Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Memorable View...Camelback

Since January is Learn-to-Ski Month, I decided to find out where the best places to learn are. I was thinking it would probably be an expansive ski resort like Deer Valley, or maybe family-friendly Smuggler's Notch, or Okemo in Vermont.  

So, imagine my surprise when,  Liftopia named Camelback (Pennsylvania) on its short list of top places to learn.  Camelback is a family-friendly ski area in the eastern Pennsylvania Pocono Mountains.  It's got an just an 800 ft vertical, with 16 lifts serving 34 trails that are evenly divided between beginner, intermediate and expert.  It's advertising claims an award-winning ski-school, and yes, they do have some perks for beginners.

I have moved on with regard to skiing, so I haven't been there in years.   Camelback wasn't the first place I ever skied.  But, I did do my own share of learning there, and I have skied Camelback many times in the past.  More importantly, it's the place where my own kids (now grown-up, expert skiers) did some of their own learning to ski...particularly night skiing in after-school ski clubs during high school.

So today, in honor of Learn-to-Ski Month, and with fond memories of skiing there, the Ski House of the Day is this townhome at Camelback.  It's an attractive, new, easy-access, 4-bedroom (rental) vacation home:

There's a soaring stone fireplace in the living room, and (one of my favorite ski house design items) a pair of vintage wooden skis on the wall:

But to me, the most captivating feature and my reason for selecting this particular home as Ski House of the Day is that amazing view of the ski slopes of Camelback out the that seems to light up the night, and put on a spectacular twilight show:

This kitchen has beautiful upscale finishes...and a view of the slopes from the kitchen sink:

Even from the bedroom, the view of the illuminated ski trails seems to light up the room at night:

night run at Camelback under the lights...ahhh, twilight in the Poconos!

The brightly lit trails are familiar sight for anyone who has skied Camelback (or who has driven by on Route 80) on a winter's night.  Whether with a school ski club, or after work with good friends, or on the weekend with family/friends learning to ski, this is the view for many NJ/NY/PA ski novices...and a memorable view it is:

To me, this view is pretty special...and today's Ski House of the Day has this view all over it.

So good luck to all who will learn to ski this month at Camelback. (And cheers to all who will teach someone to ski this winter!). Whether at Camelback or somewhere else, remember the view from the place you learned to's pretty memorable, no matter where it is.


  1. Hi Denise, Thanks for featuring our home as the Ski House of the Day today. The views of Camelback are truly spectacular from our home and that's why we've nicknamed it gr8view@CBK. The house is also featured on at listing number 554299. Camelback is a great ski resort for families and adult groups, so I hope your readers can make a trip to ski this winter. It's also great the rest of the year with CBK Mountain adventures and of course a brand new indoor water park coming this Spring. Happy skiing! Best, Donna K

    1. Thanks Donna K - it sure is a gr8view!