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Camelback Ski Area Resort Reviews

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  • February 16, 2008
    from United Kingdom

    I have just returned from 2 days at Camelback. We picked the place for convenience to New York - under 2 hours drive along the I80 freeway!! Skiing is mainly on artificial snow (climate change!) and base is good as all slopes have snowmaking. However, we did have good powder on 2nd afternoon as we were lucky to have a big, all day snowfall. There are two express lifts and a number of slow, old ones, but no lift queues whatsoever. The slopes are mainly easy and excellent for beginners - my 8 year old skied the double black diamond easily and it was equivalent to a European red! He has just started snowboarding and had a lesson out there. The teachers were friendly, small group, and at $74 for 1.5 hour lesson, lift pass and equipment rental it was excellent value. He found the slopes great for practicing and was able to get down the blues easily after very few lessons. Lift passes are $41 (slightly more at weekends/holidays I think). Skiing is from 8am till 10pm (all floodlit). For those that have limited time and want to combine a bit of skiing with New York city break, I would really recommend Camelback. It's not big so short break rather than full week is best, but for learning on a budget and convenience, it can't be faulted. It's not the big resorts of Vermont, but neither is it 6 hours drive away from New York. We stayed at the Chateau hotel which is 2 mins drive from the lifts, has an indoor pool and we paid £55 for a room and breakfast. Overall, excellent value for a quick blast on skis! There is also an excellent snowtubing place and good value outlet shopping mall within 3 miles.

  • Camelback Ski Area Ratings

    Overall: 2.5. Based on 1 vote and 2 reviews. Vote

    Scenery: 3.0

    (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: 4.0

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

    Cheap Rooms: 3.0

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

    Luxury Hotels: 3.0

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

    Childcare: 4.0

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

    Snowsure: 1.0

    (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) Camelback Ski Area is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 3.0

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

    Snow Grooming: 1.0

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

    Shelter: 3.0

    (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) Camelback Ski Area is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 3.0

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Camelback Ski Area, 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: 1.0

    (1) Camelback Ski Area 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: 4.0

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

    Crowds/Queues: 1.0

    (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: 3.0

    (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: 3.0

    (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: 4.0

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

    Beginners: 4.0

    (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: 4.0

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Camelback Ski Area, (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: 2.0

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

    Off-piste: 1.0

    (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.

    Luge/Toboggan: 1.0

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Camelback Ski Area 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: 3.0

    (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: 4.0

    (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: 1.0

    (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: 2.0

    (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: 3.0

    (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): 1.0

    (1) Overall, Camelback Ski Area 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): 1.0

    (1) Overall, Camelback Ski Area 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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  • November 28, 2005
    from United States

    Famous for groomers. Not many bumps in past years. Two high speed quads makes it worth it. Cheap for seniors...