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Gearing up for ski season at Blue Mountain Ski Resort

After a busy season last winter, a ski resort in Carbon County hopes for a repeat year. Here's more on what to expect this year at Blue Mountain.

PALMERTON, Pa. — The ski season gets underway Friday, December 3, at Blue Mountain Ski Resort near Palmerton, with six trails open. 

Snow groomers have been hard at work preparing the slopes for guests.

Workers say they'll be limiting the number of people on the mountain again this year.

After having to do so last year because of the pandemic, they say it gives more people time on the slopes, not waiting in long lines.

"You know with COVID, one of the positives are that people really discovered the outdoors, and we're hoping that you know people still remember that love for being outside, and hopefully they found love skiing and will be back the season to do it again we should have a record number of season passes this year, so we're just getting another busy season," said Ashley Seier, Blue Mountain's marketing director.

Eight-hour lift tickets for this weekend are already sold out, but four-hour tickets are still available.

As for season passes, they're tapped out for the entire season.

You must buy tickets online at this link.

The mountain has been making snow for roughly two weeks. 

While some flakes have been flying, the mountain manager says Mother Nature hasn't entirely been on their side ahead of opening weekend. 

"The cold air just hasn't come in yet, and we've been doing the best we can with what we have. We've been putting out anywhere around 5,000 or 6,000 gallons of water a minute onto the hill, and we do have snow for opening on Friday, but the snow is here. It's a lot thinner than we'd like. The lifts are ready to turn, and we're ready to go," said manager Robert Taylor.

A new trail is also expected to open at Blue Mountain later this season, and mountain officials want your help naming it.

Click here to vote for the name of the new trail.

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