JFBB vs. Shawnee
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Topic: JFBB vs. Shawnee
Posted: Dec/28/2011 at 4:29pm
I'm getting a season pass for either JFBB or Shawnee.. Which one should i get
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|Posted: Dec/28/2011 at 4:58pm|
Shawnee: 700 ft
Jack Frost: 600 ft
Big Boulder: 475 ft
Shawnee has 1 high speed quad lift to the top. (I'd say less than 2 minutes to the top)
Both JF&BB have all slow lifts even the quad, and when I say slow I mean dead slow. Expect to spend 5 minutes on the lift just to get to the top of a regular blue run. Jack Frosts' East mountain lift was 6-8 minutes if I recall correctly (about 3 songs).
Jack Frost: 100
Big Boulder: 45
The difference here is JF/BB are two different mountains (your pass/ticket works for both) but they are 10 or so miles apart > Don't go through split rock it's usually slower and they have a toll; take 940 to 115 to 903.
On weekdays Jackfrost is open 9-4 and then Big Boulder opens 3-9. So if you're riding past 4pm you'll have to drive over to BB because JF doesn't have lights.
Weekends both JFBB open at 8, jack frost still closes at 4 obviously.
Here's a little review of JFBB I wrote for someone else:
Boulder is small - less than half the size of CBK, but their setups are insane. It's a really relaxed place, the staff isn't uptight. They have an open bounds policy, meaning you can ride anywhere you want off trail so if you look for them you'll find tons of paths through the woods on the edge of the trails or between them. Or you can always make your own, so that aspect of it is awesome on powder days. They also get really creative with their jib setups which is great if you're really good at jibbing. Their shipsail park has pretty massive kickers for the mid-atlantic too, 30+ feet from lip to knuckle on the bigger ones.
If you buy a ticket to boulder it will also work at jack frost which is about 10 miles away and is better for pow riding when it snows, they have slightly longer runs and a good amount of tree riding. Drawback of both is that their lifts are extremely slow and the runs as a whole are really short compared to other mountains in the area.
Shawnee's runs seem a little bit longer, but not by much. Many of JF's slopes are almost a straight shoot to the bottom. Though Jack Frost has glades along and between the diamonds on the East Mountain side which are killer in powder, but during a dry spell or when icy they suck and usually get rutted out by skiiers though still nice to mix it up from the groomers. If you're an adequate rider then adventure out into the woods at both.
I'm not too sure about shawnee's policy but it seems like off-trail riding is not allowed so don't let an employee or more importantly ski patrol see you do it. They're more strict and pull passes a lot quicker than JFBB does. I can't see you getting a pass pulled at JFBB unless you did something absolutely stupid or dangerous to someone else.
If you're really good at jibbing and freestyle then JFBB is probably a better idea. They also change up their setups pretty frequently.
If you like to ride mostly groomers then you might want to get a pass to Shawnee and soak up the quick lift time and longer runs.
Honestly though you should try both on a cheap day and see what you like better.
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