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Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: They’re Making Snow at Pennsylvania’s Ski Slopes

(Snow at Spring Mountain.  Credit: Jay Lloyd)

(Snow at Spring Mountain. Credit: Jay Lloyd)

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This week, there’s snow on the Pennsylvania slopes! That means skiers and snowboarders are about to get their first taste of a new season, and KYW’s Jay Lloyd reports it’s just a short drive to a snow sports getaway.

By Jay Lloyd

Pocono area slopes will feel the first rush of skis and boards this weekend. But closer to home, Spring Mountain, near Schwenksville, has a manmade blanket of white that grows with each bone-chilling night.

“We can make better snow than what we get naturally,” says Spring Mountain owner Rick Buckman (below), who expects to open these trails next week.

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(Rick Buckman, owner of Spring Mountain, stands in front of a snowmaking machine. Credit: Jay Lloyd)

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While Spring has long been known as a day-trip area where generations of skiers and riders have learned the sport, this year it takes on a destination-resort flavor. The Buckmans have bought and restored the venerable Woodside Inn, within yodeling distance of the slopes.

“We can cater to a person who would rather stay in a bed-and-breakfast type atmosphere with a restaurant and a pub,” says Buckman.

The accommodations, in a wooded setting, are two-room suites with a family tilt that leaves more time for skiing and less in the car.

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