It may be only the beginning of winter. But some places in the United States have already been experiencing record-breaking snowfalls this month and are preparing for even more snow to come. For some people, that is not a good thing. But for the skiers, snowboarders, snow tubers, and all the rest of us snow lovers, it is a great thing!
That's because Montage Mountain is back and better than ever. On December 4, the lodge had a ribbon cutting and holiday party. After years of being closed, the lodge opened its doors to the public to show them its new renovations. The party ran from 4pm to 7pm.
More than 800 guests from several Northeastern PA counties attended this ribbon-cutting ceremony and regional networking event. They include the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, which is a non-profit organization that provides programs and services, which stimulate economic growth, promote business prosperity, and nurture educational opportunities. The other chambers who also arrived at the party were: Back Mountain Chamber, The Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber, Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, and Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce.
Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty along with other officials cut the big, red ribbon inside the lodge. Also present was a member from the United States Marine Corps Reserve for the Toys for Tots program. The chambers gave the Toys for Tots program more than $2,000 in both toy and monetary donations.
The holiday party had a Christmas-like atmosphere with carriage, pulled by Clydesdale horses, chauffeuring the goers from the parking lot to the lodge and back again. A Santa Claus was mingling with the people. The lodge was decorated with vintage wood sleds hung on the ceiling with Christmas lights surrounding them. A wreath was hung above the lodge's fireplace.
The lodge of Montage Mountain now has many cool renovations. Four restaurants including chains currently occupy the space where the kitchen used to be. These restaurants are: Montage Café, Geraldo's Pizza, Johnny Rocket's, and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream.
The inside of the lodge also features a state-of-the-art bar and restaurant called Slocum Hollow Bar & Restaurant. This place has all homemade American bistro food with a large selection of beers, wine, and martinis. Behind the bar is a blown-up, old photo of the first successful anthracite radio test, which was on January 17, 1924. The restaurant also features a large fireplace for customers to keep warm while inside. People are able to keep warm outdoors as well with small fire pits and deck chairs just outside the restaurant. Perfect for toasting marshmallows.
For the skiers, tubers, and snowboarders, Montage Mountain has a snowmaking system, which makes 25 tons of snow per minute.
Montage Mountain now also has all new terrain parks. The Whistler Terrain Park has 2 medium-sized jump lines with medium beginner box and rail features. The slope style features include long mailbox, 30ft single barrel, and 25-ft rail. Whistler is good for beginners and intermediates. Spike Terrain Park has medium to advanced jump lines with medium and advanced box and rail features. The slope style features include Xbox, dance floor, C rail, and butter boxes. Spike is good for intermediate to advanced skiers. There are 6 chair lifts for the skiers.
The snow tubing park also has renovations. It currently has 6 mini tubing lanes for little children. It still has 10 trails that are 806 feet long.
Also new at Montage Mountain is NASTAR (National Standard Race), which allows skiers of all ages to race down the Switch trail and earn a platinum, gold, silver, or bronze medal.
Montage Mountain will also continue to teach people with their Ski & Snowboard Program. Lessons including the private and group lessons, are given by certified ski instructors.
People can come to Montage Mountain in the summer for their waterpark. Montage Mountain can be currently enjoyed for both summer and winter or either. Season memberships are on sale now, and membership card pictures can be taken at the guest services desk inside the lodge.