Location; Terrain; Deals
Snowmaking; Night Conditions
I'm a local. I go to Sno now 2-3 times a year. Since it changed names a few years ago some things have been getting progressively better. In the days of yore, then-Montage, used to have a lot of great cheap-ski deals mid-week to bring out the locals. This somewhat ended when it became Sno, but thankfully it seems those deals are gradually returning. It's ease to get to from major metro areas is also very good. Yes, it is a bit further from Philly and NYC than other Pocono resorts, but with the exception of the last few miles on the access road, it's all expressway from the major cities. The upper trails (blues and greens) are all rather similar, but the diamonds on the lower part of the mountain are all very different and offer a nice mix of terrain.
Snowmaking is still a bit lax. When other Pocono resorts are blowing Sno sometimes is quiet. I don't get it. Yes, snowmaking is expensive, but considering the drought and high temperatures we had this year, any time to blow would have been welcome. Some nights when conditions were prime for making snow, the guns were off. Day skiing here is great but once the sun goes down the upper trails get crusty fast. This is common at many Pocono resorts, but almost guarantees to happen at Sno. Luckily the lower trails usually remain decent unless a bunch of noobs scrapes off the topcoat. This is common on the White Lightning and Smoke trails.