Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding#10 in Best Things To Do in The Poconos
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While the Pocono Mountains may not pierce the sky like the Rockies, they still provide an excellent destination for skiers and snowboarders from the East Coast. The first ski area opened in 1946, and the area's offerings have kept pace with modern innovations, boasting routes that are well-groomed and lifts that are speedy. Six ski areas are scattered across the region, meaning that there is no shortage of slopes. Whether you're practicing on the bunny hills or bombing double black diamonds, you're sure to find a few runs that suit your skill level.
Past travelers reported flocking to the mountains that offer snow tubing, but there are also numerous complaints that the tubing programs are poorly managed during the peak ski season. Similarly, the ski runs themselves often become crowded during weekends in the peak season, leading to mixed reviews from recent visitors who were frustrated by long lift lines on weekends.
The ski season in the Poconos typically starts in mid-November, with additional runs and ski areas opening into December. All six options offer lessons and equipment rentals. Rates start at roughly $55 for adult weekday skiing, are generally cheaper for children and often increase during more popular periods. Exact rates can vary greatly depending on the mountain. More information on each ski area is available online via the Pocono Mountains website.
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Known as the "Tricky Triangle" for its three distinct turns, the Pocono Raceway began welcoming fans in 1968. Nowadays, Pocono Raceway hosts a handful of NASCAR races every summer, while a variety of other car-related experiences are available when races are not taking place. Visitors can ride in or drive a stock car, bring their own car for a spin on the famous track, choose from a selection of exotic cars to take for a test drive and more.
Past travelers praised the stock car ride-along experience, saying that the G-force going around the track's iconic corners provides an adrenaline rush. The park's clean atmosphere, from the restrooms to the vendors, also impresses most recent visitors. Still, those who are not racing fans expressed disappointment with NASCAR in general, and diehard NASCAR fans couldn't help comparing the Pocono Raceway to its more impressive counterparts.
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