Winter may not officially start until Dec. 21, but dipping temperatures and frequent flurries in the Poconos suggest otherwise. Ski resorts in the region are busy whipping up a winter, and soon powder heads can take to the trails and shred the gnar of their choosing.
Here's where you can pick up your lift tickets and season passes, and when you can hit the slopes.
Blue Mountain Resort
Blue Mountain officially opened Friday, Dec. 3, with 6 out of 40 trails open, and 4 out of 16 lifts.
Passes are already sold out for opening day and Saturday, but 4-hour lift tickets for Sunday were still available as of 9 a.m. Friday, according to their website.
Blue Mountain Resort is home to one of the largest snowmaking systems in the country, the resort said in a press release. The resort is especially capable of working with the warmer east coast weather.
"Blue Mountain can pump out 14,000 gallons of water per minute onto the slopes and convert it into snow," the release says.
This season the resort has added three new 350 horsepower/1,000 gallons-per-minute pumps increasing snowmaking water pumping capacity, and increasing mountaintop water pressure to utilize the latest in low energy/high-capacity snowmaking technology. The resort has also installed two additional cooling towers to maximize the snowmaking window.
The result: earlier opening dates for more trails.
View mountain cams and trail conditions at: skibluemt.com/mountain-cams/.
Skiing, snowboarding: 4-hour lift tickets for morning, afternoon and night start at $29, when purchased in advance. Eight-hour lift tickets, which enable the rider to arrive at any time, start at $44.
All-access season passes were sold out at the time of this story, but Student passes and Off-Peak passes were still available.
Student season passes (for riders aged 6 to 22) are valid anytime Monday through Friday, and after 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, and can be purchased for $399. Holidays include Dec. 26 through Dec. 31, Jan. 17, 2022, and Feb. 21.
Off-Peak season passes are valid anytime Monday through Friday, after 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays, and can be purchased for $729.
Lessons and rentals are also available.
Tickets, lessons and rentals must be purchased online at skibluemt.com/
Info: 1660 Blue Mountain Drive, Palmerton. Call 610-826-7700 or head to BlueMountain's website for more info.
Recently named "one of the Best Ski Resorts in the U.S. and Canada" in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, Camelback is known for its 560-acres of outdoor, and indoor, recreation.
Tickets are now on sale for the winter season, which is set to open Dec. 22.
“This year’s winter season may be our best yet,” managing director Shawn Hauver said in a press release. “We have so many new adventures and dining options in store this year."
In addition to its numerous outdoor skiing trails and Galactic snowtubing, the resort has recently added a virtual reality water slide at Aquatopia, the resort's year-round indoor water park.
Skiing, snowboarding: One-day lift tickets start at $62 (and vary on demand). The new Triple Ticket Pass option is $139, and the Super Season Pass is $629 (including unlimited day and night skiing; complimentary snow tubing; first tracks access; general parking; an equipment check; and 10% savings on accommodations and dining).
A Value Season Pass for $399 offers access from open to close daily and weekends from 3 p.m. to close, and includes general parking as well as an equipment check. Both passes include savings for Aquatopia Indoor Water Park.
A new Radio Frequency Identification Device system offers a hands-free, streamlined and efficient lift access. Season pass and lift ticket holders can reload their pass online and go directly to the lift, the resort said in a press release.
60-minute Family & Friends Beginner Lessons are $209; 90-minute private lessons start at $175.
Snowtubing: Boasting one of the country’s largest snowtubing park, the all-lit nighttime after-dark experience, Galactic tubing, is back and "just as exhilarating."
Tubers can enjoy music, disco lighting and 44 tubing lanes. Work up an appetite? Enjoy munchies from food trucks and stalls, and even indulge in a frosty beer while warming up by a fire pit.
Snowtubing starts at $33 midweek; $42 weekends (two-hour session).
Stay: Camelback Lodge offers 453 luxury guest suites. Rates start at $210 per night; ski, snowboard and snowtubing adventures can be added to any lodge stay at up to a 45% discount.
Info: Located at 301 Resort Drive, Tannersville. For reservations and more, call 1-855-515-1283 or visit CamelbackResort.com.
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Shawnee Mountain Ski Area
Shawnee Mountain offers a family-friendly ski area with the Poconos' premier terrain park.
Country Club Park features a double butter pad, flat down box, rainbow box and plenty of challenges to hone your jibbing skills if you're new to the park scene. Delaware Park boasts a pole jam, low battleship and much, much more.
Shawnee Mountain promotes freestyle terrain education, according to their website. Terrain park enthusiasts are encouraged to visit terrainparksafety.org to learn the Code. Always remember to obey the rules of terrain park conduct.
Skiing, snowboarding: Lift tickets go on sale Dec. 11. Adults 19-64 can hit the slopes for $58 on weekdays, $80 on weekends and holidays. Rather shred after 3 p.m.? Lift tickets for night riders are $45. Two-day options are available for adults: $115 on weekdays, and $150 Saturday and Sunday. Two-day passes must be used for two consecutive days.
Young riders 18 and under can enjoy weekday passes for $45, or $60 on weekends. Youth nights (starting at 3 p.m.) are $45. Two-day youth passes are $86 for weekdays, $60 on weekends. Children under 46 inches tall ski for free when accompanied by a paying adult.
College student, active military and seniors over 65 can enjoy $45 weekday lift tickets, $70 tickets on weekends and holidays with a valid ID. Super seniors (those 70 and older) ride for free!
Lessons and rentals are also available.
Season passes score riders an overall 10% discount on lift tickets, and are on sale through the end of the season for $500.
If that price wasn't the best part, your Shawnee season pass gets you access to three other resorts in PA: Seven Springs Mountain Resort (in Champion), Laurel Mountain Resort (Boswell), Ski Big Bear (Lackawaxen) and Hidden Valley Resort (Somerset). And wait, there's more: you can ski at other resorts across the country with your Shawnee pass, including Ski Cooper in Colorado and Mont du Lac in Wisconsin
Snowtubing: Snowtubing tickets go on sale Dec. 23. Rates start at $32 weekday per person, $45 weekends and holidays. Ticket sales are online only.
Info: Located at 401 Hollow Road, East Stroudsburg. Call 570-421-7231 or head to shawneemt.com. Call 800-233-4218 for the mountain's snow report.
Jack Frost Big Boulder
Jack Frost is slated to open for the season the weekend of Dec. 3, and Big Boulder is slated to open Dec. 17.
The two ski areas, part of Vail Resorts, are set to get unveil some upgrades in the 2022-23 season as part of a $320 million capital plan.
According to a press release, Jack Frost will receive two new lifts next season: One new fixed-grip 4-person chair will replace the B & C lifts and one triple will replace the E & F lifts. Big Boulder will receive a new fixed-grip 4-person chair to replace the Edelweiss Triple. The replacement and consolidation of multiple lifts at both resorts will improve reliability and enhance the overall guest experience.
Lift tickets start at $64 for adult rider day passes, $46 for kids or seniors. Night passes were not available at the time of this story.
Lessons are also available.
JFBB allows riders to purchase customizable season passes that grant access to participating resorts across the country. The customizable pass allows patrons to select the amount of days they'd like, starting at $73 for riders aged 13 and up. Want more trails, holiday access, and country-wide shredding opportunities? Those passes start at $423 for youth riders and $879 for riders 13 and up, for a special discount rate.
Northeast passes include JFBB resorts and more, $511 (ages 18-64), teens (13-17) and seniors (65-79) for $375, and college students (aged 17 and up) for $351.
Last chance to buy season passes at a 20% discount is Sunday. Prices will increase after.
Info: Big Boulder is located at 357 Big Boulder Drive in Lake Harmony. Jack Frost is located at 434 Jack Frost Mountain Road in White Haven. Call 570-443-8425, or head online to jfbb.com for more information.
This article originally appeared on Pocono Record: Some slopes are already open in the Pocono Mountains