FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHAT'S NEW AT PENNSYLVANIA’S SKI RESORTS
FOR THE 2018/2019 SEASON
White Haven, PA – October 2018 – Autumn leaves have fallen and with it the advent of cooler weather has found its way to the Pennsylvania mountains. The start of the 2018/2019 ski and snowboard season is near. And, the Pennsylvania Ski Area Resorts (SkiPA) are busy improving their resort offerings to ensure another exciting season for families on the slopes. In total ski resorts across Pennsylvania have made more than $15 million in capital improvements. Skiers, riders and tubers can look forward to enhancements both on and off the slopes. New restaurants, tubing parks and facilities have been added. And, more snowmaking power and coverage along with new trail offerings will accent the slopes. Additionally, visitors can also look forward to more ski perks, special packages and learn to ski and snowboard discounts.
Following are some highlights of what's new on the Pennsylvania slopes for the 2018/2019 season:
IN THE EAST
Bear Creek Mountain Resort, Lehigh Valley
Bear Creek Mountain Resort, a four-season destination resort, is conveniently located within a short drive from Philadelphia, New York, D.C, and Baltimore. It offers travellers a perfect weekend retreat for a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Winter sports enthusiasts can look forward to snow, and lots of it with the purchase of additional snow guns this season, which expands Bear Creek's already robust snowmaking system. The resort will make it more affordable than ever for families to get on the slopes. First, Bear Creek is offering a Learn to Ski and Snowboard triple pack, featuring three lift tickets, rental packages and lessons for $145. There is also a single user package at $109 and a 5 for $150 ticket pack discount, which is a transferrable option great for holiday gift giving. Beyond these deals, guests will notice new, lower prices on retail items such as weekend lift tickets and lesson options. For more information, visit, http://www.bcmountainresort.com.
Blue Mountain Resort, Palmerton
Blue Mountain Resort is just a short drive from Philadelphia and New York. It is home to Pennsylvania's highest vertical, the most varied terrain, and some of the longest runs in the region. This season Blue Mountain is making it easier than ever to hit the slopes without waiting in lines with a new E-store that allows families to purchase tickets and rental equipment ahead of time online. Skiers can simply purchase tickets or rental equipment ahead online and then scan their phone at the new kiosks and hit the slopes. This saves time at the ticket booths, as well as at the rental station with a paperless rental process. The resort has spruced up its lift towers and terminals with fresh paint and added new loading and unloading ramps for Comet. And, improvements are also underway for the addition of a new eight-acre intermediate trail scheduled to be open for the 2019/2020 season. The trail is currently undergoing grading and will provide stunning views of the Eastern Valley upon completion. Finally, Blue Mountain has upgraded its rental fleet by replacing $400,000 in equipment for this season. For more information, visit, http://www.skibluemt.com.
Camelback Resort, Tannersville
Camelback Resort, PA’s #1 Family Friendly mountain, is geared up for the 2018/19 season with new additions from top to bottom. The mountain added two new ski-in/ski-out restaurants inside exquisitely renovated lodges. Kartrite’s Summit House, is located at the summit of Camelback Mountain and features Contemporary American fare with epic views of the Poconos. Learn more at: www.kartritessummithouse.com. Berrelli’s Family Style Italian, is located at the base of Camelback Mountain, is the only family style Italian restaurant in the Poconos, featuring a carefully curated international wine bar, wine room and fireside dining. Learn more at: www.berrellis.com. Camelback also cut a new trail, Scarab, connecting the East to the West; cleared 15 acres of beginner trails; and built a new terrain park, located under the Stevenson lift. These new trails, and others, will be well supported with snowmaking and grooming equipment. Camelback added 20, low energy, HKD Impulse snow guns, 6 HKD halo fan guns and 13 low energy, HKD Phaser, portable ground guns and two new Pistenbully groomers. Learn more at: www.skicamelback.com.
Elk Mountain Ski Resort, Union Dale
Elk Mountain Ski Resort is committed to making its facility the best ski resort possible. This season is no exception, the resort has made improvements both on and off the mountain including enhancements to buildings, grounds and equipment. Improvements include the addition of a new Pisten Bully 400 grooming tractor and installation of a water pump for increased capacity of the snowmaking system. Additionally, 600 trees were planted, a drainage pipe in various locations on the mountain was installed and many of the buildings received a face lift with fresh paint. For more information, visit http://www.elkskier.com.
JFBB Ski Areas (Jack Frost and Big Boulder), Blakeslee
Jack Frost and Big Boulder are nestled in the Pocono Mountains just an hour from Philadelphia and two hours from New York City. The two mountains of Jack Frost and Big Boulder Park complement one another nicely and offer guests two experiences with one lift ticket. Jack Frost presents an out west vibe with glade skiing and riding. Big Boulder Park offers night skiing and riding, and for the more adventurous, offers a variety of terrain parks and features. JFBB is proud to be part of the Peak Resorts family. The new season ticket called the “Peak Pass” gives access to all 7 Northeast Resorts for one price – Jack Frost, Big Boulder, Attitash, Crotched, Hunter, Mount Snow & Wildcat. Peak Resorts is proud to launch the “Peak Discover Program”, a new step by step lesson product aimed at giving skiers the opportunity to “Learn, Practice, & Explore” when they want, where they want at any Peak Resort in the Northeast. It offers three lesson packages complete with rental & helmet for one low price. JFBB & Peak Resorts has also expanded the Military Discount Card Program offering all active duty, retired & honorably discharged members of the US Military who visit any Northeast Peak Resort a free Military Discount Card. This card entitles them to 40% off midweek/non-holiday lift tickets and 25% off weekend/holiday lift tickets. For more information, visit, https://www.jfbb.com/deals-packages/
Montage Mountain Resort, Scranton
Montage Mountain features some of the most diverse terrain in Pennsylvania. Boasting 26 trails ranging from beginner to expert, 1000 vertical feet, valley views and full mountain night skiing, there’s something for all ages and skill levels. This season visitors can look forward to an enhanced outside dining experience with additional seating, more grab and go food and beverage offerings and fire pits. The resort has also made improvements to its snow tubing park with the new lighting and the addition of a new tubing groomer, which will add more chutes to the tubing slopes. Finally, skiers will find new rental equipment offerings in the ski shop. For more information, visit, www.montagemountainresorts.com.
Shawnee Mountain Resort, East Stroudsburg
Located in the Pocono Mountains, Shawnee Mountain Resort is an ideal beginner and family-friendly ski resort. Snowmaking covers 100% of all Shawnee’s 125 acres of skiable terrain. The big news this season at Shawnee is a fully automated snowmaking system on the Delaware and Country Club trails and in both freestyle terrain parks. This is part of the resort’s multi-year, multi-million-dollar snowmaking upgrade project. Shawnee has also purchased a new Pisten Bully 400 Free Grooming Machine this season to add to its impressive grooming capabilities. Additionally, the resort has added several new complimentary charging stations, so guests can charge their cell phones and tablets inside both the Hope and Trepp ski lodges. Finally, guests utilizing rental equipment are in for a treat this season with upgraded inventory including over 500 sets of Elan skis, 150 pairs of Dalbello boots, 100 Rossignol snowboards, 175 pairs of Burton snowboard boots and 220 adjustable helmets. For more information, visit, https://www.shawneemt.com.
Ski Big Bear, Lackawaxen
Ski Big Bear in the Poconos is enhancing its snowmaking capabilities with the addition of new snow guns this season. Travelers from New York and New Jersey will especially appreciate great value on new ski and stay packages. And, for the 2018/2019 season, pass perks will increase with even more businesses participating. Season pass perks are additional discounts that can be received by season pass holders at other businesses in the area. For more information, visit, www.ski-bigbear.com.
Blue Knob Mountain Resort, Claysburg
Conveniently located off the Claysburg exit of Interstate 99, Blue Knob All Seasons Resort offers Pennsylvania's highest skiable mountain at 3146 feet, the longest run at nearly 2 miles, six of the most challenging double black diamond runs and a 1072 foot vertical drop. This year, Blue Knob is opening a new tubing park along with an improved beginners’ area that will include a new magic carpet. The resort has also continued making infrastructure improvements to its snowmaking system with increased water pumping capabilities. For more information, visit, http://www.blueknob.com.
Liberty Mountain Resort, Carroll Valley
Located near historic Gettysburg, Liberty Mountain offers something for all winter sports enthusiasts from skiing, snowboarding and tubing to ice skating on the Alpine Courtyard Skating Rink. For this winter season, the most noticeable change is the transformation of the Alpine Lodge and base area buildings to a more natural look. The blue roofs have been repainted with neutral tones and the Alpine Rooms received a new shingled roof and an interior facelift. New ceiling, paint, wrought iron chandeliers, carpets and blackout shades bring the overall style more-in-line with the Highland Lodge. The chairlifts have also been recoated with classic silver-gray paint reinforcing the natural surroundings of the property. On the slopes, Liberty has replaced 5,200 feet of pipeline on Dipsy Doodle, which will allow for more efficient snowmaking capabilities. On the spa front, the Laventide Salon & Day Spa has expanded with three new rooms of pampering. Finally, snow tubers can rejoice with unlimited snowtubing now offered every Tuesday through Thursday, during non-holiday periods at Boulder Ridge from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. for only $26. For more information, visit, http://www.libertymountainresort.com.
Roundtop Mountain Resort, Lewisberry
Located near the state capitol, the big news at Roundtop Mountain is additional snowmaking at the base on Lower Lafayette’s Leap, Patriot and the Snow Tubing runs. The resort has expanded its snowmaking capabilities for the 2018/2019 season with the addition of HDK fan guns and impulse guns. For more information, visit, http://www.skiroundtop.com.
Tussey Mountain Ski Resort, Boalsburg
Located in the heart of State College attractions and home to the Penn State Ski Team, Tussey Mountain is a popular winter recreation destination for students and locals alike. This year Tussey has invested $145K in improvements. For starters, the resort has enhanced its snowmaking operation with the addition of a new pipe and hydrants to its beginner slope. It has also added to its grooming capabilities with an additional Pisten Bully 400 machine, as well as, made improvements to the ski rental shop. For more information, visit, http://www.tusseymountain.com.
Whitetail Resort, Mercersburg
A popular weekend destination for Baltimore and Washington skiers and riders, Whitetail Resort has invested more than $1.6 million into capital upgrades this season. For starters, the Limelight trail will have significant improvement to its snowmaking coverage with the addition of 16 high output TechnoA01pin fan guns, resulting in an increased coverage and better reliability for the snow making system that covers this trail. On the snow tubing front, the Whitetail Adventure Tubing area will feature a new snow tubing plaza area with covered pavilion and a fireplace with seating for observation of the snow tubing hill. Another highlight is the permanent addition of a new Prinoth Winchat Groomer , which will increase the grooming capabilities on the steeper terrain. Finally, snowboard renters will find a fully upgraded and stocked inventory of 200 Burton boards complementing the rental ski inventory upgrade from last year. For more information, visit, http://www.skiwhitetail.com.
Hidden Valley Resort, Hidden Valley
Hidden Valley is a perfect winter destination for families offering 26 slopes and trails, two terrain parks on 110 skiable acres and a first-class snow sports school. This season the resort is boosting its snowmaking and grooming capabilities with the addition of two new TechnoAlpin fan guns and a Prinoth BR350 snowcat. Other on mountain improvements include upgrades to the Avalanche Chairlift with new paint, haul rope and seats. For more information, visit, http://www.hiddenvalleyresort.com.
Mount Pleasant of Edinboro, Cambridge Springs
Nestled in the snowbelt region of northwestern Pennsylvania in Erie County, Mount Pleasant of Edinboro offers family-friendly winter fun for all ages. Most of the trails are lit up at night to allow for safe night skiing and snowboarding. The big news this season at Mount Pleasant is more snow with an investment of $90K made to the snowmaking system, including new electrical service for a future pump and a transfer pump to move water between reservoirs. Additionally, the resort made a $20K investment of improvements to the lodge bathroom, exterior siding, signage and vehicles. For more information, visit www.skimountpleasant.com.
Mystic Mountain at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington
Mystic Mountain is Western Pennsylvania's ideal learning environment for first-time skiers and snowboarders, with 25 acres of fun, short lines, friendly trails and experienced instructors. Mystic Mountain is pleased to announce that its ski school is now affiliated with PSIA. And, the tubing park now has a tube shaper, as well as double tubes allowing shorter participants to ride, 33”- 41”, accompanied by an adult 42” or taller to ride solo. For more information, visit, http://www.nemacolin.com/activities/snowsports.
Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Seven Springs
Conveniently located off the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Seven Springs Resort is the state's largest four-season family resort and winter adventure headquarters. Snowmaking, grooming and lighting improvements are what’s new at Seven Springs this season. The resort has invested in its snowmaking capabilities by adding 19 HKD Impulse R-5 tower snow guns to the Avalanche slope and converting all snowmaking stations on the lower half of North Face Slope to a high-pressure system. Three additional snowmaking stations are being added to Tyrol Slope. Both North Face and Avalanche Slopes will also receive new LED lighting and a new Pisten Bully 400 ParkPro Snowcat is being added to the grooming fleet. On the terrain front, Seven Springs Parks and Pipes will be building new entrances to the parks, and the team will also be adding a fresh collection of creative new features. Off mountain, Seven Springs is completely renovating Festival Hall to be a coveted elegant venue for weddings and banquets. Additionally, the rental center had added 500 pairs of Rossignol Experience Skis to its fleet. For more information, visit, http://www.7springs.com.
SkiPA's "First-Time Ski/Snowboard" Program
SkiPA is making it easy for families and outdoor enthusiasts interested in trying skiing or snowboarding this winter with its "First-Time Ski/Snowboard" program. Available for $59, the program includes a beginner lift ticket, group lesson and complete rental. It takes the hassle out of planning and makes it easy and affordable for beginners to hit the slopes for the first-time. Quantities are limited, so it's recommended to sign up early. All orders must be received online by Dec. 30, 2018. Purchase is limited to five vouchers per household. Vouchers can be used anytime including holidays and weekends at participating Pennsylvania Ski Area Resorts. For more information, visit, https://www.skipa.com/deals/first-time-program-deal-offer.
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For more information on the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association and upcoming events, visit www.SkiPA.com.
About Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association (SkiPA)
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.
Linda Irvin, PSAA Executive Director