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Swain Resort

Swain, NY  US
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(607) 545-6511
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Overall 4.17
Skiing / Terrain 4.17
Value 4.00
Service 4.17
Dining / Bars 3.33

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24" on Mar 13, 2014
1" on Mar 06, 2014
146" This Season
Updated 04/08/2014 at 6:06 AM

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0" 20" Packed Powder  reported: 03/09/2014 at 12:16 PM EST by Anonymous

Groomed, Icy Spots, Uncrowded, Sunny

This season is just not giving up, it was another beautiful-snow day on the hill. There are a couple of "firm snow" (icy) patches at various places on the hill but everything is covered with great snow otherwise. I skied until I was worn out today just because I wanted to keep taking that "one last run" so I'd make the most use of these beautiful conditions. If I could take tomorrow off from work, I would, just to ski all day again. I can't say enough good about the place right now...WOW! I've been doing a lot of my skiing on trails that weren't usually covered well (in past years) but now, they're nothing less than excellent. I love it!
0" 20" Packed Powder  reported: 03/08/2014 at 8:13 AM EST by Anonymous

Groomed, Uncrowded, Flat Light

Another beautiful snow day on the slopes. Everywhere I skied this morning was great. Even Twister (formerly zig zag) and Maverick were completely covered and groomed nicely. Very edgeable snow on the entire hill. Plus, the $299 deal for next year's season pass is too difficult to pass up. Then, for you non-pass people, next Thursday the lift tickets are only $1. You'll never get better conditions for that price, you'd better plan on going. I'll be on the hill first thing tomorrow morning.
0" 30" Packed Powder  reported: 02/16/2014 at 10:51 AM EST by Anonymous

Icy Spots, Snowy

Another day of excellent snow. I did manage to find one icy spot but that was it... one, easily avoided. It was snowing lightly and the temp was down in the single digits. Last night's grooming was beautifully done and the skiing was nothing less than great. I hope this never ends, I know I won't get tired of it.
1" 30" Packed Powder  reported: 02/15/2014 at 3:01 PM EST by Anonymous

Groomed, Uncrowded, Calm, Flat Light

Nothing short of excellent. The snow was great, the grooming was great, this was one of those days that everything fell into place for an incredible day on the slope. I wish every day was close to this one. What an edge this snow will hold! Almost good enough to spoil you forever. If there's conditions better than these today I can't wait to see 'em.
1" 30" Packed Powder  reported: 02/09/2014 at 11:27 AM EST by Anonymous

Groomed, Uncrowded, Calm, Snowy, Flat Light

Another excellent day of skiing. This snow is just right. Now that they've hired back their "old" groomer operator the grooming is excellent, too. This snow can hold a very hard and fast edge, just like you're skiing on rails... what a feeling! If every day on the hill was like this I'd have a difficult time finding an excuse to ever go back to work, I'd ski all the time. Folks... ski/board on this before the weather changes, you'll love it. It can only rarely be better than it is right now.
10" 30" Packed Powder  reported: 02/08/2014 at 1:44 PM EST by Anonymous

Groomed, Uncrowded, Calm, Flat Light

WOW! What a beautiful day to ski. It started out below zero with a thin overcast but developed into a thicker overcast. The snow was perfect! They groomed the 10"+ snow that fell last Tuesday and Wednesday so the corduroy was excellent. What an edge it would hold! Today was only second in comparison to just before Christmas, earlier this season. It doesn't get much better than this, get out there and enjoy it. I can't wait to hit 'em tomorrow morning.
0" 20" Frozen Powder  reported: 01/19/2014 at 1:00 PM EST by Anonymous

Groomed, Thin Spots, Icy Spots, Uncrowded, Windy, Sunny

I was there within an hour of opening time. It was pretty nice skiing on most of the hill as there was still snow left from yesterday and they had groomed up some nice loose stuff. By the time I left (early afternoon) there were quite a few ice patches exposed and some places were getting down to the dirt. There was still some nice, edge-able snow on the hill, you just had to keep an eye out for it. This coming week, with the low, low temps in the forecast, they ought to be able to make some GREAT snow. Next weekend ought to be super.
1" 20" Hard Pack  reported: 01/18/2014 at 12:01 PM EST by Anonymous

Groomed, Refrozen, Thin Spots, Icy Spots, Uncrowded, Snowy

Got to the hill a little after noon, not too man people there, no lift lines and some fresh snow (about an inch since daylight.) From last weekend's rain and this past week's thaw there was ice showing through in a few places but the new snow and their grooming made for a pretty nice skiing surface. I stayed on Clark and Mile to take advantage of the best snow and the fewest people. I'll be there tomorrow.
0" 30" Packed Powder  reported: 01/05/2014 at 10:21 AM EST by Anonymous

Groomed, Thin Spots, Uncrowded, Calm, Flat Light

Right at opening time it was sunny but slowly degraded into clouds and that awful flat light. The snow was great. Being one of the first on the hill it was nice to track up the fresh corduroy. They made tons of snow last night and have whales all over the place (out of the way of normal traffic) ready to spread out when the need arises. Most every slope/trail was really nice, They had some sort of race on Wheels so that was mostly closed off but I skied the edge before the race began. There's still some thin spots on Robinsons, Wheels, Terrain Park and a few other places but they're easily avoided. With single-digit temps coming up in the next couple of days they ought to make a bunch of really good snow to fill in some of those thinner areas. I can't wait to get out there again... soon.
6" 30" Packed Powder  reported: 01/04/2014 at 10:49 AM EST by Anonymous

Groomed, Tracked, Thin Spots, Uncrowded, Sunny

What a nice day! I got there at noon, the parking lot was pretty much loaded but a lot of them were there for tubing. There was seldom a lift line but once was waiting for almost 5 minutes. I think Clark was the best with lower Robinsons a close second. There was a high school race on wheels and ball bearings on brewer. Mile wasn't bad but had quite a few people on it. 80 acres was pretty well marbled (ball bearings) too. On Clark you were able to go high speed and overload in your turns and have the snow hold... nice! After they groom during the night tonight it ought to be good tomorrow. I'll be there.
6" 30" Pristine Powder  reported: 01/04/2014 at 10:43 AM EST by Anonymous

4" 30" Hard Pack  reported: 01/01/2014 at 11:07 AM EST by Anonymous

Groomed, Thin Spots, Icy Spots, Uncrowded, Windy, Snowy, Making Snow

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Just after they opened there was about 4" of fresh fluff (from Lake Erie) on top of groomed hard pack. They're making snow to beat the band while the temps are down in the teens, which is a good thing. Clark and Mile were about the best. Robinsons is a bit thin in places, since the big thaw a little over a week ago, but they're making headway covering it again. Upper & mid Robinsons had whales on it as well as did Wheels, parts of Brewer, Clark and 80-acres. Once they get all this "new" snow spread out, cured and groomed this weekend ought to be GREAT. Today was still pretty good, considering such crappy recent-past weather. Can't wait for the weekend!
5" 30" Powder  reported: 12/18/2013 at 4:16 PM EST by Anonymous

Groomed, Tracked, Uncrowded, Calm

Another good day, well, afternoon-evening... they did get another 4-5 inches of fluff courtesy of Lake Erie during the day. The skiing was still great, although not quite as good as yesterday. They plowed the whales flat on Wheels and groomed it but left chunks on the headwall and the lower part froze up like icy corduroy. It'll have to be groomed again once it's "cured". The next few days are supposed to be above freezing but they've made enough snow while it was cold, that the skiing should be great still. I can't wait for the weekend! What a great start to the season.
2" 20" Packed Powder  reported: 12/17/2013 at 11:16 AM EST by Anonymous

Groomed, Uncrowded, Flat Light, Making Snow

OMG!... what great snow. Probably the best skiing conditions I've been on in 5 years. Just SO nice. Clark, Mile, Brewer and Robinsons are all great. They're making snow on Wheels so I didn't dare try it but all the rest of them are fantastic. I can't say enough nice things about the skiing. If there's one thing I could complain about it would be the lift attendants don't clear the snow off the chairs like they should... rather than just sit there and watch the chairs go by. Still, all in all, the skiing is almost too good to be true.
0" 0" Icy  reported: 03/02/2013 at 11:27 AM EST by Anonymous

Thin, Icy Spots, Rocky Spots, Bare Spots

The conditions here are sub par. The trails are very icy. There are parts of the trails that don't have coverage at all. I would going to Bristol if you want to enjoy your day on the mountain. I had hoped that over the years they would improve their conditions, but the haven't.
0" 0" Icy  reported: 03/02/2013 at 11:25 AM EST by Anonymous

Thin, Icy Spots, Rocky Spots, Bare Spots

The conditions here are sub par. The trails are very icy. There are parts of the trails that don't have coverage at all. I would going to Bristol if you want to enjoy your day on the mountain. I had hoped that over the years they would improve their conditions, but the haven't.
0" 24" Packed Powder  reported: 02/10/2013 at 1:00 PM EST by Anonymous

Groomed, Refrozen, Thin Spots, Uncrowded, Calm, Sunny

I'll start out with the positive... this was the best the conditions have been, by far, all season long. No crowd, bright sun, calm... it doesn't get much better than this. Now the not-so-positive side... the groomer guy still needs to do a lot of things he's NOT doing now. Grooming 101- make the skiing BETTER for the paying customers, not worse! He needs to quit tilling so deep in the thin spots and push some snow from the very thick spots to the thinner spots and then groom it out... very simple. Next - DON'T leave the big chunks all over the hill. Back up and grind 'em up, they're not nice to run into or to try to avoid, especially when they're frozen down. Next, don't run the tiller SO fast, it nearly melts the snow which then refreezes harder than a rock, it should be loose on top when you're done, not solid. Other than the not-so-positives, it was a great day! I can't wait for more just like it.
4" 24" Powder  reported: 02/09/2013 at 12:52 PM EST by Anonymous

Thin Spots, Rocky Spots, Uncrowded, Snowy

They got about 4" of powder during the night. The skiing was a lot better than it's been all season. The groomer operator does continue to bring up rocks all over the place... unacceptable. He must also run the tiller much too fast which nearly melts the snow and makes it excessively hard when it settles. It would be nicer to leave some nice loose stuff on top. They did make some base last weekend which translated into nice skiing this weekend. It snowed quite hard last night and during the morning so we had some fresh powder to slide around in, that makes it real nice. Can't wait to get out there tomorrow.
0" 10" Frozen Powder  reported: 02/03/2013 at 6:42 AM EST by Anonymous

Bullet-Proof, Thin, Thin Spots, Icy Spots, Rocky Spots, Uncrowded, Making Snow

I was there at opening. They were still making snow all over the hill with "whales" all over the place. I hate to be critical but what was groomed was done badly. You can tell that the groomer operator isn't a skier, he left chunks and ridges all over the place. Just because he can probably mow lawn doesn't mean he can groom a slope properly. Get rid of him and pay whatever you have to get an experienced operator or your ski area won't survive... the snow/grooming is just TOO nasty. I rode up the lift with a variety of folks who said they won't come back unless it improves. There was a 1-pass groom down Mile which made it almost good but all the others, excepting lower Brewer were pure crap, and I really hate to say that. The groomer has brought up rocks all over the place, left chunks the size of softballs and just must not realize people DON'T want to ski on that stuff. I'm sorry but I can't recommend going to SWAIN until things improve greatly.
4" 10" Packed Powder  reported: 02/02/2013 at 11:45 AM EST by Anonymous

Groomed, Refrozen, Thin Spots, Icy Spots, Bare Spots, Uncrowded, Making Snow

I got there at opening time and the groomers were still out doing their thing (better than doing it at night and letting it "set up".) The only thing was that from our 60+ degree weather this past week we were left with some very thin spots and last night's 4" snowfall didn't help too much. At least they're taking advantage of the +6 degree weather to make some good snow to fill in the thin spots. I think, today, that Mile was about the best... lots of fresh, homemade snow and there were no bare spots on it. The top of Wheels was covered with softball-sized chunks and the groomer did a bit of "gardening" on it (brought up some rocks and dirt.) Lower Robinsons was pretty good as was lower Brewer. With any luck tomorrow they'll have all their new snow moved around and groomed so it'll all be MUCH better all over the place.
0" 24" Packed Powder  reported: 01/27/2013 at 8:42 AM EST by Anonymous

Groomed, Thin Spots, Uncrowded, Sunny, Making Snow

I'm writing this at about 1:30 PM. It was pretty nice first thing this morning, it actually felt like winter, sun coming through the clouds, a few snow flakes in the air and the temp around 10. They were still making snow on some of the trails, for most of the morning, to take advantage of the chill. Some of the trails/slopes still lacked decent grooming (lots of ridges, balls and chunks) but others, like lower Brewer were just about perfect. Mile was great, 80 acres was chunky, Clark was good, Wheels was good, Robinsons was chunky on top, good the lower part. Very nice overall, except for the thinner spots here and there. I hope it lasts and gets even better..
2" 24" Packed Powder  reported: 01/26/2013 at 7:49 AM EST by Anonymous

Groomed, Thin Spots, Uncrowded, Making Snow

This is the best it's been all season! I did all the trails that were open and liked most of them. They used this past, very cold, week to make tons of snow. Clark-very good, Mile-very good, wheels-chunks but OK, Pine-chunky (needs grooming), Brewer-chunky top, very good to excellent lower, Robinsons-chunky top, very good lower. 80 acres/Rattler-not open, needs grooming. That isn't all of them but it'll give you a good idea. I'm headed back there tomorrow. Now if they could just teach the lift attendants to clean snow off the seats.
2" 10" Packed Powder  reported: 01/19/2013 at 2:32 PM EST by Anonymous

Groomed, Thin Spots, Bare Spots, Uncrowded, Sunny

I was there about opening time and, what was open, wasn't too bad. Clark was open top-to-bottom but only half of the slope wide. What was there was pretty good. Only the lower halves of Brewer and Robinson's were open but they were pretty good. They had a race on wheels and that was pretty nice. Good, turnable snow. They need more, whether they make it or get it from mother nature. I'll probably go out tomorrow 'cause it'll be chilly enough tonight for 'em to make some fresh stuff. What I'd really like to see is WINTER get here, finally. See you on the hill!
0" 6" Packed Powder  reported: 01/05/2013 at 7:34 AM EST by Anonymous

Groomed, Refrozen, Thin Spots, Bare Spots, Uncrowded, Calm, Flat Light

I... just...can't believe....they....didn't...make...more...snow! Overall the skiing is just so so. Also, they need to get an EXPERIENCED groomer operator who knows enough to NOT bring up all the dirt and stones PLUS make the surface skiable and non-hazardous (less crevices, ridges, etc.) Clark is pretty good, but hard frozen since it was groomed and there's "death cookies" (chunks of snow) all over the place, they're just like large ball bearings and they're not pleasant to ski on. The bottom line is that they need MORE snow.
0" 8" Packed Powder  reported: 12/30/2012 at 6:21 AM EST by Anonymous

Groomed, Refrozen, Thin Spots

I was really disappointed this morning. I got there a few minutes after 9 and they were just starting up the snow guns on the closed trails. From talking with a local I found out that they didn't even make snow during the night (~20 degrees...?) which he could hardly believe and the management surely should have done. The areas that were groomed were stiffer than concrete (they must have done it last night, not early this morning. The groomers also brought up stones in a bunch of places where the snow was thin. I didn't last long but it looks as if the temp is going to head up toward 30 so the stiff snow may loosen up a little later... that would be great! Another criticism would be that the chairs on the lift were all covered with ice... something the employees should have taken care of well before opening. About all it would take is a whack with a short piece of pipe or something to get rid of the built-up ice. Ice on the seat makes the ride up quite unpleasant. Lots of room
5" 6" Powder  reported: 12/29/2012 at 1:40 PM EST by Anonymous

Tracked, Thin Spots, Uncrowded, Calm, Snowy

I skied from 10 'til noon, that's all my legs could take for the 1st time out this season. It was nice that we got that 15+ inches the other day and today we ended up getting at least another 5 or so. I was a bit disappointed that they didn't have anything major open from the top. I skied mostly the lower half of Robinsons' and round top. The natural snow was great but I hated to see the boarders skidding it all off the steeps. It would have been OK if there were a decent base underneath this new snow. They ought to take the groomers out and just run 'em up and down the hill, without using the tiller, to get the snow packed down with their tracks for some sort of base. I'm going out again tomorrow to make sure I develop some "snow legs" before the season gets in full-bloom. It was well worth going today.

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