Camelback Mountain Resort is a ski and snowboard resort located in the Pocono Mountains region in Pocono Township and Jackson Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, adjacent to, and partially within Big Pocono State Park. In the 1950s when developers were working to expand the original solitary ski run, they negotiated with the then PA DER for permission to use a small portion of the state park for the ski area in exchange for $1 a year and the obligation to maintain the entire park.
Camelback Mountain (Big Pocono) itself reaches an elevation of 2,133 feet (650 m). There are 166 acres (67 hectares) of skiing & snowboarding terrain; the mountains have a total of 35 slopes (the longest of which is 1 mile(1,609 m), namely, the Nile Mile) and features a vertical drop of 800 ft (244 m), 15 lifts, including 2 high speed detachable chairlifts; the Sullivan Express and Stevenson Express, both quads. It is the largest ski resort in the Poconos. It has two terrain parks, the larger of which is now accessible only by ascertaining a park pass. Camelback also has the only Half Pipe in the Pocono Mountains. Camelback is also a member of the Burton Learn to Ride Program with a Learn To Ride Center, Freesyle Learn To Ride center, Women's Learn To Ride Center and Children's Learn to Ride Center. The resort was opened in December 1963. The mountain summit receives an average of 50 in (127 cm) of snowfall each winter. It has minimal snowmaking facilities on ski slopes, primarily relying on portable snow guns to create snow, and is 100% lit for night skiing.
The resort also features a waterpark, called Camelbeach, that is open during the summer. It includes over 37 waterslides (the most in Pennsylvania), including four body slides, ten mat slides, six tube slides and ten raft rides, in addition to The FlowRider, surfing ride, a 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) wave pool, adventure river,and full-sized competition pool. Since 2006, Camelbeach also features the FlowRider, a wave riding pool for surfing and boogie boarding.
A newer addition to Camelback Mountain Resort is Camelback Mountain Adventures. It includes Treetop Adventure courses, 1,000 ft (300 m) of zipline, 4,000 ft (1,200 m) ZipFlyer, Mountain Segways, Disc Golf, and a 4500' Mountain Coaster. Within Camelback Mountain Adventures, they also offer Adventure Zone activities of Climbing Wall, EuroBungee, and a Freefall Airbag Jump. Soon to be added to Camelback Mountain Adventures is an Alpine Slide. Camelback Mountain Adventures is open from June to November.
In May 2015 Camelback opened their hotel resort, Camelback Resort and Indoor Waterpark. Their waterpark, known as Aquatopia, was voted the #1 Indoor Waterpark in the country by USA Today for 2015.
Camelback Mountain Resort is 2 miles (3.2 km) from Pinemere Camp, and about 45 miles (72 km) north of Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Camelback invested in their educational ski and snowboard programs. They use the marketing term, Learn Here, Learn Right.
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