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Jim Thorpe is right near a lot of great skiing. The experience of skiing all day, and then extending your visit to the area in nearby Jim Thorpe has just gotten more tempting.

A nationwide declaration of “Learn a Snowsport Month” has prompted the Pocono Mountains to afford all abilities the chance to enjoy the winter season. Boasting eight ski areas, employing more than 1,000 instructors and offering equally varied terrain, the four-county region is the ideal place to learn and progress with a snowsport.

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To encourage more visitors to hit the slopes, many of the eight mountains are offering deeply discounted deals on Learn to Ski or Ride packages this month:

Every Friday after 4pm, Alpine Mountain is offering $25 packages, including lift ticket, lesson, rental and food voucher.*·

Every Sunday, Blue Mountain Ski Area is offering their visitors half off their “Learn to Ski Program,” which includes lift ticket, lesson and rental for $28.50.*

Camelback Mountain Resort is offering an online package for skiers or snowboarders on Tuesdays and Thursdays that includes lift ticket, lesson and rental for $29.

An online coupon for Shawnee Mountain offers patrons a lift ticket, lesson and ski or snowboard rental any day of the month for $59.

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Relax in Jim Thorpe Afterwards

Enjoy a 20 percent discount at Ski Big Bear with the purchase of five private ski lessons, which can be shared with immediate family members.

Jim Thorpe and it’s varied, unique accommodations, restaurants, and entertainment options give you an apres-ski experience unlike any other town. So whether you just want to relax and watch the tube or go out for some night life, you can do it here.

In 2009-10, the winter season — typically viewed as December, January, February and March — accounted for almost 1.5 million skier visits to the Pocono Mountains. Yet visitors are just beginning to get the message that Jim Thorpe is a year-round destination, and a great (and economical) town to make a big part of your winter ski weekend.

Visitors can stay up-to-date with area conditions and receive specials and discounts by texting POCONOSKI to 77950, following PoconoTourism on Twitter or liking the Bureau on Facebook. To learn more about snowsports in the Pocono Mountains visit poconoski.com.

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Skiing Near Jim ThorpeI lived in Boulder, Colorado for 20 years and visited my share of great ski towns. People there appreciate a town that feels remote from where they live, with interesting things to offer.

Jim Thorpe has those things in abundance and more – without the crowds. As much as I love those western towns and the beautiful mountains, we have some things even they don’t.

For one thing, we’re not so far away from where you live, though when you step out of your car here, it may feel like it. Out west, it was typically a 2-to-3 hour drive to ski or board. Lots of traffic. Your basic zoo. If you wanted to spend the night somewhere, you got ready to pay through the nose.

You won’t have those problems here.

Conveniently, Jim Thorpe is close to three ski areas, each within an easy 30-minute drive from town: Blue Mountain, Jack Frost and Big Boulder. Camelback is maybe another half hour away. Base your weekend here at one of our excellent hotels or B&B’s.

Then, after your day on the mountain, wander back to town and relax. Venture out for some dinner and a beer. Take in a show at a classy venue. Read a book. Have a great night’s sleep.

Wake up relaxed, stroll out and get some coffee and breakfast. Afterwards, it’s an easy drive back home from here. We hope to see you often!

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