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Ski areas with roads to the summit ?

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Posted: Sep 12, 2008 - 6:48 PM GMT

I have been droped of at the top, to ski down at Hidden Valley NJ. Camelback, Shawnee PA. Mt Peter NY. Lower Haystack Vt. Can you think of others this can be done?
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Posted: Sep 12, 2008 - 7:08 PM GMT

I am not entirely sure what you mean, but Okemo and Stowe both have roads to their summit in the summer.
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Posted: Sep 12, 2008 - 7:14 PM GMT

Probably, this should be broken into categories.

The upside-down areas were listed on a previous thread.

There are many areas that have rough dirt roads to their summits, generally negotiable only by off-road vehicle for summer maintenance and cell-phone tower maintenance.

I suspect that the ones that make sense for this thread would include:
- Stowe (Toll Road up Mt. Mansfield)
- Wachusett (Paved Road to the summit that criss-crosses the ski trails)
- Blue Hills (Paved road to the weather station)
- Mt. Washington (If we count it as a ski area )

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Posted: Sep 12, 2008 - 7:18 PM GMT

whiteface (to the mountain summit)

any inverted ski area like snowshoe i guess would qualify

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Posted: Sep 12, 2008 - 7:20 PM GMT

I am looking for snow cleared roads. My friends used to drive me to the top of a ski area with a road to the summit. I would ski down, get picked up, and do it again. Something like the Stowe Toll Road is not what I am asking about. More like condo roads, or town streets, that connect near a ski area summit and are used in winter.
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Posted: Sep 12, 2008 - 7:35 PM GMT

As noted earlier, Okemo has a nice road to the summit in summer to a lookout, as does Burke. Both roads access State Forests on and around the summit. So Okemo and Burke can be added to Joshua's list in the easy-drive category.
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Posted: Sep 12, 2008 - 7:42 PM GMT

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I am looking for snow cleared roads. My friends used to drive me to the top of a ski area with a road to the summit. I would ski down, get picked up, and do it again. Something like the Stowe Toll Road is not what I am asking about. More like condo roads, or town streets, that connect near a ski area summit and are used in winter.


There are several places where you could access the Sachem trail at Okemo from a condo road, and a few places where you can do that on the Solitude side of Okemo. Likewise, there are a couple of spots where you can access Great Eastern (on the way to the Gondola base on Route 4) at Killington from a town road. But I can't think of any cleared roads in New England that will get you anywhere near a summit. All the stuff mentioned above is low elevation beginner terrain.
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Posted: Sep 12, 2008 - 8:05 PM GMT

How about 17 next to MRG.
The bottom part of Great Eastern from Bear Mtn to Skyeship Base at Killington.
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Posted: Sep 12, 2008 - 8:16 PM GMT

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How about 17 next to MRG.
The bottom part of Great Eastern from Bear Mtn to Skyeship Base at Killington.

Good one! I forgot. I mentioned Great Eastern. But the list must be short. You can ski the very lowest part of Tenney from the access road (there is/was a T-bar that serves this terrain) and Jay has a similar set-up, but I don't think there are any roads or streets that satisfy newman's criteria.
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Posted: Sep 12, 2008 - 8:39 PM GMT

Le Massif can get you 2500 vertical feet this way, but IIRC the road route to the bottom of the lifts is convoluted and takes 10-15 miles??
Here's link to upside-down thread that has more candidates for: car poaching
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Posted: Sep 12, 2008 - 9:41 PM GMT

At Belleayre one could get dropped off at the mid mountain lodge and ski down the novice area to the lower lodge and drive back up again. I think the double/double in that section of the mountain is about 3,500' long. I wonder if some parents with younger kids have done this on the cheap! Anyone want to confess?
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Posted: Sep 12, 2008 - 9:41 PM GMT

At Belleayre one could get dropped off at the mid mountain lodge and ski down the novice area to the lower lodge and drive back up again. I think the double/double in that section of the mountain is about 3,500' long. I wonder if some parents with younger kids have done this on the cheap! Anyone want to confess?
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Posted: Sep 12, 2008 - 10:17 PM GMT

I have been on Google Earth. So far I think I found another one. I see alot of houses atop of Otis Ridge. I have never been there though. What about Nelsap areas? It looks like alot of this car poaching can be done in the Mid Atlantic too.
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Posted: Sep 12, 2008 - 10:31 PM GMT

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At Belleayre one could get dropped off at the mid mountain lodge and ski down the novice area to the lower lodge and drive back up again. I think the double/double in that section of the mountain is about 3,500' long. I wonder if some parents with younger kids have done this on the cheap! Anyone want to confess?


Not on the cheap, always with a ticket, but whenever I'm with a group we do this to give the kids that "one last run." Started it with my daughters when they were younger to give them a feeling of independence, now it's a family tradition when we go to Belleayre.
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Posted: Sep 12, 2008 - 10:32 PM GMT
Edited: Sep 12, 2008 - 10:38 PM GMT

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- Mt. Washington (If we count it as a ski area )


Signs, signs, everywhere there's signs... blockin' out the scenery,
changin' our minds... do this, don't do that.... can't you read the sigggggnnnns.

Oh... here is a good one.... former, all 200 footer vertical Juniper Hills outside Harrisville, NY had a road at the top which was its entrance and get this... railroad tracks at the bottom. I believe it to be unique on this planet, in this respect.

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Posted: Sep 13, 2008 - 12:14 AM GMT

A couple from the Mid-Atlantic....

Seven Springs, PA, lots of condos at the top
Wisp, MD, new homes, condos and a really cool artificial whitewater, kayak course at the top
Blue Knob, PA a "ski from the top" area

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Intermont, NY...closed


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Posted: Sep 13, 2008 - 3:12 AM GMT

Burke Mt, VT: Drive to Mid-Burke and ski down to the base lodge. Leave the driving to the"lodge dwellers".
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Posted: Sep 13, 2008 - 6:42 AM GMT

Hey All,

Labrador Mountain in CNY has a road to the top...there are several homes/cabins on the ridge hidden among the trees.

Cheers!

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Posted: Sep 13, 2008 - 11:12 AM GMT

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A couple from the Mid-Atlantic....

Seven Springs, PA, lots of condos at the top
Wisp, MD, new homes, condos and a really cool artificial whitewater, kayak course at the top
Blue Knob, PA a "ski from the top" area

Also,
Intermont, NY...closed



Hidden Valley, PA qualifies.

Bryce, VA does as well, since the ski slopes are completely hemmed in by vacation homes

No vertical minimum, so I would also suggest Mystic mt, PA and Boyce Park, PA with PA381 and Old Frankstown Rd providing the access to the far end of the area respectively.

I have never really payed attention to the base area of Blue Knob. Are the logging trails really passable in winter?


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