Shawnee Mountain Ski Area has been an welcome destination for skiers, snowboarders, and snowtubers of all ages since 1975. Boasting 23 slopes and trains sprinkled about 125 skiable acres, the resort strives to be accessible to all, with lodging options to suit all budgets and skiing and snowboarding classes catering to first-timers, children, and uncoordinated snowmen. And the fun isn't restricted to winter months?throughout the year, Shawnee Mountain Ski Area is home to a wide range of activities and events, including an annual wurst festival, chicken wing cook off, and an autumn timber festival complete with chainsaw artists and lumberjack demonstrations.
As a state-of-the-art indoor pond, Floyd Hall Arena provides ice so smooth and true that even the Zamboni drivers can't help but purposefully get their tongues stuck to it. After strapping on their skates, all ages and skill levels can practice figural flow, hone their hockey stopping, and improve their foot-cursive penmanship. For the especially graceful, the facility also rents Olympic-quality walkers ($3, not included in this Groupon) that turn any avalanching ice princess into an upright frozen duchess. Since opening in 1998, the arena has hosted more than a dozen NHL teams and countless quantities of avid skaters young and old.
Since 1972, locals have entrusted their swimming pools and hot tubs to the experts at the family-owned Sahara Pools. The certified technicians are available for both seasonal and extended maintenance, whether clients simply need help prepping their pools for summertime or would like regular assistance with surface skimming, vacuuming, brushing, water testing, and chemical balancing. They also offer customized maintenance and pool renovations and repairs, and update chlorine sanitization systems to more eco-friendly (and skin-friendly) salt-based systems. Seasonal and extended maintenance plans can include water surface skimming, debris-vacuuming, emptying pump baskets, filter backwash, and visual and chemical inspections of the water.
Beyond offering top-notch service, Sahara Pools carries a wide selection of equipment—from robotic cleaning systems, filters, pumps, heats, and basic brushes—from reliable brands such as Raypack, Hayward, Polaris, Zodiac, Jandy, and Aquabot. Patio furniture, including umbrellas, propane fire tables, and chef-approved grills and smokers further promote backyard revelry.
Aspiring snow-surfers can choose one of the latter deals to learn about skiing or snowboarding survival during a 60-minute group lesson, lead by one of Ski Campgaw's highly experienced staff. Afterwards, newly trained students show off their new moves in the beginner's area, where two gentle conveyor lifts can tow them back to the top of the slope. Meanwhile, more advanced skiers can challenge themselves on black diamond slopes, difficult for its steep angles and pursuing suitcase salesmen on jetpacks, while brave boarders can navigate the ramps, rails, and half pipes of the freestyle Terrain Park. See here for up-to-the minute info on conditions and trail closings.
Woodbridge Pools and Ski specializes in the recreational enjoyment of water in two of its fundamental states: chlorinated and powdery. During the summer months, it keeps pools cool and inviting with installations, filters, chemicals, and accessories. When the weather turns colder and locals trade in their Speedos for the slopes, the company unveils its inventory of employee-tested winter-sports equipment by brands such as Burton, Arbor, Flow, and DC, as well as rentals of Völkl skis and snowboards and professional tune-ups.