I've skied a majority of the mountains in western NY and PA, but hadn't had a chance to get up to Bristol until recently. I was very pleasantly surprised! The runs are longer and steeper than most in western NY, which makes for some challenging lines. Most of these runs are serviced by a high-speed quad which, on a frigid evening, made staying through the night bearable. The terrain is not as variable as some other mountains like, for example, Holiday Valley, but it's also about half the size in terms of runs. For the size, I think they've done a great job.
There are two terrain parks, one that has more of a "beginner" feel and the other which has some pretty big features, including a half-pipe. I don't normally hang out in the terrain parks, but I really enjoyed playing on some of the smaller features. The downside of this area of the mountain is the that lift is super-slow. It took about 15 minutes to get up and then take a run down.
The main lodge seems a little dated, but that didn't take away from the services offered. The food selection was a tad above average for this size of a ski hill, and I was a bit surprised by the availability of some "healthier" options.
Overall, I had a wonderful trip to Bristol and would certainly come up this way again.
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