Pocono Mountains' Participates in Learn to Ski Month this January

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Ski resorts offer many options for beginner skiers and boarders.

A child learns to ski in the Pocono Mountains. Photo courtesy of 800poconos.com.

“The Pocono Mountains has seven major ski resorts with over 1,000 instructors with a range of expertise for all ages and abilities." - David West, Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau vice president of sales and marketing

January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Several ski resorts in the Pocono Mountains will join in the nationwide effort to get people outside and to enjoy snow sports this season.

“The Pocono Mountains has seven major ski resorts with over 1,000 instructors with a range of expertise for all ages and abilities,” explains David West, Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau vice president of sales and marketing. “That is an excellent student to teacher ratio. Each ski area has family-friendly facilities and trails ranging from beginner to expert ensuring everyone in the family a chance to learn and build confidence as a skier and snowboarder.”

The Pocono Mountains boasts seven ski areas, with more than 185 trails, including terrain parks. The trail breakdown is 35% Beginner/Novice, 32% Intermediate and 33% Expert, making the region ideal for every skill level.

Pocono Mountains ski areas have been perfecting snow-making since its beginning 60 years ago allowing skiers and riders to learn and take pleasure in snow sports even without the cooperation of Mother Nature. Whether the snow is natural or man-made, the conditions are always right for learning.

Learn to Ski Month deals and packages will be offered throughout the region through January and February. Packages vary by resort, but most include lessons, lift tickets and rentals. The effort is to encourage people new to snow sports to take a lesson and for those with experience to share the adventure with family and friends. A list of participating resorts and special packages can be found at poconoski.com.

Families interested in other winter activities in addition to skiing and snowboarding will find plenty to do in the Pocono Mountains. The only natural USA Luge track is at Blue Mountain, and for $10 riders can plunge down a 2,000-foot-long course used for training and recruiting for the USA Luge team. After a few lessons and some practice runs lugers could be ready for the big time, as official USA Ludge coaches are on hand scouting for the next great Olympic luger. Other activities available in the Pocono Mountains include snow shoeing, dog sledding and ice fishing. The region is also home to snowmobiling, tobogganing, horseback riding and two indoor water parks.    

The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau encourages fans to share their favorite winter recreation activities in the Pocono Mountains by posting pictures and videos to the Pocono Tourism Facebook page.

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 185 ski trails, while summers also cater to the active traveler allowing exploration of 261 miles of hiking and biking trails, over 30 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 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.

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