Located in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, Camelback Resort is celebrating its 60th season this winter. To honor that milestone, the resort is debuting a 60x8-foot mural created by Pennsylvania artist Evan Hughes. The mural will be located in the Thirsty Camel Lounge.
This winter, Camelback will become the first ski resort in the nation to integrate Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology. Utilizing cameras, sensors, and artificial intelligence, the technology supports a cashier-less retail experience where guests register their credit card on entry, grab the items they would like, and simply walk out of the store. Camelback will be using this technology in its Big Pocono On The Go shop, which will provide a variety of grab-and-go items. Camelback recommends downloading its Camelback app for a seamless experience.
Visitors to the resort will also find two new eateries this year. Chuck’s Spud Shack will offer a wide variety of loaded French fries, and will be joined by Rakuda Ramen. Caffeine addicts will also find a new coffee shop on the mountain, Rise & Grind Coffee.
Over the past several years, Camelback has made a number of upgrades with an eye towards sustainability. New snow-depth technology will allow staff to fine-tune where they need to make snow, while low-energy snowmaking equipment has reduced energy usage by 25%. All of Camelback’s grooming equipment has been upgraded to Tier 4 emission engines, which also cuts down on emissions.
Camelback is unveiling a new multiweek training program for kids this winter. Spanning four weeks, the program will consist of three-hour weekly sessions with a snack break. Students will be grouped by age and ability level, and instructors will regroup students throughout the program as necessary.
Last season, Camelback installed a new 6-person lift, the high-speed Black Bear 6. In 2020, Camelback added the Sunbowl Express lift.
Visitors looking for a different on-snow experience will want to check out Camelback’s Snow Tubing Park, one of the largest in the country. Galactic Tubing returns this year with nighttime music, disco lighting, and up to 44 lanes.
M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.
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