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Tannersville, Pa. – Snow removal is underway at Camelback Mountain Resort where the operations team is busy transitioning into the popular summer Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark destination after a busy 50th Anniversary winter ski and snowboard season.
The snow fencing has been removed and the process of unburying the waterpark has begun. A groomer fleet is busy removing several feet of man-made snow that has covered the water features, lawn and landscaping since early winter. One laborious task is to remove sheets of plywood and more than 3,000, 50-gallon drums that filled and covered the 1,000-foot long Blue Nile Adventure River, transforming it from the winter resort base area. An arduous task, but at Camelbeach, it’s just another season of transition from winter to summer.
“We had a great winter season near record attendance, in part due to nearly 100” of natural snow,” said Charles Blier, executive vice president and general manager of Camelback Mountain Resort. “There is no time to rest on our laurels, however. Our focus now is to unbury, unthaw and prepare Camelbeach for a Memorial Day weekend opening.”
Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark, the biggest waterpark in Pennsylvania with 37 rides, slides and attractions, is the summer doppelganger of Camelback Ski Resort. The waterpark, featuring popular attractions including Sandstorm & Dune Runner family raft rides, a Flow Rider surfing simulator and Kahuna Lagoon, a 73,000 square-foot wave pool with private cabanas, draws families and waterpark enthusiasts from NY, NJ and Philadelphia as a drive-to destination.
Co-owners Arthur Berry III and Ken Ellis know the best way to keep a seasonal business successful it to remove the seasonality factor. In 1998 Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark opened and in 2009 Camelback Mountain Adventures launched with adrenaline-fueled activities such as zip lines, Treetops Courses and a steel-track mountain coaster. In partnership with Wisconsin Dells based Waterpark Ventures Management Services (WVMS), the new $163 million, 453-suite Camelback Lodge & Indoor Waterpark will open in spring 2015. The new lodge will feature the largest indoor waterpark in the northeast making Camelback Mountain Resort well on it’s way to becoming a four-season destination with both outdoor and indoor activities and amenities for guests year-round.
About The Camelback Mountain Resort Ownership Group
Arthur Berry III and Ken Ellis first met on the Saratoga, NY campus of Skidmore College in 1982. Through their friendship they formed avision to start a business together that would bring fun to the lives of their friends and guests alike. Their vision became a reality when they purchased Camelback Mountain Resort in June 2005. The resort has seen substantial growth in just nine years of ownership and the biggest venture lies ahead with the $163 million Camelback Lodge & Indoor Waterpark - the largest indoor adventure waterpark hotel under constructed in the Northeastern US. Combined with Camelback’s winter operations, outdoor waterpark, tree-top adventure center and snowtubing park, Camelback Mountain Resort will soon be the most interactive resort in the U.S.A.
The Camelback Lodge & Indoor Waterpark ownership group is a partnership comprised of Arthur Berry III and Ken Ellis and Tim Gantz, Pete Helland Jr., Tim Lucke and Pat Helland of Waterpark Ventures Management Services, LLC (WVMS), a first-class resort and waterpark development and management company that helped develop and is co-owner of the largest indoor waterpark resort property in the U.S.