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How We Make Our Own Winter Wonderland in the Poconos

  
  
  
  
  
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Anyone living on the Atlantic seaboard can expect snow during the winter season, but exactly how much is the million-dollar question! The Pocono region generally sees an average of about 55 inches of powder per year with the occasional blizzard spiking that total every so often.

But what happens when Mother Nature doesn't cooperate? Snow has been fallen and melted with little to no consistency thus far in 2014. Inconsistency! Today alone, we are going to be shifting from 40 degrees and rainy to bone dry conditions well-below ZERO degrees with windchill!  With some of our busiest guest counts of the year, all of whom were expecting a "winter wonderland," what ever could we do to cope with Mother Nature's shenanigans?

The answer: WE MAKE IT SNOW! That's right, since 1991, Woodloch has been manufacturing piles and piles of artificial snow to keep our guests happy all season long. Once temperatures consistently reach 20 degrees and below, we fire up our snow guns and magically transform a blank canvas of grass into a towering mountain of white. Woodloch sculpts their own snow tube runs!

We get a lot of questions on our snow-making operation so we thought we'd give you the behind-the-scenes scoop on the magic!

  • Woodloch has three "snow guns" similar to those found at ski resorts. At peak operation, they transform 60 to 70 gallons of water into snow per minute!
  • With ideal conditions, i.e. very low temperatures and humidity, the guns can make more than enough snow to fill four triaxle dumptrucks in eight hours!
  • Our "Snow Cat," which resembles a bulldozer and a tank, is used by our staff to craft our tube runs. It is also used throughout the season for one to two hours a day grooming our runs.
  • On average, we need about 10 solid nights of snowmaking to have enough powder to manufacture our tube runs. In total, it takes us about two weeks to manufacture and sculpt our tube runs!
  • Water for the runs is supplied to us by both Lake Teedyuskung and our private water tower.
  • The snow will typically stay with us through the winter season as long as temperatures aren't unseasonably warm. The last of it is pushed in the lake around the start of April. If it wasn't, the massive quantities would linger on the beachfront until about May!
Our snowmaking operation is a neverending effort to keep both of our snow tube runs open for as long as conditions permit!  The "Cats" also groom and sculpt our Olympic areas so we can keep the fun going all winter long!

If you haven't yet had the chance to see these mechanical marvels in action, you have the perfect opportunity right now! Round up your friends and family, and grab a snow tube ... I'll race you to the bottom! We can't wait to see you this winter!!

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Digging Out of the Snow at Woodloch

  
  
  
  
  
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Earlier this week, to the dismay of some and delight of many, Woodloch Pines Resort guests and staff were greeted by snow! The first significant amount we've gotten this winter, this is a definite reminder of the inevitable: the winter season is upon us.

While snow and wintery conditions are not new given the resort's location in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, people often wonder what happens after they get "snowed in" at Woodloch after a storm. The answer, quite simply, is: fun!

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Whether it's snowtubing, Winter Olympics, ice skating, or a breathtaking ride in the go carts, the fun doesn't stop no matter what Mother Nature is doing outside. Guests can experience activities that are open year-round, as well as seasonal ones that become available as soon as the weather turns colder. Woodloch is an ideal winter destination due to the sheer number of things to do at the Poconos resort.

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Behind the scenes, the Woodloch Landscaping Department ensures that all guests can take part in these activities in the safest environment possible. As soon as a snow storm hits, these tireless individuals are outside on the Pines property clearing the bus route and main walkways -- all before breakfast. "Getting the main roads and walkways are the first priority," says Tim Mohn, Landscaping Supervisor. "Afterwards, the side roads, parking lots, and nature trail take second priority." Overall, it takes ten people about six or seven hours to get Woodloch back into perfect, pre-storm shape. Because of this, navigating the resort grounds is no problem due to the care taken to make sure everything is passable. Even the snowtube runs are groomed daily!

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So to recap: Do not fear the snow; come play in it at Woodloch!

WEIRD WEATHER? WOODLOCH'S STILL WONDERFUL! PART 1

  
  
  
  
  
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As I stare outside the window of the office right now, I am perplexed. The sky is crystal clear, and even though it's only about 40 degrees, the abundant sunshine conjures up thoughts of springtime. These thoughts rarely, if ever, cross my mind in the month of February in Pennsylvania. But I'll take it. golf hotel packages, luxury spa

Though this has been one of the strangest winters on record for the Pocono mountains, there is a silver lining in all of this craziness. We are fortunate to have the ability to make snow, so even though it has been a dry winter, our main snow tube run and Olympic area are still covered in powder and available for tubing and sledding. Enjoy the country air as family and friends take trip after trip down our snow-covered moguls!

You can't exactly snowshoe through our scenic nature trails right now, but that gives you the perfect opportunity to take a scenic hike down the very same paths! There's a serene beauty to the woods that remains even when the last of the leaves tumbles to the ground in autumn. Or hit the tiny links and get some miniature golf practice in . . . with this gorgeous weather, golf season could be closer than you think! Batting Cages remain open, perfect for pre-spring training!class trips, poconos hotel

As always, Woodloch's great selection of amenities will be available to you, including our go-carts, bumper car complex, rifle range, our indoor children's playground and more. And all of this is just a fraction of the great value you will gain by staying with us this season. There is a plethora of exciting games, tournaments, and entertainment, both indoors and out. This will leave you saying, "man, I wish I had one more day!"  . . . which of course you are always welcome to book with us!

If you overlook expectations of what winter in Northeast PA is "supposed" to be like, you will find that this weather pattern is, in fact, a real treat. No shivering, shaking, or messy travel - just smiles. 

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Family Fun with Woodloch's Winter Olympics!

  
  
  
  
  
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As a lifelong resident of the Pocono Mountains, I have to say that this has been one of the most bizarre winters that I can remember. It started off with a Halloween mini-blizzard which ushered in almost a foot of snow, followed by a solid two and a half months of . . . nothing. And I do mean nothing. I have always expected at least some powder on the grounds in January, but the grass is still remarkably green. 

Yet when you come to visit us here at Woodloch Pines, we find a way to bring winter, even if Mother Nature has other plans! During the few cold snaps we've had, we stockpiled mountains of snow for the situation. And every time temperatures permit, we make more.

Thankfully after New Years, we were able to have our first Winter Olympics by the lakefront. Events are new and unique as always. This year incorporates the use of "double-tubes," fun with frisbees in our "Kan Jam" event, bowling in the snow, and cramming your entire team into one of our giant tubes! (Quite honestly, I'm rather envious that I am working these events while everybody around me is having an absolute blast!) As always, top teams are awarded the coveted Woodloch medals. And of course there's always the consolation prize of hot chocolate by a warm fireplace. 

From the outside looking in, I can understand how some of our new guests may be a bit intimidated. The best advice I could give new friends is NOT to be bashful with these games. I have worked here for 14 years now and have NEVER seen anyone walk away without a smile, even if your team comes in dead last! The true "Spirit of the Woodloch Games" lies in the fact that we strengthen family bonds and meet new friends playing these crazy games, in both success and the occasional failure. Being open-minded and trying our games will bring out the best in everyone around you.

Like everything here at Woodloch, a blog article really does not do these games or the resort itself justice. This truly is a vacation, or rather an experience, that needs to be felt firsthand. 

Where is the best Poconos skiing?

  
  
  
  
  
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It’s truly amazing how quickly Mother Nature can change her mind.  Here I was happily enjoying the fall season in the Poconos, watching the leaves change, getting ready for Halloween and Thanksgiving and then…I had to shovel snow.  Snow, you say?  You better believe it.  I wasn’t even to Halloween yet before the first major snow storm of the “season” hit, dropping about a foot of snow on the area.  Truly amazing, indeed.  Even though this was abnormal, it still got me thinking about this upcoming winter. 

Wintertime is perfect for some Poconos skiing and snowboarding, some of the best activities to do on those cold and snowy days.  If anyone is looking for an all-inclusive ski or snowboard package, plus have the added bonus of many different other activities at their fingertips, Woodloch Pines is the place to be.  Woodloch enjoys a unique relationship with Ski Big Bear, located about ten minutes away from the resort property. 

Ski Big Bear is an ideal destination for any skier, whether novice or expert, and provides the same level of hospitality that people have become accustomed to at Woodloch.  I consider myself a perpetual novice, and take it from me, Mast Hope Mountain is an excellent place to learn.  Whether it’s the helpful staff, the bunny slop with the magic carpet, or the many different trails with varying difficulty, everyone is bound to have a good time.  It’s Poconos skiing at its finest.  If you’re looking for some information on the basics of skiing, I found a great article that will provide some needed information. 

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After hitting the slopes for the day, nothing is better than returning to a warm and cozy accommodation at Woodloch.  Woodloch provides some excellent all-inclusive Ski ‘N’ Stay packages to satisfy every member of the family.  For days when you might not be skiing or before and after you go skiing, the full-service resort that is Woodloch can keep everyone entertained and happy.  Whether it’s the onsite snow tubing, ice skating, go carts, bumper cars, or indoor pool complex to the over two dozen daily planned activities, there is plenty keep you and your loved ones busy.  Top it off at night with some family-friendly evening entertainment and your day will be complete.  If it’s your first Ski ‘N’ Stay package, or you might be looking for a nice checklist of what you’ll need, be sure to check this page out .  Just remember, if Mother Nature hands you snow, go skiing!

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