Best in the Cleveland area

by: loricipheran - Dec 14, 2010

  • Overall Rating 4
  • Family Friendly 4
  • All Mtn. Terrain 4
  • Terrain Park 4
  • Nightlife 3

    Pros: Atmosphere, terrain park

    Cons: short runs

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Feb 1, 2010


Full review

Everybody says that Brandywine is not good for skiers, and I'm not sure why. True, the runs are shorter than Boston Mills, and with its big terrain parks, the area is obviously geared to the boarder crowd, but as a traditional downhill skier, I find that I prefer Brandywine.

First off, the snow is generally in better shape. I think a big part of this is that Brandywine does not get as much daytime use, when the snow is softest and most vulnerable. Also, even though there are a lot of club buses in the lot on weekends, the area does not seem nearly as crowded. The lift lines are certainly more manageable.

But I think the emphasis on the terrain parks plays into skiers' hands, too. Because many of the boarders spend their time riding rails and playing on the jumps, there is less traffic on the other slopes. I enjoy Grizzly, and its next-door neighbor, Shredder. Between these slopes are various changes in angle and contour that are fun to ski in various ways.

All in all, Brandywine is a decent place. And the deal is especially good when you consider that a lift ticket also gives you access to Boston Mills, as the two resorts are owned by the same company.

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