Poconos ski season begins early thanks to record cold front

John McDevitt
November 15, 2019 - 1:31 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Resort-goers can start shredding the slopes starting this weekend at some Pennsylvania ski resorts, thanks to the recent cold snap. 

The Jack Frost and Big Boulder (JFBB) resort typically opens for the season on the Friday after Thanksgiving, but because of the frigid temperatures, management says they're open this weekend.

"We started making snow last week, the temperatures were prime for making snow," said Heather Schiffbauer, Director of Marketing at JFBB. 

She says since they took advantage of the record cold weather over the week they'll be open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until they begin a full schedule in December. 

"We were able to put out a lot of snow those couple of days, while it was cold. And what we did was , we let it sit there and preserve, and then on Thursday they started pushing it out," she said.

However, she says skiers should prepare for old-school recreation this weekend, with some terrain limits. 

"So they will have a hikeable park and then a park that you can access by the lifts. And then the other slope will be for skiing and snowboarding with no features on it. So in order to have features and stuff you do have to have a pretty good base."

Blue Mountain and Bear Creek are two other ski resorts that will also start the season early.