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Old 01-23-2012, 08:58 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I have not been to Shawnee in a long time but I felt like it was a good place to learn. I mostly go to Camelback and Blue. I really like both of them. I like Blue better because it usually less crowded then Camelback. I have never been to JFBB however I might make it out there this year as I would like to get better in the park and I hear that this is the place to be for park.
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Old 01-23-2012, 09:11 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I have not been to Shawnee in a long time but I felt like it was a good place to learn. I mostly go to Camelback and Blue. I really like both of them. I like Blue better because it usually less crowded then Camelback. I have never been to JFBB however I might make it out there this year as I would like to get better in the park and I hear that this is the place to be for park.
I would give Elk a go if I were you, some good freeride terrain for PA, and usually not as crowded. Been a while though, usually head to the Catskills or Adirondacks if I can last couple years.
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Old 01-23-2012, 09:36 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I would give Elk a go if I were you, some good freeride terrain for PA, and usually not as crowded. Been a while though, usually head to the Catskills or Adirondacks if I can last couple years.
Blue and Camelback are roughly a 2 hour commute for me. ELK is an additional hour on top of that. Do you think its worth the additional hour?
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Blue and Camelback are roughly a 2 hour commute for me. ELK is an additional hour on top of that. Do you think its worth the additional hour?
For a change of pace I would say yes. Plus usually better snow conditions and nice little natural features to play on on good days.
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Old 01-23-2012, 10:02 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I don't have much to add that wasn't covered except that this rain is not helping things. These local mountains can't catch a break. Locally I have ridden camelback/JFBB this year and I think they both have done wonders with the hand they have been dealt. I rode camelback MLK day and it wasn't too crowded and the conditions were not bad at all. Did another weekday or two early there and a friday at JF which were all enjoyable since they were empty... despite some rougher conditions
The weather has been awful this year. I went to Camelback on New Years Eve and Blue Mountain on MLK and was impressed with the conditions considering all the warm days and lack of snow recently.

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Well, some may knock Shawnee but if you have only been boarding 3 times, Shawnee is a good place to learn at. Definitely no terrain I would consider hard, no steep pitches to speak of really. It does have good greens and blues to learn on and although not much of a pitch, there really aren't any completely flat spots that you might get stuck on and have to skate around. Then it has few very short blacks that you can dabble around on before you outgrow it.

Plus with a student ID you can get a lift ticket at Shawnee that lasts from like 8:30 am to 9 pm. Once you get more experience it will seem real tame though. I prefer Blue or Elk. I don't really hit the parks at all though, more freeride. If your willing for a bit more of a drive the Catskills will offer a bit more challenge after the Poconos.
Well I have been more than 3 times actually. I went a couple times in High School (27 now) so I wasn't a complete beginner but it felt like I was starting from scratch when I picked it back up this year. But I feel like I've progressed quickly the 3 times I've been this year but some good greens and blues sounds great so maybe I will check out Shawnee. I still have my college ID too


I'm hoping to get some riding in this Sunday so hopefully this rain doesn't ruin all the hard work these mountains have been doing.
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The weather has been awful this year. I went to Camelback on New Years Eve and Blue Mountain on MLK and was impressed with the conditions considering all the warm days and lack of snow recently.



Well I have been more than 3 times actually. I went a couple times in High School (27 now) so I wasn't a complete beginner but it felt like I was starting from scratch when I picked it back up this year. But I feel like I've progressed quickly the 3 times I've been this year but some good greens and blues sounds great so maybe I will check out Shawnee. I still have my college ID too


I'm hoping to get some riding in this Sunday so hopefully this rain doesn't ruin all the hard work these mountains have been doing.
Yeah, it like 38 bucks with the ID, so if you want to rest up in the middle of the day and have some beers after some falls, you still have plenty of time to crank out a bunch of runs before close.
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Man this weather blows, warm and rainy

How do you guys think the Poconos will be this weekend after such a crappy week? I was hoping to do some riding this Sunday...
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Man this weather blows, warm and rainy

How do you guys think the Poconos will be this weekend after such a crappy week? I was hoping to do some riding this Sunday...
I'd guess the conditions are likely to completely suck. The constant freezing, raining, melting and re-freezing has to be doing a number on all those mountains. I know Camelback has been getting hit bad. Stayed closed one day. Opened late another. Then the limited trails. I was supposed to go out to CB last weekend but with the weather out there being so unpredictable I hit up Vermont instead
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Hi Ap,

I'm surprised no one mentioned Sno (formerly known as Montage). Of all the mtns listed by the other riders in the forum, Blue is my favorite. But I avoid it during the weekends and holidays. Sno is my 2nd fav mtn due to the wide trails and low crowds. The lifts at Blue and Cameback are newer, bigger and faster but I had only a 5 minute wait at Sno on a Sunday.

On another note, check the calender of events for the various resorts. Many have customer appreciation days for local venders. D&Q, Buckmans and Lang's all have CAD and also sell lift tickets at discount.

Hope this helps - Nito
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