I learned and loved this hill as it was only 20 minutes away from my home. I know the trails better than the snow techs, and watched it go from "Vernon Valley - Great Gorge", through multiple owners, to its current rendition. Hopefully with Intrawest now gone, the new owners will take this to heart.
This is a great place for anyone within an hour's reach - including NYC. Sure you can go to Hunter, but you are looking at an additional 2 hours of travel by car and slightly higher ticket prices. What makes me decide is the snowfall - which ever comes up higher, that is where I go. There is a lot of variation and it is easy to avoid beginners alley. Lucky for them, there are quite a few beginner areas, so they have plenty of room for crashing. I wouldn't call anything they offer as difficult, but pipeline (their only double diamond) can prove a challenge, if only for the ice added to the pitch. At any other NE resort - this is a single diamond at best. Really though, if they get good snow, it is a good place to stretch your legs.
Now some of the fun is the addition of the park terrain. ALL of South mountain (what was Great Gorge), is dedicated to park style. Yes it is heavy on the boarders, but throw on your twin tips and get in there! You can take lessons and move at your own pace. Really, they do an excellent job at making sure you are entertained and challenged.
The problem is two fold described as one - CHAOS. There are not enough people staffing the lines, so it is a cattle calling. NO organization, which allows for VERY rude, self entitled kids to think they can push along and move up (who raises these kids?). Then they don't get them organized to fill the chairs... WHY have a quad, when you let doubles go up? The staff try really hard, but there is no leadership, the kids recognize it, and it is a no manners zone. This translates to the trail unfortunately. Though on the South mountain you have to take a quick "respect the park" quiz to gain access, we saw the attendant just throw out free access. Really...? This direct action proved itself on the first run - cut offs, starts and stops right in front of your line, whole trail blocked with people sitting on their arsh waiting for a jump... I can understand why Freeskier magazine gave this location such high rating, but they must have been there for a closed personal tour.
In all honesty, it is the people attending this location and how they are allowed to run the place, rather than being taught resort etiquette that ruins the experience. The staff needs leadership, as most of the facilities work really hard. I will continue to recommend this place, because it was my first hill, but if you want a complete package without the rudeness and lack of development, go north.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.