Many trails and acres for the Poconos, Triple Ticket
Massive crowds, poor conditions, uninspired terrain
Camelback is probably the biggest mountain in the Poconos by acreage, and it is close to the population centers of North Jersey and Philadelphia. As a result, it is overrun with skiers and snowboarders. There are many lifts that serve the top of the mountain, including 2 high speed quads, but for some reason the management does not run all the lifts during times when it is very crowded. Lift lines of 30 minutes or more are not uncommon on weekends and holidays.
The terrain is completely uninspired, consisting of many flat, icy, green and blue runs. Many blue and black runs are funneled down onto a single green run that becomes clogged with riders of all different abilities; accidents are inevitable. The design of the mountain seems to have been made at a time when there were only one or two lifts serving trails made for beginner skiers; as a result, it is extremely difficult for riders to move around the mountain to different lifts, especially snowboarders. The mountain has many, many flat spots.
Grooming and snow quality are pretty bad, probably because of the crowds. However, Blue Mountain and Elk seem to manage to keep the conditions much better.
One positive thing is that this year they offered a triple ticket - 3 tickets for $79. Otherwise it is not worth the $52 weekend ticket price.
I used to go to Camelback in high school 18 years ago to ski and the crowds and snow were just as bad then as they are today...