Originally Posted by TheNorminator
So I just started snowboarding and I want to go as many times as I can now. I went to Killington in VT for my first time and then went to a bunch of places in PA, since they're close to me. Which resort is the best? Especially on weekends. I went to Camelback on December 30, right after we got 4 inches of snow. Bad idea. The lines were so long I waited more than I actually boarded. Then I went to Shawnee. Overall, it's pretty nice. I love the trails but I'm already feeling kinda bored with them. I guess Vermont has spoiled me
So which place should I go:
Jack Frost/Big Boulder
Mountain Creek? (It's the closest to me)
I've heard great things about Elk but its farther away than the other resorts (not including Belleayre). Elk and Belleayre are both about 2 hours away from me. I'm leaning towards Belleayre because they have some high speed lifts which I love and their season pass pricing is friggin ridiculous! 265 for an unlimited teen (which I am) pass is such a great deal! Did I mention my dislike towards fixed-grip lifts? They take way too long to take you to the top. I swear at Shawnee I sit in the lifts for 5 minutes just to rise 700 feet.
I'm also kinda curious about Mountain Creek. It's only 45 mins away from me, but everyone absolutely hates them.
I learned to ride last year in PA and spent most of my time at Blue & Camelback but I wouldn't recommend going to those places unless its at night to avoid the crowds.
JFBB is fun, If you like park then BB has that covered. I like the setup of JF...I haven't rode their beginner stuff but the blues & blacks are cool. The runs are a little shorter but you probably get more riding in because its less crowded at the lifts.
Elk is worth checking out also. They have a good selection of intermediate terrain. The lifts are brutal but the trails usually don't have much traffic. It's a good place to work on your turns but theres not much to play on unless you hit up the park.