slow lifts, terrible trails, small lodge, kids
Anybody living in pennsylvania has heard of it, big boulder. but does it really live up to it's name? lets find out.
i took a ski trip up to boulder this past december, i had already been to sno mountain 10 times this year. we got there and we were the only ones on the mountain. i proceeded to check out the diamond slopes and the 'boulder' park. the black diamond slopes here can be compared to the hill i used to go sledding down here in the hill section. they are nothing and two of my friends (one his first day skiing) did it with ease. the longest trail there, named bunny's elbow, was a short trail through the woods, it wasn't even comparable to upper runway at sno, which i beleive is a great trail. what made my day worse were the slow, unpadded lifts which take up valuable daylight. slower than sno's, same speed as elks. they are just terrible.
however, big boulder makes up for some of this in it's terrain parks. remember, BIG BOULDER IS OWNED BY PEAK RESORTS. peak resorts obviously knows how to make a terrain park (aka mount snow's carinthia). i skied the boulder and freedom parks, as they were the only two open. the freedom park was in excellent condition, however the features were too expert for me at the time. it was well groomed and in prime condition for some shredding.
after this, i headed to freedom park. there was a nice bench at the top for boarders to strap in, it was a helpful feature that i haven't seen anywhere else. on the other side of things, it just proves how largely big boulder depends on snowboarders for business. the park, again, was in PERFECT condition. i wasn't feeling too ambitious that night, and the park was extremely crowded as usual. i headed towards the end and i spotted a nice straight box for me to warm up on, it turned out to be three boxes, each a step down from the next. after i noticed my lack of caution for spotting my landing, i quickly slid off the side. an important thing to remember at this mountain is to follow the rules of safe park skiing. there are some extremely good skiers whom spend a lot of time at boulder, don't get in their way.
i headed to the lodge, i had a decently priced meal with a decent taste. the lodge has a somewhat small general area. it seemed to have other rooms and a bar, i'm not sure.
all in all, if you don't do park, don't come to boulder, when i came here, two parks were closed, please keep this in mind. according to peak resorts, boulder is 75% park, and has a tiny verticle drop. this isn't a family resort, and as far as downhill skiing goes, count boulder out. the terrain parks give the mountain a lot of freestyle skier and boarder business, however one of the smallest verticle drops on the east coast, a better name for this mountain would be "little stone"