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What’s New on the Pennsylvania Slopes 2012-13

A rare vanilla scoop of October snow on the mountains of Western Pennsylvania rang a bell that drove skiers and riders to closets and racks, pulling down skis and boards, sharpening edges and checking bindings. Another winter is on deck and for Pennsylvania snow sport resorts it means a new season, full of innovation, new trails to explore, a blizzard of new tubing chutes, more glade skiing and upgraded lift comfort. It’s all close to home on the Pennsylvania slopes. Here’s what’s new at a favorite resort less than a tank away.


CAMELBACK SKI RESORT, the popular Pocono mountain hot spot near Tannersville has ramped up its snowtubing Utopia to create 38 chutes and become one of the largest tubing spas in the country. Two magic carpet conveyer walkways provide the lift for easier access and more time in the chutes. All of Camelbacks 34 trails and slopes are covered by state-of-the-art snowmaking systems and served by 14 lifts including two high speed quads for day and night skiing along with the expanded snowtubing park. For trail maps, prices and lodging info, just slide over to: http://www.skicamelback.com/

Children’s program get a major boost at SHAWNEE MOUNTAIN this season as new airless snow guns take up positions on the Shawnee Learning Center slopes. The new energy efficient snow blowers are designed to produce more consistent depth to support nightly contour grooming – easier to ski, easier to learn. Shawnee listened when parents asked for a snowboarding program for youngsters between 4 and 6. This season the versatile resort will introduce, “WEEriders”, created to get the younger set up and riding in a controlled environment with an instructor for every 2 sliders. Also look for enhancements to the online reservations system for children’s programs. They make it easier to preset a child’s ski or snowboard rental and spend less time getting out on the hill. Shawnee boasts 23 slopes and trails,  served by 10 lifts, including a high speed quad. The entire mountain is covered by snowmaking with skiing and riding day and night. For the whole scoop, jump over to: http://www.shawneemt.com/index.html

Expect to get on the slopes a lot faster with a blizzard of high quality snow at BLUE MOUNTAIN. The arsenal of snow guns has been boosted with 10 additional automated TechnoAlpine blowers. The latest in snowmaking technology means more snow where and when it’s needed to keep Blue’s 38 slopes, trails and connectors covered like a powder puff. The inviting summit lodge has gotten a facelift and a fresh coat of paint, while indoor and outdoor dining will be on tap at the Slopeside Pub and Grill. Skiers and riders head uphill on 12 lifts, including 2 high speed quads. There’s snowtubing, a unique luge chute and everything is humming both day and night. For the big picture, traverse over to: http://www.skibluemt.com/

More flakes are flying this winter over SKI BIG BEAR AT MASTHOPE MOUNTAIN. This compact, family friendly mountain near Lake Wallenpaupack has beefed up an already impressive snowmaking system that covers all 18 trails and slopes along with a fun filled tubing hill. There’s a bright sheen, only seen on freshly minted skis at the Big Bear rental shop, as a fleet of new Rossignol boards has been added to the inventory. Also look for more exciting events on the winter calendar as rail jam and racing competitions have become sponsored events with bigger and better prizes. And for the riders and sliders who like to end the run at the picturesque Summit Restaurant and Bar, a new winter menu takes on a comfort food feeling, fueled by handy mixologists and popular brews. Look over trail maps, the layout of 6 lifts, the terrain park and tubing hill at: http://www.ski-bigbear.com/home/

Eastern Pennsylvania’s loftiest ski peak, ELK MOUNTAIN near Uniondale has continued its environmentally conscious tree planting effort with nearly 900 White and Norway Spruce trees added to the slopes. This year, the plantings are lining the Chippewa, Wyalusing and Tecumseh trails. The snowmaking arsenal at Elk has exploded with the addition of 21 retrofitted snow guns. Look for some of them to be trained on the steep headwalls that top the Slalom and Upper Tunkhannock trails. With the major part of the mountain and two terrain parks lighted for night skiing, Elk is launching a brand new nighttime season pass. An economic passport to skiing and riding for Pennsylvanians who work nearby by day and slide by night. Elk at 1,000 vertical feet cradles 27 slopes and trails along with 2 terrain parks, served by 7 lifts. For trail maps, pricing and ski school info, check out: http://www.elkskier.com/

If you like to play in the woods and challenge the glades, sister resorts, JACK FROST and BIG BOULDER in the western Poconos have taken a large leap in prepping more terrain through the trees. A Pennsylvania pioneer in glade skiing for advanced skiers and riders, Jack Frost is giving novices and intermediates a chance to get into the game. The beginner area has been developed for tree cruising while the popular Easy Rider and Thunderbolt runs now have top to bottom glade skiing. Tower mounted fan guns keep a blanket of deep powder in a forest-like setting. Jack Frost holds 20 trails and slopes including a terrain park and tubing center, all served by a network of 9 lifts. Over at Big Boulder, riders will find bold new features at Boulder Park including a 100 foot challenge and the “Blooming Onion” that tests hips, knees and agility. Big Boulder is the ultimate in Pennsylvania terrain park fun with 7 separate parks, 8 trails and a tubing park. Eight lifts get you to the top. Check out the mountain at: www.jfbb.com

Look for more bump skiing, easier access to trails that launch from the summit and expanded snow tubing at SNO MOUNTAIN near Scranton this season. Two of the challenging North Face trails have been graded to support more and better mogul fields for advanced skiers who get their kicks in the bumps. At the summit, an uphill jog has been eliminated with the carving of a new connector trail that provides easy access to all of the runs that begin at the peak. This season there’s more fun in the Sno Mountain tubing park with the addition of family tubing and an explosion of chutes. If you haven’t tried multiple rider tubes, get on board for a spinning excursion in a downhill plunge. And look for special pricing for tubing birthday parties. Sno Mountain holds 25 trails and slopes including 2 terrain parks, tubing park and a NASTAR course. For all the info, slide over to: http://www.snomtn.com/

Only 54 miles from Philadelphia and less than an hour from the suburbs, BEAR CREEK MOUNTAIN RESORT has upgraded an already impressive snowmaking system. The world of automated snow farming gives this “destination” resort the ability to convert all 86 skiable acres into a picture perfect winter wonderland.  Twenty-one trails and slopes, including 2 terrain parks and snow tubing chutes will come alive as 6 lifts keep the uphill traffic evolving into downhill fun. Off the mountain the Bear Creek reputation for food service has expanded with the addition of the “grab-and-go” snack shack dubbed, “Bear Bites”. It’s designed for skiers and riders who don’t want to lose any mountain time. You’ll be able to grab a specialty coffee, breakfast sandwiches, bagels and waffles on the run from ticket window to lifts. Take a look at the range of ski-and-stay packages, trail maps and restaurant menus at: http://www.bcmountainresort.com/


LIBERTY MOUNTAIN RESORT near historic Gettysburg has gotten a major facelift. Everything from hotel rooms to the Children’s Learning Center has been polished, painted and spruced for a new season on ski and boards. For the kids, there’s a newly launched Burton Riglet Park that utilizes a unique reel and cord technique to teach kids as young as 3, snowboard basics in specially contoured terrain. Primo terrain park designers, Destoy Labs of Maine have been the innovators of a new park layout and dazzling features for Liberty Mountain’s action on tables, rails and jumps. It’s all being unveiled when the snow flies. And look for new and exciting snowboard learning sessions, geared specifically to women under the guidance of Snowboard School Supervisor Jesse Cleveland. She’s been working with Burton on the development of highly successful women’s programs around the country. The versatile mountain holds 19 slopes and trails, including 2 terrain parks served by 7 lifts. The area features tubing chutes and is lighted for night skiing. For the total picture, bump over to: http://www.libertymountainresort.com/

Riders will be flying high this season at ROUNDTOP MOUNTAIN RESORT near Harrisburg with the expansion of the awesome Fife and Drum Terrain Park. Look for new jumps and rails and an exciting layout to run the course. Kids are getting a zippy look in rental skis with an all new fleet of Elans. Roundtop has also freshened up and renovated the Children’s Center for the season. Want to stay on the slopes and stay in touch with office and friends. It’s easier this winter with new lightning fast Wi-Fi. And, for skiers and riders who want to stay in touch with the mountain, look for a new Mobile Website. Sliders can enjoy 21 trails with 2 terrain parks and snowtubing. Seven lifts handle the uphill migration. It’s all spelled out at: http://www.skiroundtop.com/

Snowmaking gets a big boost at WHITETAIL RESORT in the Tuscarora Mountains near Mercersburg. Eighty-two upgraded Wizard fan guns will be pumping out 50% more snow on 8 major trails this season. Skiers and riders will have the luxury of using new Bigfoot size lockers that can hold enough gear for a family of 4. Youngsters have a virtual forest of new Elan Skis designed to accelerate that learning curve. This winter, beginners will enjoy the open spaces of an expanded learning area with more acreage devoted to the new skier and rider for the popular Discovery Zone lesson sessions. When it’s time to meet for lunch or round up friends and family, look for an expanded patio, complete with fireplaces and generous seating space. Whitetail, a favorite with the Washington – Baltimore crowd boasts 23 versatile slopes and trail with a pair of terrain parks and snow tubing, served by 9 lifts. Look it over at: http://www.skiwhitetail.com/winter#&panel2-1


With the loftiest skiable elevation in the state, BLUE KNOB is taking advantage of the altitude, terrain and dependably cold weather to bump up its formidable snowmaking system. In preparation for winter, the water storage capacity has been expanded and more high efficiency snow guns have been placed on the mountain to get more powder on the hill, faster and around the clock. Blue Knob also features one of the rare Pennsylvania Nordic courses with groomed and ungroomed trails, cross-country instruction and rental equipment. Boasting some of the region’s most challenging terrain, Blue Knob, located between Johnstown and Altoona fields 34 slopes and trails, a terrain park and tubing chutes, served by 5 lifts. For maps, rates, lodging and the whole rundown, cruise over to: http://www.blueknob.com/winter/

There’s expansive cruising terrain for easy traversing this season at HIDDEN VALLEY in the heart of the scenic Laurel Highlands. The popular Voyager trail was been dramatically widened and planted with lights and snowmaking to give novice, intermediate and cruising skiers an easier path down the mountain from all of the North Summit slopes. Advanced and expert skiers, looking for double diamond challenge will see an added burst of snowmaking to provide conditions you can count on when taking a plunge on the Charger trail. And, look for an extra shot of snow from a beefed up arsenal of powder guns on all the terrain. At the base there’s a wider selection of skis and snowboards, boots and poles in the rental shop along with a sleek new line of high performance equipment. The ski lodge area has been spruced up with a paint job and parking at the Sports Club has had a growth spurt. Hidden Valley cradles an impressive array of 31 trails and slopes, 3 terrain parks and tubing, served by 11 lifts. Get the picture at: http://www.hiddenvalleyresort.com/

Congrats to SEVEN SPRINGS MOUNTAIN RESORT for riding off with the coveted Ski Magazine award for top terrain parks and pipes in the East. This is the fourth consecutive year that the all-encompassing resort has captured the title. To keep award winning conditions piling up, a new grooming machine that can maneuver through pipes as well as it can on slopes and trails has been added to the fleet. It’s supported by an arsenal of newly installed super efficient snow gun nozzles and portable fan guns that go where the need is. On the hill, a seventh terrain park has joined the roster of award winning parks. The Burton backed
Riglet Park is geared kids from 4 to 7. Young riders will romp inside a baseball field style park, learning to maneuver in a “Cone Zone”, while being challenged by a giant first base and using oversized baseball bats for jibs. Also look for new eye-catching signage to ease navigation over 33 trails and slopes, the 7 terrain parks and 11 lifts. For a Seven Springs overview, go to: http://www.7springs.com/

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