staff, size of mountain, food
crowds, newbies, conditions
First visit to BM on 1/27/13. Understanding conditions have been less than perfect for this region, with warm temps followed temps in the teens, the mountain was ok on some runs and borderline dangerous on others. Little upset that my base is now completely trashed with deep cuts and scratches. One long run was filled with ice the size of golf balls and numerous exposed rocks, so it was difficult to feel what I was riding on. The mountain itself seems large for the mid-Atlantic region with several good blue and black runs. Staff was extremely friendly and I was surprised to learn that youth lift tickets are 21 and under, helping out the overall pricing for me and my 15 yr old son. Also, the ticket system is automated with turnstile setups, so no delays with folks bar scanning you before getting on lift. Seems like lots of newbies on this mountain, even on the harder blues and blacks, which can make things interesting when trying to enjoy a run. I would go back, but only after a good base of natural snow and/or favorable snow making conditions. Also found it interesting that much of the mountain was used for a racing event, the entire day. Of course this part of the mountain looked to be in perfect condition. Most other resorts seem to reopen race areas in the afternoon to everyone.