So this winter my kids (age 7 & 10) have taken to skiing like a fish to water. I used to go when I was younger, but was never really into the sport, but now I am because of their interest. Earlier this winter we spent time in Vermont, where the kids and I (again) learned to ski. So we are all pretty much beginners, but improving quickly. I remember skiing this resort when I was a teenager about 20 years ago and having fun, so I planned a 2 day trip. A couple things you need to know: 1) Plan for cold. We were in Vermont where it was -4 degrees and this was just as cold one of the days. And they blow snow, so you get blasted on the lifts at times. The second day wasn't cold though, but it is better to be prepared for the worst. 2) It is in the middle of nowhere, so don't expect to run to the store to get something. 3) If you are just beginning, you may not have as much fun as someone with a bit of experience. Luckily, my kids have picked up the sport quickly and advanced to where we could enjoy this place, but not all that many beginner slopes here. 4) Pack your own lunch/snacks and save a bundle. Some resorts feel the need to squeeze you for every dime ($3 for a bottled water!), and this is one of those. 5) Use liftopia.com to get a lift pass deal. Paying full price here is a rip-off. A $60 adult lift pass for this resort is a bit high. I paid less in Vermont and got 400% more.
I would also suggest staying at the Comfort Inn in Duncansville, about 25 minutes away. We paid $99 for the night. They had an indoor heated pool and hot tub (which is very nice after a day of skiing) and it included breakfast in the morning - and a real breakfast with waffles, eggs, cereal and much more. Across the parking lot was a nice brew pub (Marzoni's), where we got a few beers and pizza for dinner. I think we made a great choice to stay there rather than at the resort because we could also pick up a few snacks to take back to the mountain.
I think it is nice place for a couple of days, but after that, you will get bored. Not enough runs to make a week-long trip here. We were here during the President's Day weekend and surprisingly, it was not crowded at all. We never had to wait for a lift seat. The lodge isn't anything to write home about. They have a pub there, so if you want an adult beverage, they are available. Since there were not that many people, we had plenty of room to sit when we needed to rest. They had lockers and a room to change, so you can stow your belongings while on the slopes. Signage is a bit lacking getting there and direction through the parking lots. They have a drop-off area so you can drop your equipment and park a bit further away. Tip: park at the bottom lot near the steps and it may be closer than some of the open spots at the top lot.
They had a tubing area that we never visited, so that may add a nice touch and something else to do.
I see this as a great weekend getaway if you have kids that are teens and experienced skiers.
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