2008-11-27 / Local & State

Poconos Ski Resorts Opening Early In Eastern Pa.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Ski resorts in the Pocono Mountains in eastern Pennsylvania are getting ready for an early opening, thanks to the recent cold weather and snow.

Big Boulder opened its Freedom Park, a terrain park, Thursday night.

Bear Creek Resort in Berks County plans to open its terrain park Friday and additional ski runs Saturday, two weeks earlier than ever before.

Blue Mountain Ski Resort general manager Dennis Krell says snowmaking requires temperatures that are at or around the freezing mark depending on humidity, but optimally 27 to 28 degrees or lower. The colder it gets, Krell says, the more efficient the snowmaking machines.

Blue Mountain hopes to open the Friday after Thanksgiving. Krell says it's never opened before Dec. 1.

A spokesman says Camelback is planning a Nov. 28 opening.

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