First of all...thanks to Mephitblue for his excellent Poconos Ski report. I had planned on stopping at Roundtop on my way up I-81 to visit family in NY. After reading his TR I diverted to Elk instead for a few hours of Skiing.
There was a cold rain all the way up I81 but I was banking on altitude helping me out and it did. The rain turned to snow at about 1400'.
According to the locals...this was not a good day. Fog, damp, crunchy snow. But I thought it was just fine. I had the place relatively to myself all day. This was the biggest crowd of the day:
The fog was a bit of an issue...especially near the top of the mountain. I stayed off expert slopes for the most part because it was hard to see the bumps and the people I did see seemed to be struggling. They have some nice twisting blues that were just fine. I especially enjoyed two trails named Kickapoo and Schuykill. It was fun coming out of the fog and the layouts of the trails allowed you to let your skis run on the narrow straighter parts as there were nice wide race track type turns.
Check out the fog. This was nothing...it was much thicker near the top:
The only improvement they really need is the lift system. The main mountain is served by 3 doubles and a slow quad. The quad is a 10 minute ride to the top which is kind of a drag when there are no lines and you want to do laps. They are however installing a High Speed Quad according to a sign I saw so that will be a good improvement. Still, it was so pretty its hard to complain:
In summary, I would go back in a heartbeat. It is a relatively easy trip once you get yourself to I81. From Richmond about 6 hours via DC. I would consider this a good alternative if you can't make the drive up to Vermont. Probably about the same distance as Hunter Moutain but not having been there I cannot compare the two.