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Ski Mystic at Deer Mountain Resort Reviews

by: porkchop - 31st October 2011

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  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
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  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 2Family Friendly
  • 3Aprés Ski
  • 2Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
was a great mountain for family skiing
under new ownership since 08

Full review

Our family skied at Deer Mountain for several years before it was bought out in 2008. Since then it has gone down hill and we've had to go elsewhere. The first thing they did was spend a bunch of money on a new computer system that left people standing for HOURS on opening day waiting to get their passes, equipment, etc. They've had tremendous snow the last few seasons but have managed to run off all of their good help and loyal customers. It was a virtual ghost town last year. They spent a bunch of money on computers, TVs, and signs, but neglected the slopes. They've logged a bunch of trees out to make room for houses, etc., but in the process have created areas where the snow now blows away. They have limited snow making ability. The 2nd year they owned it there were bare spots in the runs almost all season despite good snowfall. They routinely run snowmobiles down the middle of certain runs making big ruts for beginners to negotiate. The worst neglect was of their lifts. They hardly opened the back side for the first 2 seasons because of lift problems and the 2nd season it was only open for part of 1 day before a chair fell off of it!!! I don't think they even bothered to open the backside last year. They also let trees grow up in the middle of runs for a couple of years. They took over the ski school and got rid of all the good instructors. They took over the food service and now it's too expensive. Our family really misses skiing there and we're waiting for the next owner to come along! If anyone else buys it, we'll be back!!

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