Thursday, December 22, 2016

Blue Mountain: Best Local Skiing and Snowboarding in Pennsylvania...

We love Blue Mountain Ski Resort. It's an awesome winter or summer destination that's nestled in Little Gap Valley alongside the Pocono Mountains, although we'll just focus on winter right now. Blue Mountain Ski Resort is our favorite ski/snowboarding resort. With the highest vertical at 1,082 feet, you will find a great variety of excellent terrain for all skill levels with approximately 39 trails! You can carve up the slopes, shred on terrain parks or tube with your family. Packed snow means packed fun.

Blue Mountain's well maintained slopes have the longest trails you'll find anywhere in the area and they're so much fun because they go on for a while. If you're used to skiing out west or in the Rockies, many local ski resorts will be disappointing because their runs last for a minute or so and you're done. Not at Blue Mountain... the trails take a while so you can really enjoy the scenery and have a chance to be in the moment. Their perfectly manicured snow, challenging trails (Challenge and Razor's Edge give New England a run for their money), and even their lift systems are excellent.

Other important things to know: You can get a passport card that you keep and reload online for lift tickets, making it a simple task. As you approach the lifts, the automated gates open, very cool. You can also add food money to your passport so that you don't need to carry money along. As far as weather conditions, before you leave you need to go online and check out their mountain cams! They're a great tool for helping you check out the daily conditions. No wasted trips here!!! And, of course, Private or semi-private lessons are hassle-free, and there's a great variety to choose from, depending on your needs and desires. By the end of the day you'll be enjoy many of their fun trails.

Tubing is also fantastic and fun. There are different runs and the pricing is excellent. It's extremely safe and very organized. It's a wonderful activity for the entire family and it will provide lots of thrills and laughs.

Sitting at the newly updated and expanded Summit Lodge, which is comfortable, lovely and the cleanest we've seen, you will find peaceful, spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Actually, all of Blue Mountain is attractive, well decorated, and sparkling clean (including the rest rooms) and you just get a great feeling being there. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy while you're relaxing and taking a load off of your feet. The food is better than any lodge we've eaten at. 

Summit LodgeIf you're looking for the prefect spot for a private party, corporate meeting, or group outing, Summit Lodge will create an unforgettable custom experience just for you indoors or outdoors. They have year-round availability and they combine the comfortable ambiance with exemplary service. Their Alpine Ballroom seats 300 guests, their Vista Ballroom has unbelievable mountain view for up to 240 guests, and the Courtyard is the perfect spot for outdoor events.

If you're interested in staying over, there are many choices and all are excellent. Each offers Ski & Stay Packages with discounted slope tickets. Choose from:

Hotels: The Lodge at Woodstone Country Club. Guest rooms are bright and spacious... a great place to unwind as you leisurely explore their pond side paths, restaurants, and lounges.

Bed & Breakfasts: The Roth House Bed & Breakfast is an inn that reflects the charm of a small picturesque hotel. It has quaint, classic mountain charm with epicurean delights to turn your Blue Mountain trip into a great getaway.

Bungalows and Rentals: Blue Mountain Bungalows. From quaint mountain cabins to luxurious all-season retreats these cabins are big enough for large families and they're perfect for reunions or weekend getaways. They're homey and rustic, and you'll feel like they're a home away from home.

The staff is friendly and very helpful at Blue Mountain. You'll feel right at home, and you'll want to come back over and over again. We can't think of a better place to spend our winter days and evenings. Blue Mountain... your perfect winter getaway.