This year, Pennsylvania’s Roundtop Mountain Resort has added a snow groomer equipped with a winch that will help tame the steeps. Snow naturally moves down the mountain, and after a wire cable is secured to the top of a slope, the groomer will be able to move snow up the mountain without spinning the tracks. This will improve slope conditions while getting rid of areas of thin cover. This YouTube video demonstrates this type of snowcat in action.
Guest Services was moved from the bottom of the Main Lodge to the side by the Rental Building next to main ticket window. It is bigger than the previous space. A coffee bar has taken over its previous location in the main lodge.
The learning area, serviced by the Magic Mountain covered magic carpet, has been expanded to add more room at the top. Roundtop offers lessons to the youngest skiers in the region, with group lessons offered at ages 4 and up. Snowboard group lessons begin at 6 years old. 3 year olds can purchase a private lesson.
Children 5 and under at Roundtop receive a free lift ticket with paying adult. The SKIPA 4th and 5th grade program, available to children in surrounding states, also provides benefits to 4th and 5th graders learning how to ski. [LINK WITH MORE INFO]
In addition to skiing and snowboarding, Roundtop offers tubing and a lodge and deck for outdoor spectating. Open to all guests, a NASTAR race course is available on weekends, holidays, and select Friday evenings.
Ed Fowler is an avid racer, and runs Skidome.org, a Night Club Card program to get more time on snow for less dough. His blog and Facebook page provide firsthand conditions two times a week.
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