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Reviews for West Mountain
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West is one of those rare gems that need to be preserved. It’s the local mountain that gives great value and offers respite from the crowds on otherwise crazy holiday weekends. That being said, I was just there on Presidents’ Day weekend and there was never a wait for a chairlift even though the locals said it was “busy”. Great apres ski with an outdoor fire and watching ski racing in the afternoon. My only demerit and it’s a big one is that there was no entry beginner terrain. Usually there is a meandering green that’s great for beginner skiers, but most of the greens here had some steep blue sections that derailed our entry green group, 8 kindergarteners. The bunny hill is terribly overcrowded though they have a carpet on one side and a tow rope on the other. Overall, I put this place up there with Magic as one of those places that offer great value away from crowds... Full Review
West Mountain is a lot of things. It's great beginners mountain to learn to ski or ride, most if not all trails are usable at night, great snow-making on most if not all trails. It is also very small, the facilities are bare bones, and the terrain doesn't change all that much or is all that challenging. There are improvements being made with the new management, especially replacing that awful double chair to the summit.
It is heading in the right direction. Just avoid it during the holiday periods and either go further north to Gore/Iceface, Vermont to the bigger mountains, or south to some of the resorts in the Catskills. The mountain cannot handle large crowds in its current configuration. However, at night on a non-holiday weeknight, its a locals paradise.
If the triple chair by the other parking lot gets replaced as planned, maybe the mountain can be a nice hole in the wall 1 hour from Albany every day during the season. Until then, its a good place to get the fix while waiting for the weekend or for a family looking to not spend as much compared to other places in the area.... Full Review
With totally new ownership and management taking over 2 years ago, the positive signs are eveeywhere. New triple chair to summit this year replaced the nasty old centerpost double.
New trail, Gnarwall, extends down from it. Marked blue, but Feels like a single black.
New & improved terrain park. Improved school and racing programs. Improved restaurant/lounge overlooking main slopes. When El Nino finally gives em a break, this place will shine as the great small family-oriented which it is becoming.
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Excellent mountain, and value. Really pleased with the improvements and looking forward to continued investment... Full Review
Overall great mountain, fantastic lodge and resturant, next year for 2016-17 they will be adding another lodge and lift. The runs are great, not much advanced terrain, but great bombing and carving. Brand new snowmaking and lighting, great learning program.... Full Review
It would be SO much nicer with 2 quads to replace the triple and double, and a triple on the face... Full Review
I'd rather drive a little farther to gore or Willard ... Full Review
No one's going to confuse it with Stowe or Aspen, but less than an hour from the capital district is a family-friendly ski hill with decent snowmaking, ski shop, cafeteria and restaurant/bar. The main slope is good for intermediates to practise turns & etc, with a convenient double chair next to it.
Nice view of the Hudson River from the top. Nice little terrain park right under the summit double chair.
New ownership last year has been putting $ into the operation and it shows. The snowmaking was noticeably better this year than last. Same for the bathrooms. Next item in my opinion is to replace the old double chairlift to the summit.
Keep up the good work, West management.... Full Review
Sunday open racing was fun, people friendly and definitely a family mountain.
Welcome back to life West Mountain, good luck for the future!!!!!!!!
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My wife took her son, daughter and 3 grandkids skiing including lessons for the grandkids so they can be equipped to ski in a safe and courteous manor. While the kids were in lessons my wife was skiing with me on the face. An out of control snowboarder weighing about 170 pounds plowed into my wife leaving her on the ground in tears with her skis thrown from her feet. The snowboarder refused to give identifying information and we had him accompany us to the sky patrol so that my wife could be examined for a concussion. The sky patrol did a good job checking my wife out but did nothing to curtail this dangerous behavior. They thanked the snowboarder for coming in and told him to have fun. Everyone is responsible for their actions on the slope. If you hit someone because you are out of control is the same if you hit someone on the road. The total lack of admonishment only goes to perpetuate this irresponsible behavior and therefore I recommend anyone concerned about the safety of their wife’s and children avoid West Mountain.... Full Review
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