- Overall Rating 3
- Family Friendly 3
- All-Mtn. Terrain 4
- Terrain Park 0
- Nightlife 3
Pros: High speed lifts, Decent vertical, Varied Terrain, Nice Staff
Cons: Management, Conditions Variable, Crowds
Recommended For: Singles, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Feb 1, 2010
We have been going to this mountain for 2 years as a home mountain. It is most likely the best in the Poconos, but only for a few reasons. One of these is that it is close by to our home (about 1 hour). We have been to all the other mountains in this area, and other than Blue Mountain, it is the only game in town. If you or your family are "first time on skis" folks, Shawnee or Alpine are much better mountains, as you will find crowds at Camelback (especially on the weekends). This place has a few decent runs in the middle of the mountain (Hump, Marjie's, Asp, Rocket), paired with some interesting terrain on the other end of the hill (Nile Mile, Cliffhanger, Pharaoh, Pocono Raceway). The middle of the mountain requires a 10 dollar fee to ride the "Park" trails, which don't look all that great. BIGGEST CON IS THE NEW MANAGEMENT. They are trying to squeeze every dollar out of the people that go to this mountain. This is not a good thing for those of us that use this hill as a place to improve and retain skills in order to ride other, bigger, more destination oriented mountains that we don't happen to live close to. It is not uncommon during "Low volume periods" to experience the following:
-Dangerous Conditions (NO SNOWMAKING+NO GROOMING=SHEER ICE FACE and LITTLE BUMPS AT BOTTOM OF STEEP PITCHES!!!!!!)
-Lifts shut down on far side of the mountain early (TO SAVE ON THEIR ELECTRIC BILL??? I STILL PAYED $$$$ TOO!!!)
If you are going to ski here, go when it snows. They don't make alot and they dont groom the more advanced trails regularly. (Moguls are fine--when they are made of snow) Some of these pitches become almost unrideable when they are allowed to degrade. One time it will be awesome, another time you will be lucky to hold an edge the whole way down. Also, DON'T GO ON WEEKENDS. If you do go, go during the week. You can get some turns in, but beware the variable conditions.
Also they no longer serve pitchers of beer. It costs more by the pint.