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The largest ski and snowboard resort in the Poconos of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

A snowy weekend recap

The latest snowstorm to hit BeltwayLand happened (for the most part) while I was in the Poconos skiing with my wife. We were at Camelback and it is pretty much the same as it always is except that my favorite slope, the Nile Mile has been changed to a blue square from a double green circle. That makes a lot of sense to me, the slope is not too hard, but is not easy either. I love attacking that hill, it take me about five minutes to get down when I really push myself.

Oh and we finally hit Yocco’s for their hot dogs on the return trip.

On the way back, we hit snow at about the Mid-County interchange of the Northeast Extension (I-476) and yet saw no snow removal equipment. As we got onto I-95 the conditions were quite slushy, until we hit Maryland. Let me praise the Maryland Transportation Authority for the superior job they did on the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway section of I-95 — the conditions were exceptional given the weather. We could comfortably go over 50 m.p.h. DelDot and PennDot, you blew it. The former I expected, despite numerous boasts about Pennsylvania’s snow-readiness by expatriates when compared to BeltwayLand, to do much better. For shame PennDot, for shame. Delaware, most I-95 is a toll road in your state, so you don’t have any excuses either.

Back in Northern Virginia, I did not get a chance to measure the snow. Sorry internet, I know how much you like photos of rulers in snow. I did take my son sledding at my folks house in Vienna though. That was pretty sweet. Grandee got to pull her grandson around the block in a little red sled too.

It looks like we’re in for more snow later this week (Capital Weather Gang), so I’ll be better about the ruler everybody.

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Places I have skiied

Over the years, I have been skiing about thirty times in three different states. Here is a quick rundown of places I have been and my ratings for them. The scale increases from green circle to black diamond .

COLORADO

Eldora (1) – Easily the best I’ve skied because it is in Colorado.

MARYLAND

Wisp (1) — Maryland’s only ski resort was pretty good when I went in middle school.

PENNSYLVANIA

Big Boulder (17) – My home ski area through two semesters of skiing at Penn State Hazleton. Unfortunately, a lot of the best slopes have been turned into snowboard slopes :(, but it is still pretty good for an intermediate skiier like myself.

Jack Frost (1) – A surprisingly good little ski area. The lodge is at the top of the mountain.

Camelback (2) – My favorite Poconos resort, large and full of some great runs. I especially like the Nile Mile run.

Snö Mountain nee Montage (1) – I went there once, only once while in college. They had $10 lift tickets on Friday nights for students. What was I thinking only going once?

Liberty Mountain nee Ski Liberty (2) — A little better than Roundtop; at least it is in the mountains, though only the Catoctins, the front range of the Blue Ridge.

Ski Roundtop (2) – Seemingly only suitable for kids learning to ski or people who live within a 20 mile radius. Not worth the drive from here.

Whitetail (3) — The best resort I’ve been to that is close to D.C. Not bad for a spur of the moment trip.

Hopefully, I get to one of these, ideally Camelback, a week from Saturday.

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