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Old 03-28-2011, 10:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I live in Southwestern PA, closest hills are 7 springs and Hidden Valley, about 45 mins away. Sadly, with prime snowmaking temps in the past couple of weeks, they opted out of this option as they figured the interest was too low to commit the $$$ to make snow. Could have easily extended their season another 2 weeks...

alas, this did not happen.

So - does anyone know where , within driving distance, one would ride well into Spring?

someone on the lifts yesterday said Holiday Valley was nice, but I'm not really sold just yet.

I'd like to take a weekend and get in as much riding as possible before I have to deal with summer...I dread summer, even before I started riding. Most hated season, I dislike it about as much as most people seem to dislike winter.

To each his own I guess.

any tips would be greatly appreciated. Such as, Holiday Valley is ok but an extra 2-3 hour ride you have such and such and they running lodging deals etc?
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Old 03-28-2011, 10:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Probly a bit of a drive for you but ill post em up anyway. Big boulder park in blakeslee pa is open on weekends 28$ tickets, big boulder has some regular riding groomers but its mostly a park. Camel back in tannersville pa is also open i think weekends only last i heard 25$ tickets, they have some long runs few blacks and dbl blacks. Not sure if elk mountain is still open but u can try there, i havent looked into it much since i just go to big boulder.
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I wouldn't waste the time driving to eastern PA. If you're going to make a trek, your best bet is Holiday Valley, unless you want to go balls-out and make the long-haul up to VT. Weather this weekend is looking to wash-out much of the east, but HV might get snow and VT is looking to be white. Poconos will be wet.
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I agree if it were me i would not make the trek to eastern pa if i can go places closer, but im just tossing out options. I would definetly suggest hauling out to vt rather then nepa, youll get more out of vermont.
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hmmm, sounds like Holiday Valley it is then. I did look at VT as an option but, I'll probably have family with, and their idea of a long drive would involve a beach. The complaints I would hear to drive that far and not plant down at the beach would be far too risky to endure. Holiday Valley is only 4 hours away and we have family about 1.5 hours from there so, we may even stop there on the way so we can see we visit

Never been there though, reviews are mixed on onthesnow but overall was rated better than my 'home' hill, 7 springs.
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hmmm, sounds like Holiday Valley it is then. I did look at VT as an option but, I'll probably have family with, and their idea of a long drive would involve a beach. The complaints I would hear to drive that far and not plant down at the beach would be far too risky to endure. Holiday Valley is only 4 hours away and we have family about 1.5 hours from there so, we may even stop there on the way so we can see we visit

Never been there though, reviews are mixed on onthesnow but overall was rated better than my 'home' hill, 7 springs.

I spent a few seasons at springs and have been to HV. Yes HV is better than the springs. A little more elevation top-to-bottom distance. Take that with a grain of salt on the dawn of April, though. I guess they are definately better than the springs this week since they'll be open. Here's hoping your weekend trek is a white one!
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not sure if you heard, but 7S is open again this Saturday. Checkout their site. Was just checking it out to show someone the crazy jumps they put in on their web cams for some reason end of season (some photo shoot) and their site says "no april fools joke, we open saturday"

only problem is, they aren't running their high speed lift.

odd, just two lifts near each other, even more odd.

But hey at least they are open. Im not sure we are going to HV now. Might have to take 7S up on their latest opening. The wife isn't in the mood to deal with cold anymore and said she would just hang at the hotel or their indoor pool. I dont htink there is much to do at HV so im sure she'll be plenty bored or racking up a liquor bill, either way bad unless I can get her in the mood to SKI. Told her to try riding a board for a change up, she'll have no part of it..
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Sounds like irreconcilable differences to me! Though springs is probably your better option. Enjoy!
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Joke's on Northeast as April Fools' snow nears - Yahoo! News

Big storm coming to the region.
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The Joke is how rapidly the forecast snow amounts are dropping.
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