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Ski Your Heart Out in Camelback
By Caitlin Moore

The Poconos in northeastern Pennsylvania might conjure images of lazy lakeside lounging and hiking around hemlock-scented forests, but this area has much more to offer than just warm-weather pursuits. Come winter, Camelback Ski Resort in Tannersville provides a highly suitable set of conditions for all kinds of snow-themed activities.

The largest ski area in the Poconos, Camelback is home to 33 trails and 13 lifts, all lighted to allow for night skiing. This resort is capable of hauling 18,600 people up the mountain per hour, it receives 50 inches of snowfall per year, and to make sure everything is as satisfactory as possible, snowmakers take care of filling in the blanks with all the fresh powdery stuff it takes for true ski-worthiness.

And skiing isn’t the only thing to do; snowboarding has taken the spotlight as the hottest new activity at Camelback. Take lessons if you’ve never done it before, and then try your hand at riding the specially designed half-pipe. You’ll feel the joy of being on the cutting edge of adventure sports as you zoom back down to earth from atop the coolest of boards. Snow tubing is also a fun thrill ride, so be sure to visit the designated tubing zone if you’ve always wanted to try this giggle-inducing activity.

In addition to gear rental shops and ski schools, you’ll also have access to a nursery here at Camelback. This means that the munchkins of the group will stay happy and supervised while the big kids and adults are enjoying the snowy landscape. You’ll find everything to be set up for your convenience here, so feel free to leave your cares behind.

When you’re not barreling your way through the snow drifts, you’ll find the surrounding offerings of Camelback to be just as engaging as your outdoor adventures. Plenty of restaurants will entice you to break your normal-day diet, and a number of outlet stores and specialty shops will certainly turn up a few great souvenirs. Whether you’re traveling with a big group or just that special someone, the available options will be more than acceptable.

One factor you might not have considered yet is lodging. You’d like to stay somewhere close to the hustle and bustle of the ski slopes, but don’t want to give up your fiercely guarded privacy. Vacation is about seeing new things and new people, of course, but at the end of the day you’d like a quiet space to enjoy your companions without any annoying distractions.

If this is the case, then consider renting a vacation home for your Camelback trip. You’ll find dozens of options to choose from, as you’re not the only one who values peace and quiet along with your traveling. A wooden-floored, rustically decorated cabin near all the hotspots you’ll want to visit sounds like a good start, and the master bedroom with private deck makes it all the more appealing. A large kitchen and eating area will invite family bonding, and a game room with a poker table and foosball will be practically too fun to be true.

It’ll be a nice change of pace to let everyone do their own thing on their own schedule after a long day out in the invigorating weather. Whether that entails taking a nap in the back bedroom, watching a movie on the couch, or taking a steamy bubble bath, everyone in your group will be in a good mood. Don’t be surprised if at the end of the night you all end up back together again in the family room, perhaps in front of a roaring fire with cups of cocoa in hand.

Many rentals welcome long-term visitors, so if you’ve been planning to really get away from civilization for a while, this would be a smart choice. And, taking into consideration current gas prices, some property owners are even offering discounts to counterbalance the high cost of traveling.

All in all, renting a vacation property will be a unique experience for you and yours, so don’t hesitate to go online to reserve a Camelback Vacation Rental to elevate your next vacation to higher ground.

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