Solid all around experience

by: hose91 - Jan 28, 2013

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

    Pros: Family Friendly, well run, shorter lift lines, varied layouts for all skill levels

    Cons: slower lifts,

    Recommended For: Family Friendly

    Date Visited: Jan 1, 2013

Full review

On the mountain as Faculty rep for mid atlantic school competing in the US Collegiate Snowsports Assoc Allegheny Conf ski race/snowboard slopestyle. Stayed in Clarks Summit/N Scranton. Easy drive up from there (25 mins or so), parking is decent. They shuttle you from the lot up to the lodge on the back of specially built trucks. It's a short round trip, and there was never a wait to get on the shuttle. The lodge is clean and comfortable. Typical split for cafeteria/picnic lunchers, and as usual, the space between the tables is crowded and can fill up with gear, but nothing abnormal. There are no high speed lifts, 1 quad and 6 doubles, so the ratio of lift time to ski time is a little high. Conditions this weekend were great, 40+ inches of base, nice carvable powder on most runs, some good ungroomed steeps, and lots of variety. I like that most of the approaches to the lift areas are plenty wide, giving lots of room to maneuver around those of all speeds and skills. Lift operators were pleasant and professional, and the loading/unloading areas seemed to be well kept and smoothly operating, with plenty of room to get off the lift and out of the way of those behind you.

Stomping grounds terrain park had some nice large jumps and good features, also well maintained by the park staff, and it's location alongside the Delaware blue square on the edge of the mountain keeps the traffic through the park down a bit, as you have to deliberately head over there, and it doesn't lend itself to "drive by" participants on their way to the lift lines as is sometimes seen in other parks.

All in all, a well run ski area, lots of good variety (though limited vertical) and it could really, really use a high speed detachable quad or two to decrease the lift time and allow for more time on the snow.