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by: dlopiano - 4th March 2013

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  • 2All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 2Family Friendly
  • 1Aprés Ski
  • 2Terrain Park
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The bar isnt bad
Icy conditions, Narrow trails that aren’t fully covered, unfriendly management, no satisfaction guarantee policy.

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I wouldnt recommend this mountain for beginners. The size and steepness of the mountain is favorable to beginners, however the conditions of the terrain are not. Ive visited swain multiple times in hopes that they would redeem themselves. Every time I have been there the conditions were very icy, not to mention there were spots that weren™t even fully covered and undergrowth was visible and sticking out at least a foot from the ground. I am an experienced rider. I have been to various mountains, and these conditions were in my opinion unacceptable, especially for someone learning. After expressing my disappointment to the management after only 20 minutes of being there, my feelings were dismissed in a very rude manner. The manager said that they weren™t going to do anything about it because people were so-called raving about how great the conditions were, and were supposedly raving all over Facebook. The management didnt even express any sort of apology at the very least. They continued to lie about what people were saying. I even went as far to check their Facebook page to see the fans raving. There wasn™t a post in sight about these so-called excellent conditions. Its one thing to have sub-par conditions, but to lie and be rude to a customer is another. I will never go here again. I will continue to go to the other mountains in the area which have better conditions, not to mention a pleasant staff.

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  • Danielle Titus (29th January 2019)

    I started boarding here, used to enjoy it, and love that it's close to home except Everytime I went over the last...

  • Linda (13th December 2015)

    I've been skiing Swain since the 80's and I think the staff now are the friendliest you can find. You always feel...

  • Jeff Kosakowski (9th December 2015)

    For a small resort, it offers a little bit of everything. There is a great variety of trails for all levels of...

  • Larry Seaman (27th December 2013)

    Been skiing Swain since highschool, back when it was a good area. I've had a pass for the last 35+ years but...

  • (21st December 2013)

    I have been going to Swain since 1982. It is small compared with the major New York and New England ski areas...

  • dlopiano (4th March 2013)

    I wouldnt recommend this mountain for beginners. The size and steepness of the mountain is favorable to beginners, however the conditions of...

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