski mountain is. I have been frequenting app ski for years and now I live close enough to walk there. Yes its small, we're in NC for goodness sake. And yes it can get crowded, as can any mountain when the snow is great and everyone is off for a holiday. I will stand by the fact that app ski is the best place to learn. The terrain parks that app ski has to offer is exactly why you see more snowboarders and people on the ground. Lucky for everyone else skiing or snowboarding, all the terrain parks are off to the sides and have their own designated entries and exits. If you want to try the big jumps or just cruise through to check out a landing, this is the place for you. If you want big mountain and lonely slopes, hit up Utah. For a great daily ride and skill development, app is your place.