December 13, 2015 |
Most folks would view this astonishing run of record warmth as an early Christmas present from nature. Steve Cannon isn't one of them. He is the guest services manager at the Jack Frost-Big Boulder ski resort, where only one of 35 trails is open this weekend and where it's been too warm to even make snow on many nights. "I've been here 13 years, and this is the craziest start to a ski season," he said Friday. Naturally, Poconos ski operators would prefer people in the Philadelphia region to be thinking snow.
January 14, 2013 |
As the temperature steams toward 60 this weekend, one thought doesn't immediately leap to mind: "Let's go skiing!" Resorts in the Poconos and elsewhere must be melting in the faux spring, the runs awash in mud, you say. Managers must be cursing the heavens, you say. But what do you know? "Ski season is going pretty well," said Ryan Werst of Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie, south of Allentown and about 55 miles from Philadelphia. After less-than-frightful weather in early December forced a late start, most Pennsylvania ski areas report that business is not headed downhill - at least not yet. They credit nighttime temperatures that were cold enough (below freezing)
February 28, 2012
The U.S. ski team announced Monday that Bode Miller will undergo another surgery on his left knee and miss the remainder of the World Cup season. The five-time Olympic medalist had a minor arthroscopic procedure performed on the balky knee earlier this month with the hope of quickly returning to the circuit. But when Miller, 34, recently arrived back in Europe, he experienced more discomfort. Officials did not release a date for his next surgery. "We thought if I rested a few more days, things would come around," Miller said, "but it didn't happen.
October 19, 2011 |
With winter on the way, ski resorts across the region are preparing for their busy season. But at Sno Mountain, the electricity has been turned off for weeks. The resort's online ski-pass-ordering feature worked Tuesday, but repeated calls to Sno Mountain's toll-free ordering number and administrative office rang over and over with no answer, no voice mail and no answering machine. An iron gate blocked vehicles from entering the resort's sprawling parking lot. No staff vehicles were visible.
April 5, 2009 |
It happens to even the most ardent skier. On the first day of the season, you question why you like this sport. You schlep your equipment, don an outfit that would make a supermodel look chunky, schlep some more, and strap on your skis. Exhausted, you sit on the lift, thinking, "I could be in the islands. . . . " The answer comes quickly. Skiing is simply exhilarating. This year, my ski season began in the Italian Alps. A friend and I joined a group trip to a Club Med in Sestriere, near Turin.
March 30, 2008 |
The Philadelphia region has seen only a few inches of snow all winter, while ski slopes in New England and the West have been recording massive amounts. That has resort operators in those areas seeing green - a welcome sight after last season's below-average turnout of skiers and snowboarders. Ski lifts are moving at full tilt, and resorts are predicting it will stay that way until the end of April. "It's been fantastic up here," said Parker Riehle, president of the Vermont Ski Area Association.
December 29, 2006 |
If the warm weather has you hoping for a winter without snow, you must not be a skier. "This is shaping up to be the worst season ever," said Mary Bortz of the Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie, Pa., where a party to honor Ullr, the mythical Norse god of snow, is planned for tonight. The eight-year-old resort, about 45 miles from Philadelphia in Berks County, was open for four days in mid-December. Now, its slopes are closed. In the Poconos, most recreational areas that have managed to open are operating far fewer trails, and conditions are not optimal - though many skiers and snowboarders say they're happy just to be on the slopes.
May 16, 2002 |
When Khristoph Becker's mind starts to wander, he thinks about the sport he loves. However, the sport - much like his residency - depends on the season. In the fall, Becker, a senior at Penncrest, dreams about the Vermont ski slopes he calls home from November until April. Once spring nears, he can't wait to get back to the Lions' track in Media, Delaware County. During the cold months, Becker attends Killington Mountain School, competing in the giant slalom at the private academy for the most gifted skiers.
December 9, 2001 |
Location, location, location. Long the credo for real estate agents, the phrase also applies to mid-Atlantic ski resorts, which have benefited from their proximity to major metropolitan areas. Even ski aficionados are surprised to learn that Pennsylvania is home to more ski areas than Vermont, Colorado, Utah, California or New Hampshire. Of the state's 33 ski resorts, more than half are in northeastern Pennsylvania, within a relatively easy drive of the Philadelphia area. Granted, not all are created equal, and several one- and two-slope Pocono resorts are geared more toward nightclub acts than skiing.