The state of Pennsylvania has a great deal to offer residents and visitors in the area all year round so if you enjoy outdoor activities and extreme sports and are going to be in the area during the winter season, then you will be pleased to hear that you have many options available to you in this respect. This includes many ski resorts in the nearby Lehigh Valley which is located approximately 60 miles north of the nearby city of Philadelphia, within easy access of the town of Sellersville in Bucks County.
This is part of the historic Pennsylvania Dutch Country and is situated in the Great Appalachian Valley region, between two mountain ranges, the Blue Mountain in the North and the South Mountain. It is home to many ski-resorts which attract visitors from all over the state and around the country during the colder, winter months. These include Bear Creek Ski & Recreation Area which is a 21 slope resort located outside of the town of Macungie and the Blue Mountain Ski Resort that is in the northern part of the valley near Palmerton. The latter was established in the mid-1970s as the Little Gap Ski Area before it was renamed as Blue Mountain in 1987 and now sees around 300,000 visitors each year making it one of the most popular resorts in the Poconos. In the summer of 2008 this resort implemented a $3.1 million upgrade for the forthcoming season which included improvements to the resort’s snowmaking equipment, a newly built dining facility and the addition of a new intermediate trail between Razor’s Edge and Paradise which was named, Dreamweaver. The mountain itself has a summit elevation of 1,540 feet and vertical elevation change of 1,082 feet, which is the biggest vertical drop of any of the ski resorts in the entire state, and access to the summit can be made by a high speed quad or a six person ski life that has 3 double chairs. The outer, eastern side of the mountain provides a beginner trail and intermediate run for less skilled skiers on its north-facing slope and in addition offers 4 more expert runs for very experienced skiers which follow the chairlifts to the bottom and there is also another access trail that connect the summit to the western part of this resort.
Ice skating is another popular pastime in the Lehigh Valley which has three facilities available for the likes of hockey, figure skating and speed skating. Close to Sellersville you will find the Steel Ice Center – which is deemed to be the area’s premier ice skating facility – on East 1st Street, not far from the Sands Casino in the town of Bethlehem. In addition, you are also within easy access of The Rink, that was formerly Lehigh Valley Ice Arena, which is in Whitehall just north of Allentown. Each of these facilities has two ice surfaces and are open to the public seven days a week while the City of Bethlehem also opens a covered outdoor rink (one ice surface) every winter from November through to March.