Camelback Mountain Resort is a ski and snowboard resort located in the Pocono Mountains region in Tannersville, Pennsylvania and Jackson Township adjacent to, and partially within Big Pocono State Park. In the 1950s when developers were working to expand the original solitary ski run, they negotiated with the then PA DER for permission to use a small portion of the state park for the ski area in exchange for $1 a year and the obligation to maintain the entire park.
Camelback Mountain (Big Pocono) itself reaches an elevation of 2,133 feet (650 m). There are 160 acres (56 hectares) of skiing & snowboarding terrain; the mountains have a total of 34 slopes (the longest of which is 1 mile(1,609 m), namely, the Nile Mile) and features a vertical drop of 800 ft (244 m), 15 lifts, including 2 high speed detachable chairlifts; the Sullivan Express and Stevenson Express, both quads. It is the largest ski resort in the Poconos. It has two terrain parks, the larger of which is now accessible only by ascertaining a park pass. Camelback also has the only Half Pipe in the Pocono Mountains. Camelback is also a member of the Burton Learn to Ride Program with a Learn To Ride Center, Freesyle Learn To Ride center, Women’s Learn To Ride Center and Children’s Learn to Ride Center. The resort was opened in December 1963. The mountain summit receives an average of 50 in (127 cm) of snowfall each winter. It has snowmaking facilities and is 100% lit fornight skiing.
The resort also features a waterpark, called Camelbeach, that is open during the summer. It includes 30 waterslides (the most in Pennsylvania), including four body slides, ten mat slides, six tube slides and ten raft rides, in addition to The FlowRider, the ultimate surfing ride, a 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) wave pool, adventure river,and full-sized competition pool. Also, new in 2006, Camelbeach now features a Wave riding pool by means of surfing.
The newest addition to Camelback Mountain Resort is the Camelback Mountain Adventures.It includes Treetop Adventure courses, 1,000 ft (300 m) of zipline, Mountain Segways, Disco Golf, Euro Bungy and a Climbing Wall. Camelback Mountain Adventures is open from June to November.