Blue Mountain Ski Area is in for a name and scenery change. Its new name will be Blue Mountain Resort as it prepares for the opening of its Summit Splash Water Park.
The Splash Water Park will bring Blue Mountain full circle as a bona fide all-season resort that includes such extra curricular activities as zip lining, laser tag, mountain biking and of course skiing, boarding and tubing. It also hosts weddings, indoor/outdoor dining, Blue Grass concerts and more.
According to Blue Mountain President Barbara Green, it took Blue Mountain five years to obtain the necessary permits for the Water Park from local and federal authorities before construction could start, which is slated to begin April 1, 2014.
In addition, Blue Mountain Resort has a new and expanded entrance complete with vast amounts of parking. A tram will transport patrons to either the ski lodges or Water Park.
The entrance to the new Blue had a ribbon cutting and dedication joined by local and state dignitaries this past week and included co-owners Barbara Green and Bruce Ebert. Ebert, helped fund Blue Mountain Ski area expansions when the late Ray Tuthill, owner and designer of the area wanted to expand the skiing experience.
“This expansion is just the next step in our four season growth strategy. And the opening of the new entrance is the first step toward opening the water park in the spring of 2015,” said Barbara Green, the energetic and innovative daughter of Ray Tuthill.
According to Heidi Lutz, Director of Sales and Marketing at Blue Mountain, “For more than three decades, guests have come to Blue Mountain for the best skiing in Pennsylvania. Now Blue Mountain is closer to offering the best spring and summer activities.
“Summit Splash, she continued, will include a giant wave pool, a lazy river (to coincide with the famed Lazy Mile ski slope), and tubing slides all in a beautiful mountain setting that preserves the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains."
What Lutz forgot to mention, was that Blue Mountain is a short and convenient drive from Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York State, the Pocono’s and even New York City. And it’s not uncommon to have visitors from Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and D.C. Once the water park opens, it is expected to attract visitors from these locales and beyond.
Blue Mountain has a lot of history, and a lot of personal history. Before its name change from Little Gap Ski Area, my children, wife and I learned to ski there and were weekly wintertime customers and season pass holders. Skiing there made the cold winter months past much quicker, and we made a lot of friends there as well.
Ray Tuthill, who became a friend, must be smiling down on his creation and his daughter who has the ambition and foresight to follow in her fathers’ footsteps in growing the mountain. I can still picture Ray, pipe in mouth, driving around and checking the parking lots in his trusty Jeep Wagoneer with woody trim.
To check on the upcoming ski season and activities, go to www.skibluemt.com.
LEASER LAKE TRAIL PROJECT
George White, Chairman of the Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation, is looking for a few good folks who would like to join 30 high school students in building a trail around Leaser Lake.
According to White, the students could use a hand in doing some light maintenance and trail marking for what will be a walking, hiking, biking trail around Leaser Lake property.
The group will meet at the Southern Boat Ramp at Leaser at 9:30 a.m. on Wed., October 23. If you can make it, your assistance would be most appreciated.
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