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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.

Ski Poconos

Ski the Poconos

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.

Broadway Grille and Pub

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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The town of Jim Thorpe definitely doesn’t roll up its sidewalks waiting for Spring once Christmas is over.

It’s the so-called off-season in Jim Thorpe, with Christmas over but no shortage of things to keep you occupied. But here’s the thing – in January, just about everything to do with shops, accommodations and restaurants is on sale, thanks to the town’s First Annual White Sale Days. The details are online at JimThorpe.org and discounts range from 10 to 50% off.

Skiers will be happy to know there are three ski areas within 20 minutes of town – Blue Mountain, Jack Frost and Big Boulder. Blue Mountain features the highest vertical in Pennsylvania (1,082 feet), 37 trails for all abilities on 162 skiable acres, and runs of up to 6,400 feet long. Big Boulder and Jack Frost are known for their superior snowmaking operations and glades providing excellent tree runs.

Broadway Grille and Pub

Broadway Grille and Pub

Consider staying overnight – Jim Thorpe is known not only for its sparkling downtown hotel, but also for its remarkable variety of bed and breakfasts, and guesthouses. Most of them cater to skiers, offering discounts – visit http://www.jimthorpe.org/ and get details on the packages being offered.

Downtown is lively, especially on weekends. There are a surprising number of restaurants that cater to a many different tastes, ranging from Irish pubs to fine cuisine, all within a few minutes’ walk of each other. Depending on how much exertion you put out skiing, a pint and dinner at the Molly Maguire’s Pub, or by the fire at the Broadway Grille is likely to taste especially good.

Crooked Still at the Opera House

Crooked Still at the Opera House

After dinner you can stroll up the street for a show at the Mauch Chunk Opera House. This January the venue feature the alt-bluegrass group Crooked Still, the folk troubadours Chris Smither and Steve Forbert, and straight-ahead country rock by the Americana group The Youngers. The environment is relaxed and the acoustics excellent. Meanwhile, courtesy of a newly re-seated balcony, you’re going to be close to the action no matter where you sit. Visit them online at or call at 570-325-0249.

The operative word is relaxed. During the day, go skiing nearby, or hike or snowshoe (the JTX leads snowshoe tours right from town – call 484-225-1209), then afterwards relax at a pub or restaurant. Take in a show at the Opera House (or, only 4 miles out of town is the renowned Penn’s Peak with a great schedule of national touring country and rock acts) and go back into town for a nightcap.

Or go for a hike on one of the many trails emanating from town, and then just relax with the company of a book or magazine.  In Jim Thorpe, there are abundant quiet places for you.

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