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Elk Mountain Ski Resort Resort Reviews

by: gma - 10th September 2009

  • 3
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
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  • 3All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 3Family Friendly
  • Aprés Ski
  • Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
Terrain, Old School Skier's Ski Hill
A Touch Off The Beaten Path And Worth The Drive

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Turn a corner on whatever county road takes you there, change the exposure, start seeing snow on the hillsides when at Sno Mountain one dry day ago there was none at all except on the ski hill itself, pull into an area that may have been a state park, park trailside, click in, ski down to buy a ticket, look around and, you are pretty much in ski country. This place skis as well as any 1000' hill I've been on and better than most. The terrain is just plain fun. Nothing nuts but, consistent focus required. Plenty of well laid out learning stuff too. Everything needs an update but, they got it right the last time so, it's just getting a bit worn. The lodge is a perfect example, the sunken bar with the stucco stalactites just needs a disco ball to be perfect. They may in fact have one I'd forgotten. It is still a perfectly comfortable place. The lifts could be faster but, the terrain is good enough that you want to ski it all day instead of pounding out 25000 verts by lunch on high speeds and going home. The few lawn chairs and coolers in the upper lot after the lifts closed (thankfully, I was prepared) reminded me a little of skiing down from somewhere really neat at Smuggs to the car for some casual BS about a great day. Although Vermont like may be a bit much, I'd at least give it a Berkshire (and best of the Berkshires at that) like nod. This place is certainly worth checking out if you are within shooting distance and intend to make some turns.

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