By Jay Lloyd

PALMERTON, Pa. (CBS) — With literally tons of snow on the nearby Pocono Mountain ski trails, this may be one of the longest snow sports seasons in recent memory.  And even spring skiing is on the horizon.

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So, what is this thing called “spring skiing”?

“Nice sun, warm weather, and you can go out and get your tan,” replies veteran ski patroller Ellie Jessem.

And Blue Mountain operator Barbara Green, who promises that warmer days are indeed ahead, says the changing consistency of the snow makes March and April ideal for new skiers and riders.

“It’s a slower pace of skiing because the snow isn’t as fast and hard,” she explains.  And if you should wipe out, the landing is a lot softer.

Moreover, she notes, the feeling of freedom is greater as, with the moderating temperatures, you shed bulky duds.

“You don’t have to be all layered up,” she says.

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And the party environment takes over in springtime — with outdoor fire pits, bands, and carnival-like events throughout the Poconos.

(Camelback holds a "pond skimming" competition for hardy souls as spring approaches.  Photo provided)

(Camelback holds a “pond skimming” competition for hardy souls as spring approaches. Photo provided)

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And, as a final springtime bonus, start checking resort web sites for deep spring discounts.

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