The blizzard of 2016 came just in time for snow desperate snow lovers. Ski resorts welcomed the fluffy white stuff with open arms. As do snowmobilers whose five figure priced sleds haven’t seen any action this year.
As for skiers and boarders, Blue Mountain Resort in Palmerton is again hosting their Winter Fest. Even if you’re not a skier or rider, it’s an interesting event with a host of wintertime activities that doesn’t require any participation if you don’t wish to.
Winter Fest kicks off Saturday, Jan. 30 and will feature the USA Luge Team where, like last year, they’ll be a Luge run fabricated for visitors to try. There will be ice sculpting and snow shoeing demonstrations. And if these don’t’ tickle your fancy stop by the Ultimate Hot Chocolate Bar, or paint a pint glass or just listen to some live music at the Last Run Lounge. Stick around until 6 p.m. and you’ll be treated to fireworks and meet Carver, Blue Mountain’s Hus-ski mascot.
For snowmobilers, and particularly new sledders, the International Snowmobile Manufacturer’s Association (ISMA) advises all to heed the following safety guidelines:
* Smart riders are safe riders. Take snowmobile safety training, which is sometimes needed, in certain states if you travel out of state.
* Snowmobiling and alcohol don’t mix. Don’t drink and ride.
* Ride safe, stay on trail and always respect private property.
* When riding at night, slow down because you may not know what obstacles are under the snow.
* Ride smart, ride right and stay in control.
* One is the loneliness number – so don’t ride alone.
* Cross areas with care. Don’t become a statistic.
ISMA says that some snowmobile trails exist due to the generosity of cooperative landowners. They emphasize to respect their land and stay on designated trails. With the growing popularity of off-trail powder snowmobiles, remember that riders may only operate on designated snowmobile trails or on lands for which they have received written landowner permission.
In the Pocono’s, snowmobiling is offered at: Delaware State Forest with 115 miles of trails; Hickory Run State Park with 21 miles; Lehigh Gorge State Park with 15 miles; Promised Land State Park with 23 miles; and Tobyhanna State Park with 5.5 miles. For more information on these locations go to the Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau at www.PoconoMountains.com.
CABELA’S HOSTING SECOND AMENDMENT WEEKEND
Cabela’s Hamburg is hosting an NRA Second Amendment weekend on Feb. 13 and 14. It will be two days of informative seminars to promote and educate customers on firearm safety and responsibility in conjunction with the NRA/Second Amendment Weekend, said Ron Leh, Cabela’s retail manager.
NRA husband and wife team of Chuck and LuAnn Lehnart will present seminars on Self Defense 101 while the Berks County Sheriffs Department to present seminars on Firearms Responsibility and answer questions you may have on gun permits and concealed carry. Speaking of which, Legal Heat will also be on hand with their monthly Concealed Carry Class along with female firearms instructors to assist women with any questions they would have as it pertains to firearms and concealed carry.
The Concealed Carry classes will begin at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days. Registration and a small fee is required for this course that will be held in the upstairs conference room. This class covers firearms safety, handling, transportation, storage, ammunition, self-defense, firearms laws and concealed carry techniques. Then at 11 a.m., Jennifer Gentry of the Well Armed Women association, will cover firearms responsibility along with the Berks County Sheriff, then at 12 noon, outfitter Pete Karpew will present a Gun Storage seminar.
At 2 p.m., Jacqueline Yockey of Shoots Like A Girl will cover Women and Handguns. For more information on these and other Cabela’s offerings check www.cabelas.com/Hamburg or call 610-929-7000.