By: Lisa Collins-Haynes
Recently, I was looking for a weekend getaway and I discovered Camelback Ski Resort in the Pocono Mountains, PA. Only a short 5-hour drive from Prince William County, Camelback is ranked as one of the top ski resorts in Pennsylvania!
They offer so many options to hit the powder, that even I was excited about it. Normally I don’t do cold weather activities; as growing up in Dallas didn’t offer a multitude of opportunities for it. Additionally, my ski story is a little different than the average. I’ve only been skiing once and I also thought after my initial experience, it would be my first time and my last time. During my first skiing encounter many years ago in Colorado, I tore tendons in my ankle—during ski school. So, obviously that was a wrap for me. However my family had the time of their lives learning to snowboard. Which is what led us to give skiing and snowboarding a second try.
As we planned our weekend excursion to the Pocono Mountains, Camelback stood out for many reasons and we decided to visit. It literally has activities for the whole family year round and with it’s expansion plan in action, its only going to get better! They offer the biggest skiing and snowboarding terrain in the area and the biggest snow-tubing park in the US. Additionally they are equipped for night skiing because they are 100% lit—a huge plus for those advances skiers. Their slopes are friendly, even for beginners and they also offer advanced trails for those that want more of a challenge. Learning programs for both kids and adults are available.
Their major expansion project is set to position them as the industry standard and a competitive force in the surrounding area and across the Northeast. With construction underway, the Camelback Lodge has began to take shape and is slated to open in the Spring. It’s a natural progression for the mountain resort to offer a year round play and stay option to families. Cold weather play already includes skiing, snow boarding, snow tubing and the mountain coaster. When the weather is warmer, Camel Beach Mountain Waterpark already offers thrill rides and slides, family rides and a place just for the kids. Aquatophia will be the newest addition to the Camelback family and situated inside what will be Camelback Lodge as a 125,000 square-foot, multi-level indoor waterpark. According to their website, www.camelbackresort.com, Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark boasts exhilarating indoor fun with 7 pools, 13 slides including the Venus SlydeTrap – the first Aqua-Sphere-Manta slide of its kind in the World, as well as the Storm Chaser – the longest indoor watercoaster in the US. On the drier side, Arcadia Family Adventure Center will offer two levels of themed activities including more than 100 video, interactive and ticket redemption games, ropes courses and rock climbing for adults and kids, mini-golf, black light laser tag, bowling and an arts and crafts center.
Once complete, the eight-story Camelback Lodge will feature 453 guest suites offered in 24 suite configurations ranging from loft fireplace suites, one and two bedroom executive suites, and family suites with bunk beds, gift shops, adult and kids spas, three sit-down restaurants, including the ski-in/ski-out Trails End Tavern near the Stevenson Chair Lift.
The ski season is currently underway with fresh snow waiting for you to enjoy! As the season comes to a close and the weather warms up, prepare to return to Camelback for the grand opening of the Camelback Lodge and the anticipated Aquatopia!
Pictures courtesy of Camelback Mountain Resort