In that middle pic, eight of the people on the trail are boarders and the other two, partially hidden by the lift, probably are. Any trend here? I was told that at WAWA when they had only a couple of trails open on the lower mountain, (Ralph's Run and Challenger) the count was three boarders for every skier. Maybe, in marginal conditions, boards give a better ride than skis. Or maybe boarders are more eager to get on the snow, or have more free time.
Posted: Jan 04, 2012 - 5:02 PM GMT
Edited: Jan 04, 2012 - 5:03 PM GMT
That picture is frightening. I can just imagine what it was like up on the trails. The more I see and hear about that place the less likely it is that I will ever set foot (or ski) on it again. The Pocono's are no picinic but I've never seen anything like that even at Blue which has some chaotic lift lines.
I too skied VV/GG a lot during the 1970s. After looking at those photos all the bad memories flooded back. Yuk. Good to see the new ownership brought back crap line management. I wonder if they still have the 'bond holders' line for avoiding that mess.
I am so happy that this place is no longer tempts me. For another 1/2 hour of driving time I can be in the Catskills.
All those people there in the NY metro market, and Hidden Valley was open with the novice Chicken Delight run for 39 bucks. At least Creek got both base lodges open and a HSQ and full run at South. plus the Cabrolet and Sugar Quad at Vernon. Not anything great, but a better showing then Hidden did. It just shows that HV has a market if they could do better. The new onwner havent had alot of anything good to offer in three years. Its bad for the skiers who enjoy the unique area HV can be when its just about all open. Its like K-Mart to Magic, in a Bannana belt kind of way. BTW, HV closed Feb 27th last year. Now thats just sad.
Yikes. I grew up in NNJ only about 30 minutes from VV/GG. I am more of an 80s and 90s skier. While I can't speak to the 70s even when I was younger my parents were anti VV/GG and would take a longer trip to the Poconos. In our case Masthope (now Big Bear) and Tanglewood in the Lake Wallenpaupack area was the place to learn to love the sport. I also agree with the previous poster it just shows that Hidden Valley has a lot of potential that is not being realized especially for beginner and families with smaller kids.