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“A Winter Treasure”

Bristol Mountain Ski Resort
Ranked #5 of 47 things to do in Canandaigua
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Owner description: Bristol Mountain is the premier resort located in the Western Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York. Our 1200' vertical rise allows Bristol Mountain to reign as the highest vertical between the Adirondack/Laurentian Mountains of the east and the Rocky Mountains of the west. There are 138 acres of total skiable terrain. Views from the summit and the 34 slopes and trails are breathtaking and provide a variety of inclines for every skier and snowboarder from beginner to expert with 32% of the slopes being novice, 50% intermediate, and 18% advanced level terrain. During our night operating season, 96% of our trails have lighting. To assure our skiers and snowboarders of the best possible snow conditions, Bristol Mountain is proud of its state-of-the-art snowmaking system which covers 97% of the terrain.
Reviewed March 14, 2013

In fairness, I need to start by admitting that I have been a Bristol Mountain ski instructor for over 30 years. But that depth of experience makes me pretty well qualified to provide a review that's based on thousands of days & nights spent skiing there. And as a ski instructor, it's really not my own experience that matters, but the collective experiences of those I've taught -- and ridden alongside on the chairlift -- and chatted with in the lodge over the years. I can honestly say that Bristol was always a great place, but that over time it has continually gotten better and better. Mountain management has been intact for decades, with extraordinary personal commitment to ongoing improvement -- whether that has meant adding new trails, upgrading lifts, investing in state-of-the-art snow-making and grooming infrastructure, adding a Nordic ski center and two terrain parks, etc. etc. etc. with a base lodge expansion next on the list. Being open every night until 10 pm is something we take for granted, but few mountains offer night skiing any more -- including nearly none of the major resorts of New England and out West. Being located so close to Rochester makes skiing accessible to school kids after school, and working people after work, so that skiing becomes something we can do many times each week, and not just on weekends. I can spend a day stuck behind a desk at my "real job", then head down to Bristol for a few hours of night skiing, and head home again feeling like I've just had a little vacation. Offering the longest vertical between the Adirondacks and the Rockies, Bristol does attract many people from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Ontario, and other faraway places, who use Bristol as a destination resort. But for those of us who are locals, Bristol is a real treasure, and the reason so many of us look forward to winter each year.

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Reviewed March 8, 2013

This mountain offers a good amount of variety, and is great for us since it is close by. We really enjoy the mountain and how. The runs are a good length and you can find variety if on most trails to tailor beginners and intermediate levels. We are snowboarders, and notice there are mostly skiiers on the mountain. However, the runs are usually fairly well groomed, the staff is friendly and helpful, and the line ups for the lifts are always minimal. One issue is that the seating in the lodge is limited and sometimes it is very hard to get a spot to sit for lunch. Also, at the end of the day there is usually only a few bathroom stalls with toilet paper.

Thank GottaGetaway234
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

Learning centre (organized, good instructors), ski trails (if you like to ski easy - MIlky way is a way to go), night skiing

Thank Ladachki
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

Was there over the weekend with friends.
Really enjoyed the place.

Even with the crowd, you can still snowboard quietly.
The trails are perfect. Even the green have no flat, which is perfect.

As beginner, i did enjoyed too the black trails,
the weather was perfect and the staff is really polite.

Thank Daniel_Savard
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

1. Good selection of blue and black trails
2. Not too crowded if you ski during the day
3. Groomed park, plenty of machine made snow
4. Enough lifts for the number of guests

We will definitely come back.

Thank Camelia R
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