This was supposed to be a Stowe Trip Report, but we postponed that trip due to extreme cold and wind. Snodad was at work today so it was just me and snomom around. I knew she wouldn't enjoy Mountain Creek since it was a holiday weekend, we also weren't feeling the drive to the cats to ski a cold, windy, crowded mountain. We have known about the West Point Ski Area for a while. However, until recently, it has been a private ski area for military personnel and their families. This year it is open to the public midweek and this day counted as a midweek day. We have wanted to check this area out and thought it would be a nice change in pace from the Mountain Creek/Hunter/Windham crowds. We were right as the trails were never crowded and we never waited in a lift line.
The layout of the ski area is pretty simple with a triple chair serving 475 vertical and a handle tow serving a learning slope. There are basically 3 trails. One main slope to skiers right of the triple with a couple different ways down to choose from. I don't consider the different ways down separate trails because they all merge right off of each other and can be skied in many different combinations. There is a racing hill right under the triple chair, and an old school natural cover trail sans grooming to skiers right of the triple chair.
We arrived at the ski area at about 11:45. At first only the main slope was open due to a race which blocked off access to the natural trail and the race hill. My mom and I took a bunch of laps on the main slope and explored each way to go down. Shortly after we had lunch, they opened the race trail and the natural trail. We skied both of them as well and called it quits around 3:30. The conditions were somewhat hard and fast due to cold and wind from yesterday, but all the snow was very edgeable and skied pretty good. It was a fun day and was cool to hit a smaller place that is generally under the radar. May have to do a faceforme style ski tour of some of the smaller places like he did last February. There really are a ton of small mountains that few people know about in this state.
Here are my pictures.
View from base area.
The main slope.
Nice view of a race between the Army, Navy, and Cornell ski teams.
Looking down the main slope.
We were the first people down the race hill when they opened it up after the conclusion of the race.
Trail map. It looks like 4 trails, but skis more like 3.
The ski area is located right next to the US Mint.
Army won the race according to snomom. Greek Peak was well represented as there were tons of Cornell skiers on the roster which I found on a table in the lodge. I'm sure campgottagopee was happy about that.
I saw this place from 9w at night when I tried to go around some horrible traffic on 87S. It looked very steep. I tried to find out more info and reports about it but found really nothing. This is the best report I have read so far. I read that it is open during the week.