Camelback Mountain Resort

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Camelback Ski Area
On the "Little Caesar" trail
On the "Little Caesar" trail
LocationPocono Township / Jackson Township, Monroe County, near Tannersville, Pennsylvania, USA
Nearest cityScranton
Coordinates41°03′05″N 75°21′19″W / 41.05139°N 75.35528°W / 41.05139; -75.35528
Vertical800 feet (240 m)
Top elevation2,133 feet (650 m)
Skiable area166 acres (0.67 km2)
Runs35 trails
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg 39% Beginner
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg 26% More Difficult
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg 26% Most Difficult
Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg 9% Expert
Longest run"Nile Mile" – 5,280 feet (1,610 m)
Lift system16 2 high-speed detachable quad chairlifts, 3 triple chairlifts, 5 double chairlifts, 4 Surface lifts, 2 Tubing Surface Lifts
Terrain parks2
Snowfall50 in/yr (1.27 m/yr)
Websitehttp://www.skicamelback.com

Camelback Mountain Resort is a ski and snowboard resort located in the Pocono Mountains region in Pocono Township and Jackson Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, adjacent to, and partially within Big Pocono State Park. In the 1950s when developers were working to expand the original solitary ski run, they negotiated with the then PA DER for permission to use a small portion of the state park for the ski area in exchange for $1 a year and the obligation to maintain the entire park.

Camelback Ski Area in the Winter.

Camelback Mountain (Big Pocono) itself reaches an elevation of 2,133 feet (650 m). There are 166 acres (67 hectares) of skiing & snowboarding terrain; the mountains have a total of 35 slopes (the longest of which is 1 mile(1,609 m), namely, the Nile Mile) and features a vertical drop of 800 ft (244 m), 15 lifts, including 2 high speed detachable chairlifts; the Sullivan Express and Stevenson Express, both quads. It is the largest ski resort in the Poconos. It has two terrain parks, the larger of which is now accessible only by ascertaining a park pass. Camelback also has the only Half Pipe in the Pocono Mountains. Camelback is also a member of the Burton Learn to Ride Program with a Learn To Ride Center, Freestyle Learn To Ride center, Women's Learn To Ride Center and Children's Learn to Ride Center. The resort was opened in December 1963. The mountain summit receives an average of 50 in (127 cm) of snowfall each winter. It has minimal snowmaking facilities on ski slopes, primarily relying on portable snow guns to create snow, and is 100% lit for night skiing.[1]

Aerial View of Camelback Mountain Resort.

The resort also features an indoor and outdoor water park, called Camelbeach. The indoor park is open year-round while the outdoor park is open only in the summer. Camelbeach includes over 37 waterslides (the most in Pennsylvania), including four body slides, a mat slide, five tube slides and four raft rides, in addition to a 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) wave pool, lazy river, a children's play area, and a full-sized competition pool. Since 2006, Camelbeach also features the FlowRider, a wave riding pool for surfing and boogie boarding.

A newer addition to Camelback Mountain Resort is Camelback Mountain Adventures. It includes Treetop Adventure courses, 1,000 ft (300 m) of zipline, 4,000 ft (1,200 m) ZipFlyer, Mountain Segways, Disc Golf, and a 4500' Mountain Coaster. Within Camelback Mountain Adventures, they also offer Adventure Zone activities of Climbing Wall, EuroBungee, and a Freefall Airbag Jump. Soon to be added to Camelback Mountain Adventures is an Alpine Slide. Camelback Mountain Adventures is open from June to November.

In May 2015 Camelback opened their hotel resort, Camelback Resort and Indoor Waterpark. Their waterpark, known as Aquatopia, was voted the #1 Indoor Waterpark in the country by USA Today for 2015.

Camelback Mountain Resort is 2 miles (3.2 km) from Pinemere Camp, and about 45 miles (72 km) north of Allentown, Pennsylvania.[2][3]

Camelback invested in their educational ski and snowboard programs. They use the marketing term, Learn Here, Learn Right.[4]

The Trails[edit]

  • The Birches, an Advanced Novice ski run Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
  • King Tut, an Intermediate run Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
  • The Hump, Expert Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg
  • The Asp Black Diamond
  • The Rocket Black Diamond
  • Marje's Delight Black Diamond
  • The Dromedary Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
  • Big Pocono Run Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
  • Upper Cleopatra Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
  • Marc Anthony Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
  • Julius Caesar Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
  • Little Caesar Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
  • Laurel Glade Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
  • Coolmoor Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
  • The Meadows Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
  • John Bailey Black Diamond
  • Sulivan's Trail Black Diamond
  • The Sphinx Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
  • Honeymoon Lane Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
  • Home Again Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
  • Lower Cleopatra Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
  • Sunbowl Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
  • Oak Grove Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
  • Turkey Trot Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
  • Upper Moore's Ramble Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
  • Lower Moore's Ramble Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg
  • Pocono Raceway Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
  • The Pharaoh Black Diamond
  • The Bactrian Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
  • Cliffhanger Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg
  • Near East Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
  • The Nile Mile Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg
  • Basilisk Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg

Climate[edit]

According to the Trewartha climate classification system, Camelback Mountain Resort has a Temperate Continental (Dc) Climate with warm summers (b), cold winters (o) and year-around precipitation. Dcbo climates are characterized by at least one month having an average mean temperature ≤ 32.0 °F (0 °C), four to seven months with an average mean temperature ≥ 50.0 °F (10 °C), all months with an average mean temperature < 72.0 °F (22 °C) and no significant precipitation difference between seasons. During the summer months at Camelback Mountain Resort, episodes of extreme heat and humidity can occur with heat index values ≥ 90 °F (32 °C) at the summit and ≥ 95 °F (35 °C) at the base. The annual peak in thunderstorm activity is July. During the winter months, episodes of extreme cold and wind can occur with wind chill values < −20 °F (−29 °C). The plant hardiness zone is 6a with an average annual extreme minimum air temperature of −9.4 °F (−23 °C) at the summit and −8.1 °F (−22 °C) at the base.[5] The average seasonal (Oct-Apr) snowfall total is 69.8 inches (177.3 cm) at the summit and 57.1 inches (145.0 cm) at the base. Ice storms and large snowstorms depositing ≥ 12 inches (30 cm) of snow are somewhat common, particularly during nor’easters from December through March.


Climate data for Camelback Summit (Elevation: 1992 ft (607 m))
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 31.4
(−0.3)
34.9
(1.6)
42.6
(5.9)
55.5
(13.1)
66.5
(19.2)
74.1
(23.4)
78.4
(25.8)
76.6
(24.8)
69.8
(21.0)
58.1
(14.5)
47.0
(8.3)
35.5
(1.9)
56.0
(13.3)
Daily mean °F (°C) 23.1
(−4.9)
26.1
(−3.3)
33.2
(0.7)
45.2
(7.3)
55.8
(13.2)
64.0
(17.8)
68.5
(20.3)
67.1
(19.5)
60.3
(15.7)
48.9
(9.4)
38.9
(3.8)
28.0
(−2.2)
46.7
(8.2)
Average low °F (°C) 14.8
(−9.6)
17.3
(−8.2)
23.8
(−4.6)
34.8
(1.6)
45.1
(7.3)
53.9
(12.2)
58.7
(14.8)
57.6
(14.2)
50.7
(10.4)
39.5
(4.2)
30.9
(−0.6)
20.5
(−6.4)
37.4
(3.0)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.97
(101)
3.36
(85)
4.02
(102)
4.68
(119)
4.81
(122)
5.31
(135)
4.47
(114)
4.51
(115)
5.51
(140)
5.31
(135)
4.48
(114)
4.54
(115)
54.97
(1,396)
Average relative humidity (%) 72.9 67.5 64.4 61.4 64.0 73.1 73.0 76.0 76.8 73.8 72.8 75.0 70.9
Average dew point °F (°C) 15.7
(−9.1)
16.8
(−8.4)
22.5
(−5.3)
32.7
(0.4)
43.8
(6.6)
55.2
(12.9)
59.5
(15.3)
59.3
(15.2)
53.0
(11.7)
40.9
(4.9)
30.9
(−0.6)
21.1
(−6.1)
37.6
(3.1)
Source: PRISM[6]


Climate data for Camelback Base (Elevation: 1355 ft (413 m))
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 33.0
(0.6)
36.5
(2.5)
44.2
(6.8)
57.1
(13.9)
68.1
(20.1)
75.8
(24.3)
79.9
(26.6)
78.2
(25.7)
71.4
(21.9)
59.8
(15.4)
48.5
(9.2)
37.1
(2.8)
57.6
(14.2)
Daily mean °F (°C) 24.8
(−4.0)
27.6
(−2.4)
34.7
(1.5)
46.1
(7.8)
56.7
(13.7)
64.9
(18.3)
69.2
(20.7)
67.8
(19.9)
61.0
(16.1)
49.5
(9.7)
39.8
(4.3)
29.1
(−1.6)
47.7
(8.7)
Average low °F (°C) 16.7
(−8.5)
18.7
(−7.4)
25.1
(−3.8)
35.0
(1.7)
45.3
(7.4)
54.0
(12.2)
58.5
(14.7)
57.3
(14.1)
50.5
(10.3)
39.2
(4.0)
31.2
(−0.4)
21.2
(−6.0)
37.8
(3.2)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.97
(101)
3.36
(85)
4.03
(102)
4.69
(119)
4.84
(123)
5.34
(136)
4.49
(114)
4.54
(115)
5.53
(140)
5.33
(135)
4.48
(114)
4.54
(115)
55.14
(1,401)
Average relative humidity (%) 73.4 67.7 64.6 59.8 62.2 71.1 71.0 74.0 75.2 72.1 71.4 74.2 69.7
Average dew point °F (°C) 17.5
(−8.1)
18.3
(−7.6)
24.0
(−4.4)
32.9
(0.5)
43.9
(6.6)
55.3
(12.9)
59.4
(15.2)
59.2
(15.1)
53.1
(11.7)
40.9
(4.9)
31.3
(−0.4)
21.9
(−5.6)
37.6
(3.1)
Source: PRISM[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ David G. Allan (January 28, 2009). "Camelback Mountain Resort". The New York Times. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  2. ^ Peterson's (1994). Summer Jobs USA 1995. Peterson's. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  3. ^ Paul Robbins (January 1995). Cheap Sleeperies '95; Camelback, Pennsylvania – Pinemere. Skiing. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  4. ^ Dave Belin (January 9, 2014). "Top 4 Places to Learn to Ski and Snowboard". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  5. ^ "USDA Interactive Plant Hardiness Map". United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University". Retrieved August 14, 2019.

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