by: Ray Baucum - 20th December 2013

  • 5
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
  • 2Nightlife
  • 5Terrain Park
  • Value
Expert Terrain,Short lift lines,highest vertical,great snow conditions,
Distance,it's near the NY border

Full review

Elk Mountain is Eastern Pa's highest vertical drop with challenging runs,and superb snow conditions. Fact:Elk Mt is 2600' plus above sea level. The bottom is 1600' meaning 1,000' vertical drop. As a comparison Blue Mt is 1407' above sea level.This means excellent snow for skiing/boarding meaning less ice,granular and crud meaning those conditions that make it difficult to ski/board. Elk Mt is truly in the snow belt.This ski area is an excellent choice for intermediate and expert skiers/boarders.By the way there is an excellent learning slope for beginners,plus a challenging mogul slope which has moguls all the time for the true expert. If you hear Elk Mt is Pa's Best and comparable to Vermont then you heard correctly. I use Elk Mt to get into shape for Killington due to its steep and long runs that burn the quads. Killington has more expert runs such as Outer Limits,Devils Fiddle and Ovation,However most of the time Ovation and Devil's Fiddle are closed due to ice and poor conditions,plus only the very best are on Outer Limits which is 45 degrees incline and where the US Olympic Ski team use to train. If I take away the above three runs then the only difference between Elk and Killington are the length of the runs. On the down side Elk Mt has an old fashion lodge with slower lifts than some of it's competitors,however since the lines are never very long you will get in many more runs.It's a great place to ski/board and one my favorite besides Camelback and Montage. Have a safe and enjoyable trip to Elk Mt.
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