Pennsylvania Ski Resorts Bring Romance to the Slopes this February with Special Deals and Fun Events
Last weekend, I went skiing for the first time. As a girl from the Poconos, it always seemed funny that I had never experienced one of the areas greatest tourist attractions. And now, as a girl living in Philly, I am constantly bombarded with billboards of skiing in the Poconos or hearing people’s stories of their weekend ski getaways to the Poconos. For awhile, there was a giant Poconos ski billboard plastered right outside my apartment window, reminding me every day that I hadn’t experienced the one winter adventure that was drawing everyone up north. This year, it was time to break my ski-less streak and give it a try. With an experienced skier in tow, I trekked to Camelback Mountain Resort in Tannersville and I hit the slopes for the first time. It had its moments of terror (don’t venture off the bunny slope too soon!), but also some moments of exhilaration as I swiveled down the white hills in the early-morning February sun. While I have a lot to learn and a lot to practice, I enjoyed my first ski experience for what it was: a fun way to challenge myself while getting exercise outside in a beautiful natural setting. I look forward to my next time on the slopes!
This month, the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association is enticing snow lovers to hit the slopes, rekindle the romance and take advantage of some sizzling mid-winter specials and events. As many people from the Philadelphia area love to ski and venture out of town to find their next snowy adventure, this list should help to direct any last-minute ski trip plans for Valentine’s Day or otherwise.
From $14 lift tickets to champagne tastings and romantic dinners for two, the Pennsylvania Ski Resorts are a great place to spend time with loved ones and friends. And, the fun doesn’t end after Valentine’s Day; many of the resorts have a full calendar of events planned all month-long.
VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIALS AT PENNSYLVANIA SKI AREA RESORTS
- Blue Knob Resort, Claysburg
Valentine’s Day Lift Ticket Special
Tuesday, February 14, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Nothing says “I Love You” like spending some quality time on the chairlift and making turns with your Valentine! Blue Knob Resort will be offering a full-day lift ticket for $14 and some special chocolates for you and your sweetie.
- Blue Mountain Resort, Palmerton
Tuesday, February 14
Valentine’s Day Lift Ticket Special & Sweetheart Dinner Menu
Spend the day on the slopes with your special someone followed by a romantic dinner for two. Blue Mountain Resort will be offering a $14 (4)-hour lift ticket special. In addition, Slopeside Pub & Grill will feature a special “Sweetheart Menu” and complimentary chocolate covered strawberries from 5 p.m. – 9.m. For reservations call (610) 824-1557.
- Mystic Mountain, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington
Tuesday, February 14
Valentine’s Day Champagne Dinner at Lautrec
Lautrec restaurant will feature a special Valentine’s Day four-course dinner with champagne. And, Champagne Specialist Chris Bagetta will be hosting tastings for the evening. Not only will guests be treated to exceptional champagnes that will highlight each course within the menu, Chris Bagetta will share the rich history of each taste and stories of how champagne developed. The event begins with passed hors d’oeuvres and guests will dine on four specially made courses that will be paired perfectly. View Menu online: http://www.nemacolin.com/events-calendar#Event_780. For reservations, please contact a resort reservations specialist at (866) 344-6957.
- Roundtop Mountain Resort, Lewisberry
Tuesday, February 14
Valentine’s Day Ski and Dinner Package
Couples looking for a romantic getaway can ski the night away at Roundtop Mountain Resort. Priced at $99 per couple, The Valentine’s Day Special includes two night lift tickets, choice of two entrees or the special for two in the Fireside Pub and Grill and childcare for up to two kids until 10 pm. The Fireside Special for Two includes appetizer or dessert, butterflied shrimp with crabmeat, beef medallions, roasted potato medley, salad greens tossed with raspberry vinaigrette, plus two “Love Potion” cocktails. For more information or to make a reservation call (717) 432-9631.
FEBRUARY 2017 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
- Bear Creek Mountain Resort, Lehigh Valley
Bear Creek will feature live entertainment throughout the resort including music at The Grille on Tuesdays and a whole evening of entertainment at The Trails End every Saturday. This season, mid-week is very affordable for college students, club members, military, and fire department employees with $22 all-day lift tickets on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays. For more information, visit, www.bcmountainresort.com.
- Camelback Mountain Resort, Tannersville
Saturday, February 18
“Freezin’ For A Reason” Polar Bear Plunge
Camelback Mountain will host a polar plunge to benefit the New Jersey Special Olympics on February18. At 4 p.m. skiers can head into Thirsty Camel to rock out with Digital Getdown until 8 p.m. and have a chance to win some great prizes with special auctions & raffles. To join the Camelback plunge team, visit, www.goplunge.com.
- Jack Frost Big Boulder Resort, Blakeslee
Saturday, February 25, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ski for the Cure
Jack Frost presents Ski for the Cure, Breast Cancer Awareness Day to benefit Susan G. Komen, for the Cure, NEPA. Activities include pledge ski-a-thon, timed race gates, dedication run, raffle, tricky tray, and more.
For further information call Bernie at (570) 443-8425 X 2671.
- Liberty Mountain Resort, Carroll Valley
Saturday, February 18
Tap Takeover at Eagle and The Owl
Watch out because some local breweries are taking over the taps at Eagle and The Owl. Starting in January, every other Friday, one of the area’s favorite local breweries will be taking over to spotlight their best and bring the fun along with them. Whether you are stopping in to win some cool gear, meet a distiller or find a new favorite drink, this is a bar event you won’t want to miss. On February 18 Roy-Pitz Brewing Company (Chambersburg, PA) will be bringing some of their favorites and maybe even a specialty brew or two. For more information, visit, www.libertymountainresort.com.
- Montage Mountain, Scranton
Friday, February 17
Find it Friday!
Five red plastic “Dynamite Sticks” with yellow pull cords are hidden on the mountain in the morning, and then five more are put out for 5:30 p.m. Find a red stick & come to guest services with it to claim your prize! Prizes include a Winter Season Membership, Summer Season Membership, Air Boarding Vouchers, Snow Tubing Vouchers, Regal Movie Tickets, Montage swag & dozens of Krispy Kreme Donuts! For more information visit, www.MontageMountainResorts.com.
Saturday, February 18
Fireworks & Torchlight Parade
The annual Pyro – Musical Fireworks Display & Torch Light Parade will take place right in front of the lodge. There will be live entertainment inside the bar from 1 – 5 p.m. Window views of the slopes are available inside the Slocum Hollow Bar & Restaurant for keeping warm, enjoying a bite to eat, and watching the awesome display that is put on each year. Free admission, but a lift ticket IS required to be on the snow! For more information, visit, www.MontageMountainResorts.com
- Shawnee Mountain, East Stroudsburg
Sunday, February 26
Shawnee Winter Carnival
Sponsored by Shawnee Mountain and Coca-Cola, this event will include fun activities and is open to all. Skiing demonstrations, several food vendors, giveaways, outdoor BBQ, entertainment and après ski party are scheduled. For more information, visit, www.shawneemt.com.
- Ski Big Bear, Lackawaxen
Ski Big Bear will feature live music at the Summit every Saturday night in February, starting at 7:30 p.m., for more information, visit, www.ski-bigbear.com.
Monday, February 20
Kids Ski For Free Day!
Kids 15 and under Ski for FREE this day! (Kids 15 and under get lift tickets FREE this day. Rentals are regular price.) The resort has extended hours on this Monday from 10am-9pm. Provide the resort your kids names and they will put them in a drawing to win a FREE SEASON PASS for the current ski season. For more information, visit, www.skisawmill.com.
For more information on the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association and upcoming events, visit www.SkiPA.com.
About Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association
The Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association (PSAA), consisting of member ski areas statewide, is a non-profit association that was developed to promote and serve the Pennsylvania Ski Industry. PSAA works to encourage participation and enjoyment of skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and cross country skiing in Pennsylvania.