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Old 11-21-2012, 09:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok so last year I was mainly riding at Blue (PA) and Belleayre Mountain. This year since I need to stay close by plus I need to save some money, I decided to buy a weekday pass (only 199)to Camelback. I am just curious of what to expect since I have never been there. What are good times to go, are the crowds mainly on the super easy hills... how is night riding?

I am also thinking of taking another private lesson. I have most of the basics down and can ride blue trail no problem and got switch down ahh "ok" but I want to improve more so how are the instructors? are they good at helping improve?

any suggestions of info is greatly appreciated

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Old 11-21-2012, 12:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Unfortunetly, my only experience with Camelback is with going on weekends when it's a madhouse so I'm not sure I'll be much help.

Yes, most of the traffic tends to be concentrated near the easier trails. The lookers right side of the mountain is usually the most busy as that's where most of the lifts are. Looker's left is normally where I spend most of my time. Nile Mile to the extreme left is a nice blue to cruise as well.

edit: I've done night riding as well and everytime I pack it in within an hour or so. It gets icy as hell.
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Camelback and Blue are very comparable in my experience. It has been a while since i have ridden Blue because I always felt Camelback's snow making/quality was better.

Both places are generally zoos on the weekend and quiet midweek. Camelback definitely gets more traffic on the easier terrain but if its totally open, the place does handle the amount of people it gets pretty well. They also have a separate lift for the terrain park.

My advice, as with all of the hills around these parts.. go early. Get out as soon as its open, take an early break and get back out when the masses stop for lunch. I don't really do the night thing anymore so can't speak to that.
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the midweek value pass is perfect man. My buddies and I went last year mid week and there are almost never lines. For 200 bucks and 3 hrs from nyc, you cant beat it.
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edit: I've done night riding as well and everytime I pack it in within an hour or so. It gets icy as hell.[/QUOTE]

Yea I have to agree, if your going for night riding get there by 6. But night riding sucks everywhere in pa when u think about it
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Thanks for the info!
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Can anyone comment on the instructors? Would it be worth taking another lesson from someone at Camelback? If not any recommendations for someone that has the basics down but just wants to refine and improve overall.

That said I know that riding is the best way I just want a pro to check out my riding and see where I can improve and if I am off or doing anything sloppy.
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FWIW, it's my favorite mountain in the area. I love their setup.

I've only gone during the week so I can't comment on how weekends are. It does pick up a bit when night riding starts (I think it's from 5-9 and I have a few friends that go just for that) but it's nothing major.
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FWIW, it's my favorite mountain in the area. I love their setup.

I've only gone during the week so I can't comment on how weekends are. It does pick up a bit when night riding starts (I think it's from 5-9 and I have a few friends that go just for that) but it's nothing major.
Nice so I will stick to the early morning and afternoon. Thanks!
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cant wait to try out the airbag this season
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