PR: 11-2008 What's New on PA Slopes

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What’s New on the Pennsylvania Slopes ’08/09

White Haven, PA-November 2008 - From the Pocono and Endless Mountains of eastern Pennsylvania to the Alleghenies of the west, ski and snowboarding trails have been carved, widened and recontoured. Lifts have been painted and planted. Lodges have been spruced up and refurbished. And another generation of snowmaking gear is in place to blanket the mountains with more snow, faster and at higher temperatures.

With the start of a new winter sports season, Pennsylvania resorts have looked at the economy and launched creative, budget sparing prices along with “Stay N’ Ski” packages that combine more skiing and riding with less time on the road.

It all starts when the snow flies – Mom Nature’s or manmade.

And here’s “What’s New.”

THE EAST
High in the Endless Mountains of eastern Pennsylvania, ELK MOUNTAIN skiers and riders will enjoy new and scenic windbreaks with the planting of 700 Norway and White Spruce trees. Cruisers working their way down the popular “Lenape’ and “Tioga Spur” trails will find “ballroom skiing” on newly contoured terrain. The addition of 66 new tower snow guns and space age fan guns will lay down higher quality snow at warp speeds. And if you see the Elk “mountain crew” cheering on the hill, it’s because they now have a new tractor to get the job done. Also look for over 200 new pairs of high performance skis and boots added to an already impressive rental fleet. And it pays to be a senior on Pennsylvania’s highest vertical. The over 65 crowd can score Tuesday tickets after January 6th for $15. For information go to: www.elkskier.com

New thrills are on tap this season at SNO MOUNTAIN on the fun side of Scranton. Skiers and riders heading back to the parking lot will be able to get there from the summit at warp speed on the unique, Zip Rider. It’s a 4-person cable ride that catapults thrill-seekers down 3,000 feet at speeds up to 60 miles an hour. And there will be transportation to get each Zip Riders equipment back down the hill. The purchase of a new winch cat will give half-pipe enthusiasts a boost. It’s designed to get more snow on the pipe, faster than ever. Inside the Sno Mountain lodge new locker rooms are now open for men and women, complete with showers. And getting on the snow with rental equipment will be speeding up with the opening of a new rental shop with easy access to the slopes. Look it up at: www.snomtn.com

The vibrant CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN in the eastern Pocono Mountains is getting greener this season with the installation of 130 low energy snow guns that pump out incredible amounts of snow while conserving energy to the tune of 50,000 gallons of diesel fuel. Riders can look for some dramatic action this season as Camelback dedicates over 20 acres of terrain and more than 500 feet of vertical to terrain parks and pipes. A new partnership with Burton Snowboards gives snow surfers a major boost. Camelback stands alone in Pennsylvania to host a prized Burton
Women's, Adult, Youth and Freestyle Learn to Ride Center. Camelback has also inked an exclusive deal with Salomon as its exclusive ski and boot supplier. Camelback has added 675 pair of X-wing 500 series skis and over 2000 pair of front entry boots to its arsenal for this season. To make room for these upgrades, Camelback has expanded its rental facility to span two floors. Not to be overlooked, the snowtubing facility will be expanded to include 20 chutes and a second magic carpet conveyor lift.  Check this and more at: www.skicamelback.com

Green trim on winter white is also the color scheme at SHAWNEE MOUNTAIN where a multi-year, multi million dollar commitment to new snowmaking techniques is expected to save over 67,000 gallons of diesel. Skiers and riders will see more snow piling up in shorter periods of time this winter on the “Little Chief” beginners area and the learning slope. Shawnee deepens its environmental commitment with a recycling program to take between 4 and 7 tons of trash out of the garbage pile and launch it into the recycle bins. There’s been another growth spurt in the mountain’s massive rental shop with the addition of 500 pairs of new Elan Shaped Ski, 150 new Rossignol Snowboards and 200 new pairs of Dalbello Ski Boots. Also look for innovations in rails and features on the Shawnee Terrain Parks. Look it all up at: www.shawneemt.com

Nestled in the Western Poconos, sister areas JACK FROST and BIG BOULDER have upped the action, on and off the slopes. Glade Skiers will have more terrain to cruise at Jack Frost, while the tubing crowd will be able to hit the chutes on Fridays at Frost from January 16th through February 27th.  Both Frost and Boulder have opened colorful new Burrito Bars and both are committed to facing the economic realities of the times, by holding down costs for skiers and riders. Also keep an eye out for Green Conscious-Recycling Centers and improvements inside and out. Stop by at: www.jfbb.com

More than 3 million dollars has been pumped into major improvements at BLUE MOUNTAIN to blast into the new season. A brand new intermediate trail, “Dreamweaver” will weave down the mountain with an expansive 100 foot width, bathed in lighting and automated snowmaking, its entire length.  The latest run brings the impressive trail network at Blue to 33 runs over 156 skiable acres. A new cooling tower and more snow guns will get the mountain covered faster and keep the action going longer. Look for a bump up in tubing chutes to 19 and a new Magic Carpet to handle 1,200 tubers an hour.  And the growth continues off the mountain with an upgraded ski and snowboard rental fleet, along with the new 11,000 square foot “Sprung Structure” near the tubing park to include a cafeteria, seating for 250 and dynamite entertainment on Thursday nights. For all the info, check out: www.skibluemt.com

The BEAR CREEK MOUNTAIN growth explosion continues with additional snowmaking to boost capacity by an impressive 30%, a new quad chair lift and an expanded learning area. Novice skiers and riders will have more stress-free runs with the elimination of cross-traffic. Sliders here can spread out over 86 skiable acres. The slopeside hotel at Bear Creek in scenic Berks County has grown to 116 rooms and suites with indoor and outdoor pools, a full service spa and a restaurant complex that leans to both the casual and gourmet. Visitors will find the largest snow tubing park in southeastern Pennsylvania, as Bear Creek morphs into a major snow sports destination resort. For all the scoop, sign on at: www.bcmountainresort.com

Family friendly SKI BIG BEAR at Masthope Mountain near Lackawaxen has bumped up its snowmaking gear and planted another Magic Carpet lift on the popular learning area. That means more snow earlier in the season and the ability to raise the comfort level of new skiers and riders. Also look for the chance to get more kicks, thrills and air out of the Ski Big Bear terrain park. To tune in to all the happenings this season, log on to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ALPINE MOUNTAIN in the heart of the Poconos is making a winter getaway to ski, board or tube a luxury experience at a budget price this season.  This popular family area and its Pocono Penn Hills Resort have given a nod to the economy and welded together a variety of ski and stay packages that include accommodations in a resort setting with full country breakfast and lift tickets for as low as $99 a night. The icing on this cake is mountain enhancement to put more snow on the mountain, earlier in the season and then pile it on, as needed. Check it out at: www.alpinemountain.com

CENTRAL

Skiers and riders at LIBERTY MOUNTAIN near historic Gettysburg are going to have a lot more room to relax after a morning or day on the slopes.  There’s been a major expansion and revamping of the main lodge. The newly expanded Alpine food court is now twice its former size and will feature a wide variety of grilled specialties, fresh deli items and home-style favorites. Look for an expanded Boarderline snowboard rental shop with a larger locker room and basket check area. The Liberty Mountain Sports Shop is also growing to bring guests even more stylish gear and accessories. On the mountain, “Ultra Trail”, “Whitney’s Way” and the snow tubing hill get a snowmaking overhaul while life gets brighter on nighttime slopes with enhanced lighting for the night owl crowd. Take it all in at: www.skiliberty.com

Sister resort ROUNDTOP MOUNTAIN, a short ride from the state capitol at Harrisburg has beefed up its automatic snowmaking system to trigger a blizzard whenever conditions are ripe and the slopes need another dusting. The Roundtop snowboard fleet has been converted to an all-Burton inventory stacked in a completely renovated rental shop. Tubers will ride a brand new 600’ covered Magic Carpet and when it’s time to head down from the slopes and unwind for the day, the lodge courtyard has a new look and a welcoming portal. You’ll find the whole deal at: www.skiroundtop.com

WHITETAIL RESORT in the southern tier of Central Pennsylvania has taken a major leap forward in terrain expansion, lift capacity and snowmaking.  Over 2.7 million dollars was pumped into the largest growth surge in a decade. On the mountain, novice skiers will be thrilled with a newly carved 2,800 foot trail that’s complete with its own arsenal of snow guns and lighting system. With 80 feet of width to traverse, the new trail, dubbed “Sidewinder” is certain to provide an ego lifting experience for the new skier and rider. Whitetail has also planted a new 1,000 foot double chair dedicated to the crowd heading for the popular “Jib Junction Terrain Park”. It allows quick round-trip access to the park, while avoiding the Whitetail Express to the top. Get the picture at: www.skiwhitetail.com

In Nittany Lion land just outside State College, Pennsylvania, TUSSEY MOUNTAIN is a bustling student-friendly ski and snowboard area that is also known to cater to visiting parents. This season Tussey is looking for faster recovery from those occasional bouts of warmer weather. Additional snow-gun towers have been planted at slopeside and at the popular Tubing Park. The Park has also doubled in size and lift capacity. Capping the experience on the chutes is an all new sound and light show to take night-time tubers, “Out of this World.” Also look for a boost in the rental shop with the addition of all new Flow bindings and the new and easy to use BOA boot system on the Tussey snowboard fleet. Check it out at: www.tusseymountain.com

Way up in North Central Pennsylvania, SKI SAWMILL FAMILY RESORT is the kind of hometown ski area where staff knows all the local kids and has a warm welcome for visitors. This season groups as large as 80 will have a place to bunk right at the slopes with the completion of the Group Mountain Lodge. In addition to sleeping 80, the lodge features a game packed recreation area. On the mountain, look for more snowmaking capacity and a dinosaur rail in the Terrain Park. This season the Sawmill rental shop will have an additional 100 pairs of skis and boots along with 50 new snowboards.  Check in at: www.skisawmill.com

THE WEST

Rails, jibs, jumps and pipes are at the heart of expansion and improvements at SEVEN SPRINGS MOUNTAIN RESORT. Returning riders will find a brand new terrain park between Sunset and Lost Boy serviced by both the North Pole and North Face chairlifts. You’ll now find more jibs and jumps than your legs can handle, and a half-mile long run designed to knock you out. For skiers, the mountain crew has been busy re-carving the popular Wagner slope, improving snowmaking and eliminating previous areas of congestion. On the snowmaking front, say goodbye to the old diesel compressor and the need to charge it with 100,000 gallons of fuel, and hello to an all-electric system designed to pump out more snow, faster than ever and at higher temperatures. For the tubing crowd, there’ll be another Magic Carpet to ease the way to the chutes. The all-encompassing Seven Springs Mountain Resort slopeside hotel has been enveloped a top to bottom facelift. All 416 rooms have undergone major renovations and another level of comfort has been added with the addition of a fireplace in the hotel’s lobby. Visit www.7springs.com to learn more.

HIDDEN VALLEY FOUR SEASONS RESORT under new ownership for the past year has charged ahead with an ambitious revitalization, on and off the mountain. A new Doppelmayr quad chair with a state-of-the-art loading conveyer keeps skiers and riders moving, non-stop to the top. Fifty more TechnoAlpin snowmaking guns have been added to create a virtual blizzard of high quality snow, even under changing weather conditions. Hidden Valley now has the largest fully automated TechnoAlpin installation in the nation. New groomers and a pipe cutter will be boosting the ability to keep the slopes and Terrain Park in Max condition. To give skiers and riders some added downhill thrust, the entire rental fleet of ski, snowboards, boots and helmets has been replaced with high performance gear from Elan, Atomic, Salomon, Dalbello and Boeri. A new Skier Services facility is being constructed at the base of the North Summit slopes and a Conveyor is being added to the Snow-tubing Park. Construction of the North Summit Condominiums, located between the North Summit Ski Slopes and the Golf Course, is underway and available for purchase. Repaved access roads and parking lots, leading to a brightly refurbished lodge and resort complex, has turned Hidden Valley into a winter gem of the Alleghenies. Look it over at: www.hiddenvalleyresort.com

Contact: Linda Irvin, Executive Director • Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association
P.O. Box 27, White Haven, PA 18661 • (570) 443-0963 • Fax: (570) 443-0388


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