The highlights were a number of beautiful and well maintained gladed trails of varying difficulty scattered arround the resort as well as the Tanembaum area with its number of really nice winding cruisers and I think the most picturesqe glades I have seen in a while. There are also a number of nice fall line black diamonds, which were a welcome change from the headwall w/ run out configuration so common at many local resorts. The trail under the Yoddler Chair is noteable for its narrow width, steep pitch and nice soft bumps (similar to lower high hopes at blue knob). There is also a beautiful glade in the trees to skiers left which shares its same pitch. The 36" in the week before arival, and the 12 additional inches over the weekend made all the natural snow and gladded trails a real pleasure. 3 Well maintined base lodges and the nearby town of Ellicotville, a classic ski resort "village" completed a great long weekend trip. Prices for lodging, lifts and food were all reasonable by midatlantic standards.
We rented a nearby studio condo, at the Wildflower. We used the hourly shuttle service to carry us to the slopes. And we drove into town in the evenings for dinner.
For myself, my girlfriend, and another friend the total cost was $450 per person for 3 nights lodgeing, all meals / food, 3 days lift ticket, and a 4 day rental car.
Always looking for a new hill to try out...
On the MLK weekend the crowds were pretty bad, but not worse than a typical saturday at whitetail or 7Springs. The longest lift line of the weekeend was perhaps 15 minutes, but all averaged arround 5 minutes durring the day (10:30 AM - 4 PM) on saturday and sunday.
Sunday night they got 6-8 inches of fresh snow and with the crowds gone on monday morning we had a half day of bliss before we left for home at arround noon.
[This message has been edited by tromano (edited 01-22-2004).]