My first skiing experience in Lehigh Valley, PA

January 13th, 2011 posted by

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Lehigh Valley is covered in snow, which reminds me of the first time I tried skiing. I was in 7th grade when I signed up to go on a ski trip with my church youth group to Bear Creek Mountain Resort (although back then it was called Doe Mountain). As we pulled up to the base of the mountain, which was brightly lit in the night sky, I was in awe  – although now, with all the terrain parks, halfpipe and massive slope-side resort, it’s even more impressive.

After figuring out how to get those rental boots on, I walked out to the man-made-snow-covered mountain holding my rental skis and polls pointing in all directions. I was wearing jeans, my winter coat, some gloves and an ear-warmer. Looking back, I realize I must’ve looked completely clueless. But, wait, it gets better!

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Fun times last weekend in Lehigh Valley

March 25th, 2010 posted by

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For those of you NOT familiar with Steve McDaniel, he’s a great musician who plays around Lehigh Valley. I usually try to see Steve perform when he plays at Five Points Inn in Mount Bethel.  I like to go see him there for two reasons:  1) Five Points is ‘small town’ bar; you can walk in there alone and know that within minutes you’ll see someone to talk to, and 2) it’s not a ‘pricey’ place to spend a night out. So last Friday night, a couple friends and I went to see Steve perform solo at Five Points. As usual, I wasn’t disappointed – by the bar or the performer. He even played several of my favorite songs. I can’t wait to see him again (he’ll be back on April 16).

The other highlight of my weekend was Sunday when some friends and I went to Blue Mountain Ski Area, not to ski or board but to watch their annual pond skimming contest. Each competitor receives two tries to get across the ‘pond’ they build just for the occasion. This was my first time to pond skimming at Blue Mountain, but apparently to shake things up this year, they added a ramp, which seemed to work!

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Bye bye winter! Helloooo spring!

March 19th, 2010 posted by

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Lehigh Valley’s ski and snowboard season is quickly coming to a close, much to the dismay of my snowboard-crazy son. Bear Creek Mountain Resort closed last weekend and Blue Mountain Ski Area will be closing this Sunday.

But not before hosting their annual pond skimming contest at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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First time on skis: a true story

February 26th, 2010 posted by

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Lehigh Valley is covered in snow, which reminds me of the first time I tried skiing. I was in 7th grade when I signed up to go on a ski trip with my church youth group to Bear Creek Mountain Resort (although back then it was called Doe Mountain). As we pulled up to the base of the mountain, which was brightly lit in the night sky, I was in awe  – although now, with all the terrain parks, halfpipe and massive slope-side resort, it’s even more impressive!

After figuring out how to get those rental boots on, I walked out to the man-made-snow-covered mountain holding my pair of rental skis and polls pointing in all directions. I was wearing jeans, my winter coat, some gloves and an ear-warmer. Looking back, I realize I must’ve looked completely clueless! But, wait, it gets better!

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My time spent at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie

January 19th, 2010 posted by

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Last week I attended a SKAL dinner meeting at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie. But all work and no play makes for a boring life, so I made a point to arrive several hours beforemy meeting to go snowtubing, something I had never done at Bear Creek before.

As I wandered up the pathway from Bear Creek’s beautiful lodge to the tubing park, I glanced at my ticket and realized that the tubing park didn’t open until 5:30 p.m., a good half hour away. Luckily, I ran into some of my fellow meeting folks who were heading to The Grille for cocktails so I joined them. The Grille at Bear Creek is very elegant with a fireplace set directly behind the bar. It has the feeling of an out West kind of place with stone walls throughout.

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Parkettes builds athletes one at a time in Lehigh Valley

January 11th, 2010 posted by

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Last weekend, my son competed on the Gatorade Free Flow Tour for a chance to get on the Winter Dew Tour and participate against some of the biggest names in snowboarding. Unfortunately he missed heading to the final round by one point! He is pretty upset about it to say the least.

Jared has competed before but not on a level like this so all-in-all it was a great learning experience for him. This was the first competition I was actually able to see so it was kind of neat for me to be a part of it too.

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Wintertime fun at Blue Mountain Ski Area

January 4th, 2010 posted by

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I just returned from nearly two full weeks off from work and guess how I spent most of it. If you said, “In the car driving around Lehigh Valley with my recently turned 16-year-old son,” you’re right.

I usually spend a ton of time with Jared in the car each winter because he holds a season-pass to Blue Mountain Ski Area, which is a 30-minute commute each way for us. What’s different though this year is that he did most of the driving while I observe, grab the door handle and indent my foot in the floor! (Actually, he’s doing quite well with it, but it’s still weird to have him in the driver’s seat.)

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A farewell to the Lehigh Valley ski season

March 23rd, 2009 posted by

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My son was severely depressed when 5:00 p.m. rolled around yesterday and he took his last run for the season at Blue Mountain Ski Area. Bear Creek Mountain Resort also closed yesterday, marking the official end to skiing and snowboarding season in Lehigh Valley. 

Besides being their closing day, Blue Mountain also held their annual Pond Skimming Competition (Bear Creek's was the previous weekend). I decided to go check it out because last year I had a blast. Kate from the office decided to meet me there cause she thought it would be a ton of fun … and that it was! 

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Pond Skimming at Blue Mountain

March 2nd, 2009 posted by

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Last year I got to witness a first for my lifetime: pond skimming. My son wanted to participate in the Pond Skimming Competition at Blue Mountain Ski Area, so not knowing what to expect, I decided to stay and watch rather than just drop him off at the mountain and head home. Needless to say, I can’t wait to see it again this year.

There were a couple hundred people registered, from kids as young as seven to full-grown adults, and there were plenty of spectators too (even a dog). The competition was sponsored by a local business and even had a commentator.

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Blue Mountain Season Pass = VIP Status on the Slopes

January 5th, 2009 posted by

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Welcome back to the work world, blog fans! It was nice to have some time off during the holidays - although being a mother of a teenager can really limit the time you get to relax and enjoy the things you really want to.

Just like every other year for the past two years, my son becomes obsessed with snowboarding at Blue Mountain Ski Areain Palmerton over the winter(thank goodness he got a season pass for his birthday and Christmas or I'd be broke!). Since he's not old enough to drive himself to the mountain, I become a part-time taxi cab driver, particularly during holiday break.

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