i've had a sunday pass with forest city elm. for the past 2 years. (this will be my third)
let's be honest here, elk is for people who are looking for a quite, challenging mountain, and thats the bottom line.
AMAZING and relatively cheap food, spacious lodge. elk has great trails for the upper-intermediate. elk makes use of the ENTIRE mountain with its windy and steep trails. elk seems very secluded, and unlike sno- its great to see the open countryside, instead of the lights of the city. the terrain park offers a tow lift and average items. wvia has several ski days here + spring/fall/ festival and demo day the staff is really nice
lifts are slow, really slow. the good part of the mountain closes at 4... yeah, you heard me right. don't even bother night skiing here- thats what sno mountain is for. THE JUNIOR SEASON PASS COSTS $650.. what is that money going towards? obviously not improvements. elk is stuck in the 1980's of lifts and snowmaking- terrible cheap snow guns and a really low base depth. you can hike up the hills faster than you can ride the lift. harder trails are often icy- and the hardest trail has GRASS inbetween moguls on occasion. theres no nightlife here for anybody under 50, theres usually a country band playing, but if thats your thing, then put on a pair of jeans, get your straight skis, poles with leather straps, and head up to elk mountain before it is forced to close.
you'll have fun here, but if your expecting a vermont experience, dont bother. its a really fun mountain, but those who favor the terrain park won't have much fun. this mountain is way too overpriced- which is probably why most kids take their business to boulder and sno. this mountain is worth a try.