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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 12-30-2009, 11:28 AM
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Blue Mountain/Camelback?

Hey guys,

It's been a good year or 2 since I've last snowboarded, and sick of renting, I bought my own gear and want to hit the slopes. However, I'm worried about the ice since I'm only an beginner/intermediate. I was thinking of driving up to Blue Mountain or Camelback tonight, has it been really icy on these mountains at night lately?
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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 12-30-2009, 12:01 PM
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Arizona or Collingwood?
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Whoa, sorry, Pennsylvania actually haha. I forgot to mention that Bear Creek is also in the consideration. I know the east coast is notorious for it's ice, just want to make sure it's not TOO bad before I make the drive (as it rained here earlier this week)
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okay heres the deal.

bear creek and cambelback will have snow conditions that are at least 20 times better than blues. blues conditions always suck. their grooming and snowmaking quality is subpar. from experience, camelback will have better snow than both, as they are less likely to be hit by freeze/thaw cycles since they are higher in elevation and further north.

i love bear creek, but its small. camelback is twice as big than bear. i avoid blue like the plague. used to frequent that place all the time until i saw the light.
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Stick with Camelback or Blue Mountain. Blue mountain is fine as long as you go right after they've had fresh snow. I went two days after it snowed and it was fine. I was just at bear creek on Wednesday and the conditions were pretty terrible. There was one section of a beginner trail that was literally sheet ice. I could see it from the lift and it looked like an ice skating pond. It's also small and really crowded because its a resort. I havent been to camelback but I heard its pretty good. In general all of them will be icy, so if you can go right after its snowed for the best conditions.
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i was at camelback tonight, the trails were a bit choppy, some ice but it wasnt horrible. the terrain park isnt too great there IMO, rails are kinda beat up and old but the trails were good, i couldnt complain about that
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I see a lot of blue haters on here but i love the place. Go up there basically every sunday for their $25 4-10 pass and you cant beat it. Last time i was at blue only 2 trails were really icey, the rest of the mountain was great. Bear Creek is a nice place but the mountain is so small and ever since they built their mega lodge the price is not worth it. Side note there are a lot more good looking chicks at bear then blue.
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To OP.

One little hint for begininers. When the center of the trail is icy, often the flanks of the trail have all the snow that has been skied off the center. So, if you are comfortable with turns that are a little tighter, you can often survive on the snow/corn along the sides of the runs.

I've heard better things about Camelback than blue, but I hate them both. I don't think it'll matter much to you.....they are bigger than Bear, so scrap Bear.

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To OP.

One little hint for begininers. When the center of the trail is icy, often the flanks of the trail have all the snow that has been skied off the center. So, if you are comfortable with turns that are a little tighter, you can often survive on the snow/corn along the sides of the runs.

I've heard better things about Camelback than blue, but I hate them both. I don't think it'll matter much to you.....they are bigger than Bear, so scrap Bear.
Yeah I agree that riding the side of the trail is a good technique. However, it can go bad very quickly. I was at big boulder last week riding a trail that was completely covered in Ice, so I was riding the edge, then out of nowhere this little kid on ski's comes flying into me, from the side?, idk how he managed to do it, his skis were on top of my board, so he was restricting me from turning. I ended up catching an edge and fell straight off the trail straight down a 35ft drop until my leg hit a tree and stopped me. I was sure I broke it, but I managed to stand and it seemed to be ok. Getting back up took me about 30min since the entire hill was ice. I ended up throwing my board up the hill until it got caught on a tree, then pulled my self up using the trees as an anchor. Def an interesting experience.
post #10 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-15-2010, 02:25 AM
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i disagree with the guy that says camelback is that much better than bmtn, ive been going to camelback for some years now and only recently started going to bmtn because of one thing i hated so much every single time i went to camelback, ice. camelback always has ices and im always afraid to board there. i love the blacks and double blacks but at camelblack they are ALWAYS icy its ridiculous. Recently, going to bmtn the dblacks were very fun and i thought the grooming was fine and better than camelback by far! camelback always has too much snow.
also the bmtn terrain parks were the best ive ever had, although i havent been to many in my life.
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