Low estimates that the Tannersville, Pa., resort invested well over $750,000 into the effort in advance of the 2006/07 season. Improvement included bulldozing and widening the Rhodo Terrain Park on Rhododendron Glen, adding snowmaking equipment and features and carving an entire new pipe.
Along with the existing pipe on Laurel Glade, Camelback opened a 14 foot walled pipe on Oak Grove. Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., the 300 foot long pipe covers over two acres of terrain.
The commitment to bigger and better pipes and parks at Camelback reflects the changing demands of their clientele.
"There's a sizable amount of skiers and riders who don't care so much about who's got the best high-speed quad as they do about who's got the best parks, pipes and features," explained Low.
"We want to stay on the leading edge."
The Pocono resort has also teamed with Burton Snowboards, participating in the snowboarding iconoclast's Progression Park Program. The program requires mountains to have both a learning and an advanced park and Camelback has been happy to oblige.
Beginner and intermediate park skiers and riders can hone their skills at the Progressive Park and Pipe located on Laurel Glade. The park consists of a rainbow box, flat down box, 16 foot flat box, up to flat box, 3 hits and 3 picnic tables.
The Laurel Glade pipe comes in at six feet high and 250 feet long and, for your listening pleasure, the entire park is equipped with a sound system to keep the beats flowing and you throwing down.
Also new for this season the mountain has implemented a pass system for the advanced pipes and parks.
The passes are free, but mandatory if you want to hit the Rhodo park or the new Oak Grove pipe.
According to Low, the pass system helps cut down on maintenance along with the risk of injury that accompanies hucking oneself 15 feet above the pipe walls.
But, when necessary, Camelback has the maintenance aspect of pipe propriety under control with a newly purchased Zaugg pipe groomer direct from Switzerland. Low said the mountain tries to re-cut the pipes twice a week.
And if you'd like a few pointers on the proper way to hit the pipe before dropping in, Camelback offers terrain park and halfpipe lessons for both skiers and snowboarders.