Winter weather means business boom for resorts in the Poconos

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MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Families are packing up and making their way to the Poconos as many schools are closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday.

Great Wolf Lodge has lots of guests checking in ready to start their holiday weekend. We spoke with lodge officials and another resort about if the snow and cold will affect business.

Playing in the pool days away from a snowstorm. That’s what many guests here at great wolf lodge are enjoying.

“What’s great is once you arrive, you really don’t leave here, right? We have an indoor water park, all the fun activities. So, guests seem to get snowed in here which is a great opportunity for them,” stated Brieanna Ruggia, Assistant General Manager at Great Wolf Lodge Poconos.

The lodge has already sold out of all 401 rooms for the holiday weekend.

Ruggia tells us with snow and cold temps on the way their number one priority is guests driving to the Poconos safely.

“We always look to reschedule any reservation, safety is first. So, if somebody doesn’t feel comfortable, they just give us a call directly and we work hand in hand with them and what’s best to accommodate their family,” explained Ruggia. 

Another resort in the Poconos relishes in the snow.

“MLK weekend is one of our biggest weekends on the mountain and we really got the snowmaking done just in time. So today we’re open with 34 out of our 40 trails and we’re the most open in PA,” said Ashley Seier, Director of Marketing at Blue Mountain Ski Resort.

Seier says the mountain is looking forward to some fresh snow on the slopes and the weather is a great kick-off for the season.

“We have a huge Philadelphia market, so you know I think they’re probably a little worried about traveling up here this weekend, but we’re going to keep everything rolling and we’ll still be open regardless of the weather and we’re excited about it,” stated Seier.

Penny Johnson tells us she loves to ski and is excited for the expected snow Sunday.

“It’s really fun to play in and I really like chasing my dog in it,” said Johnson.

Blue Mountain officials tell us due to COVID restrictions, skiers and snowboarders must buy their tickets online. To buy your tickets click here.

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