clean, friendly, great lodge and inn
small, poor snowmaking
My family of 3 children4 to 10 years old skied here 5 times this season and had an excellent time. The people and staff are friendly and helpful, especially the ski instructors and ski patrol professionals. When my wife inhjured her knee on the last run of th enight, the patrol was quickly on site, epxertly brought her down the mountain and cared for her and the kids perfectly. On a later trip, my son went into a tree, and the ski patrol was there before me, tended to him with care and comfort.
The mountain is small, and the trails are quite short, with th etop of mountain fairly flat. However, the really short blacks are also very steep, and therefore challenging for intermediate skiers learning to ski or ride blacks. This is a great place for children to leaern to ski and develop their skills and confidence, and they have a great family deal on Sunday nights - the family skis for $74 total.
For the more advanced riders and extreme skiers, there are two very long and challenging terrain parks, with rails, jumps, mogels and walls on the East side fo the mountain. There is also excellent progression, from a carpet lift on a bunny slope, to a short triple lift that feeds into a beginner terrain park, beginner green and a beginner blue that then leads into a quad lift to take you up to the top of th emountain for th echallenging blacks and changing blues.
The snowmaking is strange, with sticky powder that grabs the skis. also, Also, the ski school is great in terms of niceness and organiation, but Elk is the place that taught my 4 year old to ski in 30 minutes to where she can ski the blues at Shawnee.