Blue MOuntain is the best ski and snowboard location in PA or NJ, PERIOD!
It is not a resort but a day trip for skiing that truly has some great qualities. First, the runs are longer and challenging and the mountain has some height (and views) They are grooming very regularily, breaking up ice and moguls on the runs. I rarely see ice during the day (unlike K-mart) They have a very high speed quad and some reliable twosies that will get you up in a little over a minute. The disembark is great, you won't crash into people like "Bear Creek"(theworststaffandtrailsgohere) and Snowboarders can get themselves together away from skiiers. If it snows Blue accumulates great (ha)powder for the east, and in the spring it stays nice and fluffy until 4pm or so. Avoid any Eastern resort on the weekends, it is murder, and yes people from NJ and NY crowd in. But good for them, this is where we practice for Colorado and Tahoe. They need a new lower lodge, it is a 70's cafeteria, and they need more trails. Better than Camelback (by far) and Seven Springs (though that has glades) but go to Killington or Mt.Snow if you want to enjoy skiing. Sidewinder park is fun for boarders but so are the trails. Great learning program, though don't bring your toddlers, you concieted fools. No one under 6 should be on grown-up slopes. Don't sit in the middle of vista you retard riders. The Vista lodge is small but the drinks flow and you can ski afterward to the base. Blue can be pricey, so go to pinnacle or Buchmans and get discounts. I think there ski shop is the best i've rented, even though they do have some choppy ski's in the back on busy days. Did I mention this is the best place in PA or NJ? It really is I have trudged to all of them. It just doesnt look pretty like Bear Creek. Bear Creek, however, Sucks and is dangerous for all ages due to insanity of whoever manages it. Out.