Snow Guns Fire In Pennsylvania

Spring Skiing at Holiday Valley, New York on April 5, 2010.

Tannersville, PA, Nov. 19--The race to be the first Pennsylvania ski area to open for the 1999-2000 season is now underway. Camelback, Big Boulder, and Jack Frost Mountain all began their snowmaking systems on the evening of Nov. 15.

The monster snowstorm that earlier this week pounded northern Vermont, has made for ideal snowmaking conditions in northeastern Pennsylvania.

"We have one of the largest snowmaking systems in the Mid-Atlantic region," said Sam Newman, president and CEO of Camelback. "We are anxious to put it to use as we prepare to open the ski season and our snowtubing park."

The ski area will use over 1,400 snow guns to start off the ski season at a date in early December yet to be announced.

A smaller arsenal of 220 snow guns will cover Big Boulder and Jack Frost Mountain, only seven miles apart, with enough snow to open on Nov. 26 and Dec. 11 respectively.

"The late John Guresh, an employee of Big Boulder, pioneered the invention of snowmaking in the late 1940's, and in fact, Big Boulder was the first ski area to use snowmaking in a commercial application in 1955," said Dot Trauger, Big Boulder/Jack Frost communications manager.

With winter on the way and the prospect of La Nina's lake-effect snowstorms on the horizon, it shouldn't be too much longer before the Pennsylvanians can hit the snow.