One of the better areas in Eastern PA

by: chorner1 - Jan 18, 2009

  • Overall Rating 4
  • Family Friendly 3
  • All Mtn. Terrain 5
  • Terrain Park 0
  • Nightlife 0

    Pros: lots of variety, fast lifts, choice of lodges

    Cons: becoming overly geared to the X-games crowd

    Recommended For: Singles

    Date Visited: Dec 1, 2008


Full review

I would probably consider this my home mountain, it is the best mountain you can get to in less than two hours from the Philadelphia area (less than 1.5 hrs from n. 'burbs). I usually go several times a year. There is a nice variety of trails, from the winding Paradise and Burma Road (great for kids) to the no-nonsense Main Street to the fairly extended steeps of Challenge and Razor's edge. Lazy Mile is fun but too crowded on a busy day. There is also something about the place which seems to attract a lot of younger skiers and (especially) snowboarders who tend to be aggressive and even rude at times. The litter under the lifts is kind of sad.

I wish they would let bumps build up on either Razor's Edge or Challenge, if they did these would be AMAZING mogul runs. The one "mogul" run is the pre-fab Barneys' Bumps on the side of Main St.

The two bottom-to-top high speed lifts are awesome! Maybe they'll put one in to replace the Main St. lift someday?

The Valley Lodge is easier to get in and out of, and though it's kind of bare-bones it's reasonably comfortable. The cafeteria in the Valley Lodge is not that hot, the food is too pre-cooked and the atmosphere is...cafeteria. The Main Lodge is near the top, it's a nicer and more complete facility though more of a pain to get in and out of.

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