Last year, Blue Mountain experienced its best season in the resort’s 23 year history. A 30 percent increase in air and water output enabled the resort to enjoy one of its earliest openings and latest closing dates. Over 200,000 skiers from the Mid-Atlantic visited the resort last year and Blue Mountain experienced its first 10,000 skier day. Overall, Blue Mountain captured 20 percent of the Poconos ski market.
Despite its successes, the resort is not resting on its laurels. Over the summer, Blue Mountain added a new Piston Bully groomer to its fleet. It also expanded its popular snow tubing area by adding three new tubing lanes. To whisk larger numbers of tubers up the mountain, a specially constructed tow lift was installed which can accommodate the larger family tubes. Blue Mountain has also doubled its fleet of tubes.
New, too, is the first phase of construction on the Valley Lodge. Located at the base of the mountain, the Valley Lodge gets a 90 foot addition which will transform it into a full service lodge. When completed, it will surpass the size of the Main Lodge at the top of the mountain. The enhanced lodge will include full rest room and changing room facilities, and rentals and services comparable to that offered at the summit lodge.
Also under construction is the Razor’s Edge, a double black diamond trail situated on the fall line of the east side of the mountain. This new run will open in its entirety for the 2002-2003 season and will allow skiers and boarders to capture the full 1,082 foot vertical of Blue Mountain - the highest vertical in the state of Pennsylvania. The new trail will be serviced by the East Mountain’s high speed detachable quad.
Blue Mountain will feature ten dollar off lift tickets for eligible groups on the following days:
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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