Mountain lodging should be as enjoyable an experience as that of skiing and snowboarding. And, the Blue Mountain area near Allentown, PA, seems to have it all.
History of Blue Mountain
Blue Mountain is not only part of the Poconos, it’s located along the line of the Appalachians and is home of the highest vertical in the state at 1082 feet. So, you can also explore the Appalachian Trail while visiting. Sitting within Little Gap Valley, Blue Mountain boasts 164 acres with 39 ski trails, 19 tubing lanes and 16 lifts. Begun as a modest ski area in 1977, it was grandly updated in 1989 to host the most modern skiing terrain and equipment, banquet facilities for parties and conferences and summer-weather sports, such as golfing and disc golf. Weekend skiing and snowboarding programs are expertly managed by USASA and AASI qualified coaches. An Explorer Program for kids under age 12 helps them to become successful on the slopes.
Blue Mountain Lodging Services
Blue Mountain provides the free service of overseeing customers’ skis, poles and boards. Its Valley Lodge has 8 ticket windows and a rental shop with a skiers’ store where you can buy goggles, gloves, and accessories, and where you can pay for beginners skiing or snowboarding lessons held at the nearby Valley School West. Hi-speed lifts are located right outside Valley Lodge, which also offers an ATM and a cafeteria with excellent views of the slopes.
The Summit Lodge is a full-service lodge with ticket windows, a rental shop, two cafeterias with fireplaces, Club 223, and a skiers’ store that sells complete outfits, more than 4,000 shaped skis, and more than 1,000 snowboards. This smoke-free lodge also offers babysitting services and two ATMs to use. It’s the perfect spot to recoup after hours on the slopes.
Lodging Outside Blue Mountain
Blue Mountain offers a host of affordable and unique lodging options outside of the ski area. Just one example of the cozy options available is the Roth House Bed & Breakfast– just one mile from Blue Mountain in Palmerton, PA, at the base of the Pocono Mountains. Home to the present owners’ great-grandfather John I. Roth, the Little Gap Valley’s turn-of-the-century postmaster–was built in 1825. The property itself transformed from a magisterial office and tavern, a general store and the post office. The home and property are made up of themed rooms, a quaint front porch and the relaxing gurgles of a creek, and provides a great place to relax and enjoy the beautiful backdrop of the Poconos.
Blue Mountain has so much to offer skiers and snowboarders, even non-skiers that staying awhile is worth the time and investment. Get discount lift tickets to Blue Mountain, so that you can make the most of every part of your winter getaway to the Poconos.