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Caberfae Peaks Resort Reviews

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Caberfae Peaks Resort Reviews

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Visitor reviews for Caberfae Peaks Ski Resort

  • January 03, 2008
    from United States

    Had to reply to offset the above comments...
    Cabby is one of the oldest ski hills in the nation... its got a very chilled, laid back vibe to it and contrary to what Mr. Grumpy Pants above experienced in 2003 - for the 07/08 season pistes have been widened to reduce congestion... Patrol does a good job controlling those that need it but are laid back enough to allow for good responsible free riding. Perhaps the biggest draw at the 'Fae' is financial - Season passes could be had for as little as $99 for weekend only and $199 unlimited if purchased pre-season... You can ski every weekend of the season at Caberfae for the price of one weekend at Boyne.
    Something to consider.
    Snow: Lingerie for the Mountains.

  • Caberfae Peaks Ratings

    Overall: 3.5. Based on 1 vote and 3 reviews. Vote

    Access: 2.0

    (1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Caberfae Peaks.

    Public Transport: 1.0

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to Caberfae Peaks, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 4.0

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 5.0

    (1) No places to stay in/near Caberfae Peaks, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 1.0

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 1.0

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Caberfae Peaks.

    Ski in/Ski out: 5.0

    (1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

    Childcare: 2.0

    (1) There are no child care facilities at Caberfae Peaks, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 5.0

    (1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Caberfae Peaks is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 5.0

    (1) Caberfae Peaks relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 5.0

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Caberfae Peaks, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Caberfae Peaks are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 2.0

    (1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Caberfae Peaks is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 5.0

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Caberfae Peaks, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

    Regional rating: 5.0

    (1) Caberfae Peaks usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

    Lift Staff: 5.0

    (1) The staff at Caberfae Peaks are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Caberfae Peaks are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 4.0

    (1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

    Ski Schools: 4.0

    (1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

    Hire and Repairs: 4.0

    (1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

    Variety of pistes: 3.0

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Caberfae Peaks has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 5.0

    (1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

    Intermediates: 5.0

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Caberfae Peaks, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 4.0

    (1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

    Snow Park: 3.0

    (1) Not even a kicker at Caberfae Peaks, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 3.0

    (1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

    Cross-country: 5.0

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Caberfae Peaks, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 1.0

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Caberfae Peaks has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 3.0

    (1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

    Eating: 2.0

    (1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

    Apres-Ski: 2.0

    (1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

    Other Sports: 3.0

    (1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

    Entertainment: 1.0

    (1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

    Winter Walks: 1.0

    (1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

    Ski Pass Value: 5.0

    (1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

    Value (National): 5.0

    (1) Overall, Caberfae Peaks is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

    Value (Global): 5.0

    (1) Overall, Caberfae Peaks is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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  • December 23, 2003
    from United States

    We were at Caberfae December 20 thru the 22nd. There appears to have been several large groups of unsupervised teens that were left to terrorize the rest of us. For those who have never skied before, they need some sort of instruction in safety - before being set out on there own. Also, there needs to be a presence on the hill to direct these groups on where not to congregate! - it is a safety issue!! We were lucky we did not see anyone get killed. I have been coming to Caberfae every year around Christmas for the last 4 years. This will be my last visit.

  • December 13, 2003
    from United States

    Caberfae is cool, line free, well, rustic, old fashioned, full of duct-tape, what ever you chose to call it. You wont pay 9 dollars for a cookie, or get told to slow down by some yuppie ski patroller. build jumps at your own discretion, unless the landing is in a tree, the ski patrollers shouldnt have a problem. The lifties are... well... hicks, but your in cadillac, come on, soak up the culture. The terrain is great, you can ski south peak all season with out getting bored, i just wish they would learn how to build better jumps. Its taller than say crystal mountain (not a mountain), and has no lift line, so check it out.