Not Bad for PA

by: jagdeep76 - Jan 5, 2013

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

    Pros: Location, variety of terrain, nice layout, good quality rentals

    Cons: Holiday/weekend crowds, weird rules, poor costumer service, short trails, frequently icy

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly

    Date Visited: Dec 1, 2012


Full review

Have been going to Camelback at least once a year for last 6-7 yrs, (apart from my visits to VT and CO), mainly due to its location in Northeast closer to my home. Its a decent size resort for this area with short but fair amount of trails to keep you busy for a day, with a good variety. Advanced experts and tree-runners may not feel adequately challenged (Cliffhanger is the only double-diamond, though I wonder why, as it is just as steep and actually somewhat wider/easier than say -- the The Hump or Marjie's). Food is okay, I like the mountaintop restaurant - great views and minimal crowds.

Negatives -- relatively poor costumer service, a lot of weird/ridiculous rules, like (writing just one, there are many) - God forbid if you forget to pick up the itsy-bitsy-plastic-tie for attaching lift pass to your jacket at the ticket window - ask for it later and you will be treated like nothing short of scum, and paraded to guest "service". Only after thorough questioning and time wasting will they consider obliging you with a <2 cent plastic piece (even if you are holding a valid lift ticket with a receipt that you bought minutes ago), something which is so easily and ubiquitously available at any other resort. Crowds on certain days could be terrible, lift line management poor. Expect significant ice even after a snowstorm, and sometimes unmarked thin coverage patches on steeper trails which is dangerous.

Overall, we generally have a good time here. My wife doesn't ski, but likes to go there with me due to nearby outlet malls and Mt Airy casino.

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