Ski areas looking to open by December, if temperatures allow


EAST STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Some people are happy about the recent warm temperatures in NEPA, but for others, it’s delaying business.

The Poconos is known for its winter storms and ski resorts, but sometimes the forecast doesn’t follow corporate.

“It’s the Poconos, you expect this type of weather,” said Robyn Sengelaub, Manager of The Loft.

“Some years have really early openings, some years we have really late openings, it’s just up to mother nature,” explained Rachel Wyckoff, Marketing Director for Shawnee Mountain.

As early as Monday, Shawnee Mountain will start blowing snow if the temps stay cold enough. Getting skiers and snowboarders excited to get on the lift.

Rachel Wyckoff works at Shawnee Mountain and says they’re not worried about the fluctuating temperatures.

She also says if the forecast cooperates, the resort could open in two weeks.

Last year the ski resort welcomed guests in mid-December and had a huge turnout of old and new customers.

“I think last year we saw an uptick, I think a lot of people felt more comfortable outside and wanted to venture outside. So they bought a lesson because they wanted to learn, so there was a lot of beginners last year,” Wyckoff said.

Robyn Sengelaub works at a ski and snowboard shop near Camelback Resort and is looking forward to the colder temperatures.

“Probably more towards mid-December it might get a little bit colder, maybe the mountain will start blowing snow, hopefully.”

If the ski area is able to start blowing snow it could be opened as early as the first week of December. Shawnee says last year they had a great turnout and hope for the same for this year.

The Loft is a ski and snowboard shop near Camelback and sells new and used gear. They said their business has been great all year and the warm temperatures aren’t surprising as the season opener varies each year. 

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