Shawnee Mountain has invested $650,000 in improvements for the 2002-2003 winter season, including 35 high-tech York Tower Snow Guns.
The new snow guns function as micro weather stations, using temperature sensors and touch screens to automatically turn on when conditions are right. The guns will also automatically control the water flow for optimum snowmaking at a range of operating temperatures. Main air and water lines throughout the resort have been replaced, and the new guns will be placed in strategic locations. This should help Shawnee Mountain retain its position of having the longest ski season in the Pocono region for the past five seasons.
Renovations continue at the Hope Ski Lodge, with a new seating area decked by large picture windows. A second story sun deck has also been built.
The Lot #3 parking lot has been regraded and paved, helping skiers and riders arriving by car or bus.
600 pairs of Dynastar shaped skis with Salomon bindings have been added to the rental shop’s inventory, and snowboarders will find 100 additional Original Sin snowboards with bindings and boots. Customer flow through the rental shop should improve with a new computerized rental check in system. 500 new OVO Helmets have also been added. Shawnee Mountain notes that its rental shop is the largest of its kind under one roof in the country, capable of outfitting over 4,000 skiers and riders.
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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