It's still early fall, but skiers and riders across the land are beginning to look forward to winter with the anticipation that builds from last year's record season. They're checking out their equipment, stepping up fitness regimes, and thinking about lift tickets and season passes.
Alpine Mountain in Analomink, Penn., has an Adult Season Pass for $399 if bought before Nov. 30; it goes up to $499 after Dec. 1. A Junior/Senior Season Pass costs $299 before Nov. 30, then $360. A Student Season Pass costs $199 before Nov. 30, then $249. A Child Pass (under 5) costs $139.
Alpine Mountain has three chairs, 21 trails, a snow terrain park, a snowtubing park, and a halfpipe. The area aims to open on Dec. 1, weather permitting.
Ski Big Bear in Lackawaxen, Penn., offers season passes for $225 if purchased by Nov. 15. Season passes cost $250 from Nov. 16 to Dec. 13, and $275 after Dec. 14.
Ski Big Bear reports that it is installing an additional Magic Carpet lift on the beginner hill, increasing and improving snowmaking capacity, and updating the terrain park.
The area has three chairs, two magic carpets, 15 trails, and a terrain park.
The two ski areas are in the Pocono Mountains, an area of small communities in northeastern Pennsylvania. Pocono means "stream between two mountains," and takes its name from the Delaware River, which flows there. The Lehigh and Lackawaxen rivers also run through the region.