Fresh Snow on the Slopes

PALMERTON — The ski resorts were thrilled with the recent holiday storm. It’s perfect timing for one of their busiest weeks of the year.

Whether it’s snowboarding or strapping on some skis, people said conditions are good at the Blue Mountain Ski Area near Palmerton. The business has been waiting for mother nature to help out. Heidi Lutz, a spokeswoman for Blue Mountain said three to four inches of new snow did the trick.

“We were opened a weekend earlier in December then we were able to reopen the day after Christmas, so we’re just getting back into it to make snow and get the entire mountain open,” said Lutz.

Some areas got more than three to four inches of new snow. Just ask Joe Shortsleeve who drove to blue mountain from Boston.

“It took us seven hours. It’s usually four and a half hours. It took us seven hours because we went right into the teeth of the snow storm yesterday afternoon, and it was a mess trying to come out 78 West out of the Allentown way,” said Shortsleeve.

Most of people at Blue Mountain are kids on Christmas break. Alec Belousof said he has the need for speed.

“I like skiing, I like the thrill of going fast. I can’t drive yet so I can’t get that anywhere else,” said Belousof.

Alonso Trejomora said he agrees.

“Apart from snowboarding I think that it’s more. I think you can go faster skiing, although I guess it depends on your level,” said Trejomora.

Officials at the Blue Mountain Ski Area said the season usually ends sometime around March. They`re hoping nature cooperates and they can extend the skiing season.