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Old 03-02-2011, 12:46 PM   #621 (permalink)
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This is what it looks like. Like I said, not very gnarly at all.
Yea, but without any coverage on those stairs or landing... could become pretty gnarly, but not in a good way.
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Old 03-02-2011, 01:29 PM   #622 (permalink)
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we put snow on the stairs, enough to hopefully save your board if you slipped off early. I know the pros like to shovel all the snow off of the stairs though because it looks cooler.
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Old 03-02-2011, 01:55 PM   #623 (permalink)
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pk was a little icy on monday until about one-ish. then the sun softened everything up a bit. conditions were about as good as they were going to get at about 3:30pm, then of course we had to leave!
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:31 PM   #624 (permalink)
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hey is anyone going to PK or HOLLY tomorrow for the AM session?
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:30 PM   #625 (permalink)
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I was wondering if you all could help me clear up some things about the snowboarding scene in SE Michigan.

First, the hills I would consider going to are:
Mt. Holly
Pine Knob
Alpine Valley
Mt. Brighton

Everything else is simply too far at the moment, especially since I've never even been to a hill before.

According to some reviews I found on Google, Mt. Brighton is dismal. Some have complained that chair lifts have rotting wood and that the staff is greedy and unfriendly. Is this true? Also, another interesting observation I had was when I computed the cost of boarding per hour across all hills. It turns out that for a weekday session, Mt. Brighton charges 30 cents more per hour than the other hills. It seems to me like the business wants to exploit the uninformed customer. Could anyone second this or let me know if I'm way off base?

Alpine Valley seems to be the hotspot for most local boarders. That being said, it seems to attract the sixteen year-old "bro" type (I could be way off on this one ). My guess is because it is sort of well-marketed. Could anyone please give me their opinion on Alpine Valley?

Mt. Holly and Pine Knob seem like they're okay, and they would probably be my best bet for having a good time doing beginner runs. Also, I noticed both hills do a Two for Tuesday special where the cost of boarding per hour is only $2.07!

I'd really like to know how accurate my assumptions are of these places.
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I would agree with that I like holly and pk. I'll be going tomorrow just not sure what one
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SPRAYD6, of Mt. Holly or Pine Knob, which do you think would be better for a beginner?
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for a beginner...........probably mt.holly, most people like pk becasuse there parks. if im going with friends more to enjoy the day and ride i go to holly. if you wanna hit some jumps and rails then pk is your best bet
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Brighton is kind of blech it's old, outdated, and in bad repair. The only time I was there (last season) they had some nice looking terrain park but that was about it.

Alpine Valley is fun, usually not to crowded, and their parks are generally the best in SE Michigan (although they removed a bunch of features including all of their beginner features last weekend). I've never been put off by the "bro" crowd there so I wouldn't worry about that if I were you.

Mt. Holly is slightly bigger than Pine Knob in my estimation. It is also a better place to go and just ride.

Pine Knob, I prefer for park riding, but the parks there can get super crowded. There is not much variety in their terrain otherwise. They advertise 17 trails but really it's like 4 trails.

At both Mt. Holly and Pine Knob you can use the vouchers from Shell stations. If you fill up with 10 gallons of gas go inside and get a voucher from the clerk for a buy one get one free lift ticket. These are good Sunday nights and all day Monday-Thursday for a single session (9-5 or 3-close). It works out to $16/person for a night of riding at either. The Shell station right across the street from PK participates and still has vouchers last I checked. You can go to SkiFreeDeals.com for a list of participating ski areas and gas stations that have the vouchers.
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Hawk Island - 6
Mt. Holly - 5
Mt. Bohemia - 3
Mt. Tolle - 3
Boyne Mountain - 2
Pine Knob - 2
Crystal Mountain - 2
Treetops - 2
Alpine Valley - 2
Caberfae Peaks - 2
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Slackcountry - 1
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At both Mt. Holly and Pine Knob you can use the vouchers from Shell stations. If you fill up with 10 gallons of gas go inside and get a voucher from the clerk for a buy one get one free lift ticket. These are good Sunday nights and all day Monday-Thursday for a single session (9-5 or 3-close). It works out to $16/person for a night of riding at either. The Shell station right across the street from PK participates and still has vouchers last I checked. You can go to SkiFreeDeals.com for a list of participating ski areas and gas stations that have the vouchers.
Grr......They mean 10.001 gallons or more
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