Pocono Mountains Embraces Learning a Snowsport


Region Teeming with Deals and Promotions in January

Pocono Mountains, PA – A nationwide declaration of “Learn a Snowsport Month” has prompted the Pocono Mountains (800poconos.com) to afford all abilities the chance to enjoy the winter season.  Boasting eight ski areas, employing more than 1,000 instructors and offering equally varied terrain, the four-county region is the ideal place to learn and progress with a snowsport.

“Our region excels at offering exceptional learning programs tailored to all ages, skill levels and abilities,” said Carl Wilgus, president and CEO for the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. “So whether you have never engaged in the activity or it has been a substantial amount of time, there is never a better time to learn than now.”

To encourage more visitors to hit the slopes, many of the eight mountains are offering deeply discounted deals on Learn to Ski or Ride packages this month:

  • Every Friday after 4pm, Alpine Mountain (alpinemountain.com) is offering $25 packages, including lift ticket, lesson, rental and food voucher.*
  • Every Sunday, Blue Mountain Ski Area (skibluemt.com) is offering their visitors half off their “Learn to Ski Program,” which includes lift ticket, lesson and rental for $28.50.*
  • Camelback Mountain Resort (skicamelback.com) is offering an online package for skiers or snowboarders on Tuesdays and Thursdays that includes lift ticket, lesson and rental for $29.*
  • An online coupon for Shawnee Mountain (shawneemt.com) offers patrons a lift ticket, lesson and ski or snowboard rental any day of the month for $59.*
  • Enjoy a 20 percent discount at Ski Big Bear (ski-bigbear.com) with the purchase of five private ski lessons, which can be shared with immediate family members.*

In 2009-10, the winter season — typically viewed as December, January, February and March — accounted for almost 1.5 million skier visits to the Pocono Mountains. These promotional efforts and this year’s new winter campaign, “Life’s Greater in the Pocono Mountains” are expected to provide even more momentum to the Pocono Mountains tourism industry.

Visitors can stay up-to-date with area conditions and receive specials and discounts by texting POCONOSKI to 77950, following PoconoTourism on Twitter or liking the Bureau on Facebook. To learn more about snowsports in the Pocono Mountains visit poconoski.com.

*Note that these packages may include restrictions, limited availability and are subject to change. Contact each individual mountain for specifications.

About the Pocono Mountains

With 2,400 square miles encompassing Pennsylvania’s Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties, the Pocono Mountains region is home to rolling mountain terrain, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, thriving woodlands and 170 miles of winding rivers.  Winters offer guests the opportunity to ski, snowboard, snow tube and even snowshoe their way through snowy wonderlands encompassing over 163 ski trails, while summers also cater to the active traveler allowing exploration of 261miles of hiking and biking trails, over 35 golf courses, whitewater rafting, boating, fishing and open access to nine state and two national parks.

Any time of year is a good time to visit the Pocono Mountains, located within driving distance of most major East Coast cities.  This region teeming with history offers year-round cultural tours and art exhibitions, abundant antiquing and brand-name shopping and a full calendar of festivals showcasing the heritage, music and food of the Pocono Mountains.

Even the most discerning traveler will find comfortable accommodations in the Pocono Mountains, which offers an eclectic mix of resorts, distinctive properties and quaint, country inns and bed and breakfasts.

Pocono Mountains visitor information is available online at www.800poconos.com or by phone at 800-POCONOS (800-762-6667).  Follow @PoconoTourism on Twitter to stay current with up-to-date information.  Established in 1934, the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is a private, non-profit, membership organization.  The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for the four counties of Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne in northeastern Pennsylvania.