Big Mountain!

by: walperta - Mar 16, 2010

  • Overall Rating 5
  • Family Friendly 5
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 5
  • Terrain Park 0
  • Nightlife 2

    Pros: Great snow, long trails

    Cons: Slow lifts, far from NYC,

    Recommended For: Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Dec 1, 2009

Full review

Skied Smuggs on Xmas day. The mountain was empty and I got discount lift tickets from liftopia for $22, which was awesome. I was the first (after ski patrol) up Madonna1 and it was beautiful. Despite being early season, there was a ton of snow. I enjoyed the variety of terrain, but I did wish there were more trails/glades cut into the huge amount of space.

The lifts are all fixed grip doubles, which are slow. This definitely eats into the carving time, especially for Madonna1 which is a long, long ride.

The beginner area is awesome for teaching and it has lots of beginner terrain. Employees were very friendly.

The lodge at the upper mountain is kinda old, but it gets the job done.

Overall very good experience. Shame its so far from NYC (about 6 hour drive).