Green initiatives on energy efficiency and recycling, new trails, terrain park redesign, and new lifts top the headlines.

"A green-friendly movement headlines the new changes, as the region's ski areas look to improve their recycling initiatives, efficient snow making techniques and reduction of energy use," said Alicia Quinn of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau.

Among the highlights:

[R6R, Alpine Mountain Ski & Ride Center] in Analomink redesigned its terrain park and halfpipe, restocked rentals, and upgraded snowmaking.

[R62R, Blue Mountain Ski Area] in Palmerton has a new trail, Dreamweaver. It's a half-mile long, intermediate level, 100 feet wide, with automated snowmaking and lights throughout. The snowtubing park will have a new conveyor lift doubling uphill capacity, allowing for more tubes and tubing lanes.

[R97R, Camelback] in Tannersville has 110 new low energy snow guns, which will reduce the ski area's energy consumption and eliminate the use of 50,000 gallons of diesel fuel.

[R190R, Jack Frost Mountain] in Blakeslee and [R44R, Big Boulder Ski Area] in Lake Harmony have installed  new snow guns, and converted Big Boulder's Tannenbaum slope to a new terrain park snow lovers will enjoy.

[R356R, Shawnee Mountain] in Shawnee on Delaware has added 10 new electric fan snow guns on the Little Chief Beginners' Area and in the Learning Center. 

[R1465R, Ski Big Bear] at Masthope Mountain, Lackawaxen has installed an additional Magic Carpet lift on the beginner hill.