As anticipation for the upcoming ski season builds, family travelers across the country gear up to take advantage of fresh, fluffy powder. At Blue Mountain Resort in the Pennsylvania Pocono Mountains, guests enjoy multiple upgrades, including a high-speed lift, snowmaking upgrades and a new nighttime tubing experience. The resort spans 171 skiable acres and 40 trails, including 14 beginner, six intermediate and 11 expert-only trails, as well as five terrain parks.
As the resort enters its 45th ski season, its latest upgrades include:
- A new lift named Main Street Express, which replaced two double lifts, Main Street Express will dramatically improve access to the terrain on the western part of the mountain, as well as provide a connection between Valley Lodge and Summit Lodge. The new high-speed lift will transport riders from the bottom to top in less than five minutes and accommodate up to 3,000 guests per hour.
- The new nighttime, after-dark Sonic Tubing will feature music and disco lighting. Blue Mountain is the largest snowtubing park in the country, with 46 lanes, each more than 1,000 feet long. The tubing park offers three lifts. Tubers can choose between a single or double tube.
- An enhanced automation of the snowmaking system includes new snowmaking guns and LED lighting, making night skiing available on the 40th With this addition, Blue Mountain now boasts one of the largest snowmaking systems in the country.
Additionally, Blue Mountain Resort unveiled a new tricolored logo in time for the new season. The logo combines elements such as the sun, mountains and terrain, resulting in a contemporary look with traditional nuances, highlighting the property as a year-round retreat for adventure seekers.
Not quite ready to say goodbye to summer? If the weather is forcing you to head indoors, you can still take advantage of a few opportunities to splash around in the waves, without even being that far from the beach — thanks to the world’s largest indoor beachfront waterpark, which opened this summer in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
The next two seasons see Franklin, Tennessee, come alive with festive events, fun pop-ups and colorful lights. Family travelers planning a trip to Tennessee this fall or winter must make time for Franklin, a city just south of Nashville with plenty of history and festivities awaiting.