This is my second review of Blue Mountain, updated for 2013. Blue gets good marks for terrain, snowmaking and grooming. The staff is generally friendly and helpful. The downside of Blue is they keep ratcheting up prices, eliminating discounts and that it can get very crowded on the weekends or holidays.
As far as terrain, Blue has something for everyone. There is good beginner terrain, intermediates will like Lazy Mile or Paradise. Expert skiers will like the steepness of Challenge or Razor's edge. You can find some bumps on Nightmare and Upper and Lower Main Street. There is a terrain park, they usually offer NASTAR and there is a good skier and boarder-cross trail. If you're a pure beginner, you might be happier at Shawnee, where there is probably more selection of top to bottom green runs. I have skied most of the Eastern PA resorts, and I would rate Blue and Elk highest for difficulty in PA.
Also on the plus side are some amenities at Blue, such as the slopeside patio area with outdoor bar, full service ski shop and free ski/board check. The Summit lodge is nicer than the base lodge, and has a few different dining options. Food is pricey and don't expect gourmet food. There is free wireless internet in the lodge (actually works) and they usually have open outlets you can use. One thing I don't like at Blue is all the people smoking. They tend to congregate right outside the doors of the lodge, on the patio and in the lift lines. Not sure what the mountain can do about smoking. Maybe create a designated smoking area so that those going in and out of the lodge don't have to walk through a cloud of smoke.
Blue has gotten pricey, with $60 tickets on the weekends, and I think a night ticket has gone from $30 to $35 this year. Also gone is the ski club discount on Thursday night that would have saved $10 off the ticket price. Blue has to consider the locals, who support the mountain mid week and evenings. They should offer more 1/2 day, mid week and night discounts for those who live nearby. If you've seen the surrounding area, its far from Beverly Hills, so give the locals a break!
As far as crowds, all the local areas will be busy on a holiday weekend. If you don't like lines, then avoid those times. Otherwise, get there early, take an early lunch and ski when others are taking lunch. Also, the best conditions will be first thing in the morning, as the mountain will tend to get skied off and icy later in the day and at night. I have seen ski Patrols checking for out of control skiers, they need to do this more, as I did see some riders and skiers going way too fast.
Blue features two high speed chairs (a quad and six person) which get you up the 1000 ft vertical very quickly. The rest of the chairs are outdated slow fixed grip double chairs. Snowmaking capacity is excellent and they do their best to get trails open early in the season. One thing I've had issues with is the e-tickets. The past 2 times I visited I went to recharge them and the desk had a hard time getting it to work.
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