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What's New For 2013-14 On The Slopes In Pensylvania!

Exciting changes are in store for the new season.

WHITE HAVEN, Pa- There’s more terrain to ski and surf, high tech snowmaking innovations, new terrain parks and dazzling features along with a major merger in the west and new ownership at a high elevation Pocono resort. It’s all in the cards for a brand new season of skiing and snowboarding in the mountains of Pennsylvania, less than a one-tank trip for snow sports enthusiasts in a 9 state region. Here’s what’s happening as we turn the winter calendar from 2013 to 14.

EAST

CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN RESORT celebrates a big anniversary this season as it moves into a half -century of snowsports adventure. To mark the 50 year milestone Camelback has launched a new winter website, www.SkiCamelback.com . The site is chock-full of handy information to make your day on the slopes seamless and exciting.  In addition, Camelback will be launching the nation’s only snowtubing park website as this major Pocono Mountain resort takes the reigns as the Biggest Snowtubing Park in the USA with up to 42 lanes and 2 magic carpet lifts. Focusing efforts on becoming the Learn To Ski & Snowboard destination of the northeast, Camelback is utilizing Terrain Based Learning the newest shaped-snow terrain technology specifically for the beginner. Newly minted riders will have Mini-Pipes, Rollers, Banked Turns and a Perfect Pitch slope that will literally take the fear out of downhill sliding and bump up the fun and learning for every beginner. Camelback is located just off Interstate 80 at exit 299/Tannersville. Check out trail maps, rates, directions and more at: http://www.skicamelback.com.

Kids cash in big at SHAWNEE MOUNTAIN this winter. RIDEbaby, a brand new snowboard program will get the 3 year old set on the snow, making those early moves to spark a lifetime of downhill excitement. RIDEbaby puts the tots on the hill for an easy-to-learn, 1 hour riding lesson. The fun rachets up for the youngest sliders with a newly designed WEErider Terrain Park . A gentle slope with small terrain park elements creates wide eyes as little kids learn they can do what the big kids are already doing. For the young at heart and adult of age, look for smoother cruising over more terrain, covered by enhanced automated snowmaking. This winter also sees the Shawnee rental equipment fleet taking flight with addition of nearly 1,000 new selections in ski, boards and boots. Over 4,000 visitors a day can be fitted in one of the ski world’s largest rental shops. The popular Pocono Mountain area is easy to reach via exit 309 off Interstate 80. For all the latest info, cruise over to:http://ww.shawneemt.com

BLUE MOUNTAIN racers get some enhanced terrain this winter with the widening of black diamond challenge on “Razorback.” The change-of-pace detour from double black “Razor’s Edge” will add some seamless versatility for skiers and riders who take their fun in the steep. Meanwhile Blue Mountain will be blowing bigger blizzards this season with additional state-of-the-art snow guns and an upgrade to the snow blowing arsenal on the fun producing, “Lazy Mile”, “Main Street” and “Razor’s Edge” slopes. Kids get a big boost at a new learning center. It will house the all-day Trailblazers program for youngsters from 4 to 12. It’s complete with a Magic Carpet lift and is planted right alongside the Tubing Center. Blue Mountain is located just 17 miles north of Allentown. See trail maps, programs and prices at: http://www.skibluemt.com

The lofty peaks of ELK MOUNTAIN in Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains take on a dramatically new and natural look with the planting of an additional 900 trees. Elk landscapers are deep into a trail blazing greenery program. Re-foresting has unleashed a natural vibrancy to challenging slopes and a scenic rejuvenation to broad cruising trails that meander for more than a mile and a half of exhilarating skiing and riding. The snowmaking system here has taken another leap forward to blanket Elk in a mantle of powder, generated by the latest tech tools in a snow farmer’s arsenal. Elk regulars will find the brightness of newly repainted facilities and a mountain ready for the call of winter. Elk Mountain is located near Uniondale off Interstate 81, north of Scranton. Find trail maps, rates and more at: http://ww.elkskier.com

MONTAGE MOUNTAIN is back. New operators have scrubbed the Sno Mountain name and reversed course to the original handle. With the name change came a boatload of new and improved features including LED lighting for better vision at night over the entire mountain. Skiers and riders will find a brand new rental and retail building along with a creative makeover in the base lodge. The bar and restaurant has been redesigned and newly built. There’s a food court and new guest services station. On the mountain, family friendly mini-tubing chutes have been added, and a pair of feature-rich terrain parks have been carved to magnetize riders from beginners to experts. Montage is located just off Interstate 81 at Scranton. For an in closer look at the mountain and facilities, check out: http://www.montageisback.com/

The age of technology is bringing vivid imagery of sister ski-and-ride resorts JACK FROST and BIG BOULDER right into your home and on your smart phone. Check out the stunning real time video of slopes and trails on the resorts high quality web cams. There’s nothing like getting a close-up look at the terrain, the snow cover and other skiers, while on your way to the slopes. Both areas have also gotten a significant facelift this season with new decks and lodge improvements. The family friendly resorts are located just off Interstate 80 at White Haven and Lake Harmony. Access the web cams and info on conditions, rates and programs at: http://ww.jfbb.com/

CENTRAL

The exhilaration of bowl skiing will last longer this winter at LIBERTY MOUNTAIN. By relocating the A-Frame Chalet and trimming back the tree line, additional terrain is now available for skiers and riders who get their kicks traversing in the bowls. For that fireside warmth after cruising or bumping on the slopes, Liberty tucked a pair of fire pits at the Alpine Patio and on the backside of the mountain at South Pole. On the mountain, the resort has turned to technology for optimum snow production. More snow and powder puff quality will be blazing from the mountain’s continually evolving snowmaking system. Advanced skiers will have something to cheer about with the addition of high performance skis from Elan and Rossignol to the rental fleet. In another twist, if you like the skis, you can buy them on the spot. Liberty Mountain is located near historic Gettysburg, PA and has two slopeside hotels for “Ski and Stay” visits.  Check out the mountain and amenities at: http://www.libertymountainresort.com/

ROUNDTOP MOUNTAIN has undergone a summertime facelift in preparation for another season of winter hijinx on a versatile central Pennsylvania mountain. From a newly designed check-in system to advanced snowmaking and lift enhancement, the mountain has been beautified and efficiency tuned. Picking up lift tickets, arranging lessons and buckling into rentals will be a fast flowing experience when the snow starts to fly. The lifts and guests areas have taken on a dazzling new freshly painted look and hundreds of feet of snowmaking pipeline has been upgraded. For parents who lease the youngsters equipment for the entire season, you’ll find the entire fleet has been replaced with the latest technologically advanced equipment. And when they get that youthful craving for pizza, look no further that the Mountain View Lodge and peer into a new oven to boost pie production and get skiers and riders back on the mountain in a jiffy. Roundtop is located near the state capitol at Harrisburg and all the specs can be found at: http://www.skiroundtop.com/

From lift-off to powder puff snow and ballroom grooming , WHITETAIL RESORT has pumped a blizzard of resources into on-the-mountain improvements to charge the new season. Modern fan guns, new water and air guns and the latest in automation are on track to blanket the popular, “Snow Dancer”, “Fanciful” and “Upper Angel Drop” with broad ribbons of high quality powder. The Whitetail grooming fleet is launching a brand new Prinoth groomer, the latest in snow combing technology to put that dance floor feeling on the slopes. Look for major improvements for smooth soaring at the Whitetail Express Quad terminal, a new conveyor belt on the Magic Carpet and a freshly painted look at all the key lift sites. For skiers and riders who arrive empty handed and gear up at the mountain, get ready for the excitement of new high performance skis and Burton snowboards with an emphasis on junior equipment. New landscaping and entrance signage offers a welcoming arrival at Whitetail, located in the Tuscarora Mountains near Mercersburg, Pa. Find directions, rates, amenities and trail maps at: www.skiwhitetail.com

WESTERN
Skiers and riders get so much more terrain this season as western Pennsylvania mega-resort SEVEN SPRINGS takes the helm of nearby HIDDEN VALLEY RESORT. The newly-created Highlands Pass and Ticket will open a pathway to 64 slopes and trails that include 10 terrain parks with more than 100 terrain park features with skiing and snowboarding at both resorts. Located in Pennsylvania’s scenic Laurel Highlands, both are full-service resorts. Combined, they offer hotel and condo accommodations, first-class restaurants and full-service ski shops, rental shops and professionally-staffed snowsports schools. The mountains are only 5 miles apart but it’s a picturesque 13-mile drive. For information on lodging, directions, trail maps and more, schuss over to: http://www.7springs.com/ and http://www.hiddenvalleyresort.com/

 

 

For more news, visit SkiPA.com and on Facebook at Facebook.com/GoSkiPA

Core Facts

  • Camelback Mountain has launched a new winter website, www.SkiCamelback.com. The site is chock-full of handy information to make your day on the slopes seamless and exciting.  In addition, Camelback will be launching the nation’s only snowtubing park website as this major Pocono Mountain resort takes the reigns as the Biggest Snowtubing Park in the USA with up to 42 lanes and 2 magic carpet lifts.
  • Shawnee Mountain launches RIDEbaby, a brand new snowboard program will get the 3 year old set on the snow, making those early moves to spark a lifetime of downhill excitement. RIDEbaby puts the tots on the hill for an easy-to-learn, 1 hour riding lesson. The fun rachets up for the youngest sliders with a newly designed WEErider Terrain Park .
  • Elk Mountain in Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains take on a dramatically new and natural look with the planting of an additional 900 trees.
  • Blue Mountain racers get some enhanced terrain this winter with the widening of black diamond challenge on “Razorback.” Also, new snow-making equipment will improve many of their trails.
  • Montage Mountain is back. New operators have scrubbed the Sno Mountain name and reversed course to the original handle. With the name change came a boatload of new and improved features including LED lighting for better vision at night over the entire mountain.
  • The age of technology is bringing vivid imagery of sister ski-and-ride resorts Jack Frost and Big Boulder right into your home and on your smart phone. Check out the stunning real time video of slopes and trails on the resorts high quality web cams.
  • The exhilaration of bowl skiing will last longer this winter at Liberty Mountain. By relocating the A-Frame Chalet and trimming back the tree line, additional terrain is now available for skiers and riders who get their kicks traversing in the bowls. That is in addition to new snowmaking capabilities.
  • Roundtop Mountain has undergone a summertime facelift in preparation for another season of winter hijinx on a versatile central Pennsylvania mountain. From a newly designed check-in system to advanced snowmaking and lift enhancement, the mountain has been beautified and efficiency tuned.
  • From lift-off to powder puff snow and ballroom grooming , Whitetail Resort has pumped a blizzard of resources into on-the-mountain improvements to charge the new season. Modern fan guns, new water and air guns and the latest in automation are on track to blanket the popular, “Snow Dancer”, “Fanciful” and “Upper Angel Drop” with broad ribbons of high quality powder.
  • Skiers and riders get so much more terrain this season as western Pennsylvania mega-resort Seven Springs takes the helm of nearby Hidden Valley Resort. The newly-created Highlands Pass and Ticket will open a pathway to 64 slopes and trails that include 10 terrain parks with more than 100 terrain park features with skiing and snowboarding at both resorts.

For more information, visit the website of your favorite Pennsylvania resort:

1. Alpine Mountain, Analomink | www.alpinemountain.com 

2. Bear Creek Ski Resort, Macungie | www.bcmountainresort.com

3. Big Boulder, Blakeslee | www.jfbb.com

4. Blue Knob Ski Area, Claysburg | www.blueknob.com

5. Blue Mountain, Palmerton | www.skibluemt.com

6. Camelback Mountain Resort, Tannersville | www.skicamelback.com

7. Eagle Rock Resort, Hazleton | www.eaglerockresort.com

8. Elk Mountain, Union Dale | www.elkskier.com

9. Hidden Valley, Hidden Valley | www.hiddenvalleyresort.com

10. Jack Frost Mountain, Blakeslee | www.jfbb.com

11. Liberty Mountain, Carroll Valley | www.libertymountainresort.com

12. Montage Mountain, Scranton | www.montagemountainresorts.com 

13. Mystic Mountain at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington |www.nemacolin.com  

14. Roundtop Mountain Resort, Lewisberry | www.skiroundtop.com

15. Seven Springs Mtn. Resort, Seven Springs | www.7springs.com

16. Shawnee Mountain, Shawnee-on-Delaware | www.shawneemt.com

17. Ski Big Bear, Lackawaxen | www.ski-bigbear.com

18. Ski Denton, Coudersport | www.skidenton.com

19. Ski Sawmill Family Resort, Morris | www.skisawmill.com

20. Tussey Mountain, Boalsburg | www.tusseymountain.com

21. Whitetail Resort, Mercersburg | www.skiwhitetail.com

 

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"We're very excited about the changes, improvements and events that our resorts have undetaken for this new season."

Linda Irvin, Director

 

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Company Info - About Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association

The Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association (PSAA), consisting of member ski areas statewide, is a non-profit association that was developed to promote and serve the Pennsylvania Ski Industry. PSAA works to encourage participation and enjoyment of skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and cross country skiing in Pennsylvania.

For more information on the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association visit www.SkiPA.com or call (570) 443-0963

 

CONTACT: LINDA IRVIN

TELEPHONE: (570) 443-0963

 

 

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