Not So Urban Athletics: Snowboarding or Skiing the Poconos

  • March 16, 2014 · 9:30 AM
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The season for winter sports is dwindling away (hopefully!), let's head west to the Poconos and spend one of the last days of winter snowboarding or skiing at Blue Mountain Ski Area & Resort. Or snowtubing if that is your thing.

The Plan ...

We'll meet in front of the lift ticket sales windows at 9:30 AM. After a quick meet and greet, those that need rental equipment and instructional lessons will make those arrangements. We'll then split up and the experienced riders/skiers will join me as we head up the mountain for a few hours of fun.

At midday, we'll all meet at the lodge for lunch to laugh about how our mornings went and to nurse our bruises. After lunch I'll join the beginners on the slopes for a bit to help them out with their newly learned skills while the others can spend a few more hours exploring the mountain before we call it a day. Or if you want to change things up a bit, ditch your gear and grab a tube to spend a few afternoon hours zooming down the mountainside like you are a little kid again.

Then Important Stuff ...

• The cost for an adult weekend lift ticket at the mountain is $61.00.

• Rentals on mountain for skis and snowboards start at $36.00 for the complete package. If you only need to rent certain pieces of gear, prices vary.

• As a special promotion, there is a First Time Ski or Ride Package available for only $35.00!  That includes a lesson and all the gear you'll, need including a lower-mountain access pass. If you're a newbie and want to learn this is your chance.

• The mountain has a 21 lane tubing area so once you're done skiing or snowboarding you can buy a three-hour access pass for $23. And don't worry about being too tired to walk up and down the tubing hill, the tubing area has a lift to get you back to the top.

• Rain or unwintery weather cancels the meetup.

How To Get There ...

The mountain is 90 minute drive from NYC. Pop the following address into your GPS:

1660 Blue Mountain Drive
Palmerton, PA 18701

GPS Coordinates
N[masked], W[masked]

If you plan to drive and are willing to carpool, please post in your RSVP where you are leaving from and how many people you can carry. If you'd like to carpool with someone please post your request and where you are located. Please don't wait to be offered a ride, BE PROACTIVE and contact any drivers directly to work out transportation details. As  courtesy, passengers should pick up tolls and gas.

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  • Aida B.

    Awesome, the organizer and the people are wonderful. Had an amazing time - my first meetup.

    1 · March 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes! It was great to meet you all! Hope to see you again.

      March 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes! It was great to meet you all! Hope to see you again.

      March 24, 2014

  • Kevin

    Excellent time today on the mountain, my friends. Thank you all! It was a pleasure seeing old faces as well as some great new ones.

    2 · March 16, 2014

  • Melody

    So happy I attended this meet-up! It was pure fun from the ride to the resort, on the slopes, even on my butt. I learned to ski, made new friends and visited a new place. James, Aida, Marianna, Dmitri and Jane - you were great company. Thanks, Kevin for organizing.

    2 · March 16, 2014

  • Jane

    I had a wonderful time! Nice meeting all of you. Thank you so much Aida for the tips. You definitely made the beginner slope so much more enjoyable.

    2 · March 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was nice meeting you guys, I had fun

    2 · March 16, 2014

  • Kevin

    Peeps, as a reminder, we are meeting at 9:30 at the lift ticket window. Also, I recommend putting Blue Mountain Ski Resort into your GPS as the place for directions. That will bring you right to the ski area. There have been a few issues with the address listed above which I took from the resort website.

    March 16, 2014

  • Aida B.

    Hi Mariana, Melody, Amel pls call me on my cell[masked] to coordinate for tmrw. Thank you.

    March 15, 2014

    • Amel W.

      Hey hon sorry since my phone died and I wasn't sure I agreed to help a friend who's moving to the neighborhood. Thanks again. Hope u have fun thou. Hopefully we'll meet at another event thou :)

      March 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm looking forward to tomorrow!

    March 15, 2014

  • Aida B.

    Hi Melody, Mariana and Amel u

    March 15, 2014

  • Aida B.

    Hi Melody if you want to bring your friend i have room - Nazmul can make it - your friend is welcome to it. Let me know.

    1 · March 15, 2014

    • Melody

      Hi, Aida! Cool! We'll be there. Let us know where to meet and what time.

      March 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hello Aida! I sent you an email yesterday. Let me know where to meet you and at what time, please. Thanks and see you tomorrow! :-)

      March 15, 2014

  • Melody

    Hi, Aida! Emailed you my number. Pls let me know the time and place for us to meet you tomorrow. Thanks!

    March 15, 2014

  • Melody

    Hi, Aida! Emailed you my number. Pls let me know the time and place for us to meet you tomorrow. Thanks!

    March 15, 2014

  • marie

    I would love to go but I need a ride .If any one out there still has space please let me know

    March 15, 2014

  • Aida B.

    Okay Nazmul maybe next time. Have a nice day.

    March 15, 2014

  • Aida B.

    Okay Nazmul maybe next time. Have a nice day.

    March 15, 2014

  • Aida B.

    Hi Melody, Mariana and Nazmul of course you all have seats in my car. Here's my email: [masked]. Please email me and ill give you my cell and we can coordinate where the pick up should be. Melody, Since I'm bringing my skis I have room for 3. I'm picking up my skis tmrw - I can try to maneuver them to see if I can accommodate 4. Ill let you know for sure tmrw. Looking forward to Sunday.

    March 14, 2014

    • nazmul

      hi Aida, it looks like i have to go to the studio on sunday. i gotta cancel :(

      March 14, 2014

    • Amel W.

      Aida, any chance I can go with you guys? Happy to meet wherever suits :) I'll email you my phone number just incase :) :)

      March 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The address is not coming up on my GPS.

    March 14, 2014

    • Kevin

      Put Blue Mountain Ski Resort into your GPS and that will bring you right to the parking area.

      March 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Aída! I'll write you now to arrange place in Manhattan to meet. I appreciate it!

    March 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone else having issues with the address?

    March 14, 2014

  • Aida B.

    Hi Mariana, Melody and Nazmul you are all welcome to come with me. I could only fit 3. If you have skis I'm not sure. . I have skis. Do you have skis?

    March 13, 2014

    • Melody

      Thank you, Aida. I don't have skis. But I have a friend who is also coming, no skis either. Is it possible to fit one more? If not, I understand.

      March 14, 2014

  • Aida B.

    Hi,I'm going and I'm happy to car pool. I live in Manhattan and ill pick up in Manhattan.

    March 13, 2014

    • Melody

      Hi, Aida! Can you accommodate 2 more people (me and my friend)? Just let us know where to meet you in Manhattan. Thanks! Melody

      March 13, 2014

    • Melody

      Thanks for accommodating me. I know you already said you can only accommodate 3 more people. I also do not have any ski equipment and will rent everything there. Would this help in making room for my plus one? If not, I understand.

      March 14, 2014

  • Amel W.

    Hi guys, would really like to come, but I need a ride. Would anyone have space? I live in Brooklyn, Prospect Heights area, but happy to travel anywhere for a ride. I don't have equipment and as always happy to contribute to cost like gas and tolls and stuff. Let me know if anyone has a spot. It looks like most people already do thou :(

    March 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Aida! Do you still have room for me in your car? Or your car is full already? Let me know please so I know what to do or make other plans. Thanks a lot!

    March 14, 2014

  • Kevin

    Folks, my mobile number is[masked]-9034. Contact me if you have any problems Sunday morning. Please be on time because if you come late I'll be too busy having a good time to try and coordinate hooking you up with the group. Thanks!

    March 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Aida! Thanks for replying! I will rent everything there. Let me know where to meet you .

    March 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Aida! Can I go with you? Where can I meet you in Manhattan? Thanks!

    1 · March 13, 2014

  • Aida B.

    Hi,

    March 13, 2014

  • Aida B.

    Hi,I'm going and I'm happy to car pool. I live in Manhattan and ill pick up in Manhattan.

    March 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I agree, renting a car and sharing the expenses is a good idea. I'm in!

    1 · March 13, 2014

  • Elena

    Hi guys maybe we can rent a car or something. let me know what u guys think. we can share all the cost together. I live in queen too:)

    March 12, 2014

    • Kevin

      Good idea, split between four of you the cost should be reasonable.

      March 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll see what I can do, but I live in the Poconos.

    March 12, 2014

  • Kevin

    People, if you have a car and can give a carpool please speak up. I really can't be the only one driving, right?

    March 11, 2014

  • Melody

    Also wanted to ask if I can bring a friend?

    March 10, 2014

  • Melody

    Same here, would love to join but will also need a ride. I'm coming from Queens but can meet in Manhattan. Thanks.

    1 · March 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to go but need a ride. I'm in the Rockland county but can go to Manhattan or somewhere else to meet if necessary. Thanks!

    March 10, 2014

  • Dawn

    I would need a ride if has anyone room for me .I am in Brooklyn but can meet in Manhattan also.

    March 10, 2014

  • Yasmin

    Is anyone available for a ride from Manhattan? I can meet somewhere, I am in the village though. Obviously I'll throw some money your way.

    March 6, 2014

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