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Ski Season in Full Swing at Tussey Mountain

by on January 04, 2013 9:25 AM

Thanks to recent winter storms, all slopes are open at Tussey Mountain.

Ski season at the Boalsburg resort kicked off on Dec. 27, said Aaron Weyman, marketing and sales director of the Tussey Mountain Ski Area. And because of Winter Storm Euclid and the snowfall that’s followed, Little Bear, Utah, Deer Run, Grizzly, Tuscarora, Shamokin and Lion’s Way are all up and running, he said.

“This is fantastic for us as some of those trails are natural snow-only trails, meaning we don’t have snowmaking capabilities on them,” Weyman said. “So this natural snowfall has been well received.”

Weyman said it’s hard to think of a busier time than over the holidays, especially with recent snowfall, but in January, intramural programs are held at Tussey Mountain with elementary, middle and high school groups that bring thousands of students out every day. Also in January, 15 sections of Penn State Kinesiology courses are held at the resort, he said.

“Generally, any time we have quality snow conditions as we do now, we will be very busy no matter what day or time,” Weyman said.

While it’s uncertain each year what the exact length of ski season will be at Tussey Mountain, Weyman said it typically lasts up to Penn State’s spring break the second week of March.

“When we have snow and the conditions are still good, we would love to stay open as late as possible,” he said.

This year the resort has added three Areco snowmaking guns to its snowmaking operation, Weyman said, that has “been a huge boost so far.”

The bar and lounge area will feature entertainment, along with food and drink specials, he said, and on nice weather days a bar and concessions stand will be available on the outdoor deck with a fire pit and other amenities, he said.

Throughout the year the majority of customers are local, Weyman said, mainly from Centre and Mifflin Counties. Penn State students, he said, also make up a significant portion of frequents.

“We realize we are a smaller mountain located in a somewhat isolated area of the state,” he said, “but we love our ability to offer a short drive and easy access to ski slopes for all Central Pennsylvanians.”

Weyman said skiing is “terrific exercise in an age when too many plug themselves indoors on a couch in front of the TV screen.”

“I love the outdoors,” he continued, “and cringe when people call snow and cold ‘bad weather.’ The seasons of the year all bring their own pluses and negatives, (so) it’s up to the individual to focus on the best part of each.”

Weyman said he personally loves skiing because it’s a fun activity to do both with friends and family and solo. He is a skier, but doesn’t get out on the slopes too much anymore, he said. But, that’s not always such a bad thing.

“Working long days and having an awesome one-and-a-half-year-old son at home waiting for me (and) my beautiful wife makes it an easy choice on what to do once work ends,” he said.

Tussey Mountain requires all skiers and snowboarders to adhere to its responsibility code which is in place for their safety, and the safety of other guests and employees.

“Always be in control of yourself and know your limits,” Weyman said. “We recommend lessons for anyone new or novice to the sport because there is a significant change in difficulty between our beginner area and intermediate slopes.”

Additionally, helmets are recommended “even for the best skiers and boarders,” Weyman said, “because they keep you safe and warm.”

A variety of group and private ski lessons are offered, as well as daily packages. For more information call (814) 466-6810 or visit tusseymountain.com.



Staff Writer at The Centre County Gazette
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